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You may not need to be ready to apply for things over a year in advance, but it would be helpful to research what options are available to you and secure some placements to help build your personal statement as early on as possible. A lot of universities can close applications for their schemes anytime between February and May, meaning it is important to get organised, if not by Christmas then at least soon after. This includes getting a part time job or becoming a volunteer: universities love anything that shows a bit of commitment and dedication. Who wouldn’t want that on their team?

Will these schemes really benefit me?

You may be one of those people who have had to push themselves into these schemes for the benefit of the university admissions and something to brag about on your personal statement. But what may not be so obvious from the start is that many of these schemes can be a real confidence booster and will definitely help in securing your decision on what university course is (or isn’t) right for you.

Key Points to remember

  • Do your research: don’t make it to the end of a dreadful and stressful year of AS Chemistry realising you didn’t even need it for the courses and universities you’re applying to.
  • Plan early: many of the university schemes out there have deadlines early in the year, so don’t expect that opportunities will just come your way after first year exams are over whilst you have a whole summer to do absolutely nothing, otherwise you will end up just doing absolutely nothing!
  • It’s okay to be unsure: if you’re not sure what you want to do at university yet then experiment; most universities or charities provide schemes in all subject areas and they may be most helpful in making your final decision.
  • Have perseverance and passion: not only are these key qualities to express through your personal statement but they can be key in getting you accepted into the personal statement-boosting programmes.

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