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APPLYING TO EXETER - University of Exeter Open Days, 2009


University of Exeter Open Days, 2009

Applying to Exeter

UCAS –Things you need to know…

Admissions at the University of Exeter - Entry requirements - Our process: application to admission

The Application:

- Offer - making process - Personal statement

UCAS–Things you need to know

UCAS application deadline – 15 January 2010

Can apply for up to 5 choices

Invisibility of choices (UCAS handbook order)

All applications now on-line via UCAS apply

UCAS Track

HEIs make decisions by end of March (C of U)

Applicant makes first and insurance choices by

beginning May

Conditions need to be met by August 31st


UCAS things you need to know and more….

One chance to sell yourself – same details seen by all 5


Qualifications achieved and predicted

Personal statement – tips later

Academic reference – including contextual info


May be competing with others who have same or

higher grades

Personal statement needs ‘oomph’

Give reasons for deferral request

Admissions at Exeter:Facts and figures Receive annually approximately 24,000

applications in total (up 20% last year)

Planned intake for Home/EU is 3,400

Make approximately 15,000 offers

Publish offer-range as a guide, but please check up to

date entry requirements on the web site

Most popular programmes are: English, Business

Management, History and Psychology

Admissions at Exeter:Entry qualifications All subjects acceptable except General Studies A level

Check specific subject requirements

Subject combinations?

Must have evidence of English literacy and

where appropriate numeracy

Other ‘non-A level’ Level 3 qualifications

Our process: Application toAdmissions Centralised system - applications handled centrally using

criteria still set by academics

All applications considered holistically on individual merit

Never make decisions based on ‘school type’- Consider contextual data

Gathered field (selective courses)

The Application

What an offer is based on: Academic achievement

Academic potential

Work experience where relevant

Personal Statement


Interview (rarely)

Offers, etc Unconditional offers

Conditional offers - Grades over 3 A levels or equivalent (not tariff) - Inclusive of specific subjects where stated - Inclusive of specific grades where stated - Unit grades not included at offer stage - Extended project welcome (60 tariff points) - AS level taken may be taken into consideration - A* at A level will not form part of offer

What happens next?

Offers conveyed via UCAS

All visible via UCAS track

Invitation to Post Offer Open Day

Your decision

Accommodation guarantee

Communication with you as the applicant

Publication of examination results - unit grades - full academic profile

Personal StatementsMusts:

• Free of grammar and spelling mistakes

• Focussed

• Convey motivation and enthusiasm

•70-80% directly relevant to subject

• 50 lines (approx 4000 characters)

• Be checked by tutor or subject teacher

Excellent Personal Statement Clever, high impact opening statement

Why you want to study this particular course

- two thirds about the subject area

- shows passion/knowledge for the subject - demonstrates ability to be independent learner

What you can offer?

Explain context of social life/achievements – WHY

not WHAT? – skills learnt and challenges, setbacks,

commitment and motivation

ABC rule: Activity/benefit/course-relevant?

What you hope to do with your degree


S ubject orientated

H onest

A rticulate

R elevant for the purpose

P assionate