Should you decide it's something you want to do, the process of applying to university is a very long, challenging, rewarding but ultimately worthwhile process. In your first year of sixth form, you may begin the process of thinking about what you want to do with your life, and where you want to go to study (should you decide that is what you want). You may even have a strong idea of what you want to do with your career; this can only further inform your decision.
Should you decide it's something you want to do, the process of applying to university is a very long, challenging, rewarding but ultimately worthwhile process. In your first year of sixth form, you may begin the process of thinking about what you want to do, and where you want to go. You may even have a strong idea of what you want to do with your career; this can only further inform your decision.
From planning and starting your application, to (hopefully) starting your freshers' week, there will be a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, a lot of fretting and a lot of dreaming. Check out our step by step guide with some handy web links to get you through the process; we start with the process of shopping for a course and campus that suits you and take you all the way through to your first week of university (assuming all goes to plan)
Once you have made your decision, it's of course time to get started on your UCAS application. It's a fairly long and involved process that can take up a lot of your time and concentration. The most important thing to remember is that you are going to need to provide potential admissions tutors with a compelling and truthful application which shows why you want to study the course you have chosen. This means that the personal statement section of your application needs to be written and then re-written. And then re-written again.
So it's Results Day, and you're holding that piece of paper with those much-anticipated grades printed on them. Here's the point where you are either on your way to the university of your dreams, or once again having to do some serious thinking. If you haven't got the grades you needed, don't worry, it's not the end of the world. It can often feel as though A-levels will define your entire life. They won't. You can always take some time, reconsider and then re-apply.
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Let's say everything's gone to plan, and now you're off to university. The final step (or first depending on your point of view) is to start to make plans for what you're going to do when you're there. This ranges from sorting out your accommodation, opening a student bank account and buying any books or textbooks you will need before you start the course. You may even be thinking about how you are going to make friends, and whether you will fit in.
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