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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


most popular destinations
Most Popular Destinations

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

  • Northumbria University 41 students
  • Newcastle College 15 students
  • Sunderland University 14 students
  • Leeds Metropolitan University 13 students
  • Newcastle University 12 students
  • Sheffield Hallam University 10 students
  • Durham University 9 students
  • Cumbria University 7 students
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 6 students
  • Leeds University 6 students
  • York University 4 students
  • Teesside University 3 students
  • Sheffield University 3 students

Over 230 students have applied to University this year.
















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
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.
other sources of information
Other Sources of Information
  • University websites, videos, CD-ROMS
  • Visit Days / Open Days / Taster Sessions
  • Parents / Friends / Teachers
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
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

Support Is Always Available

Steve Wilson Assistant Headteacher

Andy Sherlaw Head of Year 12

Steve Williams Head of Year 13

Michael Knott Sixth Form Enrichment Co-ordinator

Adam Rule Sixth Form Guidance Tutor

James Branson Sixth Form Guidance Tutor

Richard Chambers Sixth Form Guidance Tutor

Kirsty Hutchinson Sixth Form Guidance and Support Assistant

Helen Davison Sixth Form Administrator

Sheila Scoffham Sixth Form Administrator