The UCAS form is one thing you shouldn't need any help with. Your college should have someone who will help you if you need it, and they will be well-versed in dealing with these things.
In addition, you'll receive a booklet from UCAS and a CD-ROM, that should help you complete the form. Read it carefully and don't go near the proper form until you've made several photocopies first.
Make several photocopies of the UCAS form and practice on these first. You're bound to make a few mistakes, and you can't get a new form just like that, because they've all got individual numbers on them, and so you will have to pay for the form you make the mistake on!
THINGS TO REMEMBER
ROUTE A AND ROUTE B
- Write clearly - Your form will be photocopied and reduced to half-size before being sent to your universities.
Apply in plenty of time - deadlines are close for Oxford and Cambridge as well as courses like veterinary, medicine or dentistry.
Don't leave it too late - the courses will start interviewing quite quickly and you can have more than 10 applicants for every place. So apply early and give yourself the best possible chance.
Gap Years - If you're thinking about taking a gap year, you will have to defer your entry, or apply during your gap year.
Firstly check they do deferred entries.
If you defer for next year, remember you can't reapply next year if you change your mind - so make sure you get it right. (unless you withdraw your application before 30th September).
You can only submit one UCAS form during each academic year.
There are two routes for applications. A and B. The majority of students go through A, which is almost entirely before Christmas. Some students applying for Art and Design go through route B.
For Route A, the closing date is 15th January 2003. Unless of course you apply for Oxford, Cambridge, Veterinary, Dentistry or Medicine courses - as your deadline is 15th October 2002. Nice and early eh?
For the Route B Art and Design courses, the closing date is 24th March. What UCAS really mean is they want it in by the 8th March. This is because it makes it easier for them. You are only allowed to pick 3 Route B courses, but can choose Route A for the other three on the form. Route B exists because your place on a design course will depend on what you've got in your portfolio. Unless you're a real geek, your first year work won't be enough to show for you to go through Route A, which is why they made Route B. But then, there's not much time left to do the whole interview thing after Christmas, which is why there is only three applications allowed.
Apparently, for Nursing, Speech and Language Therapy, Radiography and Occupational Therapy, you need to apply through a different route. Not having done nursing at university, we don't know that much about it. Look up this website; www.nhs.uk/careers
or call 0845 6060655 for more information.
If you're going to do the normal degree, then you need to apply through UCAS. If you want to do the diploma, it's up to you to apply though the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS). Phone them up on 01242 223707 and get an info pack. The difference I don't know about - but it's something to do with tuition fees etc (sorry to be so vague).
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