Need advice on applying to University?

If you need some advice on applying for University, choosing a course, writing personal statements and much more, try visiting: http://www.getting-in.com/ for lots of helpful ideas.

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Choose your A-Levels very carefully

If you are currently in Year 10 or 11 and are hoping to go to a top University once you have finished school, you need to start thinking now about the A-Level subjects you might want to study as your choices now will make all the difference later. However, it is vital that you choose your A-Level subjects very carefully.

The Russell group represent 24 of the leading universities in the UK and recommend that you choose subjects from a list of eight in order to stand the best chance of getting a place at one of the top UK universities. Geography and History are both in this exclusive list of facilitating academic subjects which they recommend that you study at A-Level.

You can watch this video produced by them to find out more:

They have also produced an information guide with more detail. You can view it here: Informed Choices

What makes geography graduates the most employable?

Source: the guardian
A study of the graduate class of 2009 found 8.9 per cent were out of work in January 2010 – the highest unemployment level for 17 years. The poll, by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit charity, discovered graduates with degrees in IT had the bleakest prospects with an unemployment rate of 16.3% among their number – media studies graduates also fared badly with 14.6% unemployed six months after graduation.
By contrast, geography and psychology graduates had a better than average chance of getting work – some 7.4% and 8.3% were out of a job respectively. 

University applications – key dates 2011-12

The following information was originally published on the Telegraph website 
Key dates:
Year 12, spring and summer terms
• Research subject(s), courses and universities
• Visit universities
• Attend a higher education fair
Summer holiday
Think about their personal statement and suggest a first draft
• Possibly attend a university summer school or taster course
Year 13, autumn term
• Finalise up to five course choices
• Complete your application form
• Complete and check your personal statement
• Submit the application as soon as practicable
October 15
• Application deadline for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science, and all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
January 15
• Application deadline for all other courses, except some art and design courses
March 24
• Application deadline for remaining art and design courses
By May
• After receiving offers, visit universities again if undecided
• Accept one or two conditional offers
• Apply for finance
August
• Find out results
• Accept confirmed offer, or use Clearing to find a place
September
• Good luck to their university career!