ReachUni helps students explore and build the experience they need for a great application to UCAS. This section covers how you can now take those experiences and be sure they are reflected in your Personal Statement and Teacher Reference. 

Steps to Writing a Strong UCAS Application:

Make sure you give yourself enough time to draft and practise your personal statement. You can see our timeline here for this process and the wider timeline for keeping you on track for your university application.

See our timelines here:

A. Timelines for the application process

Once you're ready to start considering what you might put into your application, we're here to help make sure your personal statement ticks all the boxes and avoids common mistakes. That means taking your subject experiences,  suitability for your course and personal qualities you've developed over the past few years, and ensuring they are captured in your personal statement.

You can see our step-by-step guide here:

B. Writing a strong Personal Statement

Although you don't need to write it, it's also useful to know you will need to ask a teacher for a reference. For information on this part of your application click below:

C. Quick tips for your Teacher Reference 

What about actually applying to UCAS?

When it comes to wider aspects of your UCAS application and finally submitting it, your school or college advisor will be helping with this and should be speaking to you about the process.  For advice on predicted grades, courses you might take, or if you are still unsure which universities to select we advise to speak to your school or college advisor or a trusted teacher.

When should I start this section?

Personal statements take some time to practise, so if you are applying by the October deadline for certain programmes, you should start in Summer Term Year 12. If you are applying for the January UCAS deadline, you could start Autumn Year 13 however it is useful to attempt a version over the summer to discuss with your teacher or advisor!