Where to start with applying to uni all by yourself

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framsay
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Hi there!

I finished school in 2019, and due to circumstances I would rather not go into, I didn't apply to/attend in September 2019, and I haven't for September 2020 either. However, I plan to apply for September 2021 at 20 years old. Because I've already left school, I've got no real support system or advice on prepping to apply . Does anyone have any advice on where to even start with any of this? Researching unis, applying, student finance/housing etc. Literally ANYTHING will help. Even just a website to look at. I feel totally lost and overwhelmed approaching this huge desiscion on my own, especially when everyone I know who did apply to uni had a full year of prep/advice with teachers at school. If it changes anything - I plan to go for a course in illustration/visual arts.

Thank you!
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(Original post by framsay)
Hi there!

I finished school in 2019, and due to circumstances I would rather not go into, I didn't apply to/attend in September 2019, and I haven't for September 2020 either. However, I plan to apply for September 2021 at 20 years old. Because I've already left school, I've got no real support system or advice on prepping to apply . Does anyone have any advice on where to even start with any of this? Researching unis, applying, student finance/housing etc. Literally ANYTHING will help. Even just a website to look at. I feel totally lost and overwhelmed approaching this huge desiscion on my own, especially when everyone I know who did apply to uni had a full year of prep/advice with teachers at school. If it changes anything - I plan to go for a course in illustration/visual arts.

Thank you!
You will get better advice on here.

Too tired to write out a full lost but it would go something like this.

1. Work out what subjects and grades you have. In your case start preparing a portfolio.
2. Decide on a career or degree course to study. (maybe get experience).
3. Research which unis run said courses.
https://digital.ucas.com/coursedispl...t=MostRelevant
https://digital.ucas.com/coursedispl...=visual%20arts
4. Research maybe 15 and then narrow it down to 5.
5. Fill out UCAS form.
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/a...te-application
https://www.ucas.com/file/77801/download?token=N47ycGOr
6. Get a referee.
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/a...uate-reference
7. Send form and wait for offers.
8. Attend any interviews.
9. Get offers.
10. Choose a main.
11. In c Feb of the year you intend to start apply for student finance.
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
12. Send any documents.
13. Once you have accepted a course and sorted funding, then decide on uni accommodation.
14. Wait till Sept comes round and course starts. Maybe get a job and save money or get work exp.

Think thats about it.
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I'm in the same boat as you, I'm applying to uni next year and I'm 21. Follow the list 999tigger wrote Complete step 1-7 before 15th January since that's the deadline for UCAS applications (double check the date just in case I'm wrong). After step number 4 you will need to write a personal statement.
https//www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement


The hardest part might be getting a reference but you can ask your old school tutor to write you one, if you're working you could ask your employer. If you can't get a reference, call your 5 choices to ask them if they will give you an offer without a reference.

If you need more help, call a university you want to attend and they will be happy to provide you with information.
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You can ask your school for a reference even though you left in 2019.

The first thing is to identify courses that interest you and check that you meet the entry requirements and that you know what sort of careers they are likely to lead to
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(Original post by framsay)
Hi there!

I finished school in 2019, and due to circumstances I would rather not go into, I didn't apply to/attend in September 2019, and I haven't for September 2020 either. However, I plan to apply for September 2021 at 20 years old. Because I've already left school, I've got no real support system or advice on prepping to apply . Does anyone have any advice on where to even start with any of this? Researching unis, applying, student finance/housing etc. Literally ANYTHING will help. Even just a website to look at. I feel totally lost and overwhelmed approaching this huge desiscion on my own, especially when everyone I know who did apply to uni had a full year of prep/advice with teachers at school. If it changes anything - I plan to go for a course in illustration/visual arts.

Thank you!
Haven't stated your current qualifications... But many people going into some sort of creative/artististic higher education often do an access course or a foundation year before their BA. It might be worth contacting your local FE college to see what they have running for this academic year. If you could get onto something NOW you'll be far better prepared to start a degree next year. Try phoning likely places and talk directly to their admissions departments. Good luck.
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