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CATS University Fair

The CATS Canterbury University Fairs are exclusive events only open to CATS students and are some of the largest in the UK. Over 50 universities attend each Fair, including the prestigious University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Imperial College London. The Fair provides you with a valuable opportunity to talk directly to University Admissions Teams about their degree programmes, locations and specific entry criteria.

Visits from around 100 universities every year

We also have regular visits from universities to our campus and over 100 universities visited last year. These visits provide you with useful insight to the university admissions process.

Higher Education team

Our dedicated full-time Higher Education Advisor has years of Admissions experience and offers extensive individual support from day one, helping with each aspect of the university application process. You will take part in workshops as well as having personalised support, allowing you to feel confident in your university application.

The best programmes and opportunities 

We offer the best programmes to enable you to secure a place at many of the world’s leading universities, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate, Key Professions and various leadership opportunities for your personal statement. The range of programmes and activites we offer all prove the wide range of experiences and skills you gain while at CATS Canterbury.

Unlimited support

The friendly CATS Canterbury staff are always on hand to answer your questions and provide advice on the university process. If you are unsure of anything, you can meet with your Personal Tutor or Higher Education Advisors outside of timetabled hours and feel confident that you are always supported.

Personal statement

Our Personal Tutors have extensive experience of university admissions and know what will make your application stand out. Your Tutor will dedicate time to getting to know you and your interests to ensure that your personal statement is the best reflection of you.

It was such a unique experience to learn from people from so many cultures. With the guidance and support of CATS, I have been able to get into a great university and work towards what I want. For that, I am eternally grateful to the institution and everyone in it.
Ng Jes See, Malaysian

University application process

A level year 1 A level year 2 or UFP

Induction week

Introduction to the higher education department and services available

Induction week

Oxbridge College advice

Oxbridge open days, USA College day

Personal statements completed

SAT and ACT Tests (USA Colleges Only)


Careers fair to begin university and careers thinking

CATS university fair

Oxbridge candidate mock interviews

Oxbridge/Medicine application deadline

UKCAT admissions tests for Medics

LNAT admissions tests for Law

USA applications

CATS university fair

November / December

USA applicants identified

Preparation for mock exams

BMAT admissions test for Medical Degree

Oxbridge interviews

UCAS workshop

UCAS applications completed (non- Oxbridge applicants)

January / February

Introduction to UCAS* and the application process

Oxbridge students identified

Medic UK work experience

Prospects (matches students’ interests and abilities to courses available) or Stamford Test

January start University Foundation Programme students complete UCAS applications

UCAS deadline 15 January Examinations

March / April

Prospects report results and interpretation

Personal tutors work with students on their personal statements

Open days arranged to gain a taste of university life

CATS university fair

Students given conditional offers

Confirm university firm and insurance choices

CATS university fair

May / June

Preparation for USA university applications

Examinations Medic UK work experience


July / August

Medic home country work experience

Oxbridge open days

Internal A level half way exams

UFP/IB exam results published

A level exam results published

Confirmation of university plac

Clearing and adjustment

A level year 1 A level year 2 or UFP