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Claire from UCAS is here to answer any questions you have about applying for your university or college place.


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Claire Samways, UCAS advisor

Claire works for UCAS in Customer Services. Over the last four years she’s helped thousands of people secure their place at university or college.
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If you've changed your mind about the universities you want to go to and it's past the 7 day window for subsituting universities, what are you options?
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I had some questions but found this link and video really helpful, others may too.

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...ur-application

Any tips for writing the best personal statement possible?
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I had some questions but found this link and video really helpful, others may too.

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...ur-application

Any tips for writing the best personal statement possible?
Hi Ben,

Thank you for your message. The UCAS website is a really valuable resource for helping to get ideas on how to begin writing your personal statement.
Here is a link to a web chat that is based solely on writing the Personal Statement and includes tips from several universities; https://www.ucas.com/connect/web-chats/116

You can write up to 4,000 characters of text that shows you’d make a great student, prepare to make a few redrafts until you’re happy with it. You can use our Personal Statement timeline https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/f...t-timeline.pdf and Mind Map to help you make a start ;https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/f...t-mind-map.pdf

Once you start the statement you may find that it will begin to flow. You can include information such as why you are applying, your ambitions and what interests you about the subject, course providers and higher education and what makes you suitable for the course including any relevant skills, experience or achievements gained from education, work or other activities.

Hot tips when adding your statement include checking the 4,000 character and 47 line limits regularly– some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters so you should try to copy and paste paragraph by paragraph to see how many lines/characters are remaining. When you do add it to your application make sure you save it regularly as it times out after 35 minutes of inactivity for security purposes.

Here is the UCAS website page dedicated to ‘Writing your Personal Statement’ ; https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...onal-statement


Oh and you are able to re use a personal statement or parts of this if you are reapplying to any UCAS schemes as long as this is all your own work!

Don't forget to keep a personal copy safe for future reference/interviews etc.



I hope this helps. Good luck and all the best with your application!




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If you've changed your mind about the universities you want to go to and it's past the 7 day window for subsituting universities, what are you options?
Hi there.

If you have passed the 7 day window for substitution of choices then there are several options available for you at this stage. If you are looking to apply to a different course with the same university then you can speak with the university directly to see if they may be willing to consider you for an alternative course.

If you want to apply to another University altogether then you can either Extra (If you've used all five choices and you're not holding any offers) You can check the eligibility details for using Extra here;
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu.../extra-choices

Or you can wait for clearing to see if any alternative choices of interest are available;https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...s-use-clearing

Extra starts on the 25th February and you can use a choice one at a time until you are made an offer. If you decline the offer or you don't get a decision within 21 days, you can add a different choice. It might occasionally take universities and colleges longer than 21 days to reply – if so it's up to you whether to wait or replace them with a different Extra choice.

Here are some FAQ's on Extra; https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/f...icant-faqs.pdf

I hope the information helps!

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Don’t forget that you can still apply through UCAS after the 15th January deadline as long as you check first with the university that they are happy to consider your application at this stage. You can apply late up until the 30th June; https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track
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If you’re not sure how to pay for uni, or how you’ll cope during your studies, don’t worry – there’s a wide range of finance and support available to help you. In terms of finance, UCAS only manages the application fee, but we’ll explain all the uni costs here; https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...ce-and-support


You can also refer to the dedicated student finance zone on The Student Room for more information on student finance, including a range of helpful tools and guidance: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance
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There is lots of advice for International students to help with what to study, when to apply and finding courses and much more.

Each university or college is responsible for setting their own academic and non-academic entry requirements for entry to the courses they run, and it is they who decide what qualifications and standards they want their applicants to have. UCAS is simply the means of applying to these course providers. As the applications service, UCAS is not involved in academic selection or standard setting for entry requirements.

You’ll able to start your research and find what Medicine courses are available using our Course Finder Search Tool these will only have courses for 2015 entry we should have 2016 courses go live around June or July time, this will provide contacts details on this course finder also; meaning you will able to check directly with the appropriate person at the university or college about their Entry requirements.

If you require further help or advice regarding studying in the UK there will be much more information that can be found at www.ucas.com and our social media pages where you can post questions via Facebook and Twitter.
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If you are applying as a mature applicant, you will be able to use the course search to search for courses that will be of interest to you here; https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/find-course

Each university and course may have different entry criteria. All Universities value any experience received as well as qualifications. You can discuss alternatives with course providers, such as taking an Access course, or getting accreditation for prior learning, life experience or work experience. You may find this information here useful for mature applicants; https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...t-applications

If you would like to discuss your circumstances any further with any course providers then feel free to contact them directly. Here is a Step by Step guide designed especially for Mature Students’ applying for Higher Education which is an extremely valuable resource; https://www.ucas.com/sites/default/f...ide%202015.pdf

You can click on the following link for advice on how to apply: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...ur-application
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Many of the questions that we receive are about referees and who you should chose to write your reference. If possible, they should be someone who knows you academically and can talk about your work ethic, interaction with other students and your suitability for higher education or a future career.

Here is a list of people that you can consider to write the reference for you;
Someone in a current or recent school or college, ask your tutor, teacher, principal or head teacher.
If you left education years ago, ask an employer, volunteering supervisor or trainer.
Don’t ask family, friends, partners or ex-partners though – if you do your application may be cancelled.



If your referee needs guidance on how to write you a reference, send them this link for in-depth advice;
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Take a look at the application flowchart for an overview of the whole UCAS process.
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Thanks for having us TSR and hopefully some of the information will help with your applications.There are some great threads on here regarding the application process.

Don't Forget; you can also refer to the dedicated student finance zone on The Student Room for more information on student finance, including a range of helpful tools and guidance: www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance

All the best, If you require further help or advice regarding studying in the UK there will be much more information that can be found at www.ucas.com and our social media pages where you can post questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Claire

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Thanks to Claire and for all your questions

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