All words Highlighted in purple font are explained in the ‘jargon buster’ section at the bottom of the page
Your personal statement is a bit like a great Tweet, you have so much to say but you’re limited to a certain number of characters.
Thankfully UCAS are slightly more generous than Twitter and they’ll allow you to use 4,000 characters to sell yourself as the perfect candidate to 5 universities and colleges. This may be the only opportunity that you’ll have to interact directly with each department that you’re applying to so it’s really important to get it right.
Our partners and a number of third party websites provide support and advice for writing your personal statement and getting it absolutely spot on. Click on the links below to get started.
Higher education students have to meet a number of expenses including tuition fees and living costs. There is financial help available (probably more than you think!) from your chosen university, the government and from other sources such as part-time work.
Every UK student is entitled to a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their studies regardless of their background or household income; this is provided by Student Finance England.
You can also get access to a means tested maintenance loan to support you with living costs such as accommodation, travel expenses and day to day bills. You may also be eligible for a scholarship or bursary, do your research into your chosen university to find out what financial support is available to you. The links below provide you with some more in-depth information about funding and finance, check them out!
There are over 37,000 university level courses in the UK taught at over 350 institutions, this can make choosing your degree extremely difficult. So what is your dream course and where will you study it? There are a number of factors which you must consider before submitting your UCAS application.
What grades do I need to achieve? How far will I be from home? How is the course delivered? How will I be assessed? These are just some of the questions that you should be answering through your research.
Residential summer schools are a great way for you to find out what life as a university student is like. You will stay in University halls of residence and get to spend time with current undergraduates. Usually, you will be expected to attend interactive lectures relevant to your academic interests during the day and there will be a full social calendar in the evenings. Check out your local residential opportunities below or visit the UniTasterDays site to spread your wings and go further afield.
A number of organisations offer support to students from particular schools, postcode areas or backgrounds to help them to prosper in higher education. Find out more and check if you’re eligible to apply by clicking the links below.
Masterclasses will provide you with an opportunity to sample what learning is like at university. Masterclasses are designed to enrich your current studies and help you to decide what subjects you would like to pursue at degree level. As well as being a great learning tool for your exams and assessments, these informative sessions can provide excellent examples to include in your personal statement.
Check out local masterclass programmes by clicking the links below:
lectures, discussions, and tutorials.
Alumni - People who have graduated (completed a course and gained a qualification) from a particular university or college.
Bursary - A non-repayable sum of money awarded to students who fulfil specific criteria
Campus - The grounds and buildings of a university or college
Clearing - A process offered by UCAS to allocate students places on courses where there are still available vacancies. Clearing is normally used by students if they have not secured a place at the institution they want to study at.
Degree - A degree is the qualification university students gain on completion of their course
Freshers - Students who are new to higher education are often referred to as ‘freshers’. A welcome week is usually hosted at the start of term to familiarise new students with higher education life.This includes lots of social events as well as an introduction to facilities and staff.
Halls of residence - These are blocks of accommodation where most higher education students live during their first year of study
Lecture - A presentation of ideas and information by a member of academic staff (a lecturer) to a fairly large number of students.
Maintenance loan - A sum of money that a student borrows to cover living costs such as accommodation, bills and food.
Personal statement - A personal statement is a 4,000 character document which you submit to UCAS when making your application to universities and colleges in the UK. Your personal statement is your chance to sell yourself and tell institutions why they should offer you a place on their course
Postgraduate - A postgraduate student is someone who has completed their first degree (e.g. BA or BSc) and is now taking on a higher level qualification (a Masters degree) to advance their knowledge
Residential summer schools - Summer schools are provided by universities and colleges to give students an idea of what life is like as a higher education student
Scholarship - Scholarships are cash grants which do not have to be repaid. They are usually awarded for academic, sporting or musical excellence
Tuition fee loan - A tuition fee loan covers the cost of university studies such as teaching, resources, exams and assessment
Undergraduate - An undergraduate student is someone who is studying at university for their first (Bachelors) degree