What is the UCAS Application?
- August 15, 2021
- Posted by: administrator
- Category: UCAS application
Going to university in the UK is the ambition of many students from all over the world. We decided to write this guide to try to clarify the ideas of those who have chosen Great Britain as a place to start their university career and want to make a UCAS application. If you want to contribute with advice, suggestions or just want to share your experience about it, feel free to leave a comment.
To enrol in an undergraduate degree course at one of the UK universities, it is first of all necessary to possess one of the certifications that attest to an adequate knowledge of the English language, essential to be able to attend classes, participate in seminars and take exams.
The most common certifications are IELTS, TOEFL, and CAE. Your enrolment request will not be forwarded to the University of your Choice, but to an institution set up for the purpose of managing this type of request: UCAS.
UCAS, what is it?
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the organization responsible for handling enrolment applications in UK universities. Therefore, the student does not contact the desired university directly, but must make use of the support provided by UCAS.
If you are planning to study in the UK, we recommend that you bookmark the official UCAS website – you will use it quite a few times! On the site it is in fact possible to have all the updated information on degree courses; submit your application to up to five different courses or universities and monitor the status of your UCAS application.
ATTENTION: the information included in this guide refers exclusively to the so-called undergraduate degree courses, i.e. those to be started after high school graduation. Registration through UCAS is not required for postgraduate courses.
How to send your registration request
All requests must be submitted online in the APPLY section of the site, which is active 24 hours. It is not necessary to complete the application at once: once you have registered your account you can save and continue when it suits you.
Before starting, remember that it is necessary to have a reference letter (in English), written by a teacher of the institution you come from, to be included in the reference section.
Personal Statement, what is it about?
One of the section is called Personal Statement, what to write? Good question! In this section you will have to enter a text in which you introduce yourself and explain why you have chosen that particular degree course. What you write must be convincing, you have to make it clear to the reader that you are the right person to offer one of the available places. It is imperative that this text be grammatically flawless.
When to send your request?
As a rule, for each degree program, there are three deadlines within which to send your request, except for the colleges of Oxford, Cambridge and the courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary (check directly on the degree course page on the UCAS website). To avoid unpleasant surprises it is always better to send your application as soon as possible. The expiry dates change every year: on the UCAS website you will find the information you need for each single course of your interest.