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Applying to university can seem overwhelming but there are many resources available to support you through the process. Below we have answered some of the most common queries about how to get into university in England and the UK.

UCAS, or the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the UK’s central application portal for universities in the UK. Anyone looking to attend an undergraduate programme at a university in the UK will have to complete UCAS’s centralised application process. To start your UCAS application process, visit You can also check UCAS deadlines and determine when to apply here:

As part of your UCAS application process, you will need to include a personal statement. This statement should reflect your personal attributes as well as your academic background and goals. The goal of a personal statement is to make an impression and distinguish yourself from other applicants. When writing a personal statement, consider including any special skills or attributes that you have to offer. Every student should have a unique personal statement that reflects their individuality and strengths. For more tips on writing a personal statement, read our blog post:

Students who need help paying for university have several financial options available to them. Government tuition assistance and maintenance grants are repayable loans that cover tuition and living expenses. You can apply for government financial assistance at Alternatively, you may also qualify for scholarships or grants which you do not have to pay back after graduation.

When choosing a university there are many things to consider, including what courses are offered, academic entry requirements, tuition, and location. Once you narrow down your options to your top university picks and complete your UCAS application, you will start to receive offers from your universities of interest. Based on your options you will be able to declare your firm and insurance offers.

Firm and insurance offers are your first and second choices for university placement. Your firm offer will often have higher A Level grade requirements, and your insurance offer should be an option B in case your exams don’t go to plan. When choosing your firm and insurance offers, make sure that these are universities that you would actually want to attend, because, assuming that you pass all requirements, you will automatically hold a place at that institution.

Unfortunately, you cannot swap your firm and insurance offers after receiving your results. In order to attend your insurance offer university, you will need to contact them and make sure that they can accept you through clearing.

If you don’t get sufficient A Level exam grades to attend your firm offer university, you may still have earned high enough marks to qualify for your insurance offer. If on the other hand, your exams really did not go to plan and you missed both your firm and insurance offers, you can still get into a university through clearing. If you are eligible, UCAS will automatically place you into clearing, where you can apply to any university with places available. Starting in August, you can check vacancies so that you can contact prospective universities with your exam information, to see if they will make you an offer.

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