The 15th January application deadline is fast approaching for UCAS.
UCAS is the centralised organisation that looks after applications to universities and third-level institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland.
When applying through UCAS, institutions will judge you based on more than just your exam results.The UCAS application involves students completing a personal statement, providing an academic reference and providing information about work experience. As well as the extra work involved in preparing an application, UCAS will send the completed application to each institution for which a student applies, for their consideration as soon as they receive it. Therefore, there is benefit to applying as early as possible.
All UCAS applications are made online through ucas.com. Students should first use this website to search for courses and institutions in which they may be interested. Secondly, they should contact the institution to enquire about Irish Leaving Certificate entry requirements, fees and any other requirements such as aptitude testing. Students may apply for up to five courses in a normal UCAS application.
Personal statements should explain why the college should choose the applicant for the course. While including any work experience or extra-curricular activities is very important in a personal statement, applicants must also give the college an idea of their academic interests and work style.
Video: Starting your Personal Statement (UCAS)
The reference should be from someone who can comment on the student’s academic style and suitability for the course, often a subject teacher.
Visit www.ucas.com for full details.
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