What is the process of applying to HE?
UCAS and the application process
Applying to a course at university or college can be a daunting experience for students and parents alike, but there is a wealth of information available to help young people with the process, alongside excellent support from tutors at schools & colleges.
UCAS is the company that handles the majority of course applications. Students apply to a maximum of 5 different courses and UCAS sends the application to the 5 institutions to consider. All decisions and offers are made through UCAS and everything is completed online.
This short video explains the application process.
Parent's guide to UCAS
The important thing to remember is that the process involves a number of important dates / deadlines and these must be adhered to. The main ones remaining for 2019 entry are:
15th January 2019 - Deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses
25th February 2019 - Extra starts for eligible applicants
15th August 2019 - A level results day
In any given year the dates of October 15th and January 15th are important. October 15th is the deadline for medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and Oxbridge applications and January 15th is the deadline for all other courses.
For more information check on UCAS
Supporting your son / daughter
During the time that your son / daughter is choosing what course(s) to apply to it is important that they research their options fully. There are a number of websites that students can use to find out more about their preferred course. These websites usually rank universities based on a number of different criteria, and so can be used to compare courses / institutions.
There is more information on how to use these websites in the Careerpilot section Higher Education at 18/19 or later
There will be tutors in school / college that will support students with their personal statements (which makes up the main part of the application form) and this article provides a little more guidance on the important things to remember - How to write an effective personal statement