How to Use your School UCAS Advisor

Your school UCAS advisor is a great contact to get to know. Below are some tips to make the most out of your UCAS advisor:

Set up a meeting  

If you havenโ€™t already, be sure to set up a meeting with them to discuss your intent on applying to medical school.  They will know of all the schools you can apply to and will be able to assist in all aspects of your application, from the UCAT and BMAT exams, to helping organise work experience, and making sure your application and references are all in on time.

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Discuss your university choices  

Discuss your university choices with them. They will have experience with past students at your school, and may know some handy tips for specific universities. 

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    Send them your Personal Statement

    Donโ€™t send your personal statement to everyone – you donโ€™t want too many opinions! But your UCAS advisor should definitely be one of your chosen and trusted individuals. 

    Treat them as a support network

    Applying to medicine can be stressful. Your UCAS advisor can be your friend as well as your mentor. It obviously depends on the personality of your chosen teacher, but donโ€™t be scared to use them for motivational support and general help. 

    Use them on Results Day

    Remember your UCAS advisor is also a great point of contact for if you enter clearing or adjustment too. They can help you call universities, request remarks and give general advice. 

    Frequently Asked Question

    โ†’What is a School UCAS Advisor?

    A School UCAS Advisor is a member of staff at your school who is responsible for helping you with your university application process through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). They provide guidance on university choices, application deadlines, personal statements, and more.

    โ†’How do I know if my school has a UCAS Advisor?

    Your school will likely have a UCAS Advisor if it offers post-16 education or has a sixth form. You can check with your school administration or careers department to find out who your School UCAS Advisor is.

    โ†’What services do School UCAS Advisors provide?

    School UCAS Advisors provide a wide range of services to help students with their university application process. These include guidance on choosing the right university, advice on writing personal statements, support with the UCAS application process, and information on student finance.

    โ†’How do I schedule an appointment with my School UCAS Advisor?

    You can schedule an appointment with your School UCAS Advisor by contacting them directly or through your school’s careers department. It’s a good idea to schedule appointments well in advance of application deadlines to ensure you have enough time to make any necessary changes.

    โ†’Can my School UCAS Advisor help me with my personal statement?

    Yes, your School UCAS Advisor can provide guidance on writing your personal statement, including what to include and how to structure it. However, they cannot write it for you, as it needs to be your own work.

    โ†’How important is it to use my School UCAS Advisor?

    Using your School UCAS Advisor can be very helpful in ensuring a smooth and successful university application process. They have the expertise and resources to provide you with the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions and submit strong applications.

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