Applying to University – Key Steps
- Students can apply for up to FIVE different courses.
- Use the 5 choices wisely.
- By this point, you should know the specific area of which you wish to study. Therefore, your course selections should all be within a similar field of subject matter.
- Course research must be done thoroughly.
- Look carefully at the subject entry requirements.
What makes a good application?
- Good results and predicted grades
- Personal statement is well written – well structured, with correct grammar, etc.
- Courses have been demonstrably well researched.
- Work experience, hobbies, etc.
- Wider reading, listening, interest in cinema, museums, art, etc. outside the specification
Application sent - what happens next?
Students will receive either:
- An unconditional offer
- A conditional offer
- Unsuccessful application
- Once all offers have been received you will then have to select one firm course and one as an insurance.
- The insurance, as mentioned above, is usually a fall back option in the event that you do not reach your predicted grades.
High Ability Students Applying to Leading Universities
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities committed to:
- maintaining the very best research
- an outstanding teaching and learning experience
- unrivalled links with business and the public sector
The names of these universities are:
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- Cardiff University
- Durham University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- Imperial College London
- King's College London
- University of Leeds
- University of Liverpool
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- University of Manchester
- Newcastle University
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- Queen Mary University of London
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University College London
- University of Warwick
- University of York
- Choosing your A-Levels
- Choosing your A-level (or equivalent) subjects carefully to study at a leading university.
- Universities look for good grades as well as grades in the right subjects for the chose degree course
- If you are not sure what you want to study at university yet, it is important to choose subjects which will leave as many options open as possible.
- Some A Level subjects are called ‘facilitating’ subjects because choosing them at A Level leaves open a wide range of options for university study. These facilitating subjects are:
- English literature
- Modern and classical languages
- Maths and further maths
- If you do not know what you want to study at university then it is a really good rule of thumb that taking two facilitating subjects will keep a wide range of degree courses open to you.