Hi guys! I hope your week has been great. I’m sure by now seeing as the deadline for the personal statements are nearing, you as Year 12’s and definitely Year 13’s have been starting to think about where you want to be in a year or two. Which university do you want to go to and what course do you want to study? That kind of thing.
I’m sure it’s all quite overwhelming at first, to think that you are making very big decisions that in a way could influence your career, so early on in your life. It was for me as there are so many courses and Universities out there. But never fear. Go on to the UCAS website http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ and it will provide you with all the answers to your questions along with a step to step guide of how to apply and what happens after your application has been submitted as Hannah Lane my fellow ambassador explains in her blog this week.
If you haven’t got a clue what you want to study or where to go , it’s ok! We’ve all been in that situation. Even if you do know what you want to study the best way to start on your journey to Higher Education is to visit a UCAS event. They’re fairs that have hundreds of Universities in one place, trying to entice you to study with them. Here’s a few tips when you’re school or college visits one:
- · Pick up as many leaflets and prospectuses as possible just so that you know what Universities are offering the courses you’re considering to take. Also, take advantage of the freebies!!
- · Keep your options open – Don’t constrict yourself to one course just because you’ve done it for A-Level, or for whatever other reason. Have a good snoop at the prospectuses you pick up; you never know, something else might take your fancy!
- · Don’t be affraid to talk to the people representing the Universities, they’re there to help and to ask any questions you may have. You never know, the person that’s behind that desk might be the person that interviews you for your application to that University; if you’ve shown your face and shown that you’re eager they might remember you from that event and it may be the deciding point to accept you on to that course.
After you’ve been to a UCAS event, have a good look at the prospectuses. If a certain course takes your eye, go to the University’s Open Day. There are usually around 3 of these a year in every University, their dates should be clearly stated on the prospectus itself. If I hadn’t have gone to a Glamorgan University Open Day I don’t think I would’ve come to the University, as it wasn’t my first choice at the start. But, as soon as I walked into the Atrium, the building blew me away and I had that instant feeling of amazement and excitement I hadn’t felt with my other University choices. I had a good look around the campus, the accomodation and also got to talk to one of the lecturers of my course, having the opportunity to ask any questions I had; I was sold. The tips I have for the Open Days you attend are the same as the UCAS events. Just make the most of the day and if you have any queries – just ask! I work in the Glamorgan Open Days myself and if no one would ask me a question all day the day would drag, so please ask away, we really don’t mind!
This is just the first few steps of getting into higher education. But I hope that this introduction has helped you get an idea on how to get started on thinking about your University and course choices. Who knows where you’ll be in the next one or two years! Exciting! J