Higher Education Options for continuing education after leaving school
Options • University is one of many options available for your child when leaving school. • If they are still not sure of whether it is right for them, there is plenty of help and advice available from Mrs Pickford or myself, or from Connexions. • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Support at Rickmansworth School • UCAS Convention • A series of Citizenship sessions on Higher Education • Should I go to university • Choosing a course • Filling in the UCAS form • Writing a Personal Statement • HE Tutors • HE Day – Summer term • Open Days • Support on results day
What could higher education do for my child? • Higher education is about your child taking their education to the next level and fulfilling their potential. As well as opening up new career options, higher education means opportunities to meet new people and take part in a wide range of social and sporting activities. • It can also help develop a sense of independence - without the immediate pressures of full-time work.
Higher education and career prospects • More and more, employers are looking for skilled and educated workers. A higher education qualification can help your child get into an exciting range of careers. • And on average, graduates tend to earn substantially more than people with A levels who did not go to university. Projected over a working lifetime, the difference is something like £100,000 before tax at today’s valuation.
Is higher education right for my child? • University or college is an option for everyone who has the ability to succeed in higher education. • Once university was seen as being only for those from better-off families, but this is no longer true. More people are going into higher education than ever before - including students from all backgrounds, and at different ages. • So even if no-one else from your family has been to university, there’s no reason why your child shouldn't.
What can my child study? • There’s a huge range of courses on offer, from ancient history to hospitality management to veterinary nursing. • It’s important that your child studies subjects they enjoy, but if they’re planning to go to college or university they should check what subjects they need to get on the course they want. • For example, if they’re interested in a science course or career they may need GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications in science subjects.
How do we apply? • The vast majority of courses require you to use the UCAS website • A few courses are available on CUKAS or by applying directly to the college • The first thing to do is register on the UCAS website and start using Course Search • Students have up to 5 choices – they can apply to 5 different universities and if they choose to apply for more than one course at a university, these count as separate choices
Sending the application • Our students will need to use the Buzzword ‘RICK13’ when they register so that their application gets attached to our school • When they pay (£23 for 2 to 5 choices) and send their application, they are actually sending the application to school • We do a few admin checks here but the application is their responsibility so they must be happy with it before it is sent • We will then write a reference for the student and send the application to UCAS
Key Dates • Mid-September 2012 - Applications can be sent to UCAS • 15 October 2012 - Application deadline for applications for all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses and for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. • 14 December 2012 – School Application deadline • 15 January 2013 – Main Application deadline • 24 March 2013 - Application deadline for some art and design courses
Other parts of the application process • Extra • Clearing • Adjustment
Important points to consider • Entering unit or module details for AS or A levels is optional - check the Entry Profiles in Course Search to see if universities want your units or module results and add them if they do • When registering with UCAS, students can specify a person as a ‘nominated access’. This person can make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to • We strongly advise that students are not away when their results come out (15th August 2013)