November 2020: ‘U can UCAS!’ sessions for Year 13 students

Interested in going to university but don’t know where to start with UCAS?

Don’t worry, the Make Happen team is here to help, with our ‘U can UCAS’ online sessions!

This five-part interactive programme will support you with all things UCAS – from navigating the basics to writing your personal statement.

Our experienced team will help you answer questions such as:

  • “How do I write a personal statement when I don’t have any work experience due to Covid-19?”
  • “How do I choose a university without attending any open days?”

Our ‘U can UCAS’ sessions will help you to stay on-track with your university application. Places on the programme are limited so we ask that anybody interested fill in a short application form, and if you’re successful you’ll join a small group of likeminded students to focus on a different theme each week.

We’ll be offering sessions on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 2 November until 5 December 2020. All sessions will be held online via Zoom. When you apply you will need to commit to all five sessions on the day you choose.

Sign up to complete the application form via this link 

The application deadline is Sunday 25 October 2020.


The sessions will cover

Session 1: UCAS during Covid-19

Tuesday 3 November 2020
Thursday 5 November 2020

Duration: 45 minutes plus time for Q&As

This session will give you an overview of the UCAS application process, including what you need to be doing now and how to prepare for upcoming deadlines. Throughout the session, we’ll address some key concerns many students have when applying to university in the current climate of Covid-19, including how you can narrow down your choices without attending open days, and how to write an impressive personal statement without having done any work experience. Session hosted by Lucy and Jake from the Make Happen outreach team. 


Session 2: Navigating UCAS and searching for courses

Tuesday 10 November 2020
Thursday 12 November 2020

Duration: 45 minutes plus Q&As

This session lets you practice the best way to navigate the UCAS website and search for courses you’re interested in finding out more about using filters. You can also use this session to discover where to find other useful resources to support your decision-making and find the range of courses and places that best suit you. Session hosted by Lucy and Anna from the Make Happen outreach team. 


Session 3: The art of crafting a personal statement

Tuesday 17 November 2020
Thursday 19 November 2020

Duration: 90 minutes

This session is delivered by our colleagues at Causeway Education – you can find out more about Causeway Education in this flyer – and help you to write an outstanding personal statement. We will start by busting the myths that surround what “you should” be putting in your personal statement, and then we will analyse real life examples and get drafting your own personal statement. By the end of the session you will have produced a detailed plan for your personal statement, while learning how to identify relevant content for each section. Session hosted by Causeway.


Session 4: How to find bursaries and scholarships

Tuesday 24 November 2020
Thursday 26 November 2020

Duration: 45 minutes plus Q&As

Worried about having enough money at university? Did you know that millions of pounds of free money go unclaimed every year by students who aren’t aware of scholarships and bursaries? In this session we will explain how scholarships and bursaries work, how you can find them, and how they might influence your university choices. Session hosted by Jake and Anna from the Make Happen outreach team. 


Session 5: Discuss University Life with our University Ambassadors

Tuesday 1 December 2020
Thursday 3 December 2020

Duration: 45 minutes plus Q&As

Want to know what university life is like, directly from current students? Then bring your questions to this final session! We’ll be joined by student ambassadors – real students who, for example, help out on university open days – from local universities across Essex. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation, and from academic courses to exciting societies you can join, in this session you get get a real taste of university life, from those who are already there! Session hosted by Anna and Lucy from the Make Happen outreach team. 


Please note: these sessions will follow an application process, and not everyone who applies will be accepted. Sessions are suitable for students in Year 13 (or equivalent) only, and eligibility criteria applies. All students who take part will need the permission of a parent, carer or guardian.


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