The undergraduate applications process for top UK universities is extremely competitive and often includes an interview. 

From helping you to choose the best place to study, to preparing you for interviews, OEE is here to help you navigate through the challenging UCAS application system.


What is UCAS?

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All students wishing to apply for an undergraduate degree in the UK will have to apply through UCAS. Masters students, on the other hand, apply to the university directly.

The UCAS application form itself can seem complicated but we’ll guide you through every step of the way.


UCAS stands for University College and Admissions Service
The Personal Statement

The personal statement is the most important part of any application, and is your chance to let your personality shine through.

There is no set word limit but instead you have a maximum of 47 lines or 4000 characters. With very few words to play with, it’s important to make them all count. A good personal statement can turn you from a set of grades on paper to a talented individual with something to offer a university.

OEE we won’t be writing it for you, but we will guide you through the process, helping correct, format and shape the personal statement to give you the best possible chance of entry.


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Letter of Recommendation

Every UCAS application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation written by a referee. This should be someone who knows you academically and can talk about your achievements in the classroom as well as how suitable you will be for higher education.

Examples of referees can include a tutor, or a teacher / headmaster at your current school; you could also ask your employer, volunteering supervisor or coach.

Finding a good reference can add a lot to your application. OEE can help you with finding the best referee to help you stand out.


Interview and Entry Exams

To compete at the top level you must fight off the competition. The competition for places at the very best British universities is extremely fierce. On top of the ordinary UCAS application form elite institutions increasingly require an interview, and in some cases a special exam, in order to whittle down applicants so that only the very best gain entry. OEE offers interview and exam coaching for all UK institutions and subjects, including Oxford and Cambridge.