Where do I start?
There are thousands of degree courses in the UK - so take your time to choose a subject and institution that suits you.
Choosing a subject
Make sure you choose something you are interested in and passionate about - this will help keep you motivated. Take a look at our career-focused business degrees
Choosing a university
Think carefully about where you'd like to study. Do you want to stay at home or move away? How far would you be willing to travel? Would you need to find accommodation? It's a good idea to visit a few universities to see the facilities on offer, speak to some of the staff and students about the course and to explore the surrounding area.
Research, research, research!
Take your time to look in depth at the courses you are interested in: research the entry requirements and ask the admissions department if there's something you're unsure about. It is important to look at the modules and course content that make up each degree course to see what you'll actually be studying.
Completing my application
You can apply for up to five courses at one time through UCAS, but the same application will be sent to each university.
Writing your personal statement
Your personal statement is a chance to tell the universities about your skills, experiences and abilities and why you'd be a great student on the course. Remember that it must be entirely your own work, UCAS will electronically check it once you send it off. Take a look at our personal statement top tips
to find out more.
Submitting your UCAS application
Fill in the rest of the application, including your qualifications and predicted grades. Make sure your contact details are correct as this is how universities will get in touch. Once your tutor has added their academic reference it will be submitted to UCAS, who will then send it to each of the universities you have applied to.
Check which deadline
applies to you - some universities will be stricter than others when it comes to accepting applications after the deadline. Your school and college might set their own deadline earlier than this so that they have time to add in your academic reference.
Hearing back from my choices
Checking for responses
Log on to UCAS Track
to view any responses from the universities you have applied to. It is important to check this regularly to make sure you don't miss any communication from one of your choices, such as an invitation to an interview.
Each choice you have applied to will look at your application and decide whether to make you an offer or to reject your application.
Conditional offer - you need to meet the conditions of the offer (such as achieving a certain grade in their qualifications). When you receive your results you should check UCAS Track to see the updated decision from the university.
Unconditional offer - you have already met or exceeded the entry requirements and you have been given a place.
Once you have received replies from all the institutions you applied for you will then need to reply to your offers
by certain date otherwise your offers will be declined automatically!
What happens if I miss the deadline?
Each university is different when it comes to applications made after the January UCAS deadline. At GSM London we accept applications all year round, as well as students applying through UCAS Extra or UCAS Clearing in the summer. Please check with other institutions for their deadlines.
GSM London is proud to offer a flexible aproach to studying, with three start dates each year in October, February and June. We welcome UCAS students in all our intakes and our course advisor team can advise you on this.