slide1
Download
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 27

APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 109 Views
  • Uploaded on

APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY. ADVICE & GUIDANCE . SHEILA KAY May 2008 . ADMISSIONS at RGU. WHO, WHAT & HOW WHO WE ARE WHAT WE DO HOW WE CAN HELP UCAS AND HOW TO APPLY APPLICATION ADVICE PERSONAL STATEMENTS & REFERENCES INTERVIEWS AND SELECTION VISITS

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY' - kiefer


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
slide1

APPLYING TO

UNIVERSITY

ADVICE & GUIDANCE

SHEILA KAY

May 2008

slide2

ADMISSIONS at RGU

WHO, WHAT & HOW

  • WHO WE ARE
  • WHAT WE DO
  • HOW WE CAN HELP

UCAS AND HOW TO APPLY

  • APPLICATION ADVICE
  • PERSONAL STATEMENTS & REFERENCES
  • INTERVIEWS AND SELECTION VISITS
  • OFFERS, CLEARING & LATE APPLICATIONS
  • POINTS TO REMEMBER
slide3

ADMISSIONS

  • WHO WE ARE
    • A team of 11 staff, working as a central support

department to all 3 Faculties

      • Aberdeen Business School
      • Faculty of Health & Social Care
      • Faculty of Design & Technology
    • Receive applications for all taught courses
      • Undergraduate – UCAS & CATCH
      • Postgraduate
      • Full-time, Part-time, Distance Learning
admissions
ADMISSIONS

WHAT WE DO

  • Answer enquiries relating to course entry
  • Assess and make offers on many of the applications to courses at RGU
  • Work closely with the course Admissions Tutors to ensure offers are fair and transparent
  • Assist with interview scheduling and selection visits
  • Communicate offers to UCAS
admissions5
ADMISSIONS

HOW WE CAN HELP

  • Often the first point of contact for applicants and their advisors
    • Entry requirements
  • Help understand what happens during the application process
    • How to accept an offer
    • What to do if you change your mind
    • What to do if you don’t meet the conditions of offer
  • Know about alternative routes into University
    • Degree Link
    • Summer School
    • Access Programmes
  • Advise on the interview or selection process
application advice
APPLICATION ADVICE

WHERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT COURSES

  • Lots of information and advice at www.ucas.com on preparing an application for
    • Guidance Teachers/Careers Advisors
    • Applicants
    • HEI staff
  • How to decide which courses to apply for
    • Entry Profiles
    • Prospectus
    • University websites
    • Unistats
    • Students/Alumni
application advice7
APPLICATION ADVICE

THE APPLICATION FORM

  • More and more questions seems to get added to the application form each year
    • Important to Government, UCAS and universities to get a wider picture on who applies to go to university
    • Helps plan for the future
  • Online applications give scope to provide far more information to support applications
    • Keep it relevant
    • Make it positive
    • Don’t go into too much detail
application advice8
APPLICATION ADVICE

THE APPLICATION CONSISTS OF

  • Personal details
    • Residency
    • Parental education
    • Personal Statement
  • Education & experience
    • Qualifications
    • Work experience
    • Reference
the personal statement
THE PERSONAL STATEMENT

WHAT TO INCLUDE

  • Why are you applying for this course/courses
    • Motivation
    • Subject interest
    • Relevance of qualifications
  • Aspirations
    • Long term goal
  • Work experience
    • Responsibilities & People Skills
  • Other interests
the personal statement10
THE PERSONAL STATEMENT

REMEMBER

  • High demand courses can expect the statement to be completely focused on their subject area
  • You can provide more than one statement
  • Keep it positive
  • Highlight strengths
  • Make it personal
  • Pay attention to grammar
the reference
THE REFERENCE

REFERENCES SHOULD INCLUDE

  • Suitability to chosen courses
  • Extenuating circumstances that may have affected a candidate’s application
  • Predicted grades

REFEREES SHOULD

  • Avoid repeating information provided in the personal statement
  • Be pertinent to the course applied for
  • Provide a character and academic reference
  • Make every statement relevant to the applicant
  • Provide contact details
interview or selection visit
INTERVIEW or SELECTION VISIT

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

  • Interviews
    • Find out more about the applicant
    • Assess portfolio (if relevant)
    • An opportunity to find out more about the course and the University
  • Selection visits
    • Group activities
    • Knowledge of subject/profession
    • Find out more about the applicant
    • An opportunity to find out more about the course and the University
interview or selection visit13
INTERVIEW or SELECTION VISIT

WHICH COURSES INTERVIEW?

  • Art & Design courses – Route A & B
  • Journalism

WHICH COURSES HAVE SELECTION VISITS?

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Social Work
  • Nursing & Midwifery

OTHER COURSES MAY INTERVIEW IF NECESSARY

preparation
PREPARATION

IMPORTANT QUALITIES

  • WHAT TYPE OFSKILLS DO WE LOOK FOR?
    • Communication skills
    • Talent and commitment
    • Self-motivation
    • IT skills
    • Ability to work in a team as well as alone
    • Interpersonal and observational skills
preparation15
PREPARATION

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Why they have applied for this particular course
  • What they know about the profession*
  • Remember what’s in their Personal Statement
  • Be able to answer questions on their Portfolio*
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Rehearse interview if possible

*only relevant in some instances

offers
OFFERS

3 TYPES OF OFFER

  • Unconditional
    • applicant meets conditions of entry
  • Conditional
    • applicant still has to meet some of the conditions of entry
  • No Offer
    • applicant does not meet the conditions of entry

ALL OFFERS CAN BE VIEWED ON UCAS TRACK

offers17
OFFERS

DECISION TIME

  • Most applicants wait until all offers are made
  • If 100% sure of which offer to accept, there’s no need to wait until all offers are made
  • Make sure a decision is made before the deadline given by UCAS or all offers will be declined by default

ALL DECISIONS ON WHICH COURSE TO ACCEPT ARE ENTERED ON UCAS TRACK

offers18
OFFERS

HOW MANY OFFERS CAN BE ACCEPTED?

  • Maximum number of offers that can be held is 2
    • 1 Conditional Firm (CF) and 1 Insurance (UI or CI)
  • If an Unconditional offer is accepted (UF) then no option to have an insurance choice
  • All other Conditional or Unconditional offers have to be declined
clearing late
CLEARING & LATE

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

  • LATE applications are received after the 30 June (Route A) or 12 June (Route B)
  • CLEARING applications are received before the deadline but the applicant has either
    • Not been successful in gaining a place at either their Firm or Insurance choice
    • No longer wish to undertake the course originally chosen
clearing
CLEARING

AFTER EXAM RESULTS ARE RELEASED

What happens when the results are not as expected?

Check UCAS Track first

Check if Firm or Insurance choice has been confirmed

Contact Admissions

Application may still be under consideration

Alternative offer may be possible

clearing21
CLEARING

AFTER EXAM RESULTS ARE RELEASED

What if no offer is given?

Automatic entry into Clearing process

Check Clearing lists for vacancies

Contact Universities directly to find out if a place can be offered

Decide which to accept

Return Clearing Passport number to the University

Look at alternatives – College, Degree Link programmes, resit exams

slide22
LATE

FOR ALL NEW APPLICATIONS

After 30 June

Not already in the UCAS system for this cycle

Must approach Universities directly to find out if an offer can be given

Informal offers given

Decide which offer to accept

Complete the paperwork

Useful for applicants who did better than expected in 5th year exams

important dates
IMPORTANT DATES

ROUTE A

September – UCAS start processing applications for the next admissions cycle

15 January – First deadline for receiving applications

All applications received by this date will be given equal consideration

Applies to all UK/EU applications

Applications will still be forwarded to institutions until 30 June

Offers made at the discretion of each University

26 February – UCAS Extra starts

For those that have already submitted an application via UCAS but have decided not to accept or were unsuccessful in being offered a place

important dates24
IMPORTANT DATES

ROUTE B

September – UCAS start processing applications for the next admissions cycle but are not referred to Universities until Round 1 begins

12 February – Round 1 starts with last date for applications advised as the 7 March

24 March – Applications received by this date will be given equal consideration

28 March – Round 2 starts

23 May – Round 3 starts

12 June – last date for applications to Route B

helpful information
HELPFUL INFORMATION

COURSE CHOICES

  • Can choose up to 5 courses – Route B has a maximum of 3
  • Make the most of the 5 choices
    • Avoid making multiple applications to courses within the same area of study / same entry criteria
    • Research courses to make sure the Academic criteria is appropriate to the applicant’s current subjects

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • It should be the applicant’s own work
  • UCAS let institutions know of any statement that is more than 60% plagiarised
    • It is up to each institution as to how they view these statements
helpful information26
HELPFUL INFORMATION

OFFERS

  • Universities don’t know what other institutions that the applicant has applied to when the offer is made
  • We check every conditional offer when the results are published

COMMON MISTAKES

  • Spelling, grammar and incorrect date of birth
  • Applying for the wrong UCAS course
  • Reference, name and/or address of referee omitted
  • Missing qualifications
  • Information entered in the wrong section
where to find us
WHERE TO FIND US

ADDRESS: ADMISSIONS

DIRECTORATE OF STUDENT RECRUITMENT

THE ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY

SCHOOLHILL

ABERDEEN

AB10 IFR

EMAIL: [email protected]

TEL: 01224 262728

ad