how to complete your UCAS application video transcript

Hi, my name is Denisa Lupulescu and I'm a student admissions advisor at the University of Derby.
In my role, I assist applicants through their application journey, and I provide them with the support, information and advice they need to complete their UCAS application.
Completing the UCAS application may feel daunting, but there is no need to worry - I'm here to talk you through the 5 steps you need to take to complete your UCAS application.
Step 1 is to register to apply on the UCAS application platform. If you're applying through your school or college, you're adding the buzz word they gave you. Or if you're applying independently, there will be a few questions.
You'll then add in your personal details such as your email address, your any additional needs, your residential status and any individual circumstances that should sit alongside your application.
When step 1 is completed, you'll be provided with a UCAS personal ID number which you will need if you call the UCAS customer contact centre. You can then add in your university choices.
To do this, you will need to add in the institution code, the course code, the campus code, and the start date of the course.
You will be able to search for those directly from the UCAS application page. This will automatically add the relevant codes in the boxes.
When adding in your choices, please note you can add up to five universities and you don't have to put them in preference order. In addition to this, your university choices won't be able to see where else you've applied,
until after you've replied to all of your offers.
Step 3 is to add in your education and employment history. You must enter all of your qualifications from secondary education onwards, whether you have the results or are still awaiting exams and results.
It's really important that you enter the right qualifications on your application, so if you are not sure which version of a qualification you are taking, then please double check with your school or college.
For your employment history, include any paid jobs you have held, including company names, addresses and job descriptions. You can mention any unpaid or voluntary work you have done in your personal statement.
Next you need to write your personal statement. This is your opportunity to show universities why you are passionate about studying the course, what skills and experience you have and why you would be a great student.
It's important to be concise in your personal statement as you only have either 4000 characters, or 47 lines. Once you have done your first draft, it's a good idea to get it checked by a teacher, advisor or a family member, to make sure it's perfect before it's submitted. You can also use the personal statement builder on our website to help you get started.
The final step is to get a reference, pay your application fee and send your application to UCAS. Your reference is a written recommendation, usually from a teacher, advisor or a professional, who knows you in an academic or work setting.
They will be able to talk about things such as your work ethic, how you work with others and your suitability for higher education.
Once your application is sent, you can monitor your responses through UCAS Track.
If you want further guidance on completing your UCAS application, you can watch our personal statement video on Derby On Demand, you can visit or you can also visit the UCAS website.


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