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Applying to university - top tips for reapplying 

Applying to university again can be a daunting. However, it really doesn’t need to be. Follow London Metropolitan University’s five tips on reapplying to university.

1. Find the right course

One reason for reapplying to university is that you started a degree but left because the course was not right for you. This makes it all the more important that you find the course that is right for you. But what makes a course right for you?

You'll enjoy studying the course material. Look at the variety of courses available in your chosen subject area. Research module options, assessment methods and facilities. London Met has a £30 million Science Centre – one of the biggest and most advanced teaching laboratories in Europe.

The course leads to a career you want. Employability is an important consideration when choosing a course. London Met has made work-related learning a core activity for every undergraduate student to help your job prospects. Looking at graduate employment rates is another way of finding a course that will help you enter the working world. The University has thousands of students engaging in work experience every year and, as a result, 96.7 per cent of its 2017 graduates are in employment or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17, released in July 2018).

2. Research the support services on offer

Another reason for reapplying is that you were offered a place but did not feel ready to go to university.

This is understandable as going to university is a big commitment. It’s important you have the support you need to make it through your degree. Look for universities that can help. London Met offers comprehensive careers advice, as well as financial support, counselling and disabilities and dyslexia services.

3. Attend an open day

A common reason for reapplying is that you did not settle at university. Attending an open day can help avoid this problem as you can get a feel for a university.

To get the most out of open days:

  • Prepare for your visits. Plan how to get to and from the university, make a note of any talks you want to attend and departments you want to visit.  
  • Talk to academics. Ask them about the course you’re interested in and what sort of modules you’ll be studying.
  • Ask questions. You can find out about accommodation, support services and funding options.
  • Look at the facilities. See what the university has in the way of laboratories, libraries, study spaces and more. 

4. Leave no question unanswered

Universities want to help you, so do not be afraid to ask any questions you have before submitting your application.

London Met have knowledgeable and friendly advisers to answer queries about the university and its courses. They will put you in touch with the course tutor if you have a very specific question about your course.

5. Write a good personal statement

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London Met is an excellent option when you are 
reapplying to university

A final motive for reapplying is that you didn’t get onto a course you liked. This happens to lots of students every year and there is no shame in reapplying for this reason.

You can improve your application by re-writing your personal statement. A personal statement is an essential element of your UCAS application and the most difficult part to get right. If you are reapplying you can draw from your experience of having already written one as you’ll know what, and what not, to do.

Follow these tips for writing a stand-out personal statement:

  • Use simple language. Write in good, coherent English, organised into clear paragraphs with a theme.
  • Research your choice of course thoroughly. This will help you explain why you have chosen your particular area of study.
  • Write about your academic and non-academic interests. Talking about your passions outside the classroom helps admissions tutors form an opinion of you.
  • Forget the clichés. Being original will set you apart from other candidates. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, be honest and enthusiastic and give examples of how you are dedicated to learning within your area of interest.
  • Get feedback. Teachers, careers advisers, friends and family members will be able to give you a second opinion on your work and find any mistakes you’ve missed. 

Lots of students reapply to university every year for various reasons. Remember to do your research, take your time and follow the advice above.