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Filling in Your Application

There is no substitute for reading the UCAS guidance and then going slowly and carefully through each section, checking back against the guidance as you go.

Address

This looks simple, and it is, but don't just fill in your current address and then forget about it. If your address changes, make sure you tell UCAS immediately – including your email address and mobile/telephone number.

Examination results

It is important to ensure you get the details of the exams which you are due to be taking exactly right.

Be honest. Never be tempted to massage your results to make them look a little better.

Personal statement

This is your chance to say anything you like, in your own words, to persuade admissions tutors that yours is the brightest and best application ever to have crossed their desk. You can write what you like. The key areas to include:

If you plan to take a gap year, then you would be advised to make some mention of your plans and intentions in the personal statement and how the experience may assist you in your personal development or your appreciation of your subject. The university will not hold you to this, but it will indicate to the admissions tutor that you have given some thought to the value of the experience.

Remember that for most admissions tutors a large volume of applications will be on their screen or cross their desk.

If there is anything about your application that is even slightly unusual, then explain why.

As with examinations, be honest.

There is no ideal way to structure your statement.  It is a good idea to use paragraphs or sub-headings to make the presentation clear and easy for an admissions tutor to read.

Do not, under any circumstances, be tempted to plagiarise your personal statement.

The personal statement is important and it will be read.

Read Personal Statements – an Insider's View, with more more do's and don'ts.

Choice of courses

By the time you fill in your application, you should have your choice of courses ready.

Remember that you only get to write one personal statement, so if you opt for radically different courses (e.g. Physics at Oxford, Film Studies at Essex, History at Sheffield and Politics at Aston) it will be difficult to construct a personal statement that demonstrates your enthusiasm for all of them equally.

Students who are applying to university as part of UCAS Extra may wish to email a revised personal statement to their chosen university.

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Finishing your application

In all sections of your application, make sure the grammar and punctuation are correct – check your application carefully.

Your application can arrive at UCAS any time between 1 September and 15 January (or 15 October if Oxford or Cambridge or any medical, dental or veterinary course is among your choices – see the Application Timetable for this and other exceptions).

Should I apply early?

Universities are required by UCAS rules to treat all applications received by the appropriate deadline on an equal basis.

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