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How do I help my students apply to university?

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How do I help my students apply to university?

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This strand provides information and guidance for teachers and advisers who are supporting students applying to leading universities, in particular Russell Group universities.

It gives information on the key areas of the application and how you can help your students maximise their chances of success.

This strand includes a guidebook, a presentation, four quick reference sheets, a teacher reflection sheet and resources for learners.

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The Medical Schools Council has published a series of booklets for teachers and careers advisers who are supporting their students in the application to medicine. 

The series is called A journey to medicine. It starts with the considerations to make before application, including work experience and course types. From there it goes through the processes of the application itself and how to understand entry requirements. Finally it offers advice for the interview and on what to do when results are received, whether it is good news or otherwise or time to think of alternatives. 

The five booklets in A journey to medicine are: 

This is practical and accurate information designed especially for teachers and careers advisers. It has been produced with the heads of admissions from Medical Schools Council members, which includes every publicly funded medical school in the UK. This makes it the only guide which is endorsed by those who are responsible for selection to the medical degree. 

The series is particularly aimed at those schools and colleges which have limited experience of supporting students in their application to medicine. It stems from the Medical Schools Council’s commitment to widening participation and the work undertaken by the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance. 

Click here to view the full set of resources.

 

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is part of the University of Cambridge. They produce admissions tests for higher education institutions and government ministries worldwide. Their assessments support selection and help to enable fair access to higher education and the workplace, measuring applicants’ potential for success.

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This website provides information and advice from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing service on the BMAT.

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Bright Knowledge is a guide to careers, education and student life. Bright Knowledge aims to help students work out what they want to achieve and how they can get there. The website is updated with the latest news and new resources every day.

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This website provides information and advice from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing service on the ELAT.

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Future Learn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one-step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

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This is a Government website providing information and advice on how to find volunteer placements.

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This is an article published by the Guardian providing a range of tips and advice on preparing for interviews.

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This is the official LNAT website providing information and advice about the test. The website includes guidance on how to prepare for the test including hints and tips, a preparation guide, sample essays and a practice test simulator.

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This website provides information and advice from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing service on the Mathematics Admissions Test.

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This website provides information and advice from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing service on the STEP test.

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This is an interesting TED talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy on how using body language, and particularly ‘power posing’, can affect the brain and our chances of success.

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This website provides information and advice from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing service on the Thinking Skills Assessment.

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This is a useful UCAS webpage summarising all the key dates relevant to university applications.

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​​​​​​This is the official UKCAT website providing information and advice about the test. The website includes practice tests and questions, a tour tutorial providing insight into the format of the test and a question tutorial that takes you through example questions and offers strategies on how to approach and answer them. This website also provides the Official UKCAT Practice App, this is a free preparation tool to help students prepare for the test.

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Interview tips provided by some of our Advancing Access university partners are listed below. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and you should check individual university websites for further information.

  • University of Cambridge - An overview and advice including two useful videos that will help students prepare for interview.
  • University of Leeds - Examples of the multiple mini interviews operated by the University of Leeds.
  • University of Oxford - An overview, tips, sample questions and lots of videos featuring previous applicants.

 

​​​​​​This interesting article summarises some useful information and advice about how to prepare for interviews.

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