UCAS Information Sheet


Your application is made online through the school from September and you will need to submit:

  • A personal statement – the same for all the courses
  • A reference from a teacher
  • Your previous State Exam results e.g. Junior Cert or equivalent
  • Any       employment including work experience is important to show focus on course
  • Your predicted Leaving Cert grades submitted by your teachers

You can familiarize yourself with the process on the UCAS site and by talking with your guidance counselor. Check out the Blogs, Case Studies and Videos.

How do I apply?

You apply online through the school with your guidance counsellor from September 2016

When do I need to apply?

  • 15 October2016, 18:00 (UK time) – any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry
  • 15 January 2017, 18:00 (UK time) – for the majority of courses
  • 24 March 2017, 18:00 (UK time) – for some art and design courses

Dates are provisional.  Check UCAS site to confirm dates for your courses.

What do I need to do before next term?

If you are serious about applying to a competitive course you should use the summer to:

  • Research courses – on UCAS or guardian university course guide and other sites


  • Apply for and prepare for any admissions tests such as the BMAT or UKCAT or LNAT
  • Work on your Personal Statement
  • Add to relevant work or academic experience to show you are determined and focused on your area of study. You must show evidence that you are enthusiastic and proactive.
  • Do extra study, reading or projects beyond the standard curriculum as you will be competing against A level students.

How do I find out about admissions tests and dates?

  • Search for dates and links on the UCAS site and talk with guidance
  • A number of tests such as BMAT and Oxford tests are held in St Andrew’s

Most admissions tests happen at the start of the academic cycle, so if you do need to take one you’ll need to register for it early – possibly before you’ve sent your application off.

Many courses that use admissions tests have the 15 October application deadline – so it’s important to  check these details in advance.


Cambridge Law Test (link is external)LNAT (link is external)


MAT (link is external)STEP (link is external)

Medical courses

BMAT (link is external)GAMSAT (link is external)HPAT (link is external)UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) (link is external)

Thinking Skills Assessment

TSA Cambridge (link is external)TSA Oxford (link is external)TSA UCL (link is external)

University of Cambridge

BMAT (link is external)MML (link is external)STEP (link is external)TSA Cambridge (link is external)Cambridge Law Test (link is external)

University of Oxford

BMAT (link is external)CAT (link is external)ELAT (link is external)HAT (link is external)LNAT (link is external)MAT (link is external)MLAT (link is external)OLAT (link is external)PAT (link is external)TSA Oxford

How do I know if my course has a test?

  • Check on the UCAS site
  • It should tell you when you do a course search

Do I put my colleges in order of preference?

No, unlike the CAO you apply for 4 (medical dentistry veterinary) or 5 courses and you could receive offers in all.   You decide to accept one as a Firm acceptance that is your first choice and one insurance offer.

Do I have to go if I accept a place?

No, students wait for their other offers and then decide.

How do I choose a university and a course?

  • Do you have family connections in a certain area?
  • How much will it cost to live and study in certain areas?
  • Which colleges are best for your subject and interests?
  • You may want to choose a range of colleges with different entrance requirements to give yourself more chance of being selected.

Some useful Sites

  • UCAS
  • Unistats – compare unis and colleges in the UK
  • Push
  • Guardian university guide


Things to do, check out and attend

  • Lectures, summer schools and events in your subject area
  • Extra work experience or internships
  • Read and explore your area of study
  • University departmental sites and blogs – Oxford and Cambridge and many other institutions have great online lectures and courses
  • I U
  • Online courses
  • Pod casts such as BBC radio
  • Start preparing for interviews
  • Find a mentor or someone to talk to about your chosen area
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