Leaving Certificate students intending on applying for undergraduate courses in the UK need to start the application process over the coming weeks.
In order to apply for undergraduate courses in the UK, students will have to apply to UCAS. The UCAS system is like our CAO system in the sense that it manages all applications to UK higher education courses. Unlike CAO, there are three application deadline dates. For that reason, it is imperative to verify the deadline for your chosen course(s).
Tuesday 15 October is the application deadline for all applications to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses and for all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The 15 January is the application deadline for all other courses, apart from art and design course which have deadline date of 24 March. Applying from Ireland, you need to be conscious of these dates, however it must be noted that many universities and colleges will consider your application up until 30 June. Conversely, this does not apply to those courses and colleges referenced in 15 October deadline.
Once you have chosen your college courses, the next step is to apply for same. UCAS have an online application system referred to as Apply. It is a safe, web-based system which can be accessed 24 hours a day. You should be aware that UCAS is unlike CAO in the sense that you can only apply for a maximum of five choices on your application and there are restrictions on the quantity of choices for some courses. For example, you may only apply for four courses in any one of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science. Furthermore, you may only apply for one course at either Oxford or Cambridge.
Additionally, when applying through UCAS, you will need to include a strong personal statement. Your personal statement should outline why you wish to study whatever course you have applied for and why you would make a great student. Essentially, your personal statement is your marketing tool, so ensure you have included all relevant information in it.
For further information on UCAS applications, assistance with personal statements and all career guidance and educational issues, contact Clodagh A. Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234, or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.