Applying To University
Choosing your degree, deciding where to study and applying to University can be a daunting process because there are multiple factors must be considered before a final decision can be made.
Don't worry! Below are the Six Steps to Success designed to guide you through this process with ease and help you narrow down your options so you can make the best decision.
The Six Steps To Success
Have A Career Goal
As you approach your senior phase it is crucial that you begin to think about what you want to do after school.
What subjects do you enjoy?
Thinking about your best subjects will help you to choose a career that interests you. If you really enjoy a subject, consider progressing at an advanced level at University. Doing something you love will make a course enjoyable!
What are you passionate about?
As well as your subjects in school, consider your hobbies and interests outwith school such as sport, playing an instrument, performing, painting etc. and look at career pathways in these areas. If you do what you love, you'll love what you do.
What skills do you have?
It is important that you are completely aware of your own skills and qualities. What are you good at? What makes you special? Knowing your skill set is crucial; if you know what your best assets are, then it is easier to choose a course which will best utilises them.
Talk To Your Advisor
Do you have the grades to meet the entry requirements?
It is important that you look at the entry requirements of your desired course so that you can set targets for yourself before you apply. Every University has different entry requirements - your career advisor will help you choose the best one.
Talk to the career advisor
Talking to a career advisor can help you during your application process. Not only can the advisor recommend courses to you but will also look at your academic progress in your desired subjects to make sure you are on track to meet the University conditions.
The Career Advisor at Gryffe is Mrs F Anderson. Click below to book an appointment.
Look At University Prospectus'
What University is best for me? What are the course outcomes?
A University prospectus is designed to give you more information about the courses available at that institution and will include a break down of each year of the degree.
Every University is different and some offer courses that are not available anywhere else. It is important that you learn as much about each university before you apply so you make the best choice.
Attend Open Days
Although a University may look impressive on paper, it is vital that you go and check it out for yourself. Open Days are an excellent way for you to learn more about the university as it will allow you get a feel for the atmosphere and explore the resources available such as the Gym, Library, Student Union etc.
More importantly, it will give you the opportunity to talk to current and former students and ask them about their experience. You will also be able to talk to lectures and faculty heads who can give you more information about a particular course.
Open days will give you the opportunity to learn about the courses offered in great detail. It is important that you attend Open Days at different Universities as this will give you a wider idea of what is available to you and help you make the best decision.
Location, Location, Location
When deciding where to go, it is important that you consider whether you would like to travel, move away from home and live in student accommodation or attend a university close to home. You need to consider whether you want to live in a fast-paced city, a quiet small town and whether you want to stay at home or move into student accommodation.
Register at Ucas
After you have decided what courses you would like to do, you must apply to University through UCAS. UCAS allows you to apply for multiple courses at different institutions. You will have to submit a personal statement to send away with your application. UCAS helps you every step of the way so take advantage of this site.