Applying to BIMM

How to complete your UCAS Application

17th December 2019

Need a little help completing your UCAS application for one of BIMM Institute’s UK colleges? We’ve got you covered with this helpful step-by-step guide. 

Follow these instructions so that you can be submit your UCAS application before the January 15th deadline.

Step 1 – Register on UCAS

To start the process, you’ll want to go to the UCAS website. Click the ‘Sign in’ button at the top right-hand corner and select ‘Students’ from the drop down menu. After that, select which education scheme you’re looking for (Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Teacher Training, etc), and create a username and password which you can easily recall.

Step 2 – Research your courses

Click here to see all course options available at BIMM Institute. If you’re unsure what type of course is right for you, take a look at the following blog posts for some extra guidance.

Once you’ve chosen a course, make a note of the course code, institution code and campus code, and use this info to make your selection on your UCAS application. Remember, you can make up to five selections from separate institutes. Or, if you’re not sure which BIMM Institute course is right for you, you can always select more than one.

Step 3 – Add Your Qualifications

Ok, you’re doing great! Now’s the time to input your education information. This basically means providing UCAS with a rundown of your GCSE and Level 3 qualification results, such as A-Levels/BTEC. If you’ve yet to receive these, you can add your predicted grades instead.

Remember, if you’re still not fully decided on your course choices, you can go back a step and change them at any point until you’ve hit the ‘submit’ button.

Step 4 – Write a Personal Statement

It’s one of the most important parts of your UCAS application, but drafting your personal statement shouldn’t be a stress. Just think of it as your chance to shine and tell us all about yourself. You can leave out your fan theories on the new Star Wars movie. Just be sure to focus on your passion for music. Be sure to reference any relevant experience and your career aspirations. Of course, if applying for a broad range of subjects, your personal statement should reflect this too.

If you need a little extra assistance, see our Personal Statement guide.

Step 5 – C’mon, ref!

Forget the football. We’re talking about your UCAS reference. This is an important element to your UCAS application as it further demonstrates your eligibility for your chosen course. Your referee can be a teacher, an employer or someone who knows you on a professional level. Make sure it’s NOT a family member, or someone who knows you personally.

We appreciate that obtaining a reference can sometimes delay your application. So, as we approach the UCAS deadline of January 15th, you’ll be pleased to know that BIMM Institute will still be able to process your application whilst you wait for your reference to come through.

If you are only applying to BIMM Institute, simply tick the box ‘reference not required’. You can then arrange to have your reference sent to us separately. 

If you are applying to other institutes/Universities alongside BIMM Institute, you will need to obtain approval from them as well.

Step 6 – Proofread

At this point, it helps to ask a friend or family member to check and proofread your personal statement for any grammatical errors. Whilst they’re at it, you can start checking over your previous steps too, to see if there’s anything you’ve missed.

Step 7 – Hit submit!

Finally, after one last check, it’s time to submit your application, pay your UCAS fee and bask in the knowledge that your application is being processed.

In need of some more guidance? Don’t worry! Check out a more substantial UCAS Application guide, here. Or contact our Admissions team who will be happy to answer your questions. 0844 2 646 666 or [email protected]

Author

James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.