Welcome to our UCAS Information Evening Help your child through the UCASprocess
Higher Education provision in the UK • 300 plus UCAS institutions • 4 Northern Irish HEIs • 20ScottishHEIs • 280 English/Welsh HEIs
Why go to University? • Increase potential earnings • Better career prospects • Chosen career requires you to • Develop Key Skills • Social and cultural reasons • More independence, self-confidence and responsibility… and fun! • Personal challenge • Broadens interests and knowledge • Make friends for life
Research – it’s free and important to do • Start at www.ucas.com • Research – career options, universities, courses and minimum entry requirements. • Attend a UCAS event – even if your son or daughter doesn’t know what they want to do, speaking to those in the know will help. • Learn from others – www.ucas.com/connect/videos
Entry requirements • Entry requirements vary from course to course and between universities • More qualifications may be required at second sitting (after S6 rather than S5) • Prospective students must check entry requirements by looking at course specifications or by speaking to the admissions office for individual faculties at their chosen establishments.
Other things to consider • Work experience – professional bodies, charities or at events • Finance – course fees, grants, travel and living costs • Travel – to and from home • Accommodation – university halls or private residences?
How we support the UCAS process • Registration- June 2017 • UCAS Booklet • SDS Support (Group and Individual) • Personal statement advice-Pupil support • UCAS Lanarkshire Fair • Open Days (dates) • SAAS Information
How you can support the research process • Download the 2018 UCAS Parent Guide from the UCAS website. • Offer to attend open days with them (you may have a different perspective!) • Try to remain impartial
Howyou can support the application process • Engage with the school – deadlines for personal statements • Support your son or daughter’s management of their application. • Make sure they read everything they are sent carefully! • Prepare them for living away from home: • Cost of living – paying bills • Independent living skills – cooking and washing.
Key features of the UCAS scheme • Your son or daughter can make up to five choices in one application. * Restrictions • The 2018 applicant fee is: • £13 for one choice • £24 for up to five choices. • Applications received by the key deadlines are given equal consideration. • ‘Invisibility’ – universities cannot see where else students have applied.
Tracking applications Track will allow your son or daughter to: • follow the progress of their application 24/7 • see their choices and personal information • display their offers • reply to offers online.
Replying to offers • When your child receives decisions from all of their choices they will need to make their replies by a set date. • They can now hold a maximum oftwooffers: • Firm - their first choice. If they meet the conditions of the offer they will be placed. • Insurance – acts as a back-up choice and only comes into play if they are not placed with their firm choice. • If your child fails to reply to their offers by the deadline date, all offers will be automatically declined.
Useful websites • UCAS website www.ucas.com UCAS Apply and Track • Facebook – www.facebook.com/ucasonline • Twitter – www.twitter.com/ucas_online • UCAStv – www.ucas.tv/ - video guides - channels for different audiences e.g. advisers • YouTube - www.youtube.com/ucasonline • Careers Database - www.planitplus.net/www.myworldofwork.co.uk • Skills Development Scotland-www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/ • SAAS - www.saas.gov.uk • Prospects - www.prospects.co.uk
The Personal Statement You will write a 500 word personal statement
The personal statement • The only section your son or daughter has control over. • Their only chance to market themselves individually. • One personal statement for allchoices. • Max. 4,000 characters, 47 lines. • Min. 1,000 characters. • No spelling/grammar check. • No formatting.