Hia guys, I hope you’re new years resolutions are going well? Mine was thrusted into action as I strarted back in uni this week and realised the volume of work I have to complete by the end of the term – SCARY!
So second term…it’s all about deadlines deadlines deadlines unfortunately, especially for you who are in Year 13, who are not only trying to meet the deadlines of your subjects but also the 15th January UCAS deadline. If you are thinking of going to university next year, and your course has a deadline of 15th January you HAVE to submit your UCAS application by this date.
Here are some key things you need to know or prepare to ensure your application is received by the deadline.
Know your login details
Make sure you know your login details, as you’ll need to log in to Apply to send your application. Use the login reminder service on the Apply page if you’re not sure.
Send it earlier if you can
The deadline is 23:59 (UK time) on 15 January 2013. But you don’t want to send it just a minute before that time because things could go wrong that could sabotage your chances of getting into university. So I’d strongly advise that all applications are submitted well ahead of the deadline time. This is also true for your subject deadlines in Year 13 and your deadlines when you reach university; give the work in in good time so that you don’t rush your work and possibly get a lower mark for it.
Be prepared for any payment issues
You must pay for your application before it can be sent to UCAS. If you enter invalid payment details five times, you will be locked out from making any more payment attempts – if this happens, you’ll need to call UCAS, so again make sure you send your application early just in case.
If you’re applying through a school or college, they’ll need time to review your application
Your tutor needs time to complete the reference section and check and approve your application before they send it to UCAS. If they spot any errors, they’ll send your application back to you to amend. If this happens, you need to change it and send it back to them, so that they can send it to UCAS. It may not happen, but it’s good to allow time for this just in case. Simply sending it to your school or college before the deadline won’t count as sending it on time; it has to be received by UCAS. This is also true for your subject deadlines and when you reach university; finish your deadline in good time so that you have time to send it to your lecturer so that they can have a look at it and see if you’re on the right track. Also, we have an education drop-in centre so if you’re struggling with structuring your essay or with grammar, you can show your essay to the advisors there and they can amend some of it for you. I use it a lot and is a great help, as they make the essay sound more academic and you gain more marks because of it!
You need a reference before you can send your application
However you request a reference (whether you’re applying independently or through a school or college), you still need to have a reference attached to your application before it can be sent to UCAS.
If you’re applying independently, allow enough time for your referee to read the instructions, write and attach the reference, and confirm that it has been completed.
If you’re applying through a school or college, send your application to them early to allow them time to write the reference and carry out the other checks before the deadline.
If you need help, contact UCAS
If you need more advice and help log on to http://www.ucas.ac.uk/
Or log on to UCAS Facebook and Twitter pages
A bit long-winded, but it’s so important to get your UCAS application right, so that the universities have no excuse on not accepting you! 🙂
I’m off to submit an essay! 1 down 2 to go this month! Good luck with all the deadlines! Just think of the relaxing summer ahead, that’s what’s keeping me going! Sian x