Timeline for students applying through UCAS

Choosing which university or college to go to can be a life changing decision. It's important to do as much research as possible so that you choose the right university and course for the right reasons. The timeline below shows you how we will guide you through the choices available and help you to make your decisions. The application process itself is simple and we will support you through each stage.

6.1 (Lower Sixth)

December

 
Complete Centigrade questionnaire to help with matching interests with courses.

January

  
Centigrade booklets and degree course descriptions book distributed.
Report clear interest in Oxbridge by completing a yellow card and returning it before the 6.1 Parents’ Meeting.

March

6.1 Parents’ Meeting
Discuss progress and higher education plans with teaching staff.

January – March

Attend one-to-one interview with Higher Education Adviser to discuss plans after Bedales.
Research a range of courses and institutions; establish when open days will be held.
Talk to tutor and teachers about application and discuss likely grades.

April – July

Attend open days.

May

Higher education briefing for parents.
Top Up lessons start, designed to stretch those aiming at the top universities.

June 

UCAS Day: presentations to 6.1 about the full application process and personal statement by the Higher Education Adviser and a University Admissions Tutor.
Old Bedalian (OB) Higher Education Fair:  a chance to talk to OB’s currently at university about courses and institutions.

Summer Holiday 

Review research to start making firm plans about application.
Undertake work experience if it is relevant to proposed course.
Complete draft personal statement.

6.2 (Upper Sixth)

September

Provisional A Level predicted grades given in the first Tutor Time of the summer term (September 5th). 
Final A Level predicted grades agreed at 1st Review Meeting (September 26th).
Higher Education Adviser talks to 6.2 in detail about the UCAS form and the personal statement.
Oxbridge, medical and veterinary applicants fast tracked out of the main system.
Allocation of departmental UCAS referees once final courses chosen.
Oxbridge, medical and veterinary applicants finalise personal statements and submit to UCAS referee by end of September.  Forms sent to UCAS by mid-October deadline.

October/November 

Non- Oxbridge, medical and veterinary applicants finalise personal statements and submit to UCAS referee by early November at the latest. 

November

 
Admissions tests for some Oxbridge, medical and veterinary applicants.
Interview practice for those who have interviews.

December – February 

Interviews for some courses.

October – March 

Universities make their decisions. 
Apply for student finance.

May 

Once all decisions have been received, a firm and insurance choice needs to be made by early May.

June 

Meeting to discuss results day, confirmation of offers and clearing.

August 

A Level results day.

There is no national curriculum for higher education courses, but the Quality Assurance Agency carries out external reviews and the Unistats website contains statistics and reports about students' views on the quality of teaching. There are different guides and league tables that can help you, but check the source as it may be biased. For information and impartial advice check The Times Online(you'll need to subscribe to the site) or The Complete University Guide, an interactive site where you can highlight your requirements and create your own unique table.