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Ucas application

Inside university interviews, tests and applications

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How long does it take for universities to reply to your application?

When can you expect to get an offer (hopefully!) from a university you've applied to? As our guide explains, response times on decisions can vary.

16 September 2019

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Unconditional offers: should you always accept?

Unconditional offers, conditional unconditional offers... it's a lot to get your head around. Before you accept an unconditional offer, read our guide to this growing recruitment tactic by universities.

30 July 2019

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The EPQ and your personal statement: top tips

What’s an EPQ and how can you use it to you advantage when it comes to your personal statement and uni applications?

08 May 2019

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Which university admissions tests do you need to take?

Don’t know which university admissions tests you need to take? Let’s help you figure out these acronyms mean and which tests are required of you.

24 April 2019

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If I fail in my exams, what do I do?

What are your options if your final exams go disastrously? Whether you've got your results or you're not feeling confident about results day, this is what you can do.

06 April 2019

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Oxbridge applications: five things you might not know

Planning to go to Oxford or Cambridge University? Here are five things you might not know about Oxbridge that could help boost your application.

17 March 2019

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How to deal with rejection when applying to uni: students’ tips

If your top-choice university rejects you, it can be a real kick in the gut – how do you bounce back? A new podcast from four student vloggers tackles just that question in their first episode. Here are some words of wisdom we learned.

12 March 2019

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How easy is it to switch courses once I’m at university?

Thinking about changing university course? Read our advice for anyone wanting to switch subject or uni.

03 March 2019

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What to do if you don’t get an offer from your first choice university

Rejected from your first choice university? Find out what your options are, namely how Ucas Clearing and Extra can give you a second stab at applying to uni this year.

21 February 2019

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What to do if you miss the Ucas deadline

Uh-oh, you've missed the Ucas deadline. What are your options? Our guide covers late applications, Ucas Extra and Clearing...

05 February 2019

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Five New Year's resolutions for university applicants

Hoping to head off to uni this year? Then you've got a big year ahead of you. So, in fitting New Year's style, here are some resolutions that could help you on your way.

04 February 2019

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Making the grade: A* students share their revision tips and secrets

A* students share their top tips for how to revise for A-levels, plus we share advice on when to start and more.

04 February 2019

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How to prepare for a university interview

Find our how to prepare for a university interview and discover expert uni interview techniques and tips to help you succeed at your university interview.

04 February 2019

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University offers: what they mean and what to do next

A guide to unconditional and conditional offers from universities you’ve applied to through Ucas. What do they mean and what are your next choices?

31 January 2019

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Ucas Extra explained

Ucas Extra is a lifeline if you've not received any offers, or you've declined those you have. Learn more about Ucas Extra, including when it is.

16 January 2019

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Post-Ucas deadline: five things to do next

So you've submitted your Ucas application, but that doesn't mean your application journey is over. Prepare for what comes next.

02 January 2019

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Ucas deadline countdown 2019: things to remember

We wouldn’t necessarily recommend waiting until 15 January, the day of the Ucas deadline, to submit your university application – but if things are down to the wire, here's how to ensure you're fully prepared.

09 December 2018

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Ucas deadlines and key application dates

Get organised with our calendar of the key dates and deadlines in the Ucas application process for students beginning studies in September 2016.

02 October 2018

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International Baccalaureate (IB) students: applying to university

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an increasingly popular qualification in the UK. Can taking the IB put you at an advantage over A-level students?

01 July 2018

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What do I need to get into Oxford or Cambridge?

If you’re thinking about applying to Oxford or Cambridge, you’ve got to stand out against the tough competition. Our five-step plan sets out what you’ll need.

27 June 2018

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Should you apply for more than one course at the same university?

Applying for different courses at one university? This can be a good, or bad, idea depending on the subject. Read our advice — including personal statement tips - before you apply.

27 June 2018

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Can you get into university if you’re studying BTECs?

Don’t be put off applying to university if you’re taking BTECs rather than A-levels. Here’s what universities think of them and how you can maximise your options.

26 June 2018

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Applying for a course with higher entry requirements than predicted?

Are your predicted grades too low for your desired degree course? We look at how strict university entry requirements are and whether you should still apply.

05 June 2018

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Calculating Ucas points based on predicted grades

Do you know what Ucas points are and how to calculate them? Find out how to calculate your points based on your predicted grades with our handy calculators.

17 April 2018

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How do universities view gap years?

Gap years can be a good plan before starting your uni course. With lots of gap-year opportunities and ideas out there, here’s how to make sure your gap year is viewed favourably by your university.

16 April 2018

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First and insurance university choices explained

What’s the difference between university firm and insurance choices? We’ve got help with deciding which offers to accept and answer your queries, from changing your mind to what happens next.

12 January 2018

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Ucas Tariff: everything you need to know about Ucas points

What is the Ucas tariff points system, and how does it affect your uni application? We explain everything you want to know about Ucas tariff points.

12 January 2018

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Behind the scenes: how your uni application is processed

What makes your Ucas application stand out once you’ve fired it off - and how long does it take before universities will start making offers? Find out how your uni application is processed, and what university admissions tutors are really looking for.

20 December 2017

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Year 13 students: five ways to squeeze the most out of the Christmas holidays

Festivities, food and celebrations... Your holidays will probably be packed with distractions. But try to make the most of that lull between 25 December and New Year to get some uni prep sorted.

01 December 2017

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What are university entry requirements?

Universities set their own entry requirements, which vary depending on subject and the course. Learn more about how university entry requirements work here.

24 November 2017

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