Applying to University/College Information
Applying to University through UCAS
This is the Universities Central Admissions System and it is the means by which you apply to university. You need only complete one application for five different universities choices. Applications are done online and are relatively straightforward. However, a member of staff will support you through this process. More information can be found at www.ucas.com. This process must be done through the school so please do not register on your own.
Important information for pupils applying to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, or Law Courses.
All applicants to degree courses in Medicine and Dentistry must sit an aptitude test. The UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) is being used by all Scottish Univeristies (and the majority of those outside Scotland). The UKCAT helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants to medical and dental programmes. It is used in conjunction with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications. The UKCAT is a computer-based test. It does not contain any curriculum or science content but instead focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered valuable for health care professionals.
However, there are practice questions on the UKCAT website www.ukcat.ac.uk.
You must register on-line to take the test. Registration should take place between 2 May and 19 September 2016. The test must be taken between 3 July and 5 October 2016. There is a test centre in Edinburgh. The cost of taking the test is:
Tests taken in the EU between 1 July and 31 August 2017
Tests taken in the EU between 1 September and 3 October 2017
Bursaries may be available to cover the cost of the test depending on parental income. More information is available on the website.
The BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) is used by a small number of universities including Oxford and Cambridge. More information can be found at www.bmat.org.uk. We are a recognised centre for facilitating these tests, so you can sit the test in school.
Other admissions tests
The LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law) is being used by Glasgow university (and other institutes outside Scotland) to assess applications to all courses in Law, including joint degress in Law and another subject. Full details of test dates and registration are on the LNAT website www.lnat.ac.uk.
Pupils applying to Oxford or Cambridge should see Mrs Anderson about admissions tests.
Careers/Higher Education information websites
www.ucas.com – UCAS (University and colleges Admissions Service)
This site provides details of degree courses throughout the UK. It includes course search by subject and/or institution, course profiles, university/college information, student finance. Also includes Apply, the on-line application system used by applicants to UK universities. There are very good videos explaining each stage of the application.
www.myworldofwork.co.uk – SDS (Skills Development Scotland)
Provides information on Higher National and Degree courses as well as a Portal for details of graduate careers.
www.planitplus.net – PlanIT
Contains information on all full and part-time courses at Scottish Colleges, including Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, along with information on degree courses at Scottish Universities.
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk – Unistats
Presents detailed information on the going rate for entry to courses. Also includes a survey of current students’ views of their courses, including how it is taught and assessed, level of academic support provided, availability of learning resources including libraries and IT facilities. Data on graduate employment destinations for individual courses is also available.
www.push.co.uk – PUSH Online
The ultimate Guide to student life, University and everything! It is researched by students and recent graduates and includes: brief University Profiles; University links to Student Unions/newspaper websites; information on how to apply; a jargon buster and lots more.
www.elrah.ac.uk – Edinburgh, Lothian’s, Fife and Borders Articulation Hub
Designed to help HNC/HND college students with progression on to degree courses at university. This site provides useful information for school leavers on links from HNC/D courses at local colleges to related courese at Universities in south east Scotland.
www.prospects.ac.uk – Prospects
The essential guide to graduate careers, jobs and postgraduate study in the UK. It gives information about employment opportunities in Its ‘What do Graduates Do’ section.
www.saas.gov.uk – SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland)
The site provides information on all aspects of student funding including bursaries and student loans. Scottish students studying in Scotland do not pay tuition fees for their courses. Some students may be eligible for a non-repayable Young Student Bursary depending on the level of their family’s income. All students can apply for a non income assessed repayable loan of up to £4750 per annum. Look at the site to find out more about the cost of Higher Education. They also have a YouTube channel which hosts videos including their main funding presentation.
www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk - SDS (Skills Development Scotland)
This site includes links to a range of other careers and job sites.