How do I prepare for university applications?

Professor Viding shares insider advice on what to think about before you start your A-levels and how to approach your UCAS application.  

How to plan for university applications | 9 minute video

Highlights include:

The key things for preparing to apply to university (0.09)

Finances: You will be able to afford a university degree (1:41)

Course content, requirements, and rankings (3:53)

How to find the right university for you (7:15)

UCAS Application Tips | 20 minute video

Highlights include:

References (0:16)

What A-levels to choose (1:11)

How to write a personal statement (2:06)

Example personal statement from (13:16)

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When I was doing my A-levels, my university advisor told me not to bother applying to Bath because I was just off the grade boundaries in my last year. I applied anyway, worked extra hard, and I got in. Don’t think you’re not smart enough to get in. If you don’t apply you definitely won’t get in.
— Harriet Phillips, UCL Graduate Student

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Finances should not be a reason for you not to study. No matter what your family’s financial situation is you will be able to afford to do a university degree.
— Essi Viding