1. What do you want to study?
Not too sure? Go to the UCAS course search website and type in anything you are interested in, with over 40,000 possible courses out there, you are sure to find one for you.
2. Where do you want to study?
Once you know what you are looking for you can locate the institutions which offer the course/s you are interested in and find out more about them. Important details you need to find out are:
- Course information
- What modules are available
- Entry Requirements (UCAS Tariff tables)
Remember, you can apply for five universities through UCAS but you visit as many open days as you want. So take a note of these and try and go to as many as you can.
York St John top tip: You should also bear in mind that a visit to university is not just to see the course, but to shape your life for three years – so take a look at accommodation and the local area to ensure you go somewhere you like.
3. Why are you going to a UCAS fair?
You will have lots of questions about the university, the course, the student life, the accommodation and student finance.
York St John top tip: Instead of approaching each stand blank, take a list of questions to ensure you get all your questions answered, no matter how silly they are. The questions you ask may lead you to making an easier decision when it comes to accepting a firm and insurance choice.
4. What else can I do while I’m there?
Check out the guide you are given out in the morning, are there any presentations that are relevant to you? Could you find out more about applying to competitive courses to help you get the upper edge in your application or maybe student finance so that you can start preparing your budget! For extra advice with regards to student funding and advice, why not visit the Gov.uk website to help give you good background knowledge so you can ask relevant questions.
York St John top tip: You will be given lots of information on leaflets and prospectuses, 5-10 prospectuses weigh a lot, so come prepared with a bag. Alternatively, ask the universities to send a prospectus to you to avoid carrying too much and tiring yourself out!
5. What next?
Well…you have more information than you did before your visit. Now you can plan to visit the universities. Once you’ve been you can make an informed decision on where you want to go. We suggest a pro’s and con’s list for each course and institution you are interested in.
York St John top tip: Write each course/institution on a slip of paper, place them next to each other, and rank them. Being able to move the slips helps making a clear decision rather than having them written on paper!