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Rough guide to going to University

Brian Ferry

University of Hertfordshire

Why go to university
Why go to university?

…and how to choose

The main reasons
The main reasons

  • Gain a higher level qualification

  • They will get to study a subject they enjoy

  • They will have an experience that they will never forget

  • Develop independence

  • Employment prospects

Choosing a course
Choosing a course

  • Which subjects interest them?

  • What are their talents?

  • Do they have a career in mind after

    university or college?

  • Which academic skills would

    they like to develop?

  • Vocational or academic?

Choosing a university
Choosing a university

  • Their predicted grades

  • Geographic considerations

  • Subject facilities

  • City or Campus

Choosing a university1
Choosing a university

  • Social life

  • League Tables

  • Opportunities

  • Additional costs

G etting help to choose
Getting help to choose

  • Look on for courses

Getting more help
Getting more help

  • Investigate career options

  • Careers / personal advisers / teachers / parents

  • University Websites and attend open days

  • 5 options to put onto the UCAS form

Choices prospects
Choices - Prospects

  • Subject facilities

Ucas application process
UCAS Application Process

  • UCAS: University & College Admissions Service

  • One online form to apply for their five courses

  • Act as a bridge between you and universities

What goes on a ucas form
What goes on a UCAS form?

  • Personal details

  • Their GCSE grades

  • AS grades and predicted A Level grades (or equivalent course)

  • Reference from a teacher

  • Personal statement written by them

  • Most universities will use only this application to decide if they

    should make the student an offer –


How are personal statements used
How are Personal Statements used?

To confirm appropriateness of chosen course

To confirm commitment and organisation

As a point for discussion at interview

To find out about their subject focus

Investigate reading and other wider exploration

Work experience

To explore other activities/positions of responsibility

Deadlines 2012 2013
Deadlines 2012/2013

Be aware of the deadlines –

For this year:

  • 15 October - application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for all professional medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses, and for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

  • 15 January - application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for all courses except those listed above with a 15 October deadline, and art and design courses with a 24 March deadline.

  • 24 March - application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for art and design courses except those listed with a 15 January deadline.

What happens next
What happens next?

  • Tracking number from UCAS

  • Universities must let them know their decisions by the end of March

  • Invitation to interview

  • Conditional offer

    • A place is offered if the applicant meets certain conditions,

      usually based on exam results

  • Unconditional offer

  • Unsuccessful application

  • Select Firm and Insurance choices

What to do next advice
What to do next - Advice

  • If they have not started researching – START NOW

  • Keep checking the websites of institutions they are interested in e.g. OPEN DAYS

  • Start to ask advice from teachers/parents/Year 13s

  • Work to get the best grades that they can achieve in Year 12

Student expenditure
Student Expenditure

  • Cost of tuition fees

    -Money paid directly to the university from Student Finance England loan company to cover the cost of your studies

  • Living costs

    -This can include rent, study materials, household bills, food, socialising, insurance, TV Licence, travel, leisure, household items, clothes, telephone

Money key points
Money: Key Points

  • Tuition Fees Loan


    -Available to everyone


  • Maintenance Loan

    - Living costs


    - Available to all but dependent

    onhousehold income

  • Maintenance Grant

    • Non-repayable

    • Dependent on household income

  • Scholarships

    • -Non-repayable

    • -Vary across institutions

    • -National Scholarship Programme


Living costs

Academic costs

Investigate Subject/Company/University SCHOLARSHIPS

Tuition fee loan
Tuition Fee Loan

  • No up-front fees for Home and EU full-time undergraduate courses

  • Students can receive a repayable loan to cover the cost of tuition

  • Paid directly from Student Finance England to the institution

  • Tuition fees vary across institutions and possibly within each institution e.g UH fees vary from £8000 to £9000

  • Universities and colleges charging more than £6,000 per year will participate in the National Scholarship Programme

BBC news

11 March 2013

Living costs support loan
Living Costs Support – Loan

  • Full-time students can apply for a Living Costs Loan which is repayable

  • The exact amount they can borrow will depend on several factors such as:

    -your household income

    -where you decide to live

    -what help you get through the Living Costs Grant

Repayment of loans
Repayment of loans

  • Taken automatically from salary

  • Only when earning > £21,000

  • Only pay 9% of income above £21,000

  • Pay drops below this then payments stop

  • Deducted via tax system

  • Loan written off after 30 years

  • No penalty for early repayment

Repayments proposal subject to approval
Repayments proposalSubject to approval

Living costs support grant
Living Costs Support – Grant

  • The Living Costs Grant is non-repayable. UK students only

  • Students will receive the maximum Living Costs Grant of £3,250 if your household income is £25,000 or under

  • If the household income is between £25,001-£42,600 they will get a partial sum of this grant

  • For every £1 of grant to which they are entitled, their living costs loan entitlement is reduced by £0.50

In addition
In addition

  • Special Support Grant - If you qualify for Income Support or Housing Benefit you may get the Special Support Grant instead of the Living Costs Grant

  • A range of scholarships

    • National Scholarship programme

    • Scholarships from individual universities

National scholarship programme
National Scholarship Programme

The University of Hertfordshire will award scholarships worth around £1,500,000 to eligible UK students on programmes charging fees above £6,000 and who fall into one or more of the following groups:

  • Live an area with low level of progression to University and with a household income of £25,000 or less

  • In receipt of incapacity benefit

  • Identified as a Looked After Child (using the statutory definition)

    Check your eligibility on our website

For further information
For further information

For further information1
For further information

Start planning finances now
Start planning finances now


  • Living Costs Loan

  • Living Costs Grant

  • Parental contributions

  • Gap Year earnings

  • Part-time work

  • Scholarships / Sponsorships

  • Savings from holiday work

  • Placement earnings


  • Rent

  • Household bills

  • TV Licence

  • Phone

  • Food

  • Household items

  • Clothes

  • Socialising

  • Sports and clubs

  • Insurance

  • Car expenses

  • Travel

  • Books/Stationery

  • Toiletries

Thank you for your attention

Any questions?