you have decided that you wish to study in the UK but
need to some help filling in that application form.
We asked the Universities and Colleges Admission Service
(UCAS) for some advice.
handle all applications for places on full-time higher
education courses in the UK. This year alone they have
336 universities and colleges listed in the UCAS Directory.
Whatever your age, qualifications or nationality if
you wish to apply for any of the 45,000 courses listed
you must complete the application form provided by UCAS.
you receive your application form from UCAS (Contact
details below) you should also receive an acknowledgement
card. When you have completed your form put an international
coupon on it and enclose the card when you send in your
form. UCAS will then post the acknowledgement card back
to you to confirm that they have received your application.
forms from international students outside the EU must
send their application form between September1 2000
and 30 June 2001, except if you are applying to Oxford
or Cambridge University or for medicine, dentistry or
veterinary medicine/science in which case you must apply
by 15 October 2000. Other deadlines apply for Art and
Design Route B courses - see the UCAS 'How To Apply'
booklet for details. However, if your application is
sent after December 15th 2000 universities and colleges
may consider you application but there are no guarantees,
also the more popular courses may not have any vacancies
left. EU students should apply before December 15th
and if you already have the necessary qualifications
you can apply at any time. It is always advisable to
contact your chosen universities for advice. UCAS advises
all international students to apply early to allow time
for immigration, travel and accommodation arrangements.
They are also aware of high level of competition for
a place at a UK university "Give yourself the best
chance - apply as early as possible!"
remember that you can only submit one UCAS application
form in each year's application cycle so do consider
your university choices very carefully before completing
the form "You should be happy with your choice
of course and university or college before you make
your final decision. Remember, you will be spending
the next few years there".
will send copies of your form to your chosen universities
or colleges. UCAS will also send you an application
number, a list of your choices and a leaflet called
'Advice for Applicants'. This may take up to four weeks.
they have received your application universities will
then decide whether to make you an offer - usually by
asking you to achieve certain exam results. UCAS will
then ask you which offers, if any, you want to hold
while you wait for your results. If you meet the offer
the university or college will confirm your place. If
you do not meet the entry requirements your place may
still be confirmed if your results are acceptable and
places are available. UCAS advises always in this case
you should get in direct contact with your university
are not involved in selecting students. Universities
and colleges make their own decision, and we are not
responsible for their decision".
"Do's and Don'ts" in completing you application
use only a black-ball-pen or type, and make sure your
ink does not leak through to the back. UCAS will need
to copy your form and reduce it in size, so it must
make sure your typeface is at least 12 point and in
a standard typeface.
use BLOCK CAPITALS on page 1 of your application form
(your personal details) as UCAS use computers to read
this section so it needs to be clear.
write inside the boxes provided.
inform UCAS if you have any disability, special needs
(including dyslexia) or a medical condition. UCAS collect
this information simply to monitor progress in equal
opportunities in higher education. Universities and
colleges do not use this information when they decide
to make you an offer or not. Universities and colleges
welcome students with disabilities and try to meet your
needs wherever they can. If you have any special needs
then complete section 8 of the form clearly stating
practise first on a photocopy of the form - it is generally
advised to make quite a few copies, so that the original
form that you send through has no mistakes. Do remember
that your application form is all the a lecturer has
to go on to make a decision whether to offer you a place
or not so do the best job that you can in order to give
your self a proper chance
send an original application form. Each form has a reference
number and UCAS will not process a photocopied form
give your reference number in all future correspondence
with universities/colleges and UCAS
use the codes to complete the section for university
choices. You will find these forms in the UCAS Directory
or on their website www.ucas.com
complete the additional information - this involves
the occupation or most recent occupation of your parent
or guardian who earns the most. If you are over 21 you
must give your own occupation. Also use the correct
codes for your ethnic origin. All of this information
is for UCAS to monitor application rates and equal opportunities.
It is important to note that this information is only
provided to Universities and colleges after the selection
list all the qualifications you have completed whether
you have passed or failed them. Including exams you
took when you left school and the exams you took to
get into higher education.
Do give the title of your qualifications in the original
give details of any English language tests you have
taken or plan to take
spend a lot of time preparing your personal statement.
UCAS suggest that you answer questions such as why you
want to study in the UK? Are you studying any subject
that you will not have an exam for? Have you had a position
of authority or used your communication skills in any
activity? You should also show evidence that you can
complete a higher education course in English.
use as much as the space of you can. A good personal
statement can help your chances to gain a place at university.
It is one of the most important parts of the application
so take your time to make sure that your handwriting
is neat and that the statement is short and concise.
Do not write an essay and do not go over the space provided
- practise on photocopies first.
give the person who is writing your reference the information
provided by UCAS on "How to apply - 2001 entry"
so that they know exactly what to focus the reference
on. Make sure that your reference is written in English.
send your UCAS application fee with the completed form.
read the booklet provided by UCAS thoroughly and follow
the instructions given very carefully when completing
Not detach the two halves of the form
Not attach extra sheets. Send all additional information
directly to the university
Not stick or staple extra or replacement sheets onto
Not write in the green boxes
Not write outside the black borderline
Not mark or damage the reference number boxes.
Not use correction fluid if you make a mistake. Simply
cross a neat line through your mistake and make any
corrections clear. It is advisable not to make any mistakes.
. practise, practise, practise!
Not mistake the seven-digit number in the top right-hand
corner of the form as your application number - this
is a different number for office use only
Not try to squeeze to much information on one line.
Not send UCAS exam certificates
Not use abbreviations on the form except when asked
to in the instruction booklet
Not try to give UK equivalents of qualifications or
Not send extra information to UCAS, send it directly
to the University
Not get any stains on your application form. Keep the
original form in a safe place
Not fold the application form when sending it through
Not leave any of the form incomplete unless it specifically
states you can. This may lead to UCAS not processing
your form. If you need advice contact UCAS or ask your
teacher/careers advisor etc.
Not leave your application form till the last minute.
Not rush when completing your form and follow the instructions
provided by UCAS carefully.
If you need any further information then contact UCAS
by telephone on + 44 (0) 1242 544961, by E-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
or by fax on +44 (0) 1242 544961 or you can write to
UCAS, PO Box 28, Cheltenham, GL52 3ZA, United Kingdom.
At any time you can click on our International Student Enquiry Service in order to have your details circulated
to multiple academic institutions so they can mail you
comprehensive further information and brochures. Remember
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