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NI - Applying to Higher Education
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10 Steps to Applying
Applying to Higher Education
A guide to:
What is UCAS?
Search for courses
What can I do on the UCAS website?
- How to Apply
What are the
Where to look:
University Visit Days
Websites & Social Media
Parents, Teachers & Friends
Compare the Uni
Compare up to three different universities at once on various factors
Search for universities based on specific criteria
E.g. City universities, campus universities, universities by the sea etc.
Compare various courses at different universities
More detailed information about a specific university
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
Online admissions service for:
Higher National Diploma Courses
A Conservatoire is a college for the study of the arts, usually:
Leeds College of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Royal College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Enter Personal Details & Education
You can apply for up to 5 courses
You can only apply to 4 of the following:
You can only make one application to Oxford or Cambridge
3. Deferred Entry
UCAS Course Finder
Find and compare undergraduate courses at different universities
We recommend still applying in Year 13
When applying tick 2019 entry
Justify your decision in your personal statement
Take a year out before further study
4. Qualifications & Work History
Tell UCAS about any paid or voluntary work experience
Include qualifications that haven't yet been marked- this is what uni's will base your offer on
Include ALL the qualifications you already have
5. Personal Statement
Universities use them to:
Formulate interview questions
Decide the status of near-miss applications
for you to show the university why they should choose you
6. Pay & Submit
Mark all sections as complete
Before you submit, there is a fee to pay:
For 2019 entry:
£18 for a single choice
£24 for multiple courses
7. UCAS Track Responses
You have already met the grade requirements
As long as you complete any stated examinations you have a place
If you meet the conditions, you have a place.
This normally means that you have to meet certain grade/points requirements
Your application for that course has been unsuccessful and unfortunately you haven't been offered a place
8. UCAS Track: Reply
Your first choice of course. If you meet the grade requirements, you will attend this course.
10 Steps to Applying
Your second or back-up choice. If you fail to meet the grade requirements for your firm choice, but meet the requirements for your insurance, you can attend your insurance course.
If you are unsuccessful in all of your applications, you can make single applications to other courses through UCAS Extra.
Vacancies are listed on the UCAS website from around 25 February.
10. Results Day
You meet your firm choice offer
You miss your firm offer but get your insurance offer
You exceed your first choice offer
You miss your firm and insurance offers
You're going to your firm choice uni!
You're going to your insurance choice uni!
You can choose to go through adjustment
You'll have to go through clearing
Available for those who do not hold a university place following the publication of exam results in August.
Becomes active on the day of A-level results to help students find suitable vacant university places.
Tips for Clearing
Have a pen and paper to hand
Be open to suggestions
Have your UCAS ID number ready
Avoid being on holiday on results day
You snooze, you lose!
Places go fast so make sure you call as early as possible
Avoids the need for Clearing.
- Results day
Compare entry requirements
Paste your Personal Statement
Track your application
If you exceed conditions for your firm choice, you can go through adjustment to look for an alternative course.
This is completely optional- if you're eligible you can sign up via UCAS Track on results day
Your original firm choice will be safe while you're looking for another – you'll only lose it if you confirm you'd like to go elsewhere
UCAS Key Dates
Applications open from mid-September
Application deadline for Oxford & Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine/Science
Application deadline for majority of courses
Check your course details for correct deadline
Application deadline for some art and design courses
Note: Your Sixth Form/College may have earlier internal deadlines- check with your teachers
Location and Size
Far from home?
Close to home?
Attend open days!!
Over 52,000 different courses
How many undergraduate degrees does Newcastle University offer?
Shared common first year
Spend time in industry or overseas
Types of courses
Academic study with work based learning
Two subjects studied equally
Degree focused on a single subject
Major / Minor
Two subjects, one in more detail than the other
Study up to 3 subjects for your degree
Placement / Internship between 2nd and 3rd year
History of Art
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Occasionally more flexibility on combined courses
Stage 1 (First Year)
Broad and structured
Stage 2 (Second Year)
More specific and more choice
Optional Stage 3 (Third Year)
Year abroad or work placement
Stage 3 or 4 (Final Year)
Very specific and even more choice
Different courses have different levels of flexibility. This may differ between universities
Medicine and Dentistry are longer courses with different structures
Bursaries and Scholarships
What's on offer?
Are you eligible?
How and when do you apply?
Do your research!
Bursaries and Scholarships
Average flight time from Newcastle to Belfast = 55 mins
Flights as cheap as £22.66.
20 mins to the airport
30 mins to Northumberland
15 mins to the beach
We are here
2 hours from Edinburgh
1.5 hours from Leeds
3 hours from London
55 mins from Belfast