Getting ready for University Offers

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As your New Year's resolutions fade away, so too has your time to apply to university via UCAS before the deadline. This month in the bestCourse4me newsletter, we'll be looking at what this means for you.

 
This month
What to think about if you're in year 12

It's just under a year until your UCAS deadline, but if you're smart, you'll be aiming to get your application in nice and early. That means well before next Christmas (the applications for 2016 open in the Summer). Still sounds like a lot of time? Take into account all the lessons, AS Levels, Saturday work, parties, holidays and procrastination - a year flashes by like a shopper on Black Friday.

If you're still not sure whether you'd like to study Geography, Psychology or Equine Dentistry, then take a look at the bC4me site. You can see what courses are required for certain careers and make a plan that way. Or you could flip the process and see where your favourite subject could take you after university. We've recently added even more search terms and headings under the careers and degree tabs, so it's easier than ever to find the information you need to make an informed choice. We're just super nice like that.

Researching uni options can be a lot of legwork, but our friends at Push have the Uni Chooser, which helps your legs start in the right place at least. Just pop in the subjects you're interested in studying, then follow the easy step-by-step process to hunt down which uni is the right one for you. Whether you're narrowing down your choices or just playing around, it's time well spent.

The earlier you do your research, the easier it'll be when it comes to decision time.

And now you can also think about your future even on the bus, on the go or even on the loo with our smartphone app.

 

What to think about if you're in year 13

The UCAS deadline has now passed. Hopefully you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that yours was submitted months ago. If that's the case, here's what you can expect to see from universities in the near future. There are four possible responses:

-An unconditional offer: This means they'll take you no matter what. They were that impressed. Most unis never make unconditional offers unless you've already got your grades.
-A conditional offer: This measn they'll accept you if you meet their conditions, which usually means getting the right grades at A Level (or whatever qualifications you're doing). They might expect specific grades in specific subjects and there might be other conditions like language tests, for instance.
-A rejection: Try not to take it to heart. The greatest revenge comes from realising that their university wouldn't have been right for you anyway.
-Maybe, but first...
 They want to invite you for an interview of some other kind of test. This isn't that common and it tends to be only the more traditional universities that request interviews.

Once the offers start rolling in, you can use our 'Compare Specific Courses' function to help you make the final choice.

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