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Your completed UCAS form must be handed to your tutor early in the Autumn Term of the Upper Sixth. Precise timings will be published later but Oxbridge candidates, Law and Medicine applicants especially, must expect a date around September 20th with others due soon afterwards. Experience has shown that late applications are liable to suffer both in terms of the level of offer made by Universities and, in some cases, of receiving any offer at all. 

Help with completing the UCAS form:

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Further details can be found on UCAS' excellent website

More Information about Section 10 
This vital section must be presented in such a way that the reader can quickly and easily see the important features of your application. You will have already received instruction on how to complete section 10 in the Chunky Higher Ed. sessions. Your tutor will now be supervising you and will require as many draft versions as are needed to present your application in the best possible light. 

Pay attention to the advice already given, especially in terms of clarity and sub-sections, and give some carefully considered reasons why you wish to study the subjects you have selected. In the final section (General Interests) focus on your MAIN interests/achievements. Avoid interests common to most young people (such as pop music) unless your interest is pro-active and organisational. 

DO make the most of activities which confirm your interest in your chosen subject, such as writing for the school magazine if applying to read English, for example. 

DON'T overdo sports interests - Admissions Tutors may not be too impressed by these. 

DO mention positions of responsibility you have held. 

If you are applying for deferred entry you should state clearly your reasons for wishing to do so, which should be positive and constructive. 

A Medical School Admissions Tutor writes: "They must plan what they are going to put. Correct spelling is vital. Comments along the lines of "being called to relieve suffering" etc turn up regularly, and should be avoided. A candidate must demonstrate that he has taken steps to discover the advantages and disadvantages of a career in medicine. Has he talked to doctors? Does he have work experience in a health care setting? The candidate should outline the high spots of his school career - scholarships, prizes, CCF rank, D of E Award and similar achievements. Outside religious organisations and sports activities. Anything which will convey depth and breadth of character." 

TRACKING THE PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION is now a relatively straightforward matter. Each UCAS applicant is issued with a password that enables them to view the status of all their applications. Simply log on to the UCAS website and access THE APPLICANT ENQUIRY SERVICE.  It i now possible to view your record over a WAP phone.

E-mail Steve Margetts