If you’re thinking about going to university, chances are you’ve heard about a UCAS fair taking place near you. If you haven’t been to one before, it’s an event where lots of universities from around the UK come together to talk to prospective students about what courses they offer.
Who goes to UCAS exhibitions?
UCAS fairs are aimed at students, usually those in their first year of sixth form or college, as they’re getting ready to think about applying to university and writing their personal statements. You’ll also see some parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers looking to get more information.
Why should you go to a UCAS exhibition?
Whether you know what you want to study in the future or not, it’s always a good idea to
find out what options are available to you. You never know, the perfect university or course might be the one you’ve never heard of before. Even if you’ve already decided which degree you’d like to do or where you’d like to study, it certainly doesn’t do any harm to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Before your visit
There are a few things that you can do before a UCAS exhibition to make sure you get the most out of the experience:
- Do your research – think about what kind of course you’re interested in and look up some universities that offer that subject. Talking to them at the fair will be a great place to start.
- Download a floor plan of the event you’re going to be attending on your phone (it will be available on the UCAS website on the page of the event you’re going to) so you know where to go when you get there.
- Either print out your ticket or save the barcode as a photo on your phone – a lot of exhibitors will ask you if they can scan your barcode if you’re interested in a course. Once they scan your barcode they can keep in touch if you’re interested and want to find out more.
Top tips to get the most out of your visit:
- While you’ll be tempted, don’t just walk around with your friends. You might not be interested in the same things that they are and if you stick as a group then you may miss out on talking to a university you really want to see. Make sure you get the opportunity to break out on your own, even just for a little while.
- Take a list of questions with you – they don’t need to be written down but at least have a few in your head. Think about what’s important to you – do you want the option to study abroad? Do you want to make sure there’s a team for your favourite sport? Do you want work experience built into the course? Remember there are no silly questions so don’t be afraid to ask.
- Bring a bag with space in it to carry all the freebies you get – but don’t feel like you need to accept every single one. Make sure you’re picking up tote bags and prospectuses of universities that teach the subject you’re interested in, otherwise you’ll be coming home with a big intimidating pile of books you won’t want to wade through.
If you’re interested in studying a creative subject, some and chat to the UCA team at an upcoming UCAS fair. Scroll down to the events section on our homepage to find out which events we’ll be attending.
Or if you’d like to visit one of our campuses, take a look at our Open Days page.