1. Is this definitely your deadline?
Most undergraduate courses need to be applied to by 15th January, however a few courses don’t need applications until March. Go to each university’s website to double check when the deadlines are for the courses you’re applying to. You don’t want to rush your application if you’ve still got more time!
2. Proof-read your personal statement again, and again… and again
When it comes to your personal statement (which is the only thing admissions tutors can get to know you by), it’s essential that it’s as close to perfect as it can be. Read it again, and again, and again to check for spelling or grammatical errors, clarity of expression, and character count, before you submit it. You want to make sure it says exactly what you want it to say, and that you’re saying it in the clearest and most articulate way you can.
We’d also highly recommend getting a teacher and/or family member to read through your statement before you send it off. As an impartial third party, they’ll be able to spot any mistakes you might have overlooked, and will be able to offer constructive changes that might take your statement from strong to outstanding.
For more tips on writing a personal statement, check out this post and this post.
3. Decide who to put down as a reference – and contact them
As part of your UCAS application you need to supply a written reference from a teacher or adviser at school, who knows you academically. Your school may have assigned you a referee already, so you might know who they are. If you’re not sure who your referee is, ask a teacher or your Head of Year as soon as you get back to school.
Make sure you’ve met or contacted them (and even asked them to read through your personal statement) before you submit your application. The better they know you, the easier they’ll find it to write a glowing and accurate reference.
Make sure you’ve got their contact details, as you’ll need to submit these as part of your UCAS application.