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10 essential things to remember when applying to university

Applying for university can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be if you’re organised and plan out exactly what you need to do and by when. Here are 10 essential things UK students should do before joining us here at Regent College London (RCL).

1. Start your application early!

Don’t wait until the last minute to start the process and submit your materials early. Parts of the application process, such as organising student finances, can take longer than you think and sometimes you may need documents sent to you or renewed, which can take time. Use our step-by-step guide on how to apply to plan out exactly what you need to do.

2. Make sure you have the minimum requirements for admission

Each course will have different requirements of entry, so be sure to check you meet all the elements before applying. The simplest way is to go to your course page and scroll to the bottom for ‘Entry Requirements’.

3. Prepare for the free English test

It’s nothing to worry about but when enrolling at RCL, you will be required to meet a basic level of English language. This is to ensure you get the most from your course and time with us. If you don’t have a qualification which demonstrates the required level of English proficiency you will be required to take our free English Language Screening Assessment. This is a supervised test that will estimate your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, which we will support you through. For other courses you may need to attend pre-sessional classes and sit a final English test. If you hold an accepted English qualification, you will be exempt from this step. The initial English test takes around 90 minutes to complete but don’t worry, we’ll help you throughout the process. You can find out more about what’s required here.

4. Apply for student funding as early as possible

When studying you’ll have both living costs and tuition fees to pay so you’ll want to get set up quickly and make sure you receive your money in time for starting your new course. If you’re applying for a loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), be aware that the process can take up to eight weeks to approve. You will need the SLC reference number to progress your application with us, so it’s important to make sure you apply with plenty of time before starting. When you receive your SLC reference, take a screenshot so you can easily find it later.

Student Finance England (SFE) Application Process

For more on your student finances and the process, why not check out this useful video from Student Finance England.

And remember, you don’t need a confirmed course place to apply for your funding, and you can change your mind on which course you end up studying so get going on your finances early on. If you’re ready to apply now register here.

5. Be prepared for your interviews

Don’t panic! Many universities require applicants to interview with admissions staff or faculty members as part of the application process but this is nothing to worry about. It is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers, to showcase yourself, and for them to learn more about you. At RCL we require students to pass an Initial Consultation and an Academic Interview so spend some time reviewing your application, research your chosen course and subject to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.  These interviews aren’t anything to worry about but they are important parts of the process and opportunities to expand on your personal statement and demonstrate that you are a committed individual.

6. Document checklist

It’s important to be certain you have the correct documents needed to enrol and most importantly, that they are current and valid documents.

  • Proof of Identity
    This is usually your valid passport or Photo ID Card.
  • Proof of address
    A bank statement or Utility bill.
  • Academic / English Language Certificates
    Both the original copy and translated version.
  • Personal Statement
    500 words minimum.
    Ensure you don’t rush your personal statement. Take your time and make sure you use the opportunity to express yourself and outline your goals.
  • CV and Employer Reference
    If applying via Work Experience route, you will need to submit your CV and reference from your employer.

7. Get to know the campus

If you’re planning on studying in person, why not spend some time coming to an open day or visiting the local area to orientate yourself. Work out your transport and what is within walking distance. Where is good to go for coffee, where’s he local library, or gym.

8. Understand all the added benefits of RCL

Studying at Regent College London has a lot of added benefits, these include SCOPE, an exclusive enrichment programme that helps students to maximise their academic personal and professional learning and development. SCOPE for Success Character Opportunity Progress and Enhancement. Check out Regent Digital Services platform and all the flexible study options available to you. Also take a look at our Thinking into Character package, a transformational suite of programmes designed specifically for the personal development of our students. Before you join RCL, make sure you’re fully aware of everything on offer.

9. Demonstrate your interest in your field

Show that you have researched the school and explain why it is a good fit for you. Your teachers won’t expect you to be experts in your field but they will want you to be energetic and motivated when you start so get ready to study. Read around the subject as much as you can and always show you are driven to learn and develop.

10. And be yourself!

Yes, it’s an essential part of preparing to join RCL. We want our students to thrive, in an community of likeminded exceptional individuals. The admissions process is also an opportunity for you to show who you are as a person, so don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself. You will be far more successful in the long run.

If you’re worried about starting with Regent College London, try to remember that everyone feels the same way. It’s normal to be nervous but just know that you’re not alone. University is a great opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new people. So embrace it! Our team is always on hand to help you. Good luck.