'ReachUni' is a three-step programme that help you to become university ready, including making a great application to your target universities. 'Stretch' is the second step of ReachUni.

Once you have potential options for universities and courses in mind, you should start to think about stretching yourself to build experiences for your UCAS application. This can include anything you do to engage with and better understand your subject. For example, additional readings, attending a lecture, completing a course at-home, going to a Summer School etc.

We help you do this through three modules, which you can do in order or jump between. Ideally ,you should have completed your stretch activities before starting your UCAS application, as you will need to write about them meaningfully in your personal statement.

 

Reach Uni: Our Three 'Stretch' Modules

    

The 'Stretch' modules start with a series of tutorial packs designed by university researchers, which you can use in the classroom or at home. We also suggest you revisit the library of courses, this time making sure to complete the stretch activities. Finally, there is a guides to university visits, including open days, taster courses and summer schools.

 

When to Start

It is important to build your experience well in advance of applying. Therefore, this is a good use of any spare time you have in Year 11 and something you should definitely be doing by Year 12.

Make sure you research dates and deadlines for any events, visits or schools at the start of Year 12. Many of these take place in the summer before you start Year 13 and they might have an early application process and deadline.

Not sure where to start? See if you can find a RBC tutorial pack that looks interesting!

 

When to Move on to Step 3... 'Apply'

You should be starting to think about your UCAS application by Summer Term of Year 12. We would advise that you continue to work towards this over the summer and then finalise it early in Autumn Term of Year 13.

Remember: if you are applying to Oxbridge or to medical or veterinary courses, your application deadline is 15th October. This means you need to be starting to get your application ready even earlier.

3. Apply