UniFinder now supports the International Baccalaureate (IB)!
Using our new calculator you can convert your IB score to UCAS points which UniFinder can use to match you to universities.
Do you have an IB score or a target score? If yes – you could use UniFinder to help show you which Universities you could go to and easily compare them on our interactive map.
Why now give UniFinder a try today?
We have now made it even easier for you to compare universities that you could go to.
With our new graphing feature you can compare UCAS points, league table ranking, career prospects and more!
UniFinder can generate graphs that are personal to you, showing only the universities that UniFinder has matched you to.
Give UniFinder a go today to see how much it can help you with that life changing decision of where to go to Uni!
You no longer need A-levels to use UniFinder!
UniFinder has been re-written to support a bunch of new qualifications including Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.
This means that you can use our new calculator to work out the UCAS points equivalent of your Scottish higher and Advanced higher grades.
We know that it is much better value for you (being a Scottish student) to stay in Scotland with the new university fees system in England and Wales. Using UniFinder you can select a maximum distance that you want to be from home, which will only show you Scottish universities if you so choose.
This section currently contains revision guides / keywords and definitions for A-level physics, AS-level physics, A-level computing and also an A-level Latin vocab quiz.
There is also more on the way – the vocab quiz has proved popular and will be expanded to other languages in due course. Future developments include a scoring system to introduce some competition to the revision.
All of this can now be found on the UniFinder Revision page.
Version 3.0 of UniFinder was released today. It is the single biggest update to the user interface since the launch of UniFinder in January earlier this year.
The most significant change is the new look:
The university ‘blobs’ are also new, with some neat hover effects:
On a more useful note the graphing feature has been completely revamped. In update 3.0 users are presented with real bar charts which allow much easier comparison of universities:
Why not check out these new features for yourself at www.universityfinder.org.uk.
So exams are nearly (or already) on top of us by now, but if you are planning on applying for university this year (2012/13) our advice to you is to start visiting universities now (if you haven’t started already).
It may seem like you have ages before you have to submit your 5 choices, but it’s sooner than you think. Universities are just like sixth form/college – they close for the summer – many of them close at the end of May. Yes! This month!
This means open days are nearly finishing, and most of them are pretty booked up by now so get booking!
Opendays.com is a useful university and college open day directory for finding out when open days are: http://www.opendays.com/
If you don’t know where to look yet, why not try UniFinder, it’s our new free website that just shows you the universities you should be considering, using your target grades and the course you want to study at university.
For more useful information about choosing universities – check out our guide: how to choose a university.
Before you start writing a personal statement you should have already chosen what course you want to study at university. This is because universities suggest that around 60% of each personal statement (and up to 80% if you are applying to a top university or competitive course) needs to be about the subject you are applying for.
The best way to prepare for this is to do work experience, read books and visit places of interest. Just try and learn as much about your subject as possible and try to show this knowledge in your personal statement.
The key thing that universities are looking for when reading your personal statement is that you are a knowledgeable, enthusiastic student who is passionate about the course, and that you know what you are signing up for.
Key points you want to include:
- Why you have chosen the course – the aspects you are interested in and why.
- Experience or skills you have in the subject, what you have read etc.
- Demonstrate you are a dedicated and reliable person.
- What you plan to do with the skills you gain from university / what your goals are.
- Your hobbies and interests (probably less important).
Remember to keep it concise and relevant to you – it’s a personal statement, and try not to make it sound arrogant or over the top.
Most people recommend making multiple drafts and getting them marked by teachers and friends. Don’t forget to check spelling and grammar!
Finally make sure your personal statement is less than 47 lines – including blank lines – (or 4000 characters) to fit in the UCAS submission box. Remember UCAS doesn’t accept some foreign (special) characters such as € - “ ” ’ ’ `
It was suggested by some users that our University Finder app should match & display more universities on the interactive map. This is because users often discounted more than 5 of the universities shown to them which doesn’t leave them with enough to choose from (since you get 5 choices to apply to).
We agree here at UniFinder so we have done just that!
Before today you would see your 10 closest matches on the interactive map. Now this has been increased to 15 and the university blobs have been made smaller. This helps to prevent overlap, makes everything look cleaner and gives you more choice of universities.