29 Jul 6 Ways To Prepare For University Over Summer
Heading into your final year of college or sixth form? You need a well-deserved break this summer, but there are still things you can do to accelerate your UCAS application if you’re planning to take the uni route.
Get Some Work Experience
At some point a university admissions tutor is going to look at your personal statement. You will want to wow them with all the key skills you’ve gained, and a great way to do that is to get some summer work experience.Any experience is great, because it will demonstrate important skills and qualities like being proactive and responsible. If you can build skills that relate to degree subjects or even career routes you’re interested in, even better! Getting work experience can help show how committed you are to your course. It can also be a good sense check that you will actually like the world you are heading in to.
University Open Days
Lifestyle. Learning. Location. These are the three Ls when choosing a university. University open days can reveal so much about what life would be like to study there – you can get a feel for the place and ask questions of any tutors, lecturers or undergrads on hand throughout the day. You can find out a bit more about courses too, and weigh up the university itself against the course and modules you’re interested in.
University Taster Days
You can go the extra distance and check out university taster days, too. It helps you give real insight into what studying a subject you’re interested in would involve in real life. If you’re torn between subjects, taster sessions can help you decide which one is a better fit for you. Maybe philosophy wasn’t what you thought it would be, or veterinary science isn’t for you after all. Get a taste before you decide!
Delve Into Degree Subjects
What do you like studying? What would you like to study in your three or so years at uni? What options have you got available with the subjects you’re doing? What careers could these subjects lead to?Any degree subject you’re interested in is likely to be taught at a few different universities, but they might all be handled in different ways with different modules. Research early and get informed – looking into it over summer will make it more fun and take some of the pressure off.
TOP TIP: Different degree subjects might affect how you spend your summers as an undergrad, too. Are summer work placements available for your subject of choice? Might you want to look into doing a year in industry while you’re at it?
A2s? On It.
September will be like jumping into an icy pool on a hot day – fun but fierce. Predicted and achieved grades can make all the difference to your university applications, so ease into the year ahead with a look at your A2s (the second part of your A-level, if you’re doing one). Consider how you can improve on last year, and what you’d need to do to meet your predicted grades or even outshine them. Could better organisation be the key to your success, or more regular study? What can you do to make A2 exams a more stress-free experience? What about your subjects – have you decided if there are any you want to drop?
HOT TIP: You can gain UCAS points through A-levels as well as their equivalents.
Start On Your Personal Statement Early
Start on your personal statement nice and early, and it’ll be a thing of beauty by the time you actually have to apply! Your personal statement is a major way to make you stand out when handing in your UCAS application. Thinking about your achievements, skills, experience and goals in advance and creating a rough draft will give you more time to create a polished gem to dazzle admissions tutors.
Use the information you’ve gathered about yourself in your Start personal profile to help build your personal statement and CV!