If you are thinking about going to uni next year, you should start thinking about it sooner rather than later.
Here are some useful links:
UCASConnect informal help and advice
Unistats get the facts and figures to make and informed choice.
Guardian University Guide is a good place to start.
The Complete University Guide does what it says on the tin!
The Student Room help and advice not only for applying but also for while you are at college.
Personal Statement advice
The personal statement is the toughest part of the UCAS form to complete. You need to cram in all your achievements, learning and outside interests and career aims into 450 words. The best advice is to be personal, make sure that the real you comes shining through.
- Focus on the subject you want to study
- Only a small amount about your hobbies
- Give examples of things you are interested in and say why – be ready to give more details in an interview
- Don’t just list your achievements or work experience, comment on them, show how you have developed
- Use your own words
Most university websites have online tools like video tours and interactive maps, some have discussions, and question forums . You could also have a look at their Facebook pages for updates and deadlines, Youtube channels for tlaks and tutorials and iTunesU for lectures and tutorial resources. Some unis have podcast channels with information and advice on the application process.
- Do research in advance, find out about accomodation costs and course information
- Talk to your guides to get a feel for the place
- Ask questions of staff – about employment prospects, work experience and so on
- Take notes
- Have a wander about by yourself to get an unofficial view.