Selecting a university is not that easy. You need to do a lot of research before you apply as it bets on your whole career. Nowadays, UK has become one of the most prefer place to study. No doubt, UK universities are very good and it is really tough to get into one of them. You not only need a strong academic score card but also a good sense and knowledge. Here in this article, I’m going to share some basic ideas with you regarding the steps and the processes to apply at a UK university.
First things first, United Kingdom comprises of four different countries namely England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland. England, the home to the most renowned English poet Shakespeare, is the capital, and also the home to the legendary band The Beatles. This is not all; the country has its most global influential center in London. The official language is English, so you must have to be impeccable in English, if you ever hope to survive here!
So, what do you need to do if you want to get yourself placed in one of those top universities placed in United Kingdom? Firstly, make absolutely sure about which of the University you want to join, the type of course and degree you want to pursue and be specific about the content, financial statements and syllabus of the field you want to apply for. UK homes to some of the best universities like University of Oxford (or more commonly Oxford University), Open University, Cambridge and etc. which are the finest, and is known worldwide with top notch facilities. To get you into one of these, first step would be to fill up an application form and make sure, to submit the application form before the deadline. So if you want to join this University this year, and then make sure you check the respective colleges’ website, and start filling up for the application forms. Most of the forms are available in the sites already. You need to give special examinations like TOEFL or GRE if you want to avail any scholarships. To be frank, if you are well in studies, but want to skip education due to financial problems, you can always go for some alternatives, and that would be to get yourself a fair amount of scholarships in these universities, and then study the same program and same subjects as the other students are doing; but you have to be really well, and do really well in these examinations to get a good share of scholarships.
At a time, you can only apply for a total of five courses at five different universities or colleges. Most of these colleges start recruiting from late September, but it is always good to check in the college website regularly, and get you informed with the environment well. You can also go through the college alumni and have a talk with the ex-students of the same, to know how the environment of the college is, and the opportunities you will get, or can get, while studying in the college. The deadline for submitting the application varies from college to college, and from university to university. If you are planning to do it from Oxford, or Cambridge; then the deadline for you is 15th October, for this year (i.e. 2016).
To apply you need to make an account in UCAS website with a username, and a unique password. You will also have to provide some security questions with relevant answers for confidential matters, if your account is ever compromised, so keep this account safe and its login credentials valid. You can do this till 30th of June, after this all the application form submitted to the website will be sent into clearing. Clearing is a process of directly applying to the universities or colleges on one of the two conditions: if you have filled up the form after the deadline or if you are not selected into any colleges even when you had filled up the form, due to some technical, educational, or other problems. Once you are in clearing, you are eligible to only the vacant seats available in the universities you have given for consideration. UCAS website will send you a notification if you are eligible for this. But be warned, you might not get into a good course of your choice, or maybe not the college you wanted to be in. to get information about applying, you can also visit this same website, and they will provide you with sufficient valuable information.
Once, you are registered in UCAS, they will send the application form to the colleges you applied for. If you are from European countries then you are a home student, so the colleges give you more preference based on your marks, other than this, if you are a international students then the concessions and allowances are given based again on your qualifications. While filling up the form for the UCAS you need to clearly mention all the details of your marks obtained throughout your life, and you also need to provide additional qualifications or the courses, if you have taken, say in English like IELTS. If you keep these things in mind, then we are sure that you can get yourself placed in one these reputed universities of United Kingdom. All the best!