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UCAS application support: Get expert guidance from draft to interview

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With UCAS deadlines nearing, A level students are getting ready to submit applications for their dream uni courses. 

It’s a big step in your academic journey and a defining moment for your future — it’s perfectly normal to be nervous. If you feel you could use some help and guidance, our experts can help you make sure you submit your best application and face your UCAS interview confident and prepared. Discover our UCAS support services.

Get UCAS application support

Filling out your uni application can feel overwhelming. It’s a process: you have choices to make as you select up to 5 courses at different universities, academic references and other material to gather to support your application, and a UCAS personal statement to write to make your skills, personality, and aspirations shine.

We can help you every step of the way. Our expert tutors have been supporting A level students like you for years and have a real passion for helping them succeed. From university choices to the final draft of your UCAS personal statement and follow-up sessions, we will make sure you receive all the guidance, answers, and tips you need.

My Language Lab UCAS services: what’s included

Here are some of the areas your tutor will cover in your 1:1 sessions:

  • University choices. You’ll be discussing your motivation, aspirations, and possible career paths as well as the information and resources available to you (i.e. UCAS discovery days and hubs, student forums, rankings, financing, culture and student life, year abroad, etc.)
  • Personal statement support and feedback. You’ll receive thorough guidance covering anything from a strong structure and opening to content, vocabulary, phrases to avoid, and more. You’ll receive in-depth feedback on multiple drafts and have access to Q&A sessions and recommendations.
  • Interview preparation. Not only we’ll help you with the final submission but also make sure you are confident with your interview preparation and receive guidance on the next steps.

All our tutors are language experts. This means that you’ll have an especially trained eye reviewing your application to study subjects like English, Business with French, Spanish, and more.

Book your free assessment today to find out more.

When to prepare your UCAS application

You should start thinking about your application months in advance to make sure you give it your best effort. Choosing the right uni for you takes quite some research and you’ll want to discuss your options with your teachers and family.

You’ll need time to request references and gather supporting material but most importantly, you’ll want to write multiple drafts of your UCAS personal statement before you’re happy with the final version.

No matter where you’re at, we can help. Whether you’re unsure about your options or could use an expert set of eyes to go through your final draft, it’s not too late to get the support you need.

How to fill in your UCAS application

Go to the UCAS website and register or log in. The application is quite lengthy but can be completed in multiple sessions. 

Here are the steps to follow to submit your UCAS application:

  1. After registration, complete your details. These include personal, contact, residency, and financial information.
  2. Fill in your education history from secondary school onwards.
  3. Fill in your employment history. Include paid jobs only (no volunteer positions, they can be discussed in the personal statement). It’s ok to leave this part blank.
  4. Complete your course choices. You can choose up to 5 courses and can include them all now or leave some for later.
  5. Paste your personal statement, which must be between 1,000 and 4,000 characters. This is a crucial step and it’s important that you’re happy with your personal statement before submitting it. Make sure you check it thoroughly for grammar and spelling mistakes.
  6. Review and submit your application. Make sure that everything looks in order.
  7. Add your reference and application fee. Although you can take care of these after submitting the UCAS application, they’re still mandatory.

How to make your UCAS application stand out

It’s crucial that you review the specific requirements and advice for your university and department of choice before completing your application.

Successful applications usually show:

  • The right qualifications and achievements
  • A strong knowledge, commitment and passion for the subject area
  • An outstanding personal statement that demonstrates the candidate’s attitude and achievements as well as their writing and academic skills
  • A positive attitude and solid reference

FAQs

What are the UCAS application deadlines for 2022?

The equal consideration deadline for nearly all applications for UCAS undergraduate courses is 18:00 (UK time) on 26 January 2022. All Oxford and Cambridge courses as well as most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry passed their deadline on 15 October 2022. 

If you miss the January deadline, you can still submit a late application with course choices until 30 June 2022, 18:00 (UK time.) All applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing, meaning that they can be used to fill any places universities and colleges have left on their courses.

How do I write a successful UCAS personal statement?

Your UCAS personal statement should prove that you are the right fit for the courses and institutions you’re applying for. This doesn’t only mean academic achievements but also passion and personality, motivations and aspirations, and the ability to learn and grow.

To prove this, you’ll need to draw from your life, work, academic, and volunteer experiences and must be able to write concisely and convincingly. You must grab the reader’s attention from the first sentence and avoid trite expressions and buzzwords.

We can help you write your best UCAS personal statement and make sure your unique profile truly shines through. Get in touch today.