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A Parents’ Guide. Professor Chris Gane Head of College of Arts & Social Sciences. www.abdn.ac.uk/sras. Making the Right Choices. Range of opportunities in Higher Education is enormous and exciting A third of young people now progress from school to university

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A Parents’ Guide

Professor Chris Gane

Head of College of Arts & Social Sciences

www.abdn.ac.uk/sras

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Making the Right Choices

  • Range of opportunities in Higher Education is enormous and exciting
  • A third of young people now progress from school to university
  • 55,000 degree and diploma courses on offer in the UK

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First Step to a Rewarding Career

  • Provides skills, knowledge and understanding for progression to a variety of careers
  • Helps develop transferable skills for a dynamic job market
  • Increases earning potential
  • Increases maturity and confidence

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The University at a Glance

  • Founded in 1495
  • World-class institution, boasting 4 Nobel Prize winners
  • In the world’s top 200 universities
  • Around 14,000 students
  • 120 nationalities
  • Over 550 degree programmes
  • Research Intensive – around 90% of research activity of international quality

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The University at a Glance

  • 3 Colleges divided into the following disciplines:
  • Arts & Divinity
  • Social Sciences & Law
  • Medicine, Dentistry & Medical Sciences
  • Science & Engineering
  • Education

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500 Years of Excellence

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Investing in your Future

  • Planned investment of £230 million over the next ten years
  • The Hub
  • Wireless campus
  • Aberdeen Sports Village
  • Suttie Centre
  • Library
  • Curriculum Reform

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Unique Facilities

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Unique Facilities

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Choice and Flexibility

First and Second Year

  • MA & BSc students study their chosen degree subject e.g. Psychology, and up to four other subjects in each of their first two years
  • Try out new subjects and tailor their degree to suit their needs and interests
  • Flexible system allows students to change degree intention up to the end of second year, in consultation with their Adviser of Studies
  • Professional qualifications e.g. Law, Teaching, do not offer the same flexibility

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Study Abroad

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Employment Prospects

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The city that has it all

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Admissions Process

Carol Baverstock

Head of Admissions

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Admissions Process

15 Jan

Application to UCAS

UNIVERSITIES make offers

Conditional & Unconditional

By End March

UCAS sends statement of decisions letter and reply slip

STUDENT replies to each offer

Firm Acceptance (F) Insurance (I) Decline (D)

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Admissions Process

Ways to Accept Offers

  • (UF) Unconditional offer, Firmly accepted
  • (CF) Conditional offer, Firmly accepted
  • (CF+CI) Conditional offer, Firmly accepted +
  • Conditional offer as Insurance
  • (CF+UI) Conditional offer Firmly accepted offer +
  • Unconditional offer as Insurance

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Admissions Process

When to Reply

Last decision from University

Reply Date

31 March 2009

5 May 2009

8 May 2009

5 June 2009

12 June 2009

6 July 2009

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Admissions Process

UCAS EXTRA

  • Applications to all degrees except Medicine
  • Possible to make sequential applications
  • If all 5 choices used and no offers received
  • From 26th February 2009, will receive a letter if eligible
  • Application locked for 21 working days
  • Can accept or decline, if decline can apply to next choice
  • Live up to and including 30th June 2009, then join Clearing

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Admissions Process

Confirmation when results come out

Offer confirmed

or alternative offer made

Clearing

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Medicine Admissions Process

www.abdn.ac.uk/medicine/prospective-students

www.ukcat.ac.uk (for 2007 applicants onwards)

15 Oct 2008

Application to UCAS

UNIVERSITIES Make Offers

Conditional & Unconditional

Some offers made from January, bulk by end March

2009

Based on 3 stage scoring system

(A)Academic Scoring including UKCAT, (B) UCAS Form, (C) Interview

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Education Admissions Process

Application to UCAS

15 Jan 2009

Interviews Jan-March

UNIVERSITIES Make Offers

Conditional & Unconditional

Based on 3 stage scoring system

Criminal record check

(A)Academic Scoring, (B) UCAS Form,

(C) Interview

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ApplicantPortal

  • Unique online applicant portal that allows your son or daughter to check the status of their application and receive important information quickly
  • Offer letters, applicant guides, accommodation guides will all be sent out electronically through the portal
  • Secure – password protected
  • Check regularly
  • Developed directly in response to requests from applicants to receive information electronically

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BSc – 25th Feb

  • MA – 4th March
  • Engineering – 25th February and 25th March
  • Law – 6th and 20th March
  • Open Door policy – tour campus and visit departments. Normally require 2 weeks notice

Applicant Days & Visits

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Finance

SAAS - Student Awards Agency for Scotland

www.saas.gov.uk 0845 111 1711

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Fees – Rest of UK

  • Variable tuition fees are charged at UK institutions outside of Scotland. Maximum £3225 per year, which nearly every institution charges. Scottish students can take a fee loan out from SAAS to pay for this.
  • Standard tuition fees for other UK students studying in Scotland is £1,820 per year for all degree courses, with the exception of Medicine where the fee is £2,895 per year.

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Finance - Student Support

  • SAAS pay tuition fees for Scottish domiciled students
  • Student Loan - max £4,625, min £915 (this level if non income assessed)
  • You can apply for the amount you are entitled to or less
  • Additional loan up to £605 if parental income is £21,760 or less a year
  • Young Students’ Bursary - maximum £2,640. Means tested, nil if parental income above £34,195.

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Finance – Additional Support

  • Hardship Funds
  • Supplementary Grants:
  • Dependants Grant – means-tested
  • Lone Parents Grant – means-tested
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) - not means tested
  • Travelling Expenses -after 1st £159 can receive between £811-£955

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Finance – Student Funding

  • Student Loan – Repayments taken from source (9% of income over £15,000)
  • Parental Contribution
  • Grants/Bursaries
  • Part-time Work
  • Savings

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Student Life

Mr Nicholas Edwards

VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities

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Student Life

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Accommodation - Guaranteed

  • Catered
  • From £116 per week
  • Food £15 per week
  • 38 week lease
  • Total = £4,978
  • Self-catered
  • From £72 per week
  • Food £30 per week
  • 38 week lease
  • Total = £3,876

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Support from a Caring Community

  • Adviser of Studies
  • Centre for Learning & Teaching
  • Medical Practice
  • Chaplaincy
  • Disability Support
  • Counselling Service
  • Careers Service

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AUSA – Students’ Association

  • Info & Advice Centre
  • Niteline
  • The Sabb’s
  • AUSA Council
  • Events

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Study & Assessment

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Private Study
  • Library Facilities
  • Computers – wireless campus

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Freshers’ Week

  • Week before term starts
  • Move in and make friends
  • Meet Adviser and members of academic staff
  • Find out about clubs and societies

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Clubs, Societies & Sport

  • Over 100 societies and 50 sports clubs
  • Sublime to ridiculous
  • Learn new things
  • Teams & Competitions
  • Meet people from other universities

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Social Life

  • Student friendly city
  • Charities’ Campaign
  • Debater
  • Gaudie
  • Aberdeen Student Radio

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Further Information

For further information contact:

Student Recruitment and Admissions Service

T: 01224 272090 / 91

E: sras@abdn.ac.uk

W: www.abdn.ac.uk/sras

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