PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND Why go to University?
Why go to university? <ul><li>Graduate premium . According to the DLHE survey for 2008 graduates, the average salary of fu...
£17,505 Media associate professionals £18,488 Managers in retail, distribution, storage £14,000 Administrative work £16,15...
Graduate premium over a lifetime <ul><li>After taking into account the cost of taking a degree, in terms of tuition fees a...
A degree really can make a difference <ul><li>26% of the workforce is now graduate, therefore a degree is an additional qu...
Some key graduate employers   <ul><li>Ernst and Young – starting salary for auditor is £25,000 – £28,000 </li></ul><ul><li...
What do employers want? <ul><li>A degree is not the only benefit of a university education. Choosing the right degree at t...
Additional benefits <ul><li>Some courses offer the chance of work experience (70% led to a graduate job offer)  </li></ul>...
Additional benefits <ul><li>Over 70% of graduates who graduated in 1996 were working in a job related to their long–term c...
Good Health   <ul><li>Financial benefits aside, research has found that graduates enjoy better health than non – graduates...
A useful website <ul><li>To find out the most up to date and detailed information about what graduates do when they have g...
Applying for Higher Education <ul><li>UCAS online </li></ul><ul><li>You are able to list a maximum of FIVE courses on the ...
What is the closing date for UCAS applications for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Oxbridge? <ul><li>The closi...
What is the closing date for all other applications? <ul><li>The closing date for all other courses  (except some Art and ...
What is different about Art and Design Applications? <ul><li>Applicants for Art and Design for 2010 entry do use UCAS but…...
Key Dates <ul><li>Final UCAS deadline  15 January  </li></ul><ul><li>BUT to meet 15 January deadline your application need...
How much does UCAS charge for processing applications? <ul><li>The fee for applicants is £21  </li></ul><ul><li>If you onl...
What should students be doing now in preparation <ul><li>Fill in as much as the form as possible – this should be ongoing ...
UCAS tariff for A Levels <ul><li>AS qualifications are worth half the number of points as an A2. </li></ul><ul><li>A* are ...
When completing your UCAS form do you list your universities and colleges in order of preference? <ul><li>Universities are...
Is it possible to apply for completely different courses on the UCAS form? <ul><li>It is not advisable to choose vastly di...
Do all universities and courses accept deferred entry? <ul><li>Some institutions may not accept deferred entry  </li></ul>...
What is the Personal Statement? <ul><li>This is the part of the form that gives the applicant the opportunity to convince ...
Is it better to apply earlier rather than later through UCAS for admissions to H.E? <ul><li>It is sensible to apply as ear...
Getting your form ready to send to UCAS <ul><li>Once your form is complete you send your form electronically to your tutor...
What is included in the school reference? <ul><li>Attitude to study, potential for study at H.E level, evidence of interes...
What happens when the UCAS form has been sent? <ul><li>UCAS send your form to all your chosen universities at the same tim...
The competition out there! <ul><li>Students’ attainment is increasing; in 2009: </li></ul><ul><li>More than 36,000 student...
The competition out there! <ul><li>It is well-known that Oxford and Cambridge Universities reject a large number of applic...
What happens next? <ul><li>You will receive all offers by May 2011 if you applied by 15 January </li></ul><ul><li>If you h...
UCAS extra and UCAS Clearing <ul><li>What is UCAS Extra? </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS Extra operates from March to June.  It off...
WHAT DO I DO NOW? <ul><li>Register for  Apply </li></ul><ul><li>Write an effective Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
BMAT   Institution Courses requiring BMAT   <ul><li>University of Cambridge (C05)A100 MedicineA101 Graduate Course in Medi...
Russell Group Universities <ul><li>University of Birmingham   </li></ul><ul><li>University of Bristol   </li></ul><ul><li>...
FINANCE <ul><li>TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT STUDENT FINANCE VIST THE WEBSITE </li></ul><ul><li>www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance...
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  1. 1. PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND Why go to University?
  2. 2. Why go to university? <ul><li>Graduate premium . According to the DLHE survey for 2008 graduates, the average salary of full time, first degree leavers was £24,048 </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates who studied clinical medicine reported the highest average salary at £31,054 </li></ul><ul><li>This was followed by clinical dentistry (£28,600) </li></ul><ul><li>The next slide will show average graduate starting salary in a variety of different professions </li></ul>
  3. 3. £17,505 Media associate professionals £18,488 Managers in retail, distribution, storage £14,000 Administrative work £16,151 Sport and fitness £17,493 Design associate professionals £24,968 Health professionals £19,290 Science professionals £19,550 Legal professionals £20,016 Public service £20,627 Teaching professionals £20,472 Architects, town planners surveyors £22,217 Business and finance associate professionals £22,224 ICT professionals £22,828 Engineering professionals £22,942 Functional managers
  4. 4. Graduate premium over a lifetime <ul><li>After taking into account the cost of taking a degree, in terms of tuition fees and foregone earnings, male graduates can expect to see their lifetime earnings (net of taxes) increased by £160,000 over similar men who finished their education with two or more A’ Levels. </li></ul><ul><li>This rises to more than £250,000 with an Oxbridge degree. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A degree really can make a difference <ul><li>26% of the workforce is now graduate, therefore a degree is an additional qualification when seeking employment </li></ul><ul><li>The prediction is that by 2011 50% of jobs will require a degree </li></ul><ul><li>A good degree (First or 2.1) DOES make a difference in the competition for jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Gap between salary of Russell Group graduates and other universities is only 5% </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some key graduate employers <ul><li>Ernst and Young – starting salary for auditor is £25,000 – £28,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Tesco – starting salary for graduate training scheme is £21,500, rising to £28,000 after 1 year. Store manager after 5 years will earn £40 – 45,000 </li></ul><ul><li>NHS – Salary variable </li></ul>
  7. 7. What do employers want? <ul><li>A degree is not the only benefit of a university education. Choosing the right degree at the best institution will also provide students with the skills employers are looking for including: </li></ul><ul><li>Self reliance, people skills, team work, presentation skills, communication, leadership, IT skills, numeracy, problem solving, technical skills, business acumen, diplomacy, dedication, time management </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006 (not including medics), the graduates MOST likely to be employed were those with Media related degrees because the courses promoted the skills employers were seeking </li></ul>
  8. 8. Additional benefits <ul><li>Some courses offer the chance of work experience (70% led to a graduate job offer) </li></ul><ul><li>Sandwich courses (37.4% led to a position at the placement) </li></ul><ul><li>Careers advice and networking </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Milk round’ – employers visit universities to find prospective employers and encourage them to apply to their companies </li></ul>
  9. 9. Additional benefits <ul><li>Over 70% of graduates who graduated in 1996 were working in a job related to their long–term career plans just 3 years after graduating </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80% said they were satisfied with their career progress </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80% were in graduate jobs </li></ul><ul><li>The student experience report 2008 - 96% reported that going to university was a worthwhile experience - life changing </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good Health <ul><li>Financial benefits aside, research has found that graduates enjoy better health than non – graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates are also more influential in the country </li></ul><ul><li>They enjoy intellectually stimulating jobs </li></ul>
  11. 11. A useful website <ul><li>To find out the most up to date and detailed information about what graduates do when they have graduated refer to the book ‘What do graduates do’ or find the information on the following website: </li></ul><ul><li>www.prospects.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Or type ‘what do graduates do? 2009’ into google if you forget the web address! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Applying for Higher Education <ul><li>UCAS online </li></ul><ul><li>You are able to list a maximum of FIVE courses on the application form </li></ul><ul><li>Most Carre’s Students have now registered for their UCAS application form and have started to fill it in </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS will accept applications from mid September </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is the closing date for UCAS applications for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Oxbridge? <ul><li>The closing date for the courses listed above is 15 October </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is the closing date for all other applications? <ul><li>The closing date for all other courses (except some Art and Design courses) </li></ul><ul><li>15 January </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is different about Art and Design Applications? <ul><li>Applicants for Art and Design for 2010 entry do use UCAS but…..the closing date for applications is </li></ul><ul><li>15 th January or 24 th March </li></ul><ul><li>Each institution will have one of these dates. You will need to check on the ucas site </li></ul><ul><li>Art students should seek advice from their art teacher as a foundation course might be more suitable </li></ul>
  16. 16. Key Dates <ul><li>Final UCAS deadline 15 January </li></ul><ul><li>BUT to meet 15 January deadline your application needs to be submitted to me by beginning of December to allow time to process your form </li></ul><ul><li>I will only guarantee that your application will reach UCAS for the deadline if it is complete and paid for by 15 December at the latest. </li></ul>
  17. 17. How much does UCAS charge for processing applications? <ul><li>The fee for applicants is £21 </li></ul><ul><li>If you only apply for one course you pay £11 </li></ul><ul><li>All students pay online with debit card </li></ul><ul><li>I cannot send the form to UCAS until the fee has been paid </li></ul>
  18. 18. What should students be doing now in preparation <ul><li>Fill in as much as the form as possible – this should be ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Make a start on personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Choose up to five courses </li></ul><ul><li>Visit universities if possible and find out as much as possible about the course </li></ul>
  19. 19. UCAS tariff for A Levels <ul><li>AS qualifications are worth half the number of points as an A2. </li></ul><ul><li>A* are only given for A2. </li></ul><ul><li>A* 140 points </li></ul><ul><li>A 120 points </li></ul><ul><li>B 100 points </li></ul><ul><li>C 80 points </li></ul><ul><li>D 60 points </li></ul><ul><li>E 40 points </li></ul>
  20. 20. When completing your UCAS form do you list your universities and colleges in order of preference? <ul><li>Universities are listed in alphabetical order. No university is aware which other institutions you have selected </li></ul>
  21. 21. Is it possible to apply for completely different courses on the UCAS form? <ul><li>It is not advisable to choose vastly different courses when completing a UCAS application. Although the other universities are not aware of the remaining choices listed on the form, applicants would find it impossible to produce a convincing Personal Statement that would apply to differing disciplines. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Do all universities and courses accept deferred entry? <ul><li>Some institutions may not accept deferred entry </li></ul><ul><li>It is advisable to check carefully with each college or university </li></ul><ul><li>Some universities do not recommend it for Maths </li></ul>
  23. 23. What is the Personal Statement? <ul><li>This is the part of the form that gives the applicant the opportunity to convince an Admissions Tutor that they are a student worth having! It includes details of why you have chosen your particular courses and some persuasive details about you. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Is it better to apply earlier rather than later through UCAS for admissions to H.E? <ul><li>It is sensible to apply as early as possible. Admissions Tutors do run out of time and will probably consider early applications, because they are fewer in volume, in less of a rush than those arriving later </li></ul><ul><li>Do not however rush to choose courses and then find you have selected inappropriate ones and need to make changes later </li></ul>
  25. 25. Getting your form ready to send to UCAS <ul><li>Once your form is complete you send your form electronically to your tutor will check your form and your tutor will provide a reference </li></ul><ul><li>Your AS grades and GCSEs will be stated on the UCAS form by you </li></ul><ul><li>The school checks these to make sure they are accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Your teachers provide your predicted grades, and they are included in the reference section. </li></ul><ul><li>The reference takes time to write as it needs to support your application to help you secure a place – it is also proof read several times so can take time to be processed: </li></ul><ul><li>You must allow your tutor at least 1 week (when few references have been submitted) </li></ul>
  26. 26. What is included in the school reference? <ul><li>Attitude to study, potential for study at H.E level, evidence of interest in the chosen subject, relevant work experience, written and oral skills, level of independent learning, evidence of teamwork, practical dexterity, extra curricular and school involvement, attendance and punctuality </li></ul><ul><li>Universities want to know… </li></ul><ul><li>Your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Justification of predicted grades </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for the course / learning in general </li></ul><ul><li>Highly self-motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Independent learning skills </li></ul>
  27. 27. What happens when the UCAS form has been sent? <ul><li>UCAS send your form to all your chosen universities at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Each university only receives details relating to that particular university and course </li></ul><ul><li>Some universities will interview but most will send details of the conditions of an offer (or rejection) </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants for teaching courses have to be interviewed before they can be given an offer </li></ul><ul><li>News appears on ‘track’ </li></ul>
  28. 28. The competition out there! <ul><li>Students’ attainment is increasing; in 2009: </li></ul><ul><li>More than 36,000 students achieved at least 3 A grade passes, which is over three times the figure for 1994 when 11,475 students achieved such grades </li></ul><ul><li>This means there are more applicants with the grades! </li></ul>
  29. 29. The competition out there! <ul><li>It is well-known that Oxford and Cambridge Universities reject a large number of applicants with straight As at A Level </li></ul><ul><li>But so do other highly competitive universities </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can accept the rejection from Cambridge, as so many able students apply, but I could not understand why I … was rejected by the other universities”, which were Durham, Edinburgh and York. (The Times, 9 May 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>The applicant above was not aware of how competitive it is out there! </li></ul><ul><li>Spread your risk by choosing a range of courses, all of which you have researched, visited and feel completely happy to attend </li></ul>
  30. 30. What happens next? <ul><li>You will receive all offers by May 2011 if you applied by 15 January </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a query about a decision or time taken to make it, contact the university directly, not UCAS or the school </li></ul><ul><li>How many offers are applicants able to accept? </li></ul><ul><li>You may accept TWO offers, one Firm and one for Insurance. </li></ul>
  31. 31. UCAS extra and UCAS Clearing <ul><li>What is UCAS Extra? </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS Extra operates from March to June. It offers applicants who have received all rejections, or students who have turned down all offers, the opportunity to contact institutions that still have course vacancies. Institutions are contacted one at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you understand by the term ‘Clearing’? </li></ul><ul><li>Clearing is the final part of the application cycle. It aims to match unplaced students to courses with vacancies. It is used by students who have received no offers, people who have failed to achieve the grades required, applicants who have declined all offers and very, very late applicants </li></ul>
  32. 32. WHAT DO I DO NOW? <ul><li>Register for Apply </li></ul><ul><li>Write an effective Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Research thoroughly your courses and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the universities on your apply form </li></ul><ul><li>Aptitude tests – in some cases eg BMAT, LNAT, UKCAT </li></ul><ul><li>Oxbridge tests – check website for full details </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let your studies slide or miss lessons while you concentrate on applying and attending Open days </li></ul><ul><li>Get the grades! </li></ul>
  33. 33. BMAT  Institution Courses requiring BMAT <ul><li>University of Cambridge (C05)A100 MedicineA101 Graduate Course in Medicine*D100 Veterinary Medicine </li></ul><ul><li> Imperial College London (I50)A100 Medicine B900 Biomedical Science BB29 Pharmacology </li></ul><ul><li>University of Oxford Medical School (O33)A100 MedicineB100 Physiological Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Veterinary College (R84)D100 Veterinary MedicineD101 Combined Degree Programme </li></ul><ul><li>University College London (U80)A100 Medicine </li></ul>
  34. 34. Russell Group Universities <ul><li>University of Birmingham </li></ul><ul><li>University of Bristol </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiff University </li></ul><ul><li>University of Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>University of Glasgow </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial College London </li></ul><ul><li>King's College London </li></ul><ul><li>University of Leeds </li></ul><ul><li>University of Liverpool </li></ul>London School of Economics University of Manchester Newcastle University University of Nottingham Queen's University Belfast University of Oxford University of Sheffield University of Southampton University College London University of Warwick
  35. 35. FINANCE <ul><li>TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT STUDENT FINANCE VIST THE WEBSITE </li></ul><ul><li>www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance </li></ul>
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