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

By now, you will have explored and decided on the universities and courses you would like to apply to. You will have stretched yourself beyond the school curriculum and had a taste of university life. All that remains is to bring this together and complete your UCAS application.

We help you do this with key guidance on writing a great personal statement. We also have an indicative timetable for the UCAS process and some suggestions on how your teachers can help you with their reference.


ReachUni: Our Three 'Apply' Modules

3.1 UCAS Application Timelines

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.

3.2 Writing a Great Personal Statement

Once you're ready to start drafting your personal statement, this guide ensures that it ticks all the right boxes and avoids common mistakes. It will help you to capture your subject experiences, suitability for your course and personal qualities in a well-structured statement.

3.3 Tips for your Teacher Reference 

Although you won't be the one writing it, you will need to ask a teacher for a reference. We have included a few tips on on this part of your application to get you started.


The UCAS Application Process

When it comes to aspects of your UCAS application beyond the personal statement, including submitting the final version online, your school or college advisor will be there to help you throughout the process.

For advice on courses you might take, predicted grades and contextual information, we advise that you speak to your school or college advisor, or a trusted teacher.


When to Start

Personal statements take some time to practise, so if you are planning to apply by the October UCAS deadline, you should start in Summer Term of Year 12.

If you are applying for the January UCAS deadline, you could start in Autumn Term of Year 13. However, we would recommend getting started earlier on in the summer if possible.