Applying to university:
your complete guide

Need a hand with your university application?

Getting your university application just right can be a daunting process. How do you know which universities to apply to? What should you include to give yourself the best chance of getting the place you want?

Help is at hand – take a look at our helpful advice below, much of which has come from our current students that have already been through the process.


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Our top tips for completing your UCAS application

There are a number of things you can do to make the process of filling in your application as stress-free as possible.

We’ve put together a few handy hints, including what you should consider when you’re researching which course you want to do, and what universities will usually be looking for when they’re assessing your application.

With our helpful advice, you’ll be on your way to getting your application sorted in no time.

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How to nail your Personal Statement

Not sure where to begin? Let student Monika, and our admissions experts, guide you through their advice for making your personal statement stand out from the crowd.

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Time to make that all important choice…

Okay, so you’ve been to the Open Days, you’ve done the Virtual Tours, and you’ve read the prospectuses. Now comes the crucial bit: choosing which university you want to spend the next three years of your life (or maybe even longer). It can feel daunting trying to make such a big decision, but here are some ways you can make it easier and narrow it down.


Pros and cons

The best place to start is by writing a big list of all of the things that are important to you in a university, and seeing how your choices compare. For example, you could look at how the courses are assessed. Or how far the university is from home. Or if the accommodation you want is en-suite or not.

If you’ve got lots of choices to whittle down, you might find it useful to create some ‘red lines’ to cut things down more quickly - for example, you might decided that you don’t want to travel for more than four hours away from home, so you can discount any that are further away than that.


Location, location…

It’s just as important to think about the place you’ll be studying in as the course that you’ll be taking. Remember, you’ll probably be spending at least three years at University – it’ll help if you actually like the city or town that you’ll be staying in!

What is there to do? Are there plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, or other activities? How easy is it to get to them from the accommodation you’d be staying at?

And you’ll probably want to think about how much it will cost to do all of that. The cost of living can vary massively from city to city, so consider doing some research into how far your student loan will go.


Take another look

Hopefully you went to a few Open Days to take a look at the universities you’re interested in. But for some of your choices, that could have been months ago, so if you have the time, don’t be afraid to go back and take another look!

There are other ways to remember what a university is like, if that’s not practical. Lots of universities now offer a virtual tour (you can take a look at ours here), which can be a great way to rediscover a university campus, or take a look at it for the first time if you weren’t able to get to an Open Day.

And don’t be afraid to get in touch! Most universities will be very happy to answer any questions you haven’t already asked.


Does it feel right?

This is one of the most important things for you to think about, though admittedly, it can be one of the most difficult to put your finger on!

It’s all well and good looking at all of the stats and facts and figures, but at the end of the day: does it feel right? When you went to the Open Day, how did it make you feel? When you walked around, did you think, “I can really see myself being happy here”?

Because university is a big investment of time and money. It’s where you’ll spend some of your most formative years. So it’s really crucial that above all else, you’re happy while you’re here.

Get a taste of your subject

We're running a series of subject taster sessions throughout December, January and February. Come and see us for an afternoon to experience the academic area you're interested in before you apply.

You'll get to take part in a sample lecture, seminar or practical session. And you'll also be welcome to join us for lunch and a campus tour with one of our student ambassadors. It's your chance to be able to make a more informed decision.

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Session details


Wednesday 22 January: Full day session

Hands-on Geography

This taster day will start with a talk introducing you to Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at University. You will then take part in a series of practicals, ranging from human geography, to physical geography to geology, where you will be able to experience the sorts of activities you might do if you did one of these subjects at university.


Nursing, Health and Midwifery

Monday 9 December: Morning session
Tuesday 10 December: Morning session
Wednesday 22 January: Morning session

Which healthcare career is for you?

Could you be a Child, Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse? Is bringing new life into the world as midwife is the right path for you? Or maybe you would be suited to caring for patients before, during and after surgery as an Operating Department Practitioner? Find out more about these career paths and take a tour of our award-winning Allam Medical Building with simulated wards, theatres and a birthing suite.


Paramedic Science

Tuesday 17 December: Morning session

Making the right decisions under pressure

Modern paramedics act as gatekeepers for the resources and facilities of the NHS. Run by one of our Paramedic Science lecturers, we will talk students through three common treatment paths. Case studies will be introduced and students will decide what they think the outcome for their patient should be. How decisions are arrived at and the risks managed will be discussed in this highly engaging and interactive session.


Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Thursday 5 December: Morning session
Thursday 5 December: Afternoon session
Wednesday 22 January: Morning session
Wednesday 22 January: Afternoon session

How does the body respond to exercise?

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the relationship between exercise intensity and how we get the energy from food to fuel the exercise. Once we have an awareness of this we can then start prescribing what foods we need to eat to either; fuel for optimal performance or maximise recovery. You will get involved in creating an energy based snack in our specialist labs and understand how much money you can save by making this yourself, ahead of the many shop bought options.

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It’s not too late to come to an Open Day

We’ve got one more Mini Open Day on 8 January – come along and discover our beautiful campus, speak to our friendly staff, and find out why Hull could be the place to change your life.

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