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Farmor’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
• 9th May Study Leave Starts
• 18th June EPQ Trip / Post A Level Info
• 19th June Oxbridge Trip
• 20th June Careers Day: Job applications,
interviews, careers guidance.
• 19th June Careers Fair: careers
guidance and routes
• 23rd June Lessons resume
• Specific Support for Medicine:
• 29th April: Dare to be a Doctor
• 6th May: Medical Society Meeting on
Work Experience
• 9th July Hunterian Museum Visit
Starting Point:
What are you interested in?
�Nothing works unless you do’
Common Threads to all routes:
•Finance advice
•How to sell Yourself: personal statements
and letter of introduction
•References
•Personal advice and guidance from tutors
•Personalised 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 – 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
 Usually best to apply now and defer – where will you be in
October/November next year ?
 Odd courses do not defer entry – 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
• 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
What’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
The Heap Guides – 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 – likely for shortage subjects (Cash Sum)
Scholarships – to encourage able students
Bursaries – 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 – free laptops / rent rebates / sports memberships etc
Disability Allowance – specific support like a laptop for dyslexic
students.
University of Bath…
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 …
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
 If you’re not sure: DON’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
• They will receive a guidebook and full support
• 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.
 UKCAT: Medicine – testing £65
 Booking opens 1st May– testing begins on 1st July – 3rd October
пЃ¶ LNAT: for Law at Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham,
Glasgow, Kings, Leeds, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL - ВЈ50
 Other Entry tests – for example: Maths @ Cambridge, History
@ Oxford, Natural Sciences @ Cambridge
Role of the Student
Carry out research – and get going NOW
Work Hard – it’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
Parents’ Role
пЃ¶Open days / applications / career choices
�Gentle’ 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.
THANK YOU
… ANY QUESTIONS?
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