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Choosing the right university and the right course can be daunting – but the best thing you can do is research. There are plenty of big decisions to make like how far from home you want to live, whether the course you’ve chosen suits your needs, how you will manage your money and what you will do to prepare.


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Sheffield Hallam University have put together a series of video guides to help you whizz through the process with ease and so you can be sure you make the right choice and spend the next three years doing something you love.

1. Making sense of the UCAS points system



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UCAS has a points system that turns your grades into points that universities use to see if potential students have enough credit to get onto a course. If you know your predicted grades (you can estimate if not) you can calculate your UCAS points for each of your A-level, BTEC or equivalent courses. By adding these up you can work out what UCAS points you will get.
When looking at courses, you will be able to see what points you need – or when a university comes back with an offer they will let you know what points you will need.

2. Crafting your personal statement



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This is your chance to show why you should be accepted onto the course you have chosen. Be sure to explain what makes you suitable – and express your passion for the subject. This should shine through. Be sure to mention what interests you about the course and include any relevant skills or work experience you have too. Your knowledge and commitment to the subject, as well as a good attitude to learning and personal development, is a vital part of the statement.

3. Can you afford it?



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No matter what your circumstances, anybody can afford to go university. There is support available in the form of loans and scholarships to help you afford your tuition fees and living costs such as rent, food and socialising. You can apply for funding from the government the February before your course starts.

Jack, a schools and colleges adviser at Sheffield Hallam, says: “The main form of financial support will be your student loan. This is a government loan that helps cover the cost of your tuition fees. You can also get a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. How much you get is based on your family’s household income. Your university may offer extra support like scholarships.”

4. Choosing the right course



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There are more than 30,000 courses available in the UK ranging from Viking studies to animation and sports science to medicine . It’s really important to think about what makes you tick before making a potentially life-changing decision. Look at the course description to see the type of modules you will be studying, how much contact time you will have, how the course is assessed and if there are any work placements involved.

5. How to apply



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The only way to apply for an undergraduate course is via UCAS. It's easy to set up an account online and you can add your five chosen courses to your account ready for application. It's essential to make sure you get your application in before any deadlines and this is even more important for the top universities. Make sure you research these carefully via ucas.com and take the time to think carefully about your personal statement before you apply.