Making the most of the summer

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Making the most of the summer

Knowing the Scottish weather, you may find you don't get as much time outside in the sun as you hope for this summer. Instead of staring wistfully out of the window hoping the rain will stop, you can start looking towards next year and there are lots of things you can be doing with your time off to help with your university and college applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Career Exploration

The summer is an excellent time to start looking in more depth at the courses/careers you're interested in. Take a look at our post about Career Exploration to get some ideas.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way of building up skills that you'll need for studying at college and university. This also means that it's really handy to have for your personal statement. These skills can be applied to a lot of different kinds of courses so it doesn't matter if you don't know what course you want to study yet. Volunteering might be with your local sports club to help with some younger teams or it could be that you've found an exciting project abroad to be involved with. Volunteer Scotland is a good place to start when you're looking for opportunities. Click on the image below to go to their website.

Research

Something we highly recommend is finding out as much as you can about courses that you might be interested in applying for. We've given you lots of advice on how to do this so now is a great time to make sure you're as prepared as possible for applying to courses at college and/or university.

Open days

There are lots of open days coming up across Scotland - open days are a great way of finding out more about courses and whether you can actually *see* yourself attending that university or college. You can see all of the Scottish university open days, click on the image to use UCAS' handy tool for finding open days.

Courses with early deadlines

If you're planning on applying to Oxford or Cambridge; or for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine/Science or Dentistry, you should know that you're deadline for UCAS is earlier than for other courses - 15th October - so you need to think about getting started on your application. This also means making sure you've got work experience and anything else you need for your application done by then as well. Find out more on the UCAS website here.

If you're planning on applying to a course at a conservatoire (like the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), you need to check the deadline for applying. You will be using UCAS Conservatoires to apply (the conservatoires' version of UCAS) but some courses, generally Music, will have an early deadline. If your course is one of these then you will need to get started on your application ASAP. Again, click on the image below to see how your application will work. 

Key things to remember:

1. The summer is your last chance to get some really good work experience and career exploration under your belt before starting back for S6. Volunteering is a great way of doing this!

2. Open days are arguably the best way for you to see if a university or college is the best fit for you. Make sure you get plenty of research done on courses and universities/colleges too. This can be done while sun bathing!

3. Remember, if you've got any questions about any of the above, you can contact the LEAPS team as often as you like over the summer.