Applying to University

Progressing from college to university is a very exciting time. Make sure you check through our frequently asked questions to help your transition go smoothly.

You should be making your application for Student Finance if necessary and completing the appropriate forms.

You should also ensure you check your emails for communication from the universities you have applied to. They will send you key information on applying for accommodation, enrolment and how to contact them if you have any questions.
,br> You should also ensure you pick your Firm and Insurance choices on UCAS Track. See below for more information on this.

Once you have received all of you offers back on UCAS Track, you should reply and make your Firm and Insurance choices. Remember – your Firm choice is your first choice of course.

If the grades you receive in August match or exceed the entry requirements, that course is what you will do! Your insurance choice is like a backup. You should choose a course with lower entry requirements don’t get the grades for your first choice.

It is not too late to make an application to go to University this September, however, you should be aware that some courses may have filled up and not have places available.

You should check with the universities you are interested in applying to see if they have places available still. In order for them to support you, you should let your Progress Tutor know as soon as possible that you would like to apply. They will be able to send you guidance on completing the application and talk you through what you need to do next.

The College offers a range of Foundation Degrees, Degrees, Higher Nationals (HNC/Ds) and teaching courses at its dedicated University Centre. You can contact who will happy to provide you with additional information or arrange for a discussion with a course tutor.

You can also visit the Southport College University Centre website to find out more.

UCAS are planning to run Clearing as normal and it should be largely unaffected by the current circumstances. Hopefully, you will not need to use Clearing, however, it is there for any students who do not meet the entry requirements for their Firm and Insurances choices or students who are applying late to university.

There is a lot of information on Clearing on the UCAS website, however, you Progress Tutor will have sent you a session on UCAS Clearing so check your emails/teams for this.

At this time of year, you Progress Tutor will be supporting you in researching courses and institutions and starting the UCAS application process. They will have sent you supporting guidance for this so check your email/Teams for more information.

There are also some great resources online to support you in researching courses and institutions. Here are a couple to get you started;

If you are in the first year of an A Level and/or BTEC programme, you will be able to start your application for university through UCAS from the end of May 2020. Your Progress Tutor will be sending you all the information you need to create a UCAS account and fill out the application. You will also be sent information you can use to start planning your personal statement. If you haven’t received this yet, or have any questions, let your Progress Tutor know and they will be in touch.

Firstly, you should let your Progress Tutor know that this is something you are considering as soon as possible. The deadline for applications to Oxford and Cambridge are made earlier than applications to most other universities and so you will need to work hard on preparing your application over the summer.

The 2020 Oxbridge Conference was unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 circumstances. They moved some of their sessions online which you can access here.

No, there are still a number of ways you can research universities and courses. Check the UCAS search tool online for what courses are available at different Universities. A lot of Universities are also holding Virtual Open Events where you can tour the campus and live chat with current students and academics. Take a look at each university’s websites for more information.

Along with the support on offer through your Progress Tutor and the college’s Guidance Team, a number of universities are also holding different webinars you can participate in online. Check individual university websites to see what they have on offer or take a look at UK University Search’s Webinar Wednesdays

Universities are aware of this issue and those that we have spoken to have said that they will be focusing on the relevant research and virtual experience students include in their person statement. For example, if you are applying for medicine you could research medical evidence in a specific area or if you are applying for teaching you could research a specific curriculum and evidence these when writing your personal statement.

For students applying to medicine or health related degrees, The Medical Schools Council has released some guidance specific to these issues.

There is lots you can be doing right now! You can book a telephone Guidance appointment with our guidance team by emailing or through speaking with your Progress Tutor.

There are also a number of online sessions you can access to get yourself ready for applications. These include sessions sent to you by your Progress Tutor as well as online resources through the National Apprenticeship Service - You can also register your CV with the College’s apprenticeship team by emailing it to