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Applying to Third Level in the UK Thursday 11 th October, 2012
What is UCAS? § UCAS stands for Universities & Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. § It is the UK's version of the Irish CAO system. § Irish Students can apply to courses in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland Wales through the UCAS system. § Places will be offered to students based on their Leaving Certificate Results or PLC Course or as a Mature Student.
Why do Irish Students go to the UK? § There are many colleges in the UK where it is much easier to get into a desired course than in Ireland. (i. e. lower points/grades than Ireland) § Financial incentives (i. e. Scotland to a lesser extent than Wales) The Scottish Executive decided from the start that there would be no undergraduate fees for non-UK students. (currently under review) § Ease of Access (i. e. travel distance, flights, ferries etc. ) § Cost of living may be cheaper than Ireland § College Reputation (i. e. word of mouth, friends, siblings, past pupils, university league tables etc. )
Most Popular Degrees § § § § § Actuarial Sciences Architecture Children’s Nursing Dentistry Diagnostic Radiography Dietetics Medicine Midwifery Occupational Therapy § § § Optometry PE Teaching Physiotherapy Primary Teaching Psychology Speech & Language Therapy § Therapeutic Radiography § Veterinary Science
UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions System § Covers over 50, 000 or more applications to full time courses in over 300 colleges and universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Application Fee § Application Fee Entry for 2011: £ 11 for 1 course and £ 21 for more than one 1 course. (5 courses max) § Application Fee Entry for 2012: – small increase to £ 12 for 1 course and £ 22 for more than 1 course. (5 courses max)
Applicants to UK from ROI (Acceptances) - 2010 Scotland 3840 (665) NI 2241 (517) England 5235 (1597) Wales 1239 (236)
Important Dates to Remember § Closing Date: 15 th October 2012 - Courses in Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science. (Including non UK/EU applicant). § 15 th January 2013: Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all applications, including the reference, for all courses except those with a 15 October deadline. § 25 th February 2013 - UCAS Extra opens. If you are eligible to use Extra, you can refer yourself to another choice.
Important Dates to Remember § 24 th Mar 2013: Application deadline for the receipt of applications for Art & Design courses except those listed with a 15 th January deadline. § 31 st March 2013 - Date universities will usually have made a decision about your application if you sent it before the 15 th January deadline (although this may take longer in some cases. ) § 8 th May 2013 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your universities responded by the 31 st March deadline. If UCAS do not receive your responses, they will decline offers on your behalf.
Important Dates to Remember § 9 th May 2013 - If you applied by 15 th January, universities and colleges need to send their decisions by this date. If they don't, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf. § 6 th June 2013 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your decisions are received by 7 th May 2012. § 27 th June 2013 - If UCAS receive all decisions from your universities or colleges by 7 th June, you need to reply to any offers by this date. § 18 th July 2013 - If you applied by 30 June and are waiting for decisions, universities and colleges need to send UCAS their decisions by this date. If they don't, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
Important Dates to Remember § 25 th July 2013 - If UCAS receive all decisions from your universities/colleges by 19 July, you need to reply to any offers by this date.
Application Process § Students must register with UCAS before they can send in an application for college using the website: www. ucas. com § Students must click on ‘Apply’ button - Register/ log in to use Apply 2013 - Registration - Takes approximately 15 minutes - Enter your personal details - You must enter school buzzword: (ask Guidance Counsellor) - You receive a UCAS username - You create your own password - Keep a record of these!
Application Process § Applications are completed online using the ‘Apply’ system at www. ucas. com § You may have to complete an extra assessment depending on the course or courses your are applying to e. g. Interview or Aptitude Test (UKCAT/BMAT) § No order of preference when filling out course choices as they are stored alphabetically on the system.
Types of Offers by UCAS § Conditional Offer: - Place is offered on the basis that you meet certain requirements, i. e. exam results. § Unconditional Offer: - You have met all the academic requirements and the university or college is happy to accept you. § Withdrawn Offer: - A choice can be withdrawn by you or the university or college § Unsuccessful Offer: - This means that the university or college has decided not to offer you a place on the course.
UCAS Application Overview: § Personal Details: Self explanatory § Choices: A maximum of 5 courses can be applied for Choice Restrictions - Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science. - Maximum of 4 courses for Oxford OR Cambridge § Education: Schools & qualification you’re taking/have taken. § Employment: Work history – part-time jobs, work experience, voluntary work. (up to 5 listings can be completed)
UCAS Application Overview: § Personal Statement: Why you are applying for the course you’ve chosen and why they should want you as a student. (4000 characters/600 words) § Reference: PLC Coordinator
Entry Requirements § Each university/college has different requirements e. g. exam grades, tariff points (like points in Irish Leaving Cert) or health checks depending on the course. § Entry requirements are available on UCAS website. - www. ucas. ie (Course search). § Check Entry Profiles (EP) as they help applicants decide which college/course to apply to. § N. B. Always check college requirements for every course you are applying to.
Entry Requirements § The Entry Profiles give the following information: - Give details on courses/university/college - Entry qualifications - Selection criteria - Admissions policy - Indicate personal qualities/interests/experiences that would be useful for the applicant to have for the particular course.
Some parts are not mandatory
UCAS-Tariff Points versus L. C. Grades § Some universities use UCAS Tariff Points when making offers to Irish students, some use specific grades and some use a combination of two. § In general, whenever there is more demand for a course, the entry requirements will specify actual grades rather than UCAS Tariff Points.
UCAS-Tariff Points versus L. C. Grades
Useful Websites: § http: //extras. timesonline. co. uk/gug/gooduniversityguide. php Find out which is the best university in the UK for the course you want to do. § http: //education. guardian. co. uk/universityguide 2008 An extremely useful site which rates the best universities in the UK according to subject areas. § www. educationuk. org This site is run by the British Council and gives information on studying in the UK for non-nationals. § www. qaa. ac. uk Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Useful Websites: § www. push. co. uk PUSH University Chooser § www. realuni. com Real. Uni – Choosing a University. § www. nhsbsa. nhs. uk/students Nursing § www. studential. com Excellent website to give you information about how to apply to UCAS and list of accommodation etc.