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8 Special needs or support

If you have a disability, special needs (including dyslexia) or a medical condition, or if you need extra time to complete your course, explain here what special or extra facilities or support you may need at university or college. We recommend that you make an informal visit to your chosen universities or colleges to discuss your needs, and to make sure you are happy with their facilities.

9 Details of paid employment to date

Please give the names and addresses of your most recent employers (if any), and briefly describe your work, any training you received (for example, a modern apprenticeship), dates and whether the work was full time (FT) or part time (PT). You should include weekend and holiday jobs.

If you find this section too small , please contact the universities and colleges you have applied to if you want to give more information. Or, use part of page 2 if you have space.

10 Personal statement

This is your chance to tell the universities and colleges you have chosen why you are applying, and why they should want you as a student. Admissions officers will want to know why you are interested in your chosen subjects, but they will also want to see that you are ready for university or college life. A good personal statement is important - it could help to persuade an admissions officer to offer you a place.

You do not have to use all the space here, but you must not continue on extra pages. Your statement must be clear, and your writing should not be too small because UCAS will need to copy your form and reduce it to half size during processing.

It is up to you how you write your statement but we suggest you include some or all of the following points.

  • Why you have chosen the courses you have listed.
  • Why you are interested in the subject.
  • Any job, work experience, placement or voluntary work you have done, particularly if it is relevant to your subject.
  • Details of key (core) skills you have gained through, for example, GNVQ, Modern Apprenticeship, or the ASDAN Youth and FE Award Scheme.
  • Other achievements, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the Liverpool Curriculum Enhancement Programme (CEP) or Diploma of Achievement.
  • Particular interests you have in your current studies.
  • Your future plans.
  • Any subjects you are studying that do not have an exam.
  • Any sponsorship or placements you have or have applied for.
  • If you are planning to take a year out, your reasons why.
  • Your social, sports or leisure interests.


You may want to include information from your National Record of Achievement or Progress File, if you have one.

If you want to send more information, perhaps a CV, send it direct to your chosen universities or colleges after UCAS have sent you your acknowledgement letter and application number. Do not send it to UCAS.

11 Criminal convictions

The universities and colleges ask you to say on the UCAS application form whether you have any criminal convictions. This is to help them look after their students.

You must tick the 'Yes' box if you have a conviction, not including:

  • a motoring offence that you received a fine or three penalty points for; or
  • a spent sentence (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974), except for certain courses (see below).

If you have not been convicted of a criminal offence, you must tick the 'No' box.

12 Declaration

Please read the declaration on the application form carefully. You must sign it or UCAS cannot process your application.

Applicant's fee

You must send 15 with your application form. If you only apply to one course at one institution, you must send 5, and UCAS will explain in your acknowledgement letter how you can add more choices later if you want to.

How to pay;

You can pay by cheque, postal order or credit or debit card. If you pay by cheque, make it payable to UCAS Applications Account and cross it account payee only. You should write your full name and the seven-digit number from the top-right corner of the front page of the application form on the back of the cheque.

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