This page is your starting point for the UCAS process and aims to provide other information about applying for university and university life.
The link above will take you directly to the UCAS website where you can log in and complete your UCAS application, monitor your university offers, and lots more!
You can also access all the information provided by UCAS from the widget below. As it's so small, is it a midget widget, we wonder? Anyway, it's there :-)
In the downloads section at the bottom of this page there are a range of helpful documents to assist you in the UCAS process - clear and recently updated guides from Mr Bourne, the Powerpoint presentation from his PSHCE session and an excellent guide to the UCAS process from the University of Birmingham.
You can also click on the image below to take the Spartan test - a very different take on searching for a higher education course that provides you with your results in a Wordle!
Click on some of the links below to check out the pros and cons of different universities, the courses they offer and the dates of their open events. Remember, you can also see the latest prospectuses in the Sixth Form Careers Library, adjacent to the Study Room.
UK Course Finder (below) generates degree courses to suit your interests and links to universities, directly linking to the university websites. It can refine by location and predicted grades.
The Which University tool (from the link below) will connect up A Level subjects to degree courses and provide lots of useful information about them
Opendays.com is the definitive guide to where and when the university open days are
Push (below) is the ruthlessly independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance, drop out rates, unemployment after six months, male/female ratio, size.
The headquarters of the Russell Group of universities
The websites below can be used a 'compare the market' type toolls, for example compareing universities on percentage of graduates employed into graduate jobs, percentage of students satisfied and other key information for prospective students.
There are direct links to many of the most popular universities further down this webpage, but what about the cities they are located in? Click on the image below to take a tour of a university city with Which University:
In the downloads list below you can find a list of degree courses organised by popularity - also well worth a look if you just need some ideas!
See the downloads below for a guide to applying for medicine and related courses at university, and a Powerpoint from Kings College explaining their application process and requirements.
What else can you do if you are keen on medicine but are not heading for the right grades? Other career areas include: anatomy, audiology; biomedical science; chiropractic; deaf studies; dental technology; dietics; health science; hygienist; medical lab science; medical technology; mental health; midwifery; neuroscience; nursing; nutrition; occupational therapy; opthalmics; optometry; orthotics & prosthetics; pharmacology; pharmacy; physiotherapy; podiatry; radiography & radiotherapy; speech therapy and toxicology. There is more information about some of these in the download 'You Can't All be Doctors' at the end of this page.
Many of the above will attract an NHS bursary that will pay the fees and give you a (small) non means tested bursary. There are some further suggestions in the document in the downloads section at the bottom of the page.
The Medic Portal is a great resource for all aspects of applying for medicine, from interview advice to UKCAT questions - much of it is free.
Former Herschel student Nina Lindsay writes:
UNIQ is the widening access programme run by UNIQ that offers Year 12 students from non-fee paying schools a chance to spend a week studying a subject they love in the University of Oxford. The idea is to experience what a week in the life of an undergraduate student would be like. The course is very intense but incredibly enjoyable and you can definitely get a lot out of it.
I applied in 2013 for the Oncology (Cancer) course. I wasn’t sure at the time what sort of field of science I wanted to go in, and the course was a good mix of research, analysis with some medical influence as well. Some courses (such as Oncology, Physical Sciences etc) are not actually offered as an undergraduate degree, but offer a combination of different subjects.
I have tried to break down the main things that you might have questions about or encounter on a UNIQ summer school.
Nina's hugely informative full guide to the UNIQ summer school process (from application to evaluation) can be found in the Downloads section below.
Visit the Downloads section below for a guide to surviving the first few months of university, written by former Herschel student and now Medicine undergraduate Zara Zeb.
There are a range of resources to help you with writing your all-important personal statement in the downloads section at the bottom of this page, including Mr Bourne's foolproof guide and Powerpoint from his PSHCE session, together with guides and hints from UCAS, the University of Essex and the University of Surrey.
The following were the most over-used opening sentences for personal statements in the last admissions cycle, according to UCAS - caution advised!
Reproduced from the 'UCAS Guide to Getting into University and College' with permission of UCAS - available from www.ucasbooks.co.uk
Which University have a Personal Statement Builder tool, which you can access from the logo below.
You will get lots of help at Herschel if you are keen to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, but here are some tips:
Click HERE to visit the government's main page for applying for student finance.
Click on the 'Student Budget Calculator' below to use Which University's excellent tool for planning ahead:
There are also a range of useful links below, and some resources in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
See Mr Bourne's guide in the downloads at the foot of the page. The annual guide from the Student Room is also excellent - click HERE for the 2017 version.
Click on the image below to read the latest issue of Loud magazine, the online magazine about university and other post-18 options.
Click below for direct links to the university websites:
|Applying to University Uni of Birmingham||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Personal Statement Guide Uni of Essex||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Personal Statement Mind Map||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Personal Statement Timeline||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Personal Statement Worksheet||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Personal Statement Workshop Uni of Surrey||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Preparing for University Zara Zeb||28th December 2014||Download >|
|UNIQ Summer School Nina Lindsay||28th December 2014||Download >|
|Potential Degree Courses||28th November 2015||Download >|
|You can t all be Doctors||28th November 2015||Download >|
|Essential Information for Those Wanting Medicine and Dentistry||28th November 2015||Download >|
|Guide to Nursing and Midwifery Interview||19th November 2017||Download >|
|Guide to University Interviews||19th November 2017||Download >|
|Nine Tips for Medical Interviews||19th November 2017||Download >|
|Qualities to be a Good.....||19th June 2018||Download >|
|Student Guide exam results and clearing 2018||19th June 2018||Download >|
|Student Guide 1 June 2018||19th June 2018||Download >|