Why it Pays to Be on the Ball with University Admission

We’ve all heard the saying “The early bird always gets the worm” and this could not be truer regarding university admissions. This is definitely not the time to take off on a gap year, at least not until you’ve nailed the University that you will study at for the next four years. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were only a handful of young people wanting to enter a university, yet the numbers are high, and growing annually it seems, as more students realise the long term benefits of a degree qualification. Bearing this in mind, you are restricted by application opening and closing dates, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your research and homework prior to the starting gun being fired.

Off to a Fast Start

If you liken the university admission process to a 100m sprint run, then getting off the blocks fast definitely gives you a better chance. Winning the race is the equivalent of being accepted with your first choice of university, and you can bet your bottom dollar that every single applicant is also trying to win the race. So, how does one get the advantage? By doing your research ahead of the starting line, which involves a few critical stages. First, you must be clear on the courses you want to take, and by this time, you should have a good idea as to which career is right for you, then you must think about the university you would like to study at. Both of these can easily be accomplished with a few hours of Internet browsing, and when you have found suitable courses, make note of their individual UCAS number, as this will be required when applying for admission.

The Registration Process

There is only one way to apply for admission into a British university, and that is via the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) website. It is advised to register in advance on the clearing date, and once this has been done, you are ready for the admission process to begin.

The Admission Process

Once registered with UCAS, you can now apply for courses and universities, and this can be done with a single online form, in which you can include up to 5 choices, whether it be 5 universities to teach a single course, or 5 different courses at a single university. You would obviously select your first choice as the one you would ideally like, and then prioritise as the list goes down, and before you can select a university, you need to do some online research. Once you have narrowed it down, then you can take advantage of the university open days, when you are able to experience the university.

With so many talented youngsters, all competing for the best places to study, this is one race where preparation is essential, and by doing your homework in advance, you will be ahead of the pack when clearing begins.

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