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King’s Worcester. Higher Education Entry 2012/13. Why Higher Education?. Academic ambition? Career prospects? Vocational qualifications? Uncertainty about career field? Parental expectations? It might not be appropriate. When to apply/begin HE. CHOICE:

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king s worcester


Higher Education

Entry 2012/13

why higher education
Why Higher Education?
  • Academic ambition?
  • Career prospects?
  • Vocational qualifications?
  • Uncertainty about career field?
  • Parental expectations?
  • It might not be appropriate.
when to apply begin he
When to apply/begin HE


  • 1. September - December 2011 for entry in 2012
  • 2. Sept – Dec 2011 and defer entry until 2013
  • 3. Make no application this year but apply post-A levels for entry in 2013
  • Last two ways if Gap Year is anticipated
2010 leavers
2010 Leavers

Of the 130 students who left U6 in 2010:

  • 108 applied during their U6th year
  • 45 took gap year:
  • 28 deferred entry, applying in U6th year
  • 17 applied during this academic year – post A levels.
gap year
Gap Year
  • Approved of by most tutors at most universities
  • Positive year
  • On average about 30% each year
  • Earnings in gap year could offset higher costs
  • Maturity, decision making time
  • Schemes such as Year In Industry offer sponsorship, jobs after graduation
finance 2012 1
Finance: 2012 (1)

Tuition fees:

  • English and Welsh universities up to £9000 per year.
  • Fees for universities in Scotland/NI to be confirmed.
  • Loans available; repayment when earning over £21,000)
  • University bursaries and scholarships for those on maintenance grants.
finance 2012 2
Finance 2012 (2)

Living Costs:

  • Loans for living costs (means tested –all entitled to at least 72%)
  • Up to £7675 loan
  • Living costs higher than average loan
  • Maintenance grants for low-income households (above £42,000, no grants)
  • Must apply to Student Finance England in March/April
what needs to be done before applications
What needs to be done before applications

Student initiative:

  • Research
  • Using what school and other sources offer

School’s support and help:

  • Presentations and events
  • Centigrade
  • Facilities
  • Staff advice – House, Careers, SHLeM
events summer term
Events Summer Term
  • Personal Statements advice
  • Business Conference 23rd June
  • Nottingham University Open day 24th June
  • Work experience 27th June – 1st July
  • Advice of Tutors/SHLeM/Director of Studies/SLeM
resources at king s and elsewhere
Resources at King’s and elsewhere
  • Careers Room
  • Internet:
  • Advice from Tutors and other staff
  • Parents
  • Material with advice about forms and processes
  • Open Days
open days
Open Days
  • Sense of place and course
  • Missing school
  • Clashes with other events
  • Information on websites
  • Informal visits – holidays and Saturdays
  • Post-offer open days
open days and clashes
Open Days and Clashes
  • Thursday 16th June: KS Personal Statements session

Glasgow University

  • Tuesday 21st June: L6th hosting party for handicapped children

Aston University

  • Thursday 23th June: Business Conference

Royal Agricultural College, Bath University

  • Friday 25th June School L6th trip to Nottingham University Open Day
what does research involve
What does research involve?
  • Time to find out
  • Looking realistically – will grades be high enough?
  • Courses detail
  • Location and campus
  • Employment expectations
  • Correct entry qualifications
  • REMEMBER: it is the student’s DECISION
realistic applications
Realistic applications
  • Student must aim for best fit
  • Realistic with possibilities
  • AS grades/retakes
  • Target grade at end of September
  • Working grades/target grades at half term
  • UCAS predicted grades
the application
The application
  • 5(4) choices
  • Personal Statement
  • School reference and predicted grades
  • Payment: £21.00 (£11)
  • Apply EARLY
  • UCAS deadline 15th Oct/15th January; Internal deadlines 10th October/ 8th December
  • Online system - UCAS APPLY
school process
School Process
  • Talk to House Tutor or Assistant Tutor
  • U6th Parents’ Evening
  • Draft personal statement
  • September – register and begin form
  • Complete form and check it with House staff
  • Reference
  • Forms completed online, checked twice and sent to UCAS.
what next
What Next?
  • Acknowledgement by UCAS
  • UCAS distributes simultaneously
  • Offers, interviews, rejections follow:
  • Make offers on basis of:

GCSE results, AS results, references, predicted grades, interviews and personal statements

ucas points tariff
UCAS Points Tariff
  • A level grade A* = 140 points
  • Grade A = 120 points
  • Grade B = 100 points
  • Grade C = 80 points etc
  • AS level grade A = 60 points
  • AS level grade B = 50 points etc
accepting offers
Accepting Offers
  • One firm acceptance and one insurance
  • Commitment to take up the place if conditions are met.
  • Institutions committed to take student if conditions are met.
  • UCAS extra
  • ‘Adjustment’
a level results
A level Results
  • Published mid-August
  • Confirmation of offers
  • Clearing
  • Remember
          • Parents or teachers cannot act for students
          • Institutions may still offer the place
          • Students must not be away on results day and after
the future
The Future

Parents and teachers must aim to help students enter:

  • Right course
  • Right place
  • Right time
  • To suit the student

Enjoy it and land a successful and satisfying job

competitive courses
Competitive Courses



Veterinary Medicine





competitive universities
Competitive Universities



Imperial, London

St Andrews







2010 leavers destinations
2010 Leavers’ Destinations

Over 50 different institutions

On places awarded:

  • Nottingham
  • Manchester
  • Exeter
  • Bristol
  • Oxford
  • Leeds
  • Southampton
  • Cardiff
  • Newcastle
times good university guide
Times Good University Guide

Ranking based on:

  • Student satisfaction
  • Student/staff ratio
  • Facilities
  • Entry standards
  • Completion
  • Quality of honours degrees
  • Graduate prospects
horses for courses
Horses for Courses

By subject:

For English: Queen Mary, London in top 10

For Law: Nottingham, Aberdeen and Queen Mary in top 7

For Chemistry: York 4th

For French: Lancaster and Sheffield in top 10

For Business Studies: Bath and Loughborough in top 5

more from the times rankings
More from The Times rankings...
  • For Mathematics: Warwick is 3rd; Bath 4th
  • For History: York is 8th
  • Geography: Bristol is higher ranked than Oxford and Durham
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Southampton is 2nd and Surrey 3rd
  • Physics: Glasgow is above Oxford
research on courses
Research on Courses
  • Detail for different institutions
  • Structure of the course
  • Assessment
  • UCAS entry profiles

UCAS course search

  • Research
  • Make decisions about gap years
  • Deadline = 8th October and 10th December
  • Be at home mid-August
  • Finance: apply to the Student Finance England in the March/April of entry year
us universities
US Universities

1. Is it right for you?

  • Majors, Electives, General

2. US Academic Year

  • 2 semesters: Sept-Dec, Jan-May

3. Fees: tuition+room+board

  • Ivy League $45,000+ pa
  • Large/small state: $28,000/$21,000+ pa
us universities applications
US Universities: Applications

1. Apply to each individual university, not for specific courses

2. Admissions factors:

  • GCSE/AS grades, A level predictions; references; extra-curricular; leadership; essays

3. SATs: Reading (800), Math (800), Writing (800)

4. When do you apply?

  • Regular: Apply Jan.1st/Decision April 1st/Accept or reject May 1st
  • Early Decision: Apply Nov.1st/Decision 15 Dec.: binding
  • Early Action: Apply Nov.1st/Decision 15 Dec.

5. Shrewsbury School

careers department
  • GAP
  • Mrs Brighton
  • Thursday lunchtimes and after school
  • Bolland Room
  • Helps to structure students’ research into HE
  • Strongly endorsed by UCAS
  • Open Days/Taster Courses Websites/Finances
  • Degree Course Descriptions
business conference thursday june 23rd


  • To enable students to experience real work situations and relate them to their school courses
  • Identifying and developing their knowledge and skills in the process
lower sixth work experience
Lower Sixth Work Experience

27th June – 1st July 2011

aims of work experience
Aims of Work Experience
  • To enable students to experience real work situations and (possibly) to relate them to their school courses
  • identifying aptitudes, and developing knowledge and skills in the process
work experience objectives
  • To experience the demands of work:
      • Time keeping
      • Attendance
      • Quality and standards
      • Responsibility and routine
      • Team work and good working relationships
      • Decisions and communication
work experience objectives1
  • Develop self-confidence, maturity, self-reliance, initiative
  • Career opportunities: compare expectations with reality
  • Remove ignorance and prejudices about world of work
  • Receive feedback as workers
work experience

Things to remember:

  • Find out information about company
  • Sort out transport arrangements
  • Dress code
  • Punctuality
  • Listen to instructions & ask if you are not sure
  • Positive attitude to fellow employees and customers
  • Obey safety regulations and procedures