Countdown to university: what to do next

You’ve got some work ahead of you to get there, but you’ll be off to university before you know it… 

April to September

Start researching which universities offer your course. Attend Open Days to see what the universities are like, talk to lecturers and current students, and see what you think of the surrounding area. 

October to November

Make your choices and complete your UCAS form. Ensure that your personal statement has been proofread before submitting your application. 


If you’ve received an offer, from December you’ll be invited to offer holder days to find out more about the course, meet classmates and familiarise yourself with the campus. 


Submit your application to student finance (you can do this even if you don’t have an offer). Apply for scholarships and bursaries. 


If you’ve used all your five choices but don’t have an offer, UCAS Extra is now open. Go to their website for more information.


Choose where to live – campus, or off-campus halls – and apply for accommodation. 


Plymouth University is hosting an open day – another chance to see the campus. 


Decide between your offers and respond to all the universities – select a first choice and insurance option. 


Talk to current Plymouth students and check out the local area at our summer open day. 


Didn’t achieve the A level results you were hoping for? If you didn’t get the uni or course you wanted, Clearing could be the answer. There is a Clearing open day at Plymouth, so you can visit the University and city. Once you’ve got a place, join the social media groups for your halls and course to make friends. 


Start packing!