Category Archives for Applying to university

[52] When to start a UCAS application – the timelines explained

If your child is planning on going to university you’re probably wondering how much the process has changed since you were at that stage, and what needs to be done when. In this blog post I’m going to explain when to start a UCAS application as well as all the timelines leading up to starting […]

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How to keep your GCSE and A Level results in perspective

As the results days for GCSEs and A Levels draw nearer there’s a high probability that you’re losing sleep over your results. You probably remember that results day is coming along several times per day and get a sick feeling in your stomach and shivers down your spine. Your worry levels are through the roof. […]

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What universities really look for: Top tips from a University Lecturer

If you’re applying to university you’re probably slightly befuddled about what lecturers and admissions tutors are actually looking for. That’s why I was so excited to speak to Eleanor Snare, teaching fellow at the School of Design at the University of Leeds. Eleanor teaches third year students, supervises dissertations, and is heavily involved with open […]

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How much further reading is too much further reading?

I often talk about how important it is to do further reading, over and beyond the demands of your GCSE and A-Level courses. It’s vital because: Further reading will be the foundation of what you write about in your personal statement It allows you to deepen and broaden your knowledge of your subjects, making you […]

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How to edit a UCAS personal statement (video)

  Ugh! What a nightmare… You’ve spent hours writing your personal statement, brainstorming everything you’ve done that makes you the perfect candidate for your course, crafting an opening sentence and tweaking your words. However, you’re way over the 4,000 character limit that UCAS puts on personal statements and you have no idea what to cut […]

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