Five tips to help you with your UCAS application
By Mart Gordon
09 May 2018
The UCAS search goes live this week with 2019 courses, so students hoping to go to university next year can start to look at courses they would be interested in applying for. It can be daunting for people, whether you be applying straight from school or college, or if you have been in work for a while, so at ScreenSpace we have compiled some tips to help you find out more about the different options available to you.
Top 5 tips:
1. Research your subject. Who provides the course that will best suit you? For example, there is a difference between Film Studies and a Film Production programme, so you need to do your homework. League Tables give some idea, but also look at prospectuses. Most courses give a module overview to give a sense of what topics you’ll cover across the degree. Are there similarities or differences in the courses you like.
2. Research your university. Just because a university offers your degree subject and ranks well doesn’t mean it’s a shoe in. Go to university open days to gain a sense of the student experience. You will spend three or four years there, and may have to move from home, so you want to make sure you will be happy. What is the student unions like? Do they have clubs and societies you are interested in? How easy is it to get to class? Are you on a campus or in a city? Knowing these things will make it easier to make a decision when t the offers start coming in.
3. Think of your future self. the decisions you make about where and what to study are only part of the story. Find out if you get to do work experience, are there sandwich course options with a year in industry? If possible talk to former students, many of whom attend open days. Also look at employability rates for the university as a whole and your field of study. At MetFilm, which ScreenSpace is part of, 87% of our students are working within the creative industries within six months of graduating. This is different to saying a high percentage of graduates are working.
4. Know the process. At ScreenSpace we know how scary the UCAS application process can be, so every candidate who applies for our BA Content, Media and Film Production course is assigned a dedicated Admissions Manager who will help talk you through the process, from researching a course, to personal statements and student finance.
5. Know the dates. UCAS goes live this week but there are other key dates to keep in mind. All applications for autumn 2019 need to be received by January 2019 and that includes your personal statement. We’ll be providing tips on how to make an impact in your personal statement in a future post.
Supporting you throughout
Even if you aren’t currently studying a “relevant” subject, don’t discount applying to ScreenSpace. We consider all applications where students have demonstrated a passion for the industry/subject. To help you learn more about our BA Content, Media and Film Production, we offer open days workshops and school visits. Because it’s a big decision, and we want to help you make the right one.