How to… make a good application to university

App process 2

Submitting an application can be daunting. In this post I outline the information you need to include and provide handy tips for submitting a good application.

How to get Step 1 right and SUBMIT A GOOD APPLICATION:

To apply for undergraduate courses you apply through UCAS, to apply for postgraduate courses you can apply DIRECT to the university. However you submit your application, the university still requires the same information from you, including:

  • Up-to-date details about your education history
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency
  • References from a recent teacher, or somebody who knows you professionally
  • A personal statement about why you want to study your chosen course
  • Some basic personal information including contact details

Your application is the SUM TOTAL of everything the university knows about you!

At this stage your application is the only evidence the university has to assess your eligibility for your chosen course.  In addition to providing the basic information there are lots of things you can do to make a good impression from your application. From my years of experience advising potential students at MMU I have listed my top dos and don’ts you can follow to give your application the best chance of success.


  • Make sure all your supporting documents are submitted with your application. If the admissions team need to request further evidence from you this will slow down the process. Your application will be on hold until those documents are submitted.
  • Make sure your contact details are correct so the university can keep in touch and send the decision to you directly.
  • Send us your transcript with marks to date or predicated grades if you are still studying for a qualification.
  • Take time over your personal statement, this is your chance to sell yourself.
  • Contact your referees in advance, as they are often busy and waiting for references can slow down the process.
  • Take this opportunity to demonstrate your competency in English. Check your grammar and spelling in all your responses.
  • Use your reference number in all communications with the university


  • Leave any suspicious unexplained gaps in your education or work history. E.g. If you have been travelling for six months let us know.
  • Miss the opportunity to have a friend or family member review your application before you submit. It’s always good to have a fresh pair of eyes check your work.

Remember: Universities are looking for reasons to make you an offer, so sell yourself, submit a good application.

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