If, after the age of 18, you are ready to continue your path of education to further your chances for a successful career, or perhaps to continue enjoying the world of academia and learning, you may start applying to universities. If you are attending a college or sixth form, you will likely get support and advice from a teacher or careers guidance counsellor who will be able to guide you through the process. You can also find any help you need on the UCAS website which has plenty of articles about deadlines, applications, requirements, and universities to apply for.
You will start applying before you finish your college education, so you will need to have an idea or prediction of your grades to be able to apply to certain universities. It’s a good idea to apply to more than one university, so as to keep your options open. You may have varying grade requirements, so having more than one option can be used as a back up in case you don’t quite acquire those grades.
For your university application, you will also need a reference from someone who knows you, as well as a personal statement. This is your way of letting the university know who you are, what you want, why you want to study there, and what you hope to achieve. Let your creativity shine, don’t be afraid to promote yourself, but keep it friendly and down to earth at the same time. With these combined elements, this is what the university will judge when it comes to accepting you. They may then offer you a conditional acceptance until you receive your final grades.