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UCAS (University College Admissions Service) is the place you go if you want to apply for a university place in the UK. I am applying for September and think the idea of UCAS is brilliant and made applying for me much more efficient and easy.
I started my application a few months back and applied through my college. If you apply through college you need to ask you college for their buzz word because you can't sign up applying through college before you get that. You can also apply independently where you won't need a buzz word. I liked applying through college because I was able to send my whole application to my tutor and he checked it and sent it back if I had any mistakes. I had it sent back to me three times but it was for the best because now I have got a much stronger application.
Once you have registered you will need to keep you log in details safe including your I'd number because you will need it to log in every time. I did forget mine initially as I registered but didn't start filling in my application till a month later. All you have to do to fix it is press forgot details and they send you three emails containing your id in one, password in one and username in the other. It's pretty much instant that they email you the details so no need to worry if you forget.
Once you are all registered you can start your application and come back it is whenever you want so there's not hurry to finishing it all in one which I thought was great. To me right up till New Year to finish mine because of constant changes to my personal statement.
It's best to send it to your application off as soon as possible so that your reference has time to write you a good reference. I have heard stories of people waiting as long as two months for their reference to be added. Imagine if you missed the deadline because of your reference is what you should always have in the back of your mind when applying. Although you can get offers if you apply after the January 15th deadline but universities don't have to consider you equally so on popular courses you may be disadvantaged.
The Personal Statement is the hardest part of the application for most. It's hard enough trying to sell yourself but when you only get 47 lines or 4000 characters to do it in it makes it even harder. My personal statement took me three months to get it to a state that I was satisfied with. I wrote mine on word first then copied it over into the box for you personal statement on UCAS. On UCAS personal statement box you only get 35 minutes to write you statement before it times out so it's wise to write it in word first and copy it over when you are done to save it getting lost in the middle of writing it.
the personal statement for me could have been better because although you are writing one to sell yourself the box doesn't allow you to structure it to show you academic skills fully. Whilst you have all you punctuation and grammar all in order it doesn't allow you to use paragraphs where I think it should. You can leave a line for a paragraph but it takes one of you lines so if you was to write 4 paragraphs you would be short of 4 lines which is a lot to dismiss when you only have 47 in total to show yourself off.
There are a lot of guidelines on the UCAS website that helps you with what to put in you personal statement and you can contact them about it if you are stuck. My advice is to show you are passionate about the course you are applying to that is what I did and it worked so far got 3/5 offers.
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Once you have finished you application you just have to pay and send. Currently it is £12 for a single application and £23 to send your application to more than one university. I personally just paid the £23 because I didn't see any point in only applying for one university because I wanted back up just in case I didn't get in to my favourite choice.
Once your application has been processed you will receive a welcome letter . My welcome letter took two weeks to come for some unknown reason. Before I even got the welcome letter I logged into track with my apply login and it worked. i do think UCAS can be a little slow with updating track with your offers. I received and offer from a uni by email and it took them over a week to update my track. I got another offer from a different uni via email and UCAS updated it within hours so I assume that it depends on how busy they are. Track is good overall because you don't have to be waiting around for an acceptance letter to come in the post which could get lost you can just check online.
UCAS I personally think is a brilliant idea to help students easily apply for university. It saves the hassle of having loads of different deadlines and having to go through a different application process for each application you send and just having one. I like that all you have to do is complete all the details of your application and then send it to UCAS and then sit back and wait because they do all or most of the communication between you and the university for you.
If you are an international student you can apply to study in the UK through there also which is also convenient for people who don't live in the UK.
If you a little unsure of where does your course using course search can show you all the courses and where they are. You have the option to search by course or search by area. I found this helpful because when I applied I was adamant that I wanted to go in London so was easily able to search all the universities in London.
UCAS is so helpful I liked their page on Facebook and have asked so many questions threw Facebook regarding my application and they are so helpful. The frequently asked questions is booming with questions and they have nearly everything you could possibly want to know about your application on the website. The have external links on how to apply for student finance also which I found useful they also have some breakdown of what you could potentionally get from student finance England.
There is not much more a student could ask of UCAS everything has run smoothly with them for me and think that this is good. I felt like UCAS website provided with me with very important knowledge for university and without it I don't think I would be half as prepared. There speciality may be just to get your application done but they do that and a little more. Thumbs up for this site from me 100%
Summary: The easy way to apply for uni.