UCAS Support

University Preparation

St Andrews has excellent connections with universities admissions departments and offers tailored advice and support for each individual student through individual and group university preparation sessions.

Introduction to UCAS

  • What is UCAS?
  • How to carry out degree searches using the website?
  • Understanding UCAS deadlines (including Oxbridge)

Choosing your course and university

  • Introduction to UK universities and their geography
  • Attending open days
  • Attending the St Andrew’s university fair
  • Differences in course modules at each university

How to apply

  • How to apply
  • Completing a skills and qualities list to increase student awareness of their skill set and its importance for the UCAS process and beyond
  • Learn key words in education and careers relating to course choices
  • How to complete the application form and the importance of accuracy

Interview Training

  • Learning how to speak publicly
  • Becoming confident speakers
  • What to say and what not to say in interviews

Personal Statement

  • What is a personal statement?
  • How to write about your course
  • What to include and what not to include
  • Writing style
  • How to write your personal statement/content
  • How to develop your personal statement to ensure it fits the UCAS criteria


  • Completing the application process checklist
  • Submitting your application
  • St Andrews will submit all required references

After Applying

  • How to track your application
  • Further interview preparation
  • Offers and rejections
  • Explaining results and clearing
  • Providing advice on results day

Watch the Principal talk about UCAS preparation