There are just a few weeks until you need to submit your UCAS application. By now most of you will have an idea of what course you'd like to study, what university to attend - and you may have a first draft of your personal statement too. If you're still unsure, take a look at our hints, tips and guidelines to get some extra insight into polishing your application – and making it shine.
Many students will have an idea of what they might want to do early on but for others choosing between different subjects can be tricky. Even if you are sure what you want to do at university, do take the time to research. University offers a much wider range of subjects than schools or colleges – so you might find interesting courses you didn't know existed or courses within your area that sound more "you" than the one you originally chose.
Some things you can consider if you're not quite sure which course to study:
With hundreds of higher education providers it can be difficult to select just five. A good way to begin is to make a list of what you want from a university – what your priorities are. For example, you might want to study in a particular part of the country, or go somewhere which has particular facilities. Once you've worked out what is most important to you, you can then start seeing which universities fit your requirements. Some things to think about could be:
This short statement (4,000 characters or 47 lines long) is the part of applying that students struggle with the most. Admissions tutors want you to demonstrate that your knowledge and skills are a good fit for your course, and they also want to know why you've chosen to spend the next three years or more studying it. Here are our top tips for writing a winning personal statement:
For more in depth help with your personal statement you can visit our applying page, which has a full personal statement pack and other tips and hints. There's also a wealth of information on the UCAS website.