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    Since good grades seem to be nowhere near enough for getting into good unis now, I know that I need to be doing more stuff to put on my UCAS etc. ATM I have a Saturday job, hold a position of responsibility in my school and sing in a choir, but don't really do much else. It seems like though that there is nothing volunteer / looks good on ucas wise that doesn't involve camping or trekking (I.e d of e , world challenge type thi gs etc) . Does anyone know of/ has done any good UCAS type things or have any ideas? Help would be much appreciated
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    Good grades are enough?

    But, doing work experience is always good, especially if it's related to what you aim to study. Or you could volunteer at a hospital.
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    Do you have a school social worker/school counsellor or any kind? If you ask them, they probably have a bunch of volunteer work opportunities that you could do, even though these aren't usually long term.
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    (Original post by TimToupetTheGod)
    Since good grades seem to be nowhere near enough for getting into good unis now, I know that I need to be doing more stuff to put on my UCAS etc. ATM I have a Saturday job, hold a position of responsibility in my school and sing in a choir, but don't really do much else. It seems like though that there is nothing volunteer / looks good on ucas wise that doesn't involve camping or trekking (I.e d of e , world challenge type thi gs etc) . Does anyone know of/ has done any good UCAS type things or have any ideas? Help would be much appreciated
    For most courses, it is your academic record that is most important - lots of people get into good unis every year without having done anything much by way of extra-curricular activities.

    Check out the individual uni prospectus entries for the courses you plan to apply for and see what - if anything - they say they look for other than academic achievement. If you don't like the sound of what they ask for, have you made the right course choice?
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    There's absolutely loads of volunteer opportunities, you just need to look for them. Help in an afterschool kids club? Work with disabled young people? Old people's home? Charity shop? Environment conservation? Try asking your careers advisor. They'll have contacts with many places and will know what volunteer work goes on in places.
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    Have a look on http://www.do-it.org.uk/
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    home work club, help with a charity, volunteer at an old folks home, anything really.... it would help if it was related to your course, but it doesnt have to be, can be something fun and that you will enjoy
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    http://vinspired.com/

    This is another good site, simply sign up, write in your postcode AND IT FINDS THINGS FOR YOU

    It's for 16-25 year olds so basically designed for A-level/ uni students, there's something for everyone, you should create a profile
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    (Original post by TimToupetTheGod)
    Since good grades seem to be nowhere near enough for getting into good unis now, I know that I need to be doing more stuff to put on my UCAS etc. ATM I have a Saturday job, hold a position of responsibility in my school and sing in a choir, but don't really do much else. It seems like though that there is nothing volunteer / looks good on ucas wise that doesn't involve camping or trekking (I.e d of e , world challenge type thi gs etc) . Does anyone know of/ has done any good UCAS type things or have any ideas? Help would be much appreciated
    You could do a bit of work experience to do with what you want to do at uni (e.g. in a school, hospital etc). That helps and looks good. Also you could do volunteering with girlguiding/scouting. Being a leader/helping out at your local rainbow/brownie/guide/beavers/cub/scout group look mega good. With that you would go camping etc. There will be plenty of other volunteering oportunities in your area, have a looka round and you should be able to find something. Also you could do the duke of edinburgh award. That looks good too and you can often do it through your school. Or you can do it through girlguiding/scouting too.
    Hope this helps.
 
 
 
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