How much do you know about progressing from Further Education to Higher Education?

Let’s talk about applications.

Every student progressing from further education to higher education will go through an application process with UCAS.

UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admission Service that processes each admission. So, let’s break down the steps.

A young person will need to create an online account with UCAS to begin their application. Their current study place may provide information on how to do this, but if you visit the UCAS website ‘,’ you will find a step-by-step guide.

Once they have access to their account, they will be required to fill in some personal details consisting of their education, employment history, and a personal statement. They may also be a section that addresses student finance, but check out our student finance page for more information.

But first, they will need to fill in their choices for the courses and universities they wish to study at. They are allocated five different options unless they apply to; medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or veterinary science. These are limited to four. They are also unable to apply to both University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

After they fill out their choices, they must submit their personal statement, as mentioned earlier. This is just a way for them to list their skills and achievements and give an idea of what their future studies may look like. There is a lot of support available, again on the UCAS website, to help them in writing their personal statement, but a few top tips include;

  • Research! – Before completing your personal statement, look at each course and think about what skills and traits they may be looking for in a student.
  • Include all your achievements – It’s important that you show your academic potential in your statement, and the best way to do this is to give them evidence!
  • Don’t panic – This can seem daunting at first but making a list of your skills and aspirations can help shape your writing. Don’t forget that everyday skills such as being punctual, staying focused, and even communication are all relevant.
  • Be yourself – Unlike an essay, this gives you a chance to be a little more informal and is an opportunity to show your personality off! However, do make sure that you are always presenting yourself positively.

For more information regarding personal statements and applications to Higher Education, check out our blog posts! Further information on finance can be found on our Student Finance page.

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