Sponsored feature, words by Jenny Hazan

The word ‘deadline’ strikes fear into most of us. For football fans it’s the final day of the transfer window, for students it’s when coursework and assignments are due. For teenagers applying to uni, the decision on where to study can be daunting but putting it off can lead to a deadline day drama.

Universities see this happen every year, so we’ve asked Coventry University to share some tips on how you can be prepared for the application deadline.

Pick the right course for you

As if selecting your A-levels wasn’t hard enough, finding the right university course can be overwhelming - particularly when there are so many to choose from.

Firstly, it’s important to get an understanding of what’s available. Like most universities, Coventry University has a course finder on their website to help prospective students find the right course for them. From designing aircraft, hosting drivetime radio or helping to save lives, you’ll certainly have lots of options.

If you need help narrowing it down, start by listing out all of the things you enjoy or interest you. This is how Coventry Uni student Tom realised that his passion for sport and interest in business meant that BA (Hons) Sports Management would be the right course for him.

Consider the overall student experience

Going to university is not just about your course though; you should research what the city has to offer and the sports, societies and facilities available. It’s important to pick what feels right for you. Coventry University says that ‘student life is just as important as your course’, which is probably why they have recently been voted University of the Year for student experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015). As well as national student survey results, you can also find out what other students think by visiting our university forums.

Put your best foot forward

Your UCAS application is your chance to put your best foot forward. Don’t risk leaving it until the last minute, you’ll rush and might choose the wrong university or course – and you’ll regret it! We have lots of advice and resources to help you apply.

Give yourself plenty of time before the deadline to draft your personal statement. Write a version offline and ask someone to proof read it to check you haven’t missed out anything important! The best personal statements contain reasons why you’re right for the course, how it relates to your desired career and demonstrates your transferable skills.

Don’t forget your referee

Your referee must complete a reference before your application can be sent. It’s quite common to see students missing the application deadline because they get confused or aren’t sure what to do here. If you’re applying through school or college then this is done for you by your teaching staff, but if you’re applying independently, you’ll need to make sure that your referee is happy to provide a reference before the deadline.

And last but not least, good luck with your application!