Category Archives: UCAS

Tips for Writing your Personal Statement

When applying to university, a good personal statement can really help to differentiate your application from the potentially hundreds of others you’re competing with. It’s your opportunity to sell yourself to university admissions tutors and demonstrate to them that you’re focused and committed to the subject you’re applying for. 

Many applications are let down by poorly considered personal statements so it’s well worth spending some time carefully contemplating the impact of your statement in order to maximise your chances of making a successful application. Writing one can seem like a daunting task but with a little preparation and planning it need not be. Choices shares some tips to consider when compiling yours.

Have a plan

Before you begin, jot down some key points that need to be included in your personal statement.  These could include your motivation for choosing the subject, your career aspirations, details of relevant work experience (paid or voluntary), placements, evidence of your strengths and details of your personal qualities or skills. Continue reading Tips for Writing your Personal Statement

Autumn Links Round-up for Prospective Undergrad Students

The new academic year’s now underway, meaning that our first year students have reached the end of the application process and are at the beginning of their life at university! Many people will now be in the same position they were in this time last year, with the seemingly daunting task of applying to university ahead of them.

As prospective students start thinking about where to begin, here’s a quick round-up of some useful websites to get you started:

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service):

Information about the admissions process, deadlines, available subjects and links to university websites. You can apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities across the UK using their online application system.

Opendays.com

Searchable calendar of university open days. Open days are a must if you want to be in a good position to decide which universities end up on your UCAS form! Seeing the university first hand will help for you to get a feel for the place and decide whether it’s right for you.

Direct.gov.uk

A good site for general information about student finance, housing and student life. There are also links to online student finance application forms.

Additional resources for prospective students considering studying in Birmingham:

Birmingham Live and Learn

A new blog-based website written by university students in Birmingham for prospective or new students. Bloggers are students from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham. A great way of getting a students-eye view of the city.

Visit Birmingham

General information about the city of Birmingham, and a good starting point for those travelling to Birmingham for an open day who may be looking for accommodation in the city during their visit.

 

Top 10 Clearing Tips

Here at Choices we’ve helped thousands of students to explore their options and make the right decision about higher education. We work alongside clearing helpline staff and admissions tutors to help students find their way through the Clearing process and secure a place at university.

Here are our top ten tips for surviving Clearing and finding the course that’s right for you.

1 Don’t Panic!
If your exam results are not quite as good as you expected remember to keep calm; the right course for you may still be out there. There’s a good chance that you will be able to secure a place at university through Clearing. Last year over 30,000 (that’s around 1 in 5) university places were found through Clearing! You are certainly not alone and you have some excellent options awaiting you.

If you narrowly miss the grades you require you should check the status of your application on UCAS track before you start ringing universities to enquire about places on alternative courses through Clearing. In some cases if you are only a few UCAS tariff points short of the required grades the university may still be able to confirm your place, but this will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. Continue reading Top 10 Clearing Tips

UCAS Extra

There is still time to apply for a place on a course this September. Birmingham City University has vacancies on a wide range of courses. Applications for full time undergraduate courses can be made through UCAS until 30 June.

If you have already applied through UCAS but are not holding any offers, then you may be able to apply for another course through Extra. To be eligible to use Extra you need to have:

  • already made five choices;
  • received decisions from all these choices; and
  • either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

You can find out more about using Extra on the UCAS website. To check the availability of places on courses at Birmingham City University contact Choices on 0121 331 5595 or e-mail choices@bcu.ac.uk