What do we mean?

ReachUni helps you build the subject experiences and skills you need on your journey to become university-ready and have a strong application. A big part of this is having 'subject experience' and 'university experiences' - so this section should be completed throughout Year 12.

'Experiences' can mean anything you do to better understand your subject; extra reading, attending a lecture, completing a course at-home or with a Summer School, and more. These 'experiences' are the evidence you will talk about in your personal statement when applying to UCAS to show off your in-depth subject experience and your ability to reflect on what you have learned.

You can click here to see when to complete this work and when you should move on to section three.

Build Your Experience

A. Complete an RBC Pack at-home tutorial

The 'RBCs' are booklets on a specific area of research made by real university students for students in Key Stage 4 and 5. They are written for classroom or personal use at home. By completing one or more of these you will:

  • Build university skills such as problem-solving, independent research and defending viewpoints with evidence

  • Become more confident university terminology

  • Build your subject expertise with extra resources to explore within the pack

  • Topics range from material science to history to physics -- find a pack to start on here

B. Expand Your Subject Knowledge

Getting more subject experience is an essential part of a strong personal statement for your application. Explore our reading lists, videos, podcasts and resources so you are well-versed in your subject and know which ideas are most interesting to you. Admission offices always want to know what interests you about your subject and how it has made you want to study the subject even more.

C. Taking part in University visits or placements

This could be Open Days, Taster Days, Summer Schools or even just evening/weekend lectures. In addition to at-home extra learning and experience in your subject, getting out to visit universities or go to subject-related events is a great way to build your portfolio of experience. Click above to find out more about these.

Top Tip...

Don't forget that universities have limited placements for each course so competition is often strong, and they will have specific entry requirements such as subjects and grades. Be sure to also check those requirements on with a few universities offering the course(s) you are interested in. That will help you focus on what to do in this section. 

You can build your experiences over Year 12, so don't worry if you can't start or complete all of these yet. But be sure you explore all three sections and think in advance what you want to do.

When should I start this section?

Building your experience is a great focus in Year 11 and 12. However, be sure to look at dates for any visits, summer schools or events as by first term of Year 12 many of these have application deadlines. (Yes, you might have to apply to these ahead of your general university application!)

When should I move on to my UCAS application?

You should be looking at section three about Writing your UCAS Application by Summer Term of Year 12, over the summer and the Autumn when you start Year 13. Remember, if you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge, medical or veterinarian universities your application deadline is 15th October. Meaning you need to be starting to get your application ready even earlier.

Section three is about taking what you have done in sections 1 and 2 and using that to evidence your application to university (your UCAS personal statement) so be sure you leave enough time to do the above before you need to start that section!

Still unsure? Be sure to talk to the staff member at your school or college that helps with university pathways.