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We are here to help and support you with your future plans, and this includes if you decide to go to university.

Our Progression to HE Advisors can help you with exploring the different course options available, the application process, and personal statement writing. 

Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an appointment. For further information on the different post-18 options, view Next Steps for Year 12 & 13:

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  • How do I apply?

    Most applications to go to uni are made through ucas.com, where you will need to create a UCAS Hub account. If you are applying for a Conservatoire or Private School, you may need to apply directly through the institutions’ own website.

  • How many courses/places can I apply for?

    You can add up to 5 choices on your UCAS application. However, if you are applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or if you are applying for the University of Cambridge or Oxford, you can only add up to 4 choices on your UCAS application.

  • What is the Buzzword?

    The buzzword for West Suffolk College students is: westsuffolk22

  • I’m having problems with logging into UCAS, what should I do?
    • Make sure that you are logging in to the correct year of entry.
    • You can request your username and re-set your password.
    • If you are still having problems you will need to contact UCAS directly.
  • What are the entry requirements?

    Each institution can set their own entry requirements. All courses available in the UK and their entry requirements can be found on the UCAS website, however it is also good to double check these directly on the university’s own website.

  • Do I need to put the course that I’m currently studying on my application?

    Yes. The universities aren’t mind readers; your application is the only thing they have to go by… If it isn’t on your application, they’re not going to know!

  • What happens after I send my application?

    If you have linked your application to the college by using the buzzword, your application will come to the Progression to HE Advisors (Ellie and Rosie). They check over it and will send it back to you if there are any amendments to be made. Your Course Director will then add your reference and predicted grade.

    Once all of this is complete, they will send it off to UCAS for you.

  • What happens once UCAS receives my application?

    They will send it to the universities you have applied for. You can then track your application by logging back in to your UCAS Hub account. Here you will be able to see and respond to your offers when they come in.

  • When is the deadline for me to send my application?

    03 December 2021.

    Although UCAS’ official deadline is 26th January, Ellie and Rosie need time to check your application, and your Course Directors need to add your predicted grades and references. Therefore, we have this internal deadline to ensure every application is sent off in time.

  • When will I start getting offers?

    If your application is sent off by the January deadline, institutions have until the 20th May 2022 to send you an offer which can be viewed in your UCAS Hub account. If you have applied after this deadline, institutions have until 20th October 2022.

  • When do I apply for Student Finance?

    Student Finance should open February/March 2022. Applications are made through the Gov website and is done entirely online: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

  • I’m not sure what course I want to do
    • Start researching early
    • Attend open events
    • Speak to current university students using Unibuddy

    If you are still unsure and would like to discuss your options for university, please email your questions to us, or book an appointment to speak with one of our Progression to HE Advisors, Ellie or Rosie.

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