A Royal Holloway, University of London course

Understanding the University Application Cycle

For staff / teachers in schools and colleges

About this course

The Schools Liaison Team at Royal Holloway has created resources for teachers who help and advise students with university choices and the application process. The course will help teachers to understand how they can support their students when making decisions. The course will go through:

  • How to choose a degree choice and university
  • Personal statements and what admissions tutors look for in an application
  • What happens after the application is sent – Applicant Visit Days, choosing a firm and insurance option, student finance and accommodation
  • Last minute jitters – how teachers can support students with exam stress, revision and results day.

Teachers will gain useful tips from current students and admissions tutors.

Course sessions

  • Session one: Making choices

    This Session is designed to help you guide your students in choosing their courses and universities.

  • Session two: Writing a personal statement

    This Session is designed to inform you on how to best support your students when they are writing their personal statements. This will cover what admission tutors look for and what features should be avoided.

  • Session three: What happens next?

    This Session will explain what happens next after the UCAS deadline - how to support students in choosing their firm and insurance choice, visiting their university choices, applying for accommodation and student finance.

  • Session four: Last minute jitters

    This Session will help you support students with the last-minute jitters that they may have before exams and Results Day. It will look at effective revision and study skills, and will let you know what to expect on Results Day. It will also go over the processes of UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.