UCAS and University Support

UCAS is the organisation who is responsible for the process of students applying for a place at university in the UK whether you are applying from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. As part of the application process, each student needs to write a personal statement alongside their application form. Each personal statement has a limit of 4000 characters, which is approxamiely 500 words in length. The best UCAS statements cover academic achievements, extra curricular activies and the reasons the student wants to develop their education further. So it crucial to make your personal statement stand out, to highlight all of your achievements and to recognise any extracurricular activities including helping in your local community. 

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About applying to University

Whether you are applying for an undergraduate degree including BA Hons, BSc, or an MA in Scotland. Or you could be applying for a postgraduate qualification including a Masters, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, PhD and so many others, it is worth researching the different universities and the courses that are available.

Each year UCAS will regularly update the course requirements for each university and courses for the next academic year. This could include minimum subject combinations for example to study Sports Science you may need a qualification in Chemistry or Teaching a qualification in English and Maths. The university will also be specific about a level (GCSE/National 5/A-Level/Higher/IB) that is required to be considered for the course you are applying for. So please check the UCAS website and always phone the universities to chat about what they are looking for.

Why go to University?

You don't need to go to university to be successful, there are many examples of successful people who never went e.g. Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour or Adele. 

With over 550,000 students applying for university courses last year, it is still an extremely popular decision at any age. The most popular course to apply for is Business, Sciences, Medicine, Law and Computing degrees. In regards to the salaries after graduation, Economics graduates fair the best with earnings in the region of £45,000 five years after university.


Fun Facts about going to University

  • In 2016–17, there were 2.32 million students studying at UK higher education institutions.
  • Figures from 2015–16 show that more than 90% of graduates were in work or further study within six months of leaving university.
  • In 2017, 20.4% of 18-year-old English-domiciled young people from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR3 quintile 1) entered higher education, compared to 11.2% in 2008

Famous Quotes about going to University

"That's what university life is all about. Challenging, questioning, enjoying good people and good friends, and pushing yourself to the limit." David Robinson

"Believe it or not, I was just given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee." Dolly Parton

"A truly great university is a nucleus of artistic expression. It fosters creative, critical thought, and serves as a platform for civil discourse." Gordon Gee

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