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HE Choices. Why Higher Education ?. Get a good job. Careers Some Jobs need HE qualifications Increased chance of promotion Fast-track opportunities Lifelong Learning Meeting the demands of the labour market Learn valuable skills Helps prepare for employment. Personal Development.

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He choices

HE Choices


He choices

Why Higher Education ?


Get a good job

Get a good job

  • Careers

  • Some Jobs need HE qualifications

  • Increased chance of promotion

  • Fast-track opportunities

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Meeting the demands of the labour market

  • Learn valuable skills

  • Helps prepare for employment


Personal development

Personal Development

  • All part of character development

  • Meet new people

  • So many opportunities

  • Learn to live and work together

  • A diverse population of students

  • Clubs & Societies

  • Make friends

  • Confidence-Building

  • Gain independence


What can you study at university

What can you study at University?

  • Mainly Degrees and Diplomas

  • Approximately 50,000 courses!!

  • One subject or joint honours

  • Different length courses

  • Different entry requirements

  • Practical based/essay based/research based

  • Gap years/Industry Years/Year abroad


Over 50 000 courses

Over 50,000 Courses.....

Accountancy & Finance / Advertising & Communications / Animation

Audio & Outside Broadcast / Business & Business IT / Computer Games

Computing & Networking / Construction / Design / Engineering / English

Event Management / Fashion / Film / Fine Art / Geography & Environment

Graphic Design / Health & Fitness / Illustration / Interior Design

International Business / Journalism & Writing / Knowledge Management

Law/Management/ Maritime / Marketing / Media / Media Styling

Multimedia Communications / Music / Outdoor Adventure Management

Performance & Comedy / Photography / Product Design / Psychology &

Criminology / Public Relations / Shipping / Social Work / Sound & Music

Technology / Sport & Applied Sport Science / Television Production

Tourism / Watersports Management / Yacht Engineering…and many more!!


Study and assessment

Study and assessment

  • Study

  • You will study a mixture of

  • units

  • Some of these units will be compulsory core units

  • Some of the units are optional, so you can pick options that are of interest to you

  • Study will take the form of a mixture of lectures, seminars and independent learning

  • Contact hours may vary but are usually between 10 – 20 hours per week

Assessment

MIXTURE

  • Course work

  • Projects

  • Live briefs with employers

  • Exams

  • Practicals


Choosing the right course

Choosing the right course

Ask yourself:

- Which subjects interest me?

- What are my talents?

- What job would I like to do after university?

- Which academic skills would I like to improve?

- Does my chosen profession require a specific subject?


Things to consider

Things to consider.....

  • Entry requirementsaspirational and realistic

  • Length of coursework placements? Year abroad?

  • Method of assessmentexam, practical, dissertation

  • Accreditation BPS for Psychology, PTC & BJTC for Journalism


Tariff

Tariff

Tariff

A level

A* = 140A = 120

B = 100

C = 80

BTECDistinction* = 140

Distinction = 120

Merit = 100

Pass = 80

  • The UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to qualifications used for entry to Higher Education

  • Allows students to use a range of different qualifications to help secure a place on an undergraduate course

  • Universities and Colleges use the UCAS Tariff to make comparisons between applicants with different qualifications

  • Often used when Universities give out Conditional Offers to potential students

  • Some universities will ask for grades


Useful tools

Useful tools:

  • UCAS Course search- A very useful alphabetical course search- Check the entry profiles for course details

  • STAMFORD Test- A short questionnaire which matches your interests and abilities with possible subjects

  • Both are available via www.ucas.com


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Things to consider....

  • Large or small

  • Campus or non-campus

  • City based or rural

  • Close to home or a distance away

  • Modern or more traditional

  • Purpose built facilities


Money matters

Money matters

  • Tuition fee Loans

  • Maintenance Loans

  • Maintenance Grants

  • Bursaries

  • Scholarships


What funding is available full time undergraduates

WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?FULL-TIME undergraduates:

Apply EVERY YEAR!

REPAYABLE:

  • a TUITION FEE LOAN

  • Paid directly to the university

  • Non-income assessed

  • a LOAN (for living costs)*

    • Paid in 3 termly instalments into your bank account

    • Part of the loan will depend on household income

  • NON-REPAYABLE:

  • a GRANT (for living costs)*

  • Up to £3,250

  • Household income up to £45,000

  • Paid in 3 termly instalments

  • into your bank account

  • a NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP*

  • Full eligibility criteria unknown

  • as yet

  • ● Below £25,000

*how much you get will depend on your household income


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REPAYING LOANS

  • Loans are repayable after leaving university – if you have an income above £21,000 pa, otherwise it can be deferred each year.

  • If your loans are not repaid after 30 years they are written off.

  • Please go to: www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk

  • for more information on interest rates and repayments.


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LOAN REPAYMENT FIGURES

*Taken out of your (gross) income by HMRC – (like your tax & NI)


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Applying to University

Students apply online and can log on and track the progress of their application

Students can make up to FIVE choices - depending on course choice - different for Medicine, veterinary science, Oxbridge,

The cost for applying to more than one choice is £22, if the student makes only one choice the cost is £11

Students complete one online application form for all their choices


The application year an overview

The application year – an overview

  • March to July – Visit Education Conventions / HE Fairs / Open Days

  • Summer Term & Hols – Look at info and research choices - Plan the Personal Statement

  • September to January - Fill out and submit application - Main deadline - 15 January - Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary courses & Oxbridge - Deadline 15 October

  • October to March – Universities are making decisions

  • December to March – Visit Days / Application Open Days

  • February to June – UCAS Extra (Available if applied through UCAS and not holding offers)

  • April/May – Decide on firm & insurance choice

  • July / August – Clearing, Adjustment and Confirmation


Personal statements

Personal Statements

  • Personal Statements are used by Admissions Tutors to decide between students with similar grades

  • It will be used to form the basis of an interview

  • Students should talk to people about what makes them unique, interesting & talented

  • The Personal Statement is very important, especially as places are getting more competitive

  • Up to 4,000 characters (or 47 lines of text)

  • Best to draft it in a Word document & copy and paste it

  • Approach it like an essay (make sure it flows logically)

  • Check spelling & grammar carefully

  • Mistakes will be picked up on and will make a bad impression

  • Plagiarism is taken very seriously

  • Ideally, avoid mentioning a particular University or applying to vastly different courses


Hints and tips

Hints and Tips

- Think about your ambitions and interests

- Talk to friends, family, teachers

- Find out info early

- Make use of the education conventions

- Visit the UCAS website

- Don’t be afraid to contact universities

- Get course booklets as well as prospectuses

- Attend Open Days

- Practise writing personal statement


Visit us

Visit Us

  • GENERAL OPEN DAYs

  • Saturday 12th May

  • Wednesday 13th June


Questions

Questions


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