Posted on August 12, 2019

WHAT IS UCAS?

UCAS- Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The UCAS is the application service for nearly all universities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Home and international students wishing to study in the UK the world's leading destinations for international students with more than 500,000 international students enrolling each year for undergraduate degree apply through UCAS application form, which is very simple to use and involves many sections that need to be completed accurately step by step. In simple language, UCAS is all about helping students find the right university and helping universities find the right students. adult-asian-banking-733856

Points to keep in mind when you are filling your UCSA form :

1) Applicants can choose a maximum of 5 courses, which means you can apply for five courses at only one university or one course each at five different universities.

2) Don't apply more than once in the UCAS application cycle; You can research more, and take some time to decide the course you want to do. As there is a lot to fill in the form, you can save and sign back in anytime.

3) There are some details which you will have to fill accurately in the form, and there should be no grammatical errors and misinformation.

  • Basic personal information
  • Your course and university/ college choices
  • Exam scores
  • Employment history ( paid jobs or internships)
  • Personal Statement
  • Add your reference (recommender)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Take a deep breath, now that you have submitted your UCAS application, time for you to wait for letters.

4) Keep yourself updated with important dates. (important dates to remember)

  • 15th August 2019 - A- Level Results Day; Adjustment opens.
  • 31st August 2019 - Adjustment closes.
  • 20th September 2019 - For courses starting in 2019, This is the last date UCAS will accept applications
  • 30th September 2019 - You should contact universities directly to discuss vacancies. The Clearing search is closed after this date. But Clearing choices can still be added in UCAS Track.
  • 22nd October 2019 - This is the last date a university or college can accept an applicant in Clearing, and This is the last date to add a Clearing choice.

Many students will receive their A-level results on 15 August 2019. A-level applicants can log on to UCAS Track on 15th August to see their decisions. There might be a possibility that your chosen university offer you an alternative course. It is totally up to you whether you want to accept it or not. Well, If you are one of those students who is going to receive their result on 15th August, you’re probably feeling a bit nervous right now.

A-level RESULT DAY CHECKLIST

Make sure you have -

  • Your UCAS track login details
  • Contact details for your university choices
  • The web address of both clearing and adjustment pages
  • If you feel you’ll need Clearing, pre-decide list of courses, you are completed sure of. ( Clearing opened on 5th July, you can see courses available)
  • Your GCSE result.
  • Your personal statement.

WHAT IS UCAS CLEARING?

Don't worry if you haven't got the grades you expected; there may be something better suited to you in Clearing that wasn’t available before. UCAS Clearing operates between July and September. It can be a stressful process for many students as UCAS Clearing may be your second chance of getting a place at university. You can apply in UCSA Clearing in the following situations :

1)You have not received any offers.

2) Your offers have not been confirmed, maybe because you have not achieved the required grades). Do not meet the conditions of your offers.

3) UCAS receive your application after, after 30th June 2019, they will not send it to many universities and colleges. Many top universities in the UK have plenty of clearing places available for a range of courses. Students must contact universities directly in order to secure a place through clearing.

VISA FOR FOREIGN STUDY

You should apply for your visa up to 3 months before your course starts, the process usually takes around 3 weeks. Any student who is coming to the UK for longer than 6 months must get Entry Clearance from their home country, and if not longer than 6 months, then you should have Short term student visa.The most common student visa is TheTier 4. The Tier 4 application requires:

  • unconditional offer from the University,
  • confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS) letter
  • criminal background check from the student's country
  • biometric information
  • and proof of existing savings, the amount of which is dependent on the length of the study.

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FINDING LAST MINUTE ACCOMMODATION-

After getting into the University of your choice, The first thing you should be doing is to search for the perfect and secure student accommodation which should meet all your requirements, Because that's going to be your home, for few years. You will eat, sleep, study and live there. There are some universities which provide accommodation to those entering through Clearing. The most common types of student housing include on-campus halls of residence; You can even choose from off-campus options like shared flats, private rooms or individual apartments. If you're thinking to consider this option, make sure you do some research about the services on-site, distance from the university, security and maintenance related details, all bills are included in the rent or not, payment system, furnished or unfurnished etc.

YOU WILL HAVE AN AMAZING STUDENT EXPERIENCE ABROAD, ALL THE BEST!

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