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UCAS & Careers 2014 - 15. Welcome and Introductions. UCAS & Careers 2014-2015. The UCAS ‘Process’ at QE (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) Sue Ashwin Vice Principal. Reflection of 2013. Over 85% of cohort applied for H.E. or F.E.

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    1. UCAS & Careers 2014 - 15 Welcome and Introductions

    2. UCAS & Careers 2014-2015 The UCAS ‘Process’ at QE (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) Sue Ashwin Vice Principal

    3. Reflection of 2013 • Over 85% of cohort applied for H.E. • or F.E. • 847 apps (18 deferred) – 819went – • HE/FE (Foundation etc) • Some students took a gap year • A growing number students • commenced employment • Nearly 1000 applications processed!

    4. The HE Process • HE Fair –March 2014 – Nottingham • Arrival of prospectuses – March to June • Gap Year Fairs – Now! • w/c June 9th - Information on QE online and ‘Apply 2015’ opened for business • KickStart – tomorrow! • Tutorials June/July – focus on HE & progression preparation • In – house support for entrance tests

    5. Planning ahead Careers interviews (Connexions); use of Study Centre Resources; QE online www.unistats.com www.ucas.com Admissions test information Open days - UCAS strongly advise - directory of dates on www.ucas.com. Lots of posters around University Web sites – check ‘course profiles’ 2013 QE students’ top choices: DMU, Leicester, Nottingham Trent, Aston, Nottingham Most popular Degrees: Business Studies/Management, Accountancy/Finance, Pharmacy/Biomedical Science, Law, Economics, Engineering

    6. Internal Procedures • Update of predicted grades and comments from • subject staff • Max. 5 choices; 4 for Oxbridge/Medicine/Vet • Science • Complete UCAS ‘Apply 2015’ on-line inc. Personal • Statement (help on intranet, workshops & drop in • surgeries); do NOT plagiarise; discuss with tutor • Complete by ‘Sending to Referee’ + £23 (£12 single • app) • Personal Tutor compiles reference and approves • hard copy - further checks - processed by • administrative staff • College internal deadline – Friday 28th November

    7. UCAS Process • Invitation for interviews? Conditional/Unconditional offers? Rejection? • Medical & Oxbridge mock interviews at College • System continues until all offers completed –April/May 2015 • Art Foundation get the same support – details published • UCAS pod casts & UCAS TV • http://ucas.com/students/apply

    8. Taking a Year out - How do I apply? • There are different ways of accessing & • using the system. There is no ‘preferred’ • way of doing this. It purely depends on • the needs & plans of each individual. • Deferred entry – Apply using Apply 2015 • but in point of entry indicate 2016 entry • Applying post results – Apply 2016 • after results in August 2015 or at any • time in that academic year

    9. Pros and Cons Apply 2016 The positives: • Grades known so can be matched to profile • A year longer to make the right decision The negatives: • Could be away and not able to attend Open Day/interview • Remote access needed for decision making • Only chance of 2015 entry is through late Clearing Passport – limited options • Deferred • The positives: • Place secured before • Gap Year started • Plans in place • Easier to access support • through College • Cost is at 2015 Apply rate • The negatives: • Once committed place is • for 2016 entry only • Year out and/or results • may change things – means • possibly reapplying anyway

    10. Contacts Sue – sue.ashwin@wqeic.ac.uk Wendy – wendy.fleming@wqeic.ac.uk Kate - kate.O’Farrell@wqeic.ac.uk Joy – joy.beresford-bown@wqeic.ac.uk Helen – helen.exon@wqeic.ac.uk