Top tips when applying for competitive university courses. Featuring the University of East Anglia and the University of Keele.


Event speakers:

Introducing competitive courses - with application and work experience tips
Amy Dowd, Student Recruitment Officer at Keele University

Personal statement support for competitive courses
Lydia Newton, Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Amy Dowd, the Student Recruitment Officer at Keele University and Lydia Newton, the Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia.

Introducing competitive courses – with application and work experience tips
Amy speaks about which courses are competitive at university and why this is the case. These types of courses will require you to stand out during the application process and Amy mentions what admissions tutors are looking for in order for you to be successful. She talks about what is required of you before applying and how to compensate for your lack of work experience after COVID-19. Your personal statement is an important part of the application and Amy shares a beneficial method to ensure you produce a strong piece of writing which will allow your strengths to shine through. Finally, she speaks about the different types of interviews used on competitive courses and how to best prepare for them.

Top tips when applying for competitive courses
Lydia explains what makes a course competitive and the type of courses that are like this. For this very reason, it is vital to ensure you fully prepare yourself before applying for such a course at university. Lydia highlights the qualities admission tutors look for and how to portray your strengths in your application. She speaks about the key factor’s universities take into consideration, one of the most important being your personal statement. There is a limit on the length of your personal statement to 47 lines or 4000 characters (whichever comes first) and Lydia talks about how to make the most of the short space. She goes on to share advice from admission tutors on what makes the best applicants and highlights a useful method when writing your personal statement. Finally, she speaks about extracurricular activities as well as the do’s and don’ts of your university application.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.


Event Recorded: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:00


 
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