FarmorвЂ™s School Sixth Form WHERE NEXT? SUMMER / AUTUMN 2015 POST A-LEVEL OPTIONS Employment Gap year Voluntary work HE / FE study Apprenticeship Support for Tough Decisions 26th March 2013: UWE UCAS Convention вЂў 9th May Study Leave Starts вЂў 18th June EPQ Trip / Post A Level Info вЂў 19th June Oxbridge Trip вЂў 20th June Careers Day: Job applications, interviews, careers guidance. вЂў 19th June Careers Fair: careers guidance and routes вЂў 23rd June Lessons resume вЂў Specific Support for Medicine: вЂў 29th April: Dare to be a Doctor вЂў 6th May: Medical Society Meeting on Work Experience вЂў 9th July Hunterian Museum Visit Starting Point: What are you interested in? вЂ�Nothing works unless you doвЂ™ Common Threads to all routes: вЂўFinance advice вЂўHow to sell Yourself: personal statements and letter of introduction вЂўReferences вЂўPersonal advice and guidance from tutors вЂўPersonalised pathways WHAT THE UCAS FORM ENTAILS пЃ¶Personal details пЃ¶Education history and results пЃ¶Employment history пЃ¶Choices (up to 5 for all courses except medicine which have 4) пЃ¶Personal statement (4000 characters or 47 lines) пЃ¶Tutors then add predicted grades and a reference. INTRODUCTION вЂ“ WHY APPLY ? пЃ¶University provides students with 3 or more years to think about what career they want to go into. пЃ¶Students can develop a range of skills that provide a strong foundation for employment пЃ¶A university degree is flexible and provides access to a range of careers; apprenticeships only focus on one particular profession. WHY NOT TO APPLY NOW пЃ¶Really no idea of course / career пЃ¶University is not for you. пЃ¶School leaver programmes offer routes into professions like accountancy, law, retail, IT, banking. пЃ¶You will not have debt to deal with. пЃ¶First hand experience through working with professionals. пЃ¶You can gain professional qualifications and get paid for it. OVERVIEW пЃ¶ A massive choice: 50,000+ possible courses at over 325 institutions reduced to a maximum of five пЃ¶ Oxbridge Deadline: 15/10/14 пЃ¶ Medical deadline: 15/10/14 пЃ¶ UCAS deadline: 15/1/14 W H AT I F I WA N T A G A P Y E A R ? пЃ¶ Generally well received by universities пЃ¶ Usually best to apply now and defer вЂ“ where will you be in October/November next year ? пЃ¶ Odd courses do not defer entry вЂ“ watch out пЃ¶ What if I apply for 2015 and then decide I want a gap year? THE UCAS TARIFF AS level A level A* A B C Points 140 120 100 80 A D 60 B C D E E 50 40 30 20 OFFERS OFFERS a points offer: eg. 280 points and вЂў a grades offer eg. BBC Some offers include AS grade, others do not - BEWARE AN OFFER EXAMPLE: пЃ¶Psychology: This offer is subject to you obtaining grades AAA at A-Level in 3 subjects excluding General Studies. Obtain Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. пЃ¶Business Management: This offer is subject to you obtaining A minimum total of 280 points, consisting of at least 220 points at A Level or equivalent; including a grade C or above in A-level Business Studies or Applied Business. COPE can be counted towards the overall score, but not towards the A level requirements. CHOOSING COURSES & INSTITUTIONS A vast amount of information available: пЃ¶Tutors / Sixth Form Management Team пЃ¶Teachers, friends, parents пЃ¶HE/Careers days / Open Days пЃ¶Websites: пЃ¶Literature from institutions, careers guides. пЃ¶Prospects Careers Advisor WEBSITES пЃ¶www.ucas.co.uk пЃ¶www.fasttomato.com пЃ¶www.apprenticeships.org.uk пЃ¶www.gapyear.com пЃ¶www.thetimes100.co.uk пЃ¶www.notgoingtouni.co.uk пЃ¶www.yini.org.uk пЃ¶www.unistats.com HOW TO CHOOSE A UNIVERSITY Student Lifestyle пЃ®Social Life / Clubs & Societies / Cost / Sporting facilities Distance from home пЃ®What is the optimum Campus or City University most of пЃ®WhatвЂ™s the difference? The University Open пЃ®Teaching facilities & Study facilities etc. Days Accommodation пЃ®Cost and availability Make the Entry Requirements : Be realistic Course Content / Structure Methods of Teaching and Assessment Career Opportunities / Intentions Tuition Fees, Scholarships, Bursaries & Grants Interest Type of Degree: Foundation / Honours How to пЃ®Single / Joint Opportunities to Specialise Choose Duration of Course a Sandwich / Industrial Placements Course Subject Specific Open Days OTHER PLACES Books пЃ¶The Times Good University Guide пЃ¶The Guardian University Guide пЃ¶The Heap Guides вЂ“ Course Offers / Details пЃ¶The Virgin Alternative Guide пЃ¶The UCAS Directories пЃ¶Open Days пЃ¶www.opendays.com The Guardian STUDENT FINANCE 4 prongs пЃ¶ Maintenance Grant пЃ¶ Student Loans to cover Maintenance / Living Costs пЃ¶ Loans to cover Variable Tuition Fees пЃ¶ Sponsorships / Bursaries / Discounts / Offers in Kind RE-PAYABLE LOANS пЃ¶A fee loan to cover all fees up to ВЈ9000 пЃ¶Maintenance Loan between ВЈ3610-ВЈ5555 пЃ¶Repayable when earning reach ВЈ21K p.a. пЃ¶Written off after 30 years. пЃ¶Interest is charged. STUDENT LOAN FOR MAINTENANCE пЃ¶65% available to everyone regardless of parental income пЃ¶35% dependant on parental income пЃ¶Annual Amount but allocated termly пЃ¶Higher figures if attending London universities STUDENT LOANS FREE MONEY Maintenance Grant for households earning less than ВЈ42600 up to ВЈ3387 DISCOUNTS / SCHOLARSHIPS / BURSARIES You may find some offers: Discounts вЂ“ likely for shortage subjects (Cash Sum) Scholarships вЂ“ to encourage able students Bursaries вЂ“ for low-income / disadvantaged students. Students receiving full maintenance grant and paying full tuition fee will receive a bursary of at least ВЈ300 Offers in Kind вЂ“ free laptops / rent rebates / sports memberships etc Disability Allowance вЂ“ specific support like a laptop for dyslexic students. University of BathвЂ¦ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMPLE An applicant applies for a place on a degree scheme at Lancaster and receives a conditional offer (via UCAS) of a place provided that they achieve BBB at A-level. The applicant may be told that if they achieve grades of AAB or higher, and make Lancaster their firm choice, they will receive an Academic Scholarship of ВЈ1,000 per year. C H O O S I NG T H E W RO N G COURSE / UNI вЂ¦ пЃ¶ Many people do it пЃ¶ Can be a very costly mistake пЃ¶ Do everything you can do make sure you choose the right uni / course пЃ¶ If youвЂ™re not sure: DONвЂ™T GO! University will still be there in years to come. THE APPLY SYSTEM пЃ¶Students will be applying online пЃ¶This enables UCAS applications to be done at home пЃ¶Training to be given in school вЂў They will receive a guidebook and full support вЂў Lunchtime drop-ins available throughout the autumn term ENTRY TESTS пЃ¶ BMAT: for Medicine, Veterinary & Pharmacology at Cambridge, Oxford, Royal Veterinary College, UCL, Imperial - ВЈ42.50 (2013) пЃ¶ Test is 5th November. Apply by the 15th October. пЃ¶ UKCAT: Medicine вЂ“ testing ВЈ65 пЃ¶ Booking opens 1st MayвЂ“ testing begins on 1st July вЂ“ 3rd October пЃ¶ LNAT: for Law at Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Glasgow, Kings, Leeds, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL - ВЈ50 пЃ¶ Other Entry tests вЂ“ for example: Maths @ Cambridge, History @ Oxford, Natural Sciences @ Cambridge Role of the Student пЃ¶Carry out research вЂ“ and get going NOW пЃ¶Work Hard вЂ“ itвЂ™s a competitive world пЃ¶Ask for help Role of the tutor пЃ¶Provide support and guidance with applications пЃ¶Check forms / personal statements пЃ¶Write the reference пЃ¶Monitor offers / rejections пЃ¶Primary source of advice Head and Assistant Head of Sixth Form пЃ¶Check all Personal Statements & References пЃ¶Guidance & Support ParentsвЂ™ Role пЃ¶Open days / applications / career choices пЃ¶вЂ�GentleвЂ™ encouragement WHO GOES? пЃ¶ 60% of current Y13 have applied. пЃ¶ 92.9% of those who applied last year were successful (national average 73.2%) пЃ¶ 78.6% offer rate to Russell Group (national average 57.9%) пЃ¶ 58.5% of students last year went to Russell group Universities. пЃ¶ 1 student went to Oxford; 6 gained places at Med / Vet School; пЃ¶ Other routes included apprenticeships, gap years, employment. пЃ¶ Every year group is different. 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