Applicants can submit a single application via UCAS's website with a list of up to five courses for which they are applying. Choices are not listed in preference order. All five choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see any of the candidate's other choices. Applications must be completed by the middle of the January of the year that the student wishes to start university.
Each year approximately 60% of Collingwood’s Year 13 students apply for courses via UCAS. The Personal Tutor team work very closely with their individual Tutees to complete the application. For the last two years we have secured places for over 90% of those who have chosen to go to university.
However, over the past few months, there has been a certain amount of coverage in the press on the subject of UCAS applications. There are suggestions that the number of applications are far higher than ever before and that the fight for places will be more competitive than has been in the past. As a consequence, there will be potentially more students who will be unsuccessful in securing a place on their chosen course because the number of university places available has not increased to reflect the rise in student demand.
While the press sensationalises and scares, there is a degree of truth in what is being reported. We have 105 students applying to university this year in our 6th Form. We have to make sure that where the conditional offer of a student's first choice of university course is aspiration in nature, his or her reserve choice has a lower set of conditional grades. This ensures that if he or she does not meet the conditional offer of the first choice, the conditional offer of the reserve option will be more achievable. We would really appreciate parents' support in speaking with their son/daughter about this. We would also urge all students to not accept their University places before speaking with their Personal Tutors.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak to us about the advice we are offering your son/daughter, please contact your son/daughter's Personal Tutor directly.