This course introduces students to the UK university application process and, in particular, the importance of the personal statement. By the end of the course we expect participants to have a clear idea of what courses they’d like to apply for and how to construct a personal statement. The course consists of 5 hours of online one-to-one support with experienced UK based university advisers that will equip students to select an appropriate course, explore their subject of choice and prepare their application.
Part 1: Course Selection (1.5 hours of one-to-one support)
These introductory sessions will explore the full gamut of UK university course choices, and including the following:
The first hour will cover:
- Popular courses
- Course types (lengths, single vs. joint honours etc.)
- University types and how course choice links to potential career options.
- A course search software called UniFrog will help to guide students through the possible courses in their preferred subject/s.
- An overview of the UCAS application process, the importance of the personal statement, its form and function, equipping students to write the first draft of their personal statement.
There will be a follow up 30 minute session that will review the student's course selection, the programmes chosen and alternative options that may merit further consideration.
Part 2: Wider Reading (2 hours of one-to-one support)
Students will be paired up with an experienced tutor and graduate in the field related to their preferred course choice. Over the course of the two hour-long sessions students will be introduced to and discuss wider reading (including news articles, journals & books) related to their preferred course choice. This exploratory research will be valuable to include within their personal statements.
Part 3: Personal Statement (1.5 hours of one-to-one support)
Thereafter students will receive three half hour sessions providing tailored guidance on their personal statement providing feedback during the drafting process.
Additional Sessions: These sessions can be arranged in addition to the core programme. They are primarily relevant for students applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Law or if students are seeking additional support for A Levels or IB exams. These sessions are all one-to-one and are delivered by an experienced tutor and charged at an hourly rate.