How to nail your UCAS application

UCAS is a vital part of the university application process. Your UCAS application is what communicates to universities your wish to study. And though it is intuitive, it is often a confusing and intimidating process. With plenty of information required and details to be included within the application we are no stranger to a slightly perturbed applicant.

We want all WaterBear applicants to thrive and reach their full potential, so we have put together all the best ways to nail your UCAS application.

Sell yourself.

We know you have what it takes, but if you don’t tell us, we’ll never know! The personal statement is the perfect place for you to tell us about who you are. Make sure to include any and all musical experiences that have formed your career goals and aspirations. When it comes to qualifications, make sure you tell us your most recent qualifications to date and what you are currently studying. And finally, references. Make sure your referees know you musically. Include everything that UCAS asks of you, and you are on to a winner!

Be specific

We receive a huge amount of applications so the more direct you can be the better. Alongside selling yourself and your experience we want to know why a music degree is right for you. Also, why this course specifically? What will having this degree help you achieve? Will this be a vehicle to your greater goals? Remember, this course is for you, so we want you to get the most out of it and steer you in the right direction.

Check in regularly

As you’re preparing your application you should become well acquainted with the UCAS track. This is where any and all updates to your application will appear. Often people will check once or twice and leave thinking they were either unsuccessful or their application did not go through. This is almost never the case, check regularly as this is where you will find out any decisions.

Don’t discount your talent

An advantage of WaterBear being a boutique university is that we review every application on a case by case basis. So even if your results aren’t what you expected don’t be put off. We assess everyone with a mixture of academic results but also musical skill / experience. If you show you have the passion and skill then we will make sure we support you.

If you would like to book a consultation then get in touch via enquiries@wbear.io

You can see details of all of our courses and departments here.

 

Applying for our MA / Online courses

Similarly to our BA courses you will be required to have a consultation ahead of your application. What makes this different however is the application goes directly to us. All the same advice applies, make sure you’re thorough and provide evidence along with everything.The link to the direct application for the course will be sent to you on completion of your consultation and once WaterBear have confirmed their recommendation of an offer to you.

 

APEL advice

If you feel you have covered the content of a module/ modules via your work/ life experience but have no official qualification, APEL is a way to provide the evidence to show this and to gain credit for it. This is basically using your CV as evidence to join the course. Contrary to many rumours there is no charge for this!

APEL applications must be completed within two weeks and must be an accurate statement of your experience. This is different to your personal statement which reflects why you think the course is right for you. You must provide three pieces of evidence of experience alongside this. These can be live footage, recordings, posters, articles, etc.

If you have any questions regarding your application don’t hesitate to get in touch via info@wbear.io

You can find details of all of our courses and departments here.

We are here to support you and help you fulfil your full potential. We can’t wait to see you!

By Josh Jones


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Tardigrade (AKA Water Bear)

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