Post Aquinas Options -Support For StudentsParents’ Information Evening 2012
Advice Subject Tutors Group Tutors Guidance Senior Tutors Principal Support Vice Principal Student Support Advisers Careers Team Parents
Spring TermTutorials ▪ making choices – debate on options ▪ apprenticeships – guest speaker ▪ student finance – cost of university ▪ researching information on UCAS and individual university websites ▪ interest guides on moodle
Summer Term UCAS tariff system Opportunity to speak to Universities and Apprenticeship providers – May 10th Personal profiling – skills and subject interests Open days - www.opendays.co.uk Career sampling week 25th – 29th June Careers day – Wednesday 4th July UCAS day – Thursday 5th July
The Application Process Thursday 5th July 2012 Registration day for UCAS Apply National Apprenticeship Service National Careers Service Personal statement writing – guest speaker from a local University will be giving a presentation on ‘How to write an excellent personal statement’
Personal Statement Two of the most important things to include are: Why they are applying for the course reasons why that subject interests them. include evidence that they understand the content of the course. explain why they want to go to University – career progression. Why they are suitable for the course: explain the skills and experience they have that will help them to succeed on the course. explain how current studies relate to the course.
Personal StatementReasons given by Universities for rejecting apersonal statement Your personal statement does not strongly support your desire to study your chosen degree. Your personal statement did not show sufficient understanding, relevance or knowledge about the course you are applying for. You failed to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and interest in the subject in your personal statement.
Summer Holidays Additional career sampling Further research – university or apprenticeship University open days Complete draft of personal statement AS level results – Thursday August 16th Enrolment interviews in college – week beginning 20th August
Additional Entrance Tests BMAT Medicine – Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College, Royal Veterinary College UKCAT Medicine – National test for medicine LNAT Law HAT History ELAT English
UCAS Application Process students complete the application form application form checked by Group Tutor reference written by Group Tutor application form checked by Senior Tutor student then pays online application form checked by Vice Principal application form sent by the college to UCAS
Autumn Term Deadlines!!o Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Oxford & Cambridge – ◦ 21st September (college deadline) ◦ 15th October (UCAS deadline)o all other applications ◦ 30th November (college deadline) ◦ 15th January (UCAS deadline) For Competitive Courses THE SOONER THE BETTER!!
Autumn and Spring Term mock interviews if required university interviews offers – conditional or unconditional decisions – firm and insurance usually to be made by 31st May 2013.
If things don’t go to plano UCAS Extra – March/June 2013o Results day 15th August 2013o Come into college for advice !!o Clearing – August 2013
Financial Support ForStudentswww.direct.gov.uk/studentfinanceParents’ Information Evening 2012
Student Finance Some Careers require a degree. Students should think about the cost of University as an investment in their future not a loan. Don’t have to pay anything up front. Don’t pay anything back unless earning more that £21,000 per year. If a career break is taken – repayments stop. Loan cleared after 30 years.
Financial Support for StudentsExpenses at University fall broadlyinto two categories: Tuition fees – which help meet the cost of a course. General living costs – including accommodation, educational expenses, books
Loanso All students can take out a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the tuition fees. Universities can charge new students up to a maximum of £9000 a year for their courses.o All students can take out a Maintenance Loan to cover their living and study costs.o Loan up to £5,500 live away from home outside London,o Loan up to £7,675 if studying in London,o Loan up to £4,375 if live with parents.o These loans have to be repaid
Maintenance Grant Maintenance grant – help with living and study costs. It is income assessed. Household income up to £25,000 - full grant £3,250. Household income between £25,000 and £42,600 - grant between £50 and £3,250. Above £42,600 – no grant. It does not have to be paid back. If a grant is received the amount of maintenance loan is reduced. http://www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk
Disabled Student Allowances The amount a student gets depends on the type of help they need and it does not have to be re-paid. What can DSAs be used for? specialist equipment e.g. computer software non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability other costs - for example, tapes or Braille paper
Help from the University Universities charging the maximum tuition fees must provide extra help to students from low income households. These could be in the form of bursaries, fee waiver, help with accommodation fees. Details will be contained on the individual university websites. Students must research what is available.
Loan Repayment Comparison - proposals Approximate monthly paymentIncome before tax Now – old system New system£15,000 £0 £0£16,000 £8 £0£18,000 £23 £0£21,000 £45 £0£24,000 £68 £23£27,000 £90 £45£30,000 £113 £68£33,000 £135 £90£36,000 £158 £113£40,000 £188 £143
How to applyo Students register and apply on-lineo Students can apply from around January.o Deadline 31st May.o The sooner the better – it does not matter if the student has not made their firm choice as details can be changed.o Further information is available on the College Careers Moodle site and from www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
Students must decideo Do they want to go to University?o If so ◦ Research the courses and content very carefully. ◦ Research the location. ◦ Then research the financial help available. ◦ Apply by deadlines.o University not for them! ◦ Register with approved training providers. ◦ Look at training opportunities with large employers. ◦ Keep their CV up-to-date. ◦ Gain as much work experience as possible.