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1. Posted by lissthis (Budding Member, 9 posts) 12 Aug '09 19:38

Hi there, I am applying to 5 programs per UCAS restrictions through the University of Brighton/ University of Sussex. Since UCAS restricts the student to only applying to 5 programs, I was wondering if there was another way to apply to schools directly in England that would bypass the program and allow more opportunity. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 13 Aug '09 03:42

If UCAS works any bit like its Dutch counterpart, forget it. If you want to enroll in an undergraduate programme, they're your only point of entry.

Btw, why would you want to enroll for more than five programmes? Why not make up your mind, and enroll after that?

3. Posted by lissthis (Budding Member, 9 posts) 13 Aug '09 07:23

As I said to allow more opportunity. I know exactly what type of biology programs I want, just indecisive of the location. Thanks for the help though.

4. Posted by Little_Pea (Budding Member, 6 posts) 20 Aug '09 07:43

As far as I am aware, and I applied for Uni nearly three years ago, you are unable to apply to go outside of UCAS; they are your only option for undergraduate courses. Its different for Postgrad I believe as you apply directly to the Uni.

Sorry if this is not what you wanted to hear and good luck with your application. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 07:44 by Little_Pea ]

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru, 1276 posts) 21 Aug '09 07:08

UCAS levels the ground so that the universities have a common format to work with, I guess another good point from their perspective is that it limits peoples choices, if everyone could apply everywhere imagine the work they'd have to do to process those applications! immense.

I know it's crap, I only have 4 choices for medical school. It's nothing...

good luck anyway.


6. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member, 60 posts) 21 Aug '09 11:48

lissthis, this might be a good idea to help narrow down the location:

7. Posted by lissthis (Budding Member, 9 posts) 21 Aug '09 21:06

Thanks! The times online site helped a lot.

I understand completely why they limit you to 5 applications. I'm just concerned that I'm looking in the wrong league! But I think the ratings helped and it seems that the northern Universities specify entry requirements more.

Do you know if it would be a good idea for me to do some local testing (for England) before I apply? So that I have something on their scale?

8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru, 1696 posts) 22 Aug '09 02:11

Is it possible for overseas students to apply via the clearing system?

9. Posted by CCJ (Budding Member, 3 posts) 24 Aug '09 07:46

Was wondering if you can first submit your application, then pick 5 more after that? Is that legit?

10. Posted by Musicolo (Budding Member, 14 posts) 24 Aug '09 08:39

Hi there,

When I was applying to study in the UK back in 2000, UCAS was the only way to do it. With postgraduate programs, you can apply directly to uni, with undergraduate, UCAS was the only choice.
With regard to rating, I'd recommend you glance at them, but do not take them too seriously. Rankings have a lot to do with marketing and PR and sometime may not serve as an objective source.
Have a look at all individial universities, programs, structure, career services, location, campuses, student structure, facilities and etc. Pay them a visit on an open day and see how it looks.
Use ratings very carefully. Good luck