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Getting ready for University

Year 13 UCAS – Important Information 11th May 2020 Mrs Lewis

Please now firm your offers ASAP .

  1. This is not the time to decide to defer your University place until 2021 , unless you requested this at the start of your application. Grades for 2021 are likely to be much higher !!
  2. University life will be different this September eg “Freshers week “ will now be later in the year . Many courses will start with virtual lectures and you might not be able to move into halls of residence until later in the Autumn term .
  3. If you decide to wait until 2021 and perhaps re-sit some exams you will have to reapply and your offer could ask for higher grades .
  4. All appeals must be made by 31st August for 2020 entry .
  5. Students will have a good chance of getting a place on their chosen course in August . However certain subjects eg Medicine , Veterinary Science will still require top grades.
  6. Clearing will open on 6th July for those students who did not receive any offers . For those holding offers you can access it on results day .
  7. This year there will also be Clearing Plus – This will match individual students to available places in universities for their chosen subjects.
  8. Adjustment will only go live on results day . This is for students who achieve higher grades than they thought .
  9. In Wales AS re-sits will be taken into account under the “fair-grading “ system .  

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Year 12 Important Information from UCAS and Coleg Gwent


1.UCAT tests are still running in September but dates and arrangements yet to be confirmed.

2. Deadline for Oxford, Cambridge , Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Conservatoires is still going to be 15th October . There will a huge emphasis on admissions / aptitude tests .

Coleg Gwent

1.At the end of May the portal will go live with the “buzzword” for UCAS so that you can register.

2. The June 23rd event will now be a virtual event .

3. There will be Tutor support in September for discussing University choices and personal statements .

4. Coleg Gwent will be liaising with schools and AS subject teachers to assist in the process of University references.


Useful websites for Year 12 and 13 students

Here is information and links to websites that should help Year 12 students  to think about what you might want to study at university, as well as 'bridging' activities for Year 13s who plan to start a course this year.


This site has a number of exciting resources developed by Universities, Colleges and organisations so you can learn at your own pace. These include online lectures, master classes and tutorials. They also include information about university life.

The Brilliant Club

Here you will find a variety of resources from The Brilliant Club’s programmes, designed to support pupils.


Unsure about a course, university or student life? This is the official site for all university applications.

The booklet below also has an excellent range of resources and links for Year 13s.

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