UCAS Application Guide

Pupils prepare for UCAS applications in June of S5 after the Higher examination diet. In lifeskills pupils are taken through how to write a personal statement. A guide on how to support your son/daughter with their personal statement can be found here. UCAS have designed a new toolkit for personal statements click here to use this tool.

After the summer, all UCAS applicants are assigned a referee.  This will be a member of the pupil support staff or SLT.  Each pupil will meet with their referee to get one-to-one support with completing their application, choosing courses and overseeing their personal statement.  Teachers of the pupils will complete a short reference and pass this to the referee who will bring these together and complete the final reference.

Pupils can choose up to 5 university courses to study on their UCAS form. The careers adviser, pupil support guidance staff and SLT are on hand to meet with pupils and support them with this.  Universities offer Open Days to help pupils decide.  All Open Days are published here.

  Timeline for S6 Timeline for S5
Three lessons on writing a personal statement Jun 2019 Oct 2019
Meeting with referee to complete the form Aug – Oct 2019 Oct – Dec 2019
Early deadline for Oxbridge, medicine etc  15 Oct 2019  N/A
Hamilton College Deadline for UCAS forms 10 Nov 2019 18 Dec 2019
UCAS deadline 15 Jan 2020  15 Jan 2020

Offers are made anytime from August until March. Some universities will make offers when they receive application forms, so the earlier the application is submitted the better.  There are others that wait until February/March before they give any offers; this is the case with Strathclyde Business School. Pupils can track their application once submitted using their UCAS login.  To find out more click here.

Some courses will require pupils to go for an interview.  Read more about this process here.

When a pupil receives all their offers, they should firmly accept one offer and another as an insurance offer.  These decisions do not need to be made until all universities have responded to the pupil.

In the event a pupil is rejected and has no offers, they can put in a sixth option.  This opens at the end of February and pupils should see the Vice Principal to support them with this. For more information on offers please click here.

For more information and toolkits, please visit https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate