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UCAS exhibitions

UCAS exhibitions and other HE fairs are great opportunities for you to meet current King’s students and members of staff and ask them questions about going to university, studying at King’s and living in London.

Please see below for the list of events which King's will be attending in 2020.

UCAS exhibitions 2020 

UCAS Exhibitions 2020
 DateExhibition Venue
24 - 25 February Surrey University of Surrey
26 - 27 February Northern Ireland Eikon Exhibition Centre
03 - 04 March Manchester Manchester Central
09 - 10 March Bristol UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre
11 - 12 March West London Brunel University London, Uxbridge
13 March Sussex The Brighton Centre, Brighton 
16 March Cornwall Royal Cornwall Showground, Cornwall
17 - 18 March Exeter Westpoint Exeter
19 March Hereford & Worcester University of Worcester Arena
23 - 24 March London ExCel London
27 March Kent Kent Event Centre, Maidstone 
21 April  Dorset Bournemouth University
23 - 24 April East Midlands University of Derby
24 April Cardiff Cardiff Metropolitan University
28 April Hampshire University of Winchester
 30 April Tyneside Utilita Arena
02 - 03 June East London  University of East London
04 June South London St Mary's University
05 June Staffordshire Staffordshire University
11 June Suffolk University of Suffolk
16 - 17 June West & North Yorkshire Leeds Beckett University
18 June Essex University of Essex
22 - 23 June Birmingham NEC Birmingham
24 June Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University
25 - 26 June Bedfordshire University of Bedfordshire
30 June Norfolk Easton Sport Centre
01 July Liverpool ACC Liverpool
08 September Edinburgh Royal Highland Centre
15 September Glasgow SEC Centre


Top tips for UCAS

We’ve compiled our top 5 no-nonsense tips for getting the most out of UCAS exhibitions and HE fairs. Click each tip below to find out more. 

Tip 1 - Subject first

With hundreds of universities on site at any one exhibition, it is important to narrow down the list of universities that you might possibly wish to interact with. The best way to do this is by making clear decisions about the subject you want to study at university.

Things to consider might be:

  • What do you enjoy studying?

  • What kind of career paths are you looking at?

  • What do you find yourself capable of studying?

Once you have an idea about your subject, you could use websites such as UCAS course searchWhich? Univeristy or UniStats to help narrow down the list.

You should consider content and teaching style – subjects can sound very similar but can be very different in reality. Using the above websites to start picking these courses apart or using university websites, for example, our King’s website, is a good place to start.

Other data can be useful but should be taken in context with other information, such as league table information, or KIS data from the UniStats website.

Once this list has been found, you could use other factors to narrow down further, such as:

  • Location

  • Size of university

  • Type of university

Tip 2 - Get to know the exhibition

It’s important to get to know what to expect from each UCAS exhibition and to prepare well. Asking previous students and staff what the event is like or looking at the videos online can be useful to prepare mentally.

If your school doesn’t take students in groups to UCAS exhibitions, you should ensure that you gain permission and book online to gain plenty of pre-event information.

You should then view the pre-event information.  This allows you to see which of the universities that you have narrowed down are at your chosen event. You might also be able to find where they are located in the event venue.

There may also be seminars available that day that would be of use to you – working out the timings of these gives your visit good structure. Booking early for these may be important or arriving early if booking isn’t required, as these can be very popular.

Tip 3 - Be prepared

You should think carefully about what you are looking for in a course and in a university and what might be important for you to know when making your decisions. 

Prepare questions around these important area. It might include:

  • The course structure

  • Accommodation

  • Facilities available

These don't have to be academic questions, but can be broader if you feel the answers would be useful. There are no 'silly' questions - if you get an answer to a question that helps your decision making, it has been a good question.

For more information on how to prepare, UCAS Prep has some great materials to begin thinking about this topic.

Tip 4 - Visit the exhibition

You should take your time to visit all of the stands that are relevant to you and not just follow your friends. You should also try to visit all of the stands that you are genuinely interested in before just going to those that have freebies.

You should take along the venue plan with the universities that you wish to visit highlighted. This will help you easily seek out the universities and cross each off once visited.

You should ensure that you have your questions written down with room to take answers and pick up any relevant literature (taking along a bag may be useful for this).

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to attend any seminars on the day and take notes. 

Tip 5 - Evaluate

Once you have been to the exhibition, you should take the time to evaluate your day. You should go back through the answers to your questions and the prospectuses and discuss with teachers, parents or friends what they thought of each university. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons from each to narrow down your choices as far as possible.

Once you have done this, you should delve deeper – attending open daystaster sessions and subject relevant events could help you hone your decisions even further.

Importantly, there is no secret code to crack in order to understand this process. Decisions can be very difficult, but starting early, taking your time, researching and asking questions can be very important.

And of course, you are always welcome to ask the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team any questions via email or on the phone - 020 7848 3044.

 For more information, please visit the UCAS website.

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