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University application

The process of applying to university can be complicated and overwhelming. We make sure that you are supported and can submit your very best application.

  • University application completion
  • Mock interviews
  • Additional subject-specific reading
  • Sessions with University Admissions Counsellors/Tutors from many of the world’s best universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and MIT
  • Guaranteed work-experience placement support if your application requires it
  • Specialist support for students aspiring to top 10 universities, or competitive career paths
  • The friendly CATS 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.

Higher Education Advisors

Our two dedicated full-time Higher Education Advisors have years of Admissions experience and offer unlimited individual support from day one, helping with each aspect of the university application process.

  • Advisors have extensive experience of University Admissions, with first-hand understanding of how applications are assessed
  • Additional support if you are applying to the most selective universities or seeking a competitive career path
  • You will take part in workshops as well as having personalised support, allowing you to feel confident in your university application

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.
  • Personal statement preparation and workshops

The application process

A level year 1 A level year 2 or UFP
September

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)

October

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

Examinations

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