How to apply to university

There are ten main steps to consider when applying to higher education and details can be viewed on the UCAS website

Your young person should apply using the online application system, ‘Apply’. The date for completing an application depends on the choice of subject or institution. Their referee, usually a form tutor or Head of Sixth form, will write a reference and collect payment of the application fee. Once the application is submitted to UCAS each student is issued with their own personal ID – this number should always be quoted when contacting UCAS and the universities.

The personal statement is your son or daughter's opportunity to tell universities and colleges the skills they have that make them suitable for the course. They need to demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that they stand out from the crowd. Having work or voluntary experience could make all the difference. The decision to make an offer is not made solely on grades. However, it is important that your child checks that they meet the entry requirements for the courses applied for.

The university/college will consider an application taking into account all the information provided. Most students are hoping for a conditional offer (based on results from future exams). Other outcomes are: an unconditional offer (all academic requirements already met); withdrawn application (student didn’t attend interview for example); or unsuccessful (i.e. the student is not offered a place on the course).

Once your son or daughter has heard from all their universities, they choose their conditional firm (CF) or first choice, and their conditional insurance (CI) or second choice.

If your young person is unsuccessful at any stage, the school/college will advise them what options are still available to them, and this may include looking for courses which still have vacancies.  For most students, confirmation of whether they have been accepted takes place in August when A level results are published. Details of whether they have been accepted onto their ‘first’ choice will be confirmed on the UCAS website.

For more information at Keele please contact Admissions: admissions@keele.ac.uk , 01782 734010