The UCAS Process

At King Solomon Academy our main priority is to ensure that you are fully prepared for the next phase of your life, which for many students will be life as an undergraduate.

The next step: applying to university

A place at a good university is the primary target for most students at KSA. The UCAS application now involves completion of a form on-line via the Internet and for most students this will be done between September and November in Year 13. Through this process you can apply to up to five universities.

 

Selective, Highly Selective and Super Selective Institutions

There are hundreds of universities up and down the country and at KSA we view them in three key groups according to access type:

Selective Universities’ targeting criteria is usually mostly 6s and above at GCSE and A levels should be between ABB-CCC for their course offers. This includes universities such as: University of East Anglia, University of Reading, and Goldsmiths University etc.

Highly Selective Universities’ targeting criteria is usually at least three 8-9 grades at GCSE and the rest 6-7s and A levels should be between AAA-BBB for their course offers. This includes universities such as: University of Manchester, Kings College London, University of Nottingham etc.

Super Selective Universities’ targeting criteria is usually at least five 8-9 grades at GCSE and the rest 7s and A levels should be between A*A*A*-AAA for their course offers. This includes universities such as: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University College London etc.

 

As part of the application process, you are expected to write a personal statement detailing your suitability for the course and university.  Some things we adivse you indlcue in your personal statement are:

  • Why you want to study the particular subject or course – show why you’re passionate about the field.
  • How your current studies have helped you prepare for university. Be reflective - explain why you've made certain choices and what you've learnt, but don’t go into lots of detail.
  • How you’ve gone above and beyond the curriculum to demonstrate your interest in the subject (for example, books you’ve read, taster sessions you’ve attended).
  • Your skills and experiences (including work and placements) and how you feel they’ll help you to succeed on your chosen course.
  • The achievements that you’re particularly proud of. Be honest – you may be asked about them at interview!
  • What you hope to gain from university, and your career aspirations.
  • Your interests/hobbies. It’s recommended that 75 per cent of your statement is academic/course-related, while the other 25 per cent can focus on extra-curricular activities

 

Support and Resources for University Planning

For information on courses, applying to University, entry requirements etc:

www.ucas.co.uk

-To compare Universities based upon the National Student Survey results, including employment data:

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk

-To find out more information about careers and employers, including short video clips focussing on specific jobs and companies:

http://www.careersbox.co.uk

-To view the rank order of Universities for your chosen subject area:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2011/may/17/university-league-table

-For information on student finance:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/index.htm

 

UCAS applications – an overview/timeline

In addition to the University Preparation (UP) programme, below are some key areas with which you will receive support over the two years.

When Year 12 Year 13
Winter term Are your AS level subject choices the right ones for you? Are they linked to your long term aspirations?

 

Do you understand the AS/A2 system?

 

Do you know how to study successfully in Sixth form?

Are your A2 level subject choices the right ones for you? Are they linked to your long term aspirations?

 

Have you had your careers interview?

 

Have you had your personal statement signed off and checked?

 

If you’re an Oxbridge, Meds/Dents/Vets applicant – are you ready to meet your October 15th deadline?

 

Are you ready to submit your UCAS application by December 15th at the latest?

 

Do you understand Student finance?

 

 

Spring term Are you ready for your AS level mock exams?

Is your yr12 coursework complete?

 

Do you understand how the UCAS system works?

 

Are you thinking about what is going to make you a rounded University candidate?

 

Have you had a careers interview?

 

Have you spoken to your tutor about your plans for next year and beyond?

Are you ready for your A2 mock exams? Is your yr13 coursework complete?

 

Have you replied to your UCAS offers?

 

Do you understand how UCAS extra works?

 

Have you applied for student finance?

 

 

Summer term (PRE EXAMS)

Are you ready for your end of year 12 exams?

 

(POST EXAMS)

Have you visited Universities or attended any Open Days?

 

Have you registered with UCAS? Have you uploaded your personal details?

 

Have you had your 1:1 Higher education interviews?

 

Have you had your Oxbridge mock interview?

 

Have you decided if you want to go to Oxbridge, or study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Sciences?

 

Have you written the first draft of your personal statement?

Have you spoken to the Head of Department relevant for your UCAS application about wider reading?

 

Are you ready for your A2 level exams?

 

Do you understand the ‘confirmation and clearing’ process?