7 MISTAKES TO AVOID IN YOUR UCAS APPLICATION:

a guide for international students.

7 UCAS Mistakes ebook

Get a FREE copy of this book and learn how to:

  • Avoid UCAS application mistakes that can get your application rejected. 
  • Write your UCAS Personal Statement in 5 sections, following a step-by-step guide and examples for each section.
  • Impress admissions tutors with your application and during the interview (if you have one).

THESE 7 BASIC BUT BIG UCAS MISTAKES ALMOST GOT ME A 'NO' WHEN I APPLIED TO UNIVERSITY.

When I applied to university in the UK, I had no idea how the application process worked or who to ask for help.   There wasn't much information online either.   

So, I filled in my UCAS application, wrote my personal statement and got myself an ok reference

But, I had totally miscalculated what the admissions tutor wanted to see in my application.  My personal statement was boring and my reference didn't say anything helpful about my academic abilities.   

The admissions tutor could have just rejected me.   I was lucky she decided to give me a second chance in an interview.  

By following the tips in the 7 UCAS Mistakes book, you’ll avoid these and other application mistakes:

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO APPLY. 

The main UCAS deadline is 15 January, but do you know what your options are if you do miss this deadline?  Or, whether you may be able to apply as late as 30 June?  Get the tips in Chapter 1.   

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T CHOOSE A COURSE THAT DOESN'T MATCH YOUR GOALS. 

A degree abroad is a big investment into your future.  So, how do you make sure you only apply for courses that match your goals and aims?  Find out in Chapter 2.

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T SELECT YOUR UNIVERSITY FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

Students love league tables—and most people pay attention to them, even when they say they don't.  But do you know what the ranking criteria mean or how they're relevant to you?   We look at this in Chapter 3.  

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T THINK MEETING THE ENTRY GRADES IS ENOUGH. 

What do admissions tutors look for in your application?  Excellent grades?  Sure.  But, the more selective a course, the more requirements you have to meet.   In Chapter 4, I share with you what they may be.

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T LET YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT FAIL YOU. 

The personal statement can be the most important section in your UCAS application.  In Chapter 5, you get a step-by-step guide for writing an impressive personal statement, complete with examples. 

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T GET YOURSELF AN IRRELEVANT AND UNINSPIRING REFERENCE.  

 To get an admissions offer, you need a supportive reference.  In Chapter 6, I share with you the typical reference mistakes applicants make—and how you can avoid them. 

7 UCAS Mistakes by Antoinette Turkie

DON'T ALLOW THE INTERVIEW TO TAKE YOU BY SURPRISE.  

If you're applying from abroad, you may not have to attend an admissions interview.  But if you do, this is your chance to get an offer.  In Chapter 7, you can find a list of interview questions and sample answers. 

What Brexit means for International Students

YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT BREXIT MEANS FOR YOU.  

You may be wondering what Brexit means for international students, and for your chances to study and work in the UK.   In the Bonus Chapter, we run through the main developments since the Brexit vote. 

Antoinette Turkie, MESH-ED Founder

"Applying to university could be the most important step towards your future.

Don't take any risks.  Don’t make any university application mistakes that you can easily avoid with the right information and advice.  This is why I have written this book. I hope you will find the insights and tips useful."

– Antoinette Turkie

MESH-ED Founder & Author of the '7 UCAS Mistakes'

Write a UCAS Personal Statement that Will Convince the Admissions Tutors to Offer You a Place. 

"Your UCAS personal statement should help you stand out."

The UCAS personal statement can seem difficult, I get it.  

What do admissions tutors look for?  Should you write about yourself or about your studies? What about your extracurricular activities and hobbies?  And how many sections should you write?   

This is why the longest chapter in the 7 UCAS Mistakes is the one dealing with the personal statement.  The step-by-step guide and examples are meant to help you write the best personal statement you're capable of. 

Look Inside the 7 UCAS Mistakes:

How to Write an Impressive UCAS Personal Statement

"This step-by-step guide and the examples will teach you how you can write your personal statement in 5 powerful sections."

An admissions tutor reading your personal statement wants to know about your academic abilities, achievements and interests. Your personal statement is the only section in your UCAS application that you write in your own words—it’s your voice.

Get my tips in this post on how you can write a personal statement that will impress admissions tutors.

How to Choose a Course to Match Your Future Goals

"You won't be able to tell from the course title alone whether a course is right for you."

Do you see studying abroad as an investment in your future and a ticket to a good graduate job? You’re not alone. But how can you make sure that any courses that you apply for will help you reach your goals? 

Set your goals. ​Do your research.  Here's how.

UCAS Deadlines 2017 and What to Do if You Miss Yours

"Miss your deadline and you may miss your chance to apply. However, I stress, you 'may'. You still have some options."

You can write the most impressive university application. But if you send your application later than the deadline, it may go straight into the no pile: no one reads it, no one is impressed, no one sends you an offer.

Know the UCAS deadline for your course and get organised. But if you've missed the deadline, don't give up—know your options. 

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Get a summary of the tips to help you write an impressive personal statement.

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Antoinette Turkie, MESH-ED Founder

"Want a guide to help you write your UCAS personal statement? I'll send you a free copy of the 7 UCAS Mistakes digital book.

If you want to read the 7 UCAS Mistakes book, request I'm happy to send you a free copy.  Get the step-by-step guide to writing an impressive UCAS personal statement and university application.    

- Antoinette Turkie, MESH-ED Founder & Author of the 7 UCAS Mistakes

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