Applying for University
So you’ve decided that you want to go to university; congratulations!
You may even have decided what subject you would like to study, as well as where you would like to go, but you should not worry if not, as Study Britannia will assist you in this decision process too. However, in order to complete your application, we need some information from you:
Application Form Checklist:
- Copy of your passport
- Copy of your Visa (if you live outside of the EU)
- Transcript of your grades (Do not worry if they are not translated to English)
- Graduation certificate (Compulsory for most but not all courses )
- Certificate of English proficiency e.g. IELTS or TOEFL (Not compulsory, although you may not be able to apply to certain courses, or may need to take an additional foundation year in your study if you do not have one.)
- Personal statement
- Reference letter or reference name and contact information.
If you are applying for a postgraduate degree, we will require a copy of your bachelor’s degree too. Similarly, those applying for a PhD must provide sufficient evidence of their Master’s degree as well as their research proposal.
Documents in Detail:
Once we have received these details we can set out trying to find the right university for you, but if you are unsure of how to retrieve some of these documents or don’t know what some of them are it can be confusing.
Your personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to a UK university and show off your passion and understanding for your area of study. It is usually 400-600 words or around a typed side of A4 paper, where you elaborate on your experience specified in your CV and explain how and why you are a good candidate to study at university. Students may include why they want to go to university, what they aspire to achieve with their degree of choice in future, and any personal skills or achievements that may have been missed on the CV.
To read more about what to include in your personal statement check out our personal statement guide HERE.
A CV or curriculum vitae is a short, usually one or two pages long, account of a person’s career history and qualification. Whilst usually written for job applications, CVs are also required in order to register for university.
- Education Qualifications
- Job history (particularly highlighting jobs relevant to your course of study)
- Contact Information
- Extra-Curricular interests
- Skills and Strengths
A CV is a crucial aspect to establishing yourself in an increasingly competitive job market and it has become more important now than ever to stand out from the crowd. Study Britannia offers a Career Profile and Application Service, where we can help and advise you to write and edit your own bespoke CV and personal statement. To read more about how we can help you in these aspects, click HERE.
A reference letter is a document authored by someone other than yourself; somebody who knows you or has known you within an academic or professional capacity. This could be an old teacher or lecturer, a current one or a superior at your work; a boss or a manager. The letter should include information on how you operate as a worker or student, covering aspects such as how you interact with others, your performance and the effort you put into work. It must also explain the relationship between you and the referee, as well as state that they believe you will be able to complete the course to a satisfactory standard.
It is important that the letter comes from the appropriate person; it cannot be written by a friend or colleague who operated at the same job level as you e.g. if you were a waiter in a restaurant, you would need a reference from the manager of the restaurant and not a fellow waiter. It must also be printed on official company/school/university paper; with letterhead, and be signed at the bottom.