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Choosing a University and a Course. Andy Sherlaw , Kirsty Hutchinson and Michael Knott. Intro Song. What is Higher Education?. Programme of study at a higher level than A Level 3 year eg . BA, BSc also 2 year Foundation Degrees 4 year Masters courses and others

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Choosing a university and a course

Choosing a University and a Course

Andy Sherlaw, Kirsty Hutchinson and Michael Knott

Intro Song

What is higher education

What is Higher Education?

Programme of study at a higher level than A Level

  • 3 year eg. BA, BSc


  • 2 year Foundation Degrees

  • 4 year Masters courses and others

    You can study at University, Colleges of Higher Education or Further Education Colleges.

Choosing the right course

Choosing the Right Course

  • 300 Universities / Higher Education Institutions

  • Over 50,000 courses available in Higher Education

  • Do you choose to study…

    A course which you are studying at AS/A2?

    A vocational course?

    A completely new course?

Number of choices

Number of Choices

  • Students choose up to 5 courses

  • Students start receiving offers from October to March

  • Students choose two courses to hold

    One FIRM Choice

    One INSURANCE Choice

Most popular destinations

Most Popular Destinations

Listed here are the most popular university destinations for Year 13 students in 2012:-

  • Northumbria University41 students

  • Newcastle College15 students

  • Sunderland University 14 students

  • Leeds Metropolitan University13 students

  • Newcastle University12 students

  • Sheffield Hallam University10 students

  • Durham University9 students

  • Cumbria University7 students

  • Manchester Metropolitan University6 students

  • Leeds University6 students

  • York University4 students

  • Teesside University3 students

  • Sheffield University3 students

    Over 230 students have applied to University this year.

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Types of course

Types of Course

  • Single Honours

  • Joint Honours

  • Combined Honours

  • Foundation Degrees

  • Sandwich Course - thick or thin

Other considerations course structure

Other considerations -Course Structure

  • Compulsory vs optional modules.

  • Course Assessment.

  • Professional Accreditation.

Other considerations types of university

Other considerations –Types ofUniversity

  • Campus University

  • City Centre University

  • Collegiate University

  • Traditional or Progressive?

  • Old or New?

  • Large or Small?

Location location location

Location, Location, Location

  • Accommodation

    Catered / Self catering halls?

    Private accommodation?


    Distance from University?

  • Distance from Home

  • Social Life - it’s not all work!!!

  • The feel of a place

Support useful websites

Support - Useful Websites

Www ucas com

Www thecomplete university guide co uk

Www best course 4me com

There are also free apps to help you

There are also free apps to help you…

  • The Telegraph Course Finder – a free app which allows you to search and compare different universities.

  • The Student Room – A blog which discusses many issues that A Level students have – such as post 18 options.

  • ITunesU – An app where Universities upload lectures, podcasts and tutorials on personal statement writing and UCAS advice.

Ucas online via youtube or ucas website provides many video tutorials

UCAS online (via YOUTUBE or UCAS website) provides many video tutorials

Other sources of information

Other Sources of Information

  • University websites, videos, CD-ROMS

  • Visit Days / Open Days / Taster Sessions

  • Parents / Friends / Teachers

What do you think are common problems with students applications to university

What do you think are common problems with students’ applications to University?

What do you think are common problems with students applications to university1

What do you think are common problems with students’ applications to University?

Avoiding the problems

Avoiding the Problems

  • Check UCAS website and University Prospectuses.

  • Draw up a shortlist of Universities.

  • Contact Universities.

  • Visit Universities.

  • Look at Independent Guides e.g. Times Guide, Hotcourses & Heap’s Guide.

  • Be realistic!

Methods of selection

Methods of Selection

  • UCAS form only or UCAS form and…

  • Interviews

  • Group Discussions

  • Examples of Work

  • Additional Testing LNAT, UKCAT

  • Points or Grades

How we deliver support and guidance

How we deliver support and guidance

Students have already completed sessions covering:-

  • Post 18 Opportunities

  • “What career is for me?” and CareerSoft

  • Personal Skills identification

  • Does University Pay?

  • Which degree and university should I pick via a large range of useful websites

  • The PARTNERS scheme via assembly

  • Useful resources in the library

  • Taking a GAP year

How we deliver support and guidance1

How we deliver support and guidance

The following sessions are yet to come …

  • Higher Education Evening Fair Wednesday 17th April 5-7pm

  • Finance and University

  • Careers Day

  • Writing a successful Personal Statement

  • Online Applications

  • Improving Interview technique – General Studies / Critical Thinking / Discussion Group

  • Accepting and Rejecting Offers

How we deliver support and guidance2

How we deliver support and guidance

Further support is offered through …

  • Personal Statement support sessions.

  • Connexions.

  • Mock Interviews.

  • General Studies and Critical Thinking courses.

Key dates


September 2013

  • UCAS start to accept University Applications

    15th October 2013

  • UCAS deadline for Oxbridge, Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Science

    15th January 2014

  • UCAS Deadline for all other applications

    Mid March 2014

  • Most students will have received all of their offers (offers start from October or earlier)

  • Students select two offers to hold (Firm and Insurance)

Key dates1


From Now:

  • Researching courses and Universities

  • Tutorial – Everyday students take part in an activity which will benefit their application

  • General Studies sessions devoted to preparing UCAS application

    Summer Term:

  • University Open Days

  • Careers Day - Wednesday 26th June

  • Personal Statement drafting

Choosing a university and a course

Expecting over 230 of present Yr 12 to make a UCAS application

All references written by

Senior members of staff

after reference interview

“APPLY” System

Additional Information

Nursing / UCAS

Apply early for high tariff courses / Universities

Only 4 choices for Medicine,

Dentistry, Veterinary Science

Choosing a university and a course

Support Is Always Available

Steve WilsonAssistant Headteacher

Andy Sherlaw Head of Year 12

Steve Williams Head of Year 13

Michael KnottSixth Form Enrichment Co-ordinator

Adam RuleSixth Form Guidance Tutor

James BransonSixth Form Guidance Tutor

Richard ChambersSixth Form Guidance Tutor

Kirsty HutchinsonSixth Form Guidance and Support Assistant

Helen DavisonSixth Form Administrator

Sheila ScoffhamSixth Form Administrator

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