Many young people dream of getting admitted into universities in the United Kingdom to get the knowledge, skills and qualifications needed to pursue a certain field or career. A dream, however, is much different from reality. To realize your dreams of getting admitted into a UK university, you have to actually work your way to achieve. But how can you realize such a dream?
Assuming that you have already decided to pursue university study and have elected your course, you need to do a lot of research work to able to get things on the motion. First, you need to check which universities offer the course you want to study. It is rather unwise to apply into a university that does not offer your selected course. You need to thoroughly assess which universities could best suit your course. Always remember that different university teach differently, as dictated by the educational staff, professors, facilities and equipment they have. Some student may prefer a university that offers good access to sports facilities and events, while some may choose a school that is more focused on societies.
You can start off your university research by visiting university Web sites as well as reading their prospectuses. A number of universities and colleges schedule open days during which interested applicants could learn more about the institution and the courses they are offering. Open days typically provides a good opportunity for you to see where you would be learning and where you would be living. There will be a campus tour on the facilities that the university, and you are free to ask students and personnel anything you might want to know about the school. Open days offer a good chance for you to determine whether you would fit into the university’s academic environment.
Open days, however, are not the only chances that you could get to know the universities to which you want to apply. A non-profit organization that facilitates the application process to universities and colleges in the UK – the Universities and Colleges Admission Service, or UCAS – holds events that allow visitors to explore higher education and take a look at some of the best admission resources and deals. UCAS holds these events around the UK for different stages of the application process. During these events, you can talk to representatives from UCAS, universities, colleges and other course providers.
Once you have narrowed down your list of preferred universities, it is now time for you to know the entry requirements that they have set. Entry requirements are a set of academic ability that a university expects you to have. If you lack one or fail one of the set requirements, you may have to settle for universities which standards fit yours. Each university and course has set different requirements. These requirements are usually a combination of qualifications, subjects or exam grades. Some universities or course may just require applicant to possess one of the qualifications. You might also be required pass an admissions test, interview, or a health check – which usually determines whether you would be offered a place in the university.
All that is left for you is to apply. Applications to UK universities are coursed through UCAS, which means you can’t apply directly to your school of choice. Before applying, you should check the application deadlines. Your application should be with UCAS by one of following dates – depending on the course you are applying for:
- October 15 at 6:00 pm for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge or any professional course in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry;
- January 15 at 6:00 pm for the majority of courses;
- March 24 at 6:00 pm for some art and design courses.
UCAS will accept late applications up to June 30. Universities might still consider your application if there still slots unfilled for the course you applied for. For better chances of getting those slots, you should submit your application by the set deadlines.
You are to apply online at UCAS Web site. UCAS will provide the application form in which you have to indicate certain details pertinent to your admission intent. Of course, you should not forget to write your personal statement. You have to submit your personal statement along with your application. As an applicant, you should not forget the importance of the personal statement in your application. The statement is your biggest chance to tell universities why they should consider you as one of their future students.
UCAS offers university applicants a way to track the progress of their application. You just need to wait for decisions from the universities you applied at and see if you received an offer for a place on their course. Offers might be conditional on exam results. You have to reply for the offers – whether you decline or accept them. You might also receive an invitation, which means that the university might offer you a place if you come and pass an interview or an audition.
If successful with the admission process, you are bound to become a new university student in the next academic term!