What Looks Good on a UCAS Application?


Volunteer work can demonstrate your dedication to a skillset acquired outside of formal education. You'll find there is a variety of volunteering opportunities in your local area that can accommodate school hours and social life. 

You can also earn up to 50 additional UCAS points when taking the Volunteer Short Course.

Work Experience 

Course related or other wise work experience is a great way to stand out amongst other applicants and show you are committed and hard working. 


Languages look great on applications. They show dedication, independent learning and open up a wider range of career opportunities. Only 38% of UK citizens can speak a second language - this puts you at a huge advantage whether English is your mother tongue or not.

For the other 62% your high school or sixth form may offer language lessons or clubs. The Duolingo app is also an free and accessible option for more casual learning. 

Clubs (in and outside of school)

You school/sixth form will host a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. In your school career you have probably been a member of sports teams, after school art programs or film clubs. Participation in something you are passionate about shows prospective universities that you are eager to participate in your community.


If you've participated in clubs, you possibly have a few awards or certificates for your participation already. Whether it is earned as a team or awarded for your own merits; these achievements have value and are worth a mention.

Awards in volunteering like the Duke of Edinburgh are also impressive to on paper. DofE is also a great environment to build social skills and gain confidence - both are great preparation for university.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

What is #UniAsItShouldBe? A University that puts its students and their needs first through a supportive learning environment. Welcome to the University of Bolton.