Everything you need to know about applying to university can be found on the UCAS website at https://www.ucas.com/. However, the following documents provide information on how parents can support students in the UCAS process and how to prepare a personal statement .

UCAS Parents Guide 2018

UCAS Personal Statement Worksheet

UCAS Points and Grade Boundaries

The UCAS tariff puts your qualifications and achievements in a numerical format. The following document explains the tariffs from 2017 onwards.  The best way to calculate your points would be to visit the UCAS website where they have a tariff caluclator.

UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry Onwards

While a good number of universities will state their specific required grades, AAB for example, others will make offers based on the tariff system, such as 240 points.  So, using 240 points as an example, you could get ACE, or CCC at A2, or CDD at A2 and a C in AS in another subject, and in each case, you would be accepted. Check the entry profiles for each course at each university to be sure.

Remember, if you go on to take the A2, you can’t count the AS points in the final tally, but if you stop at the end of AS you can add it to your other A2s.

There are a number of other qualifications which can be used to build up the UCAS tariff, such as music examinations, but not all institutions will take these into consideration.

Student Finance Wales

For those needing student finance, the Student Finance Wales website will guide you through the process and tell you everything you need to know.  https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/

There are a range of videos on the Student Finance Wales website or YouTube to guide you through the labyrinth of Student Finance. Try this one to start with.

Below is a copy of the presentation from Student Finance Wales on Wednesday 14th March 2018 for any students who were unable to attend:

Student Finance Wales Presentation 14032018