Follow our easy steps to write a university application that reflects the very best of you and impresses admissions tutors.

You will want to give yourself plenty of time to do your research in order to write and review your application before the submission deadline. If you're applying for a full-time undergraduate programme, you must apply online through UCAS by Monday 15 January 2018 for September 2018 entry – or deferred entry in 2019.

Explore all your options

Start by finding out as much as you can about the universities and courses you like the look of, and for which you have the right predicted grades/qualifications. Even if you know exactly what you want to study and where, it is still worth researching alternatives so that you have a back-up plan.

Open Days are a great opportunity to meet academics, get answers to any questions you may have and see the teaching facilities.  

What universities are looking for

Academic profile: remember to check that you meet the entry requirements. The programme listing will include the A-level grades or number of UCAS points that you need and any other additional prerequisites. UCAS points are worked out by converting your predicted/actual A-level grades or equivalent qualifications (eg BTEC National) into UCAS tariff points.

Personal statement: universities also want to know what makes you the right fit for the course and their institution. This is where your personal statement comes in – the most important part of your application. It is the only bit of 'you' that the admissions tutors will see, unless you have to do an interview. And, if you narrowly miss your grades, it is one of the things admissions tutors and lecturers will look at to decide whether to still offer you a place. Check out the dos and don'ts of writing a personal statement. [link to our personal statement article]

You also need to get a reference from a teacher and to pay a small administration fee – £13 for a single application and £24 for multiple courses.

Key UCAS deadlines

6 September 2017: Applications open

15 October 2017: Deadline for Oxford, Cambridge and medicine

15 January 2018: Deadline for most undergraduate courses

25 February 2018: UCAS Extra opens – if you hold no offers, you can add another option and/or amend your personal statement

5 May 2018: Deadline for universities to reply to your application

30 June 2018: Final late deadline to apply for an undergraduate course

30 June 2018: Clearing begins – if you apply after 30 June, you will go through the UCAS Clearing process

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate programme at Greenwich.