Each year there are about 400,000
university places available in the UK.
Despite recent increases in tuition fees competition for places remains high,
and the universities that are considered by many to be the most desirable
naturally gain the highest number of applicants.
Thus the need for students to maximise
their chances of getting to the university of their choice remains. And this means quite simply two things. While it is obviously always true that
students need to work to the best of their abilities to get the grades likely
to be required, it is equally true that every year students need to write
better and better applications.
For, just as a course which five years ago
might have admitted students with three B grades now requires two As and a B,
so an application form which five years ago might have led to an offer, might
now lead to the student being not given a place.
In fact each year we are seeing an
increasing number of highly able and talented students failing to get to the
university of their choice because
their application does not make the most of their potential, their personality,
their drive, and their ability to give something back to the university as
well as be a good student.
Students now need to be well informed and focused in order to make the right
choices and to give themselves the best possible chance of getting a place on
the course and at the university that best suits their future aspirations. They need to know why they want to go to this
university, to study this course, and they need to be aware that being at
university is a two way process. The
university gives the student opportunities – the student needs to show that
he/she will seize those opportunities and give something back in return.
This book seeks to clarify the process of applying for university and contains
information and insights that will be useful for all students as they face the
university application process. It outlines each step from the first
thought to the completion of the application, and looks at all aspects of the
process of selecting and applying for a university place. This includes carrying out research to find
the best suited course/university, understanding the UCAS system, delivering the best
possible personal statement, the actual application and the post-application
process, funding, and student accommodation, etc.
Cat No: 978 1 86083 810 1