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Where Should my Application be at this Stage?

As the summer months approach, it's crucial for students in different stages of their academic journey to assess their progress in preparing for university applications. Whether you're in Year 11, Year 12, or Year 13, July marks a significant milestone in your application timeline. In this article, we'll outline the key tasks that students should have completed and the important steps they should be taking in preparation for applying to university.



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Year 11

By the time you reach Year 11 in July, it's essential to lay the groundwork for your future university applications. While the formal application process may not start until Year 13, investing time and effort in the following areas will put you in a strong position:

  1. Course Selection: Research different university courses and identify areas of interest. Consider your passions, skills, and career aspirations to make informed decisions about the subjects you want to pursue at A-level or equivalent qualifications.

  2. Work Experience and Volunteering: Begin exploring work experience and volunteering opportunities related to your chosen field or areas of interest. This will demonstrate your commitment, initiative, and potential to university admissions teams.

  3. Extracurricular Activities: Engage in extracurricular activities that align with your interests and showcase your well-roundedness. Participate in clubs, societies, or community initiatives that allow you to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

Year 12

As you enter Year 12, you should have a clearer idea of your university and course preferences. July is an excellent time to focus on the following aspects:

  1. Academic Performance: Maintain strong academic performance in your A-level or equivalent courses. This will provide a solid foundation for your predicted grades, which universities consider during the application process.

  2. Research Universities and Courses: Narrow down your list of potential universities and courses. Explore entry requirements, course structures, and modules to ensure they align with your academic and career goals.

  3. Open Days and Virtual Events: Attend university open days or virtual events to gain firsthand experience of campus life, interact with faculty members, and gather information about the universities on your shortlist.

  4. Personal Statement Preparation: Begin brainstorming and drafting your personal statement. Reflect on your experiences, skills, and aspirations, and how they relate to your chosen course. Seek guidance from teachers or mentors to craft a compelling narrative. Read our Personal Statement guides for some helpful resources to get you started.

Year 13

In Year 13, your university application process will soon be underway. July is a crucial time to finalise your preparations:

  1. Finalise University Choices: Review your university choices and ensure they align with your academic achievements, preferences, and career aspirations. Consider factors such as location, campus facilities, and overall student satisfaction.

  2. Refine Your Personal Statement: Polish and refine your personal statement, emphasising your motivations, relevant experiences, and future goals. Seek feedback from teachers, mentors, or online resources to make it compelling and unique. Our advice on alternative research methods could also be useful in diversifying your Personal Statement and keeping you interested.

  3. Admissions Tests: Research and register for any required admissions tests, such as the BMAT, MAT, or others, depending on your chosen courses and universities. Continue familiarising yourself with the test format and practising with past papers. Check out our Admissions Test Resource Hub for help with your preparation.


July is a crucial month in the university application timeline, regardless of the academic year you're in. By staying organised and following the suggested guidelines for each year group, students can ensure they are on track and well-prepared for the upcoming application season.

Remember to manage your time effectively, seek guidance from teachers and mentors, and make the most of available resources. With careful planning and diligence, you can confidently embark on the journey of applying to university and set yourself up for success. Good luck!


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