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3 ways COVID-19 might actually increase your chances of getting into University

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April 30, 2020

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We’re delighted to introduce you to our guest blogger, and education expert, Sunny Jain, CEO of A&J Education. He has coached hundreds of young people into their first-choice university and has highlighted four ways that COVID 19 might actually benefit students looking to go to university.


It goes without saying that COVID-19 has dealt the nation a big blow and there is great uncertainty has to how the economy and opportunities for young people will be affected, leaving many with a great sense of anxiety about the future. That said, this is not all bad news. COVID-19 may actually increase your chances of getting into your top-choice university which should give your CV a boost and give your career a better start.

Here is how to take advantage of that:

UK universities will experience a significant drop in applicants from international students

Every year, tens of thousands of students from countries such as Germany, the US, India, and China come to the UK in September to start undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across UK universities.

This September, many of those students will not be coming. Universities, therefore, will have a significant increase in places that would be made available to UK-based applicants.

It’s simple maths: fewer applicants + same number of places = less competition. In practice, this might mean that a university that originally required you to obtain AAB at A-Level, may now take you with a BBB.

If you applied through UCAS earlier this year and were rejected, more places will be available in Clearing this year than there normally are.

It is possible that you could re-apply to a university that already rejected you via Clearing and get accepted.

I would recommend reaching out to the departments which you are considering and introduce yourself with a short email. This will then help them remember you when you apply via Clearing, if you decide to do so.

You can use the extra time you have to pursue free online courses such as those available on Ed

These are developed by world’s leading universities and are both interesting and useful.

Completion of a course gives you something extra to put on your CV and your application statement. If you have this extra time, might as well make the most of it!

There is a way for some good to come from something so bad, even at these challenging and uncertain times. Keep your head down, keep studying, and good luck!

Want some extra support during lockdown? A&J education have given Marmalade readers access to some of their online courses for free.

Sign up to as many as you would like below:

5 things you can do right now to improve your chances of getting into your first-choice university and improve your employability

This live masterclass focuses solely on giving you the tools to maximise your time to boost your CV and give you better university and employment chances.

UK University Admission Coaching

Available to year 11, 12, and 13 students A&J education share some of their years of experience in university admissions. Including how to craft the best personal statement, some inside knowledge on the UCAS application process, and how to find the right course/subject.

Job Search and Employability Coaching

A course on writing an outstanding cover letter, CV editing, and how to find a job when there are fewer available. Essentially, you can learn how to become more employable.

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