Timetable of Activities

Year 12

  • Start researching course choices
  • Attend Higher Education fairs
  • Attend Open Days
  • Undertake work/voluntary experience
  • Register for admissions tests (if necessary)

Year 13

  • Submit application to UCAS and Student Loans Company
  • Called for interview
  • Receive offers
  • Re-visit institutions
  • Make first and second choice
  • Sit exams followed by publication of results
  • Place confirmed

(Not all students will do all activities but these are the types of activities suggested).

All universities will provide opportunities for prospective students and their families to visit –whether informally or on organised Open Days when academic schools and other facilities are open to view.

Keele holds a number of Open Days each year when prospective students and their families can visit the campus, find out about the courses on offer and see the accommodation and study facilities. 

Action plan

Parents/guardians can help with the following during the research process:

  • Encourage son/daughter to be realistic – make informed decisions using all the information available, and taking into consideration their predicted grades
  • Encourage them in their research
  • Check the course is what they think it is
  • Support to find work/voluntary experience
  • Attend Open/Visit days
  • Encourage your son/daughter to ring the university with any queries

With the application process:

  • Read through the personal statement and check for sense, spelling and grammar
  • Check the personal statement is fit for purpose
  • Remind of UCAS/school deadlines
  • Remember to advise of any change of address or circumstance
  • Keep a note of their Personal ID provided by UCAS on submission of their application