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  • Meeting is a general information on to Higher Education. , There will be time at the end for some questions on this. Any questions of an individual nature eg subject combinations regarding university courses etc need to be written on the PINK SHEETS BLUE SHEETS FOR CONTACT INFO especially e-mails
  • Important websites for your information More ON THE SHEET AT THE END OF YOUR PACK
  • BEST WAY IS TO LOOK AT RESULTS 99% pass A-E 39.6% grade A national av 21.6% 84% A-C UNIVERSITIES 86% got in FIRM OFFERS 94% FIRM or INSURANCE Top number of placements is NOTTINGHAM 7 INCLUSIVE ONLY 1 STUDENT FAILED TO GET INTO UNIVERSITY MANY personal achievements GAP. South America, Fiji and Australia, Hawaii doing discipleship programme LOOK AT 44% IN Russell Group of those getting into British Universities (excluding art and music college applicants)
  • OXBRIDGE, MEDICINE, LAW, MEDICALLY RELATED. ARE ALSO ADDING VERY COMPETITIVE COURSES WILL RETURN TO INTERVIEWS MANY OF THESE COURSES WILL ONLY ALLOW 4 OFFERS EG MEDICINE
  • ALL STUDENTS ARE GIVEN A BOOKLET. INTERVIEWING SKILLS COURSE WILL CONTIUE WITH A SECOND GROUP INTERVIEW EVENING ON 27 TH WILL BE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT, MEMBERS OF BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND OTHERS. ALL HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED.
  • THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR OF EAS STUDENTS MUST NOT DISCLOSE THEIR PASSWORD 6 CHOICES. INSURANCE should be second choice but a grade or points barrier lower. INVISIBILITY. UNIVERSITIES DO NOT KNOW OF EG OXBRIDGE Tariff System 2004 ENTRY THERE ARE NO CHANGES FEE IS THE SAME IE £15 NO NEW FUNCTIONS STILL 6 CHOICES WILL BE MORE ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS. THIS TAKES AWAY OUR DISADVANTAGE OF BEING OVERSEAS WITH POSTAL DELAYS. 2003 THIS WAS UP BY32% AND PAPER DOWN BY 10% THERE WILL BE MORE E-MAILING OF APPLICANTS TO SAY THEY HAVE AN OFFER SEE APPLICANT ENQUIRY SERVICE
  • PROBLEM CAN ARISE WITH PERSONAL STATEMENT IF WANT TO PUT WHY YOU WANT TO DO A COURSE REALISTIC IS IMPORTANT. CHECKING THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS VERY IMP. Have to include the AS grade if certificated Information on the blue form IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS MAKE SURE WE KNOW ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE
  • HOT POTATO BUT TEACHERS ARE VERY GOOD AT GETTING IT RIGHT With raw scores we can see how far away from a grade boundary a student is. By tracking a students progress we know the strengths in different parts of the syllabus You cannot assume a predicted grade will be higher than an AS grade as A2 is harder Resits will be taken into account WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS on 1 st October Confidential Subject Report is at back of your pack STAFF HELP WILL CONTINUE WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS BY HELP IN THE INTERVIEW CYCLE Confidential subject reports will be mentioned in NEXT slide
  • THESE ARE THE SUBJECT FORMS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN FOCUSED. SOME WILL NEED TO HAVE A PARTICULAR SLANT
  • IN SOME SUBJECTS IN SOME UNIVERSITIES THEY CAN HAVE HUNDREDS OF APPLICATIONS I KNOW THIS FROM ASKING TUTORS!! BOB ALLAN
  • A UNIVERSITY DOES NOT HAVE TO GIVE AN OFFER EVEN IF THE STUDENT HAS PREDICTED GRADES HIGHER THAN THOSE ASKED IN THEIR PROSPECTUS. IT CAN HOLD GIVING OUT OFFERS UNTIL END OF MARCH. THIS MAY BE THE CASE FOR MEDICINE UCAS EXTRA STARTED IN 2003. IT IS A SECOND CHANCE FOR THOSE WITH NO OFFERS.IE REJECTED OR WITHDRAWN. YOU CAN HOLD ONLY ONE CHOICE WITH NO INSURANCE. YOU CAN KEEP TRYING IN THE SYSTEM. MAY ALSO BE USEFUL IF A STUDENT CHANGES HIS OR HER MIND ON A COURSE. THERE IS A BETTER SOLUTION. NEGOTIATION

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  • 1. Year 12 Higher Education Information Evening January 15 th 2009 Presentation: Gillian Radusi n Head of Senior Sectio n
  • 2. Year 12 to 13 Calendar Spring Term January Ye ar 12 Parents Higher Education Information Evening Fast Track student group begins Students considering Early Decision or Early Action – US need to register for SATs PSHCE Stamford Test/University course research March 23-26 Careers Week Summer Term April 29 UCAS Higher Education Convention Kent ECIS Visit? HE interviews with Gillian through to October May/June IB internal exams with study leave and AS external exams with exam leave Personal statement preparation
  • 3. Year 12 to 13 Calendar continued
    • Summer Term Cont.
    • Apply ‘live’ in PSHCE Oxford and Cambridge students seen by Gillian Early Decision or Early Action students seen by Gillian Year 12 CAS Week in June
    • September Subject reports issued for all subjects and students UCAS References, Predicted Grades
    • October 15 th Fast Track deadline, Half Term for the rest of UCAS
    • November HE Fast Track interview preparation and formal evening practice
    • Early Decision or Early Action deadline US
    • December University Interviews begin in UK
    • Other Applications begin eg US – Regular Decision, Canada, Art Foundation
    • January 15 th 10 UCAS deadline (including Art & Design Route A)
    • March Art and Design Route B and Southern Hemisphere applications
  • 4. Higher Education Booklet
    • Use as a resource, inc. websites e.g. www.yougofurther.co.uk
    • Students research databases in PSHCE lessons e.g. Degree course descriptions
    • Students also use:
      • The Ultimate University Ranking Guide
      • Push Guide: Choosing a University Which University
      • Degree Course Offers by Brian Heap
      • Making the Most of University
      • Student Survival Guide
      • Careers Library has many other resources
      • Admissions test information
  • 5. First Step: Describe your system and route
    • UCAS, CAO, Europe or elsewhere
    • 3 year degrees, Single Hons, Joint Hons, Liberal Arts
      • Year out placements, internships and dual degrees
      • MEng, MPhys
      • Foundation Year (Art Foundation, wrong subjects, not grades)
      • Foundation Degrees and HND’s usually 2 years
      • Art and Design routes A and B
    • Multiple Applications (limited to 5 outside UK)
  • 6. The 3 R’s – Research, Research, Research
    • Use on line resources
    • www.ucas.com (UK) entry profiles
    • www.studiesinaustralia.com
    • www.collegeboard.com (US)
    • Other excellent websites
    • www.university-world.com
    • www.unesca.org
    • www.studentcenter.ja.org
    • Key words
    • Entry profiles, personal statements, personal essays, financial aid, scholarships
    • Help at School
    • Careers Library, computer resources, PSHCE lessons, Careers Week, UCAS Convention, Careers interviews
  • 7. Case Study 1: More practical / less academic / not sure
    • Gap Year, True cost of colleges research report www.lsneducation.org.uk
    • Foundation Degrees launched in September 2001 as an alternative to undergraduate degrees and HND; work based learning degrees at colleges and universities
    • Have more hands on work experience and practical skills
    • 2 years full time – over 2,500 foundation courses available
    • www.foundationdegree.org
    • www.fdf.ac.uk
    • DfES booklet-dfes@prolog.uk.com
    • www.qca.org.uk
    • Students work on personal qualities and skills in addition to Senior Section curriculum. Importance of CAS & co-curricular activities. For students doing two A levels or IB certificate, Foundation/Hybrid
    • Many full degree opportunities enhanced by personal statement and work experience
  • 8. Case Study 2: Employability
    • Sandwich degrees - thick and thin
    • Year out in industry, year abroad, internships, placements
    • Erasmus year with languages
    • Subject with languages e.g. Chemistry with German
    • Dual degrees e.g. Hull and Kent universities
    • Sponsored studies: University of Lancaster/Ernst and Young Accounting degree with 18 months salaried placement
    • Importance of work experience, Skills employers want. PSHCE – Katy
    • Foundation Degrees because of employment link
  • 9. A 2002 survey from the Association of Graduate Recruiters prioritsed some of the skills asked for by employers
    • The most important were :
    • 1 Motivation and enthusiasm
    • 2 Teamworking
    • 3 Oral communication
    • 4 Flexibility
    • 5 Initiative
    • Employers saw the largest shortfall in:
    • 1 Interpersonal skills
    • 2 Initiative
    • 3 Managing own development
    • 4 Business awareness
    • 5 Oral communication
    • 6 Problem solving
    • (Hence the importance of our CAS and PSHCE programme)
    • Glasgow University Careers Service
  • 10. Case Study 3: High Academic Achievers
    • Some institutions/courses attract large numbers of applicants e.g.: 850 applicants for 12 places in Creative Writing UEA 2,400 applicants for 120 places in History at York 2,500 applicants for 110 places in English Literature at Bristol 2009 cycle – 12-15% more applicants to some courses in Cambridge
    • Some applicants have very similar profiles
    • How to get in? BE REALISTIC
    • Make sure you have an academic profile i.e. not just grades but subject difficulty. May not be considered with certain combinations. Check. Economics needs Maths A level or HL IB Maths
    • Choose a less competitive course or different course at the competitive institution (Russell Group) e.g.: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Philosophy (skills generic across humanities)
    • Produce a very well researched essay – Extended Essay IB or Extension Essay A level
    • Make sure you have insurance
  • 11. Case Study 4: International Applications
    • US – www.collegeboard.com We are subscribing to Hobsons college search tool – 4,000 accredited colleges
    • Students allowed up to 5 international applications. This is in addition to the UCAS application. Application fees and tuition costs are paid by the individual families
    • Students must search out the application dates and the application forms
    • For the US, Early Decision and Early Action is treated like UCAS Fast Track and normally November; regular decision – Dec/Jan
    • Ten working days are required for the full turn around
    • Students need to prepare individually for different systems and not assume a generic approach e.g. difference between a Personal Statement and a Personal Essay
    • Other systems use webside www.university-world.com (e.g Italy)
    • US – excellent site is www.college-admissions-secrets.com
  • 12. Russell Group
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Bristol
    • University of Cambridge
    • Cardiff University
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Glasgow
    • Imperial College London
    • King's College London
    • University of Leeds
    • University of Liverpool
    • London School of Economics & Political Science
    • 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
    • We also include York, Durham and Bath, especially for certain courses
  • 13. Fast Track
    • What defines Fast Track? UCAS definition
    • Some have only 4 subject choices e.g. Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry
    • Key date is 15 th October in UK
    • Very competitive courses/institutions
      • Importance of personal statement and preparation.
      • See Entry Profiles on university websites.
    • Fast Track guidance course with Gillian and team of helpers
    • Majority will be interviewed
  • 14. Strategy: Fast Track
    • Get excellent grades so UMS scores at AS level or IB points can be highlighted
    • Do something unusual and relevant e.g. Harvard Summer School for creative writing course work experience with newspaper or in a hospital, Headstart or Smallpeice Trust for Engineering, take an OU Young Applicants in School module, Go for A*
    • Extended Essay IB or Extension Essays A Level
    • Research tests if applicable e.g. BMAT, LNAT, HAT, TSA, UKCAT, PPE, Oxford Maths and Physics tests, STEP etc
    • Excellent course research needed
    • Most of all, really be enthusiastic about your chosen academic subject –
    • not the status of the institution
  • 15. Strategy: Competitive Courses: English
    • Which English course?
    • Literature or Literature & Language
    • Mainly Literature or mainly Language
    • Medieval content available or compulsory
    • Creative writing available
    • Varieties of approaches e.g. Marxist, Feminist, Post-modernist, Post-colonial, American, Irish, Foreign literature etc.
    • Foreign language desirable
    • WHY? Love of subject, reading, critical perspective, fascination with language, structure, use, varied types of writing etc.
  • 16. Options using English Language/Literature (maybe less competitive)
    • Advertising
    • Communication Studies
    • Creative Writing (except UEA)
    • Journalism
    • Linguistics
    • Marketing
    • Publishing
    • Public Relations
    • Speech and Language Therapy
    • American Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Theatre Studies
    • Drama
    • Teaching BEd
    • Media
    • Film
  • 17. Vocational Course: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine
    • October 15: Four choices
    • 30 institutions offer degrees in Medicine
    • Students must have work experience
    • Are taster courses e.g. MEDSIM and MEDLINK
    • New medical schools e.g.
        • University of Durham Queens campus (with Newcastle)
        • University of East Anglia Medical School
        • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
        • www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk
        • www.medschoolguide.co.uk
        • www.bva.co.uk vet link
        • www.nhscareers.co.uk
  • 18. Medicine and related: Courses and Application
    • Start with clinical experience earlier or later (Nottingham and Cambridge)
    • Syllabus content can differ - evidence based medicine or systems approach
    • Learning and teaching approaches may differ
    • Application must show some work experience / medical taster course e.g. Medlink at Nottingham
    • BMAT required for 7 medical / veterinary institutions and UKCAT for 24 medical / dental degrees
    • Personal Qualities
    • Interview may include problem solving group work
    • Personal statement is very important
    • Veterinary can ask for 10 weeks’ work experience (Liverpool)
  • 19. Law
    • LNAT required by following universities
    • - Birmingham
    • - Bristol
    • - Cambridge
    • - Durham
    • - Exeter
    • - Glasgow
    • - King’s College London
    • - Nottingham
    • - Oxford
    • - University College London
    • www.lnat.ac.uk
    • Careers Conference for Students at College of Law in London
  • 20. The Right Course in?
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Studies
    • Applied Computing
    • Business Computing
    • Computing with……
    • Computing and…..
    • Information Technology
    • Business Information Technology
    • Business Information Systems
    • Business Information Management
    • Information and Communication Management
    • ETC!! (E-Business, Web Media Mgt, Artificial Intelligence)
  • 21. Get it Right!
    • Computer Science
        • Science and theory that forms basis of computing
        • Requires good to excellent maths background
    • Computing/Computer Studies
        • Techniques, methods and management in producing software
        • Sometimes called software engineering
    • Information Systems
        • Relates to work people do and information systems they use
        • Analysis, design and implementation to meet business requirements
    • Information Management
        • Management and communication of information in an organisation
  • 22. Oxbridge Applications
    • Different to other universities
    • Which: Oxford or Cambridge? Go to Open days
    • Earlier closing date 15 th October 09
    • Separate application form
    • Open application or choose a college. Your choice!
    • Autumn half term 09 Admissions tests for Medicine, Oxford
    • November 09: Submission of written work
    • December 09: Interviews
    • 2006 12,614 applications, 3,208 acceptances Oxford) 2007 13,369 applications, 3,160 acceptances (Oxford) 8.1% increase in applications 2006 14,066 applications, 3,940 acceptances (Cambridge) 2007 14,505 applications, 3,530 acceptances (Cambridge)
    • ( www.admissions.ac.uk/adstats.pdf )
    • Some modification to Oxford Admissions policy
  • 23. What are Oxbridge admissions tutors looking for?
    • Interviews are academic
    • Motivation, enthusiasm and commitment
    • Independent Learners
    • Academic potential for subject
    • Powers of analysis
    • Ability to work through new material, problems, ideas
    • Ability to listen / teachability in tutorials
    • Clarity; concise and relevant arguments
    • Think beyond curriculum and wider reading evident
  • 24. ALL: Interview Preparation and Interviews
    • Oxford and Cambridge have specific information
    • Programme in tutor periods and PSHCE including presentation, debating and interview skills
    • Preparation for interview tests from Ian / Gillian / Katy / Rose / subject teachers
    • Preparation for interviews
    • November 2009 : BSB Interview Evening
    • December 2009: Oxbridge interviews
    • January 2010: Other interviews
  • 25. UCAS and APPLY
    • 5 choices (and £17 paid by parents on credit card)
    • (4 for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and max 3 for Art and Design Route B) Simultaneous consideration
    • UCAS - 1 September to 15 January Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry - 15 October Art and Design Route B – 1 January to 24 March
    • APPLY - web based application system for UCAS
    • Secure for each student with a personal password, students track the status of their application
    • Invisibility until after CF and CI for marketing
  • 26. UCAS Form
      • Every applicant has 5 sections to complete
        • Personal details
        • Courses most important and students to check codes!!
        • Education
        • Paid employment
        • Personal Statement
      • In addition there is an opportunity to add information on e.g. Dyslexia. Very important
      • School will write a reference
  • 27. Applications: Students
    • 5 choices (except Medicine etc). What if different subjects?
    • Realistic and tied to predicted grades, achieved grades, insurance
    • Personal statement. Should be 1/2 to 2/3 academic. Plagiarism! Summer 2009
    • Spell check!
    • Course check!
    • What if they haven’t a clue? (Centigrade, Stamford Test, Degree course descriptions www.ukcoursefinder.com or www.careerkey.org for US system)
    • Gap Years. Check with university department
    • Information to tutors and subject teachers re: application
    • Most important to check entry profiles and act on anything missing in summer 2009
  • 28. Predicted Grades
    • Predicted Grades, based on past assessments and results, present performance, potential, benefit of doubt so are realistically optimistic
    • Predicted grades given for each A level
    • Predicted grades given for each Higher level and Standard level subject in IB. The final IB points score will include the core points (Maximum 3)
    • Predicted grades are hugely important to admissions tutors
  • 29. Example 1 Maths AAA 666 in HL 38 LSE ABB 34 Lancaster Maths AAB 33 – 36 Durham Economics Maths, Physics ABB Maths, Physics 36 Imperial Maths 240 - 280 Maths, Physics 28 Cardiff Maths, Physics BC Maths, Physics 24 Aberdeen Civil Engineering Maths, Science AAB Maths, Science 33 Sheffield BBB 32 Manchester BBB + AS 32 UCL Architecture Other Subjects A-L Offers Subjects (HL) IB Offers Institution Course
  • 30. Example 2 LNAT AAA 666 or 766 36 – 38 Bristol Law Other Subjects A-L Offers Subjects (HL) IB Offers Institution Course 240 – 300 26 Portsmouth 180 – 220 24 Northampton 160 24 East London Media Studies BBB 32 Swansea AAA + AS 36 -38 Warwick 340 - 360 35 - 36 Exeter LNAT AAA 38 Durham Law
  • 31. Example 3 BMAT Chemistry, Maths AAA Chemistry, Maths 38 - 43 Oxford Medicine Chemistry AAB Chemistry 36 St Andrews BMAT Chemistry, Science AAB Chemistry, Science 36 UCL Chemistry, Biology AAB Chemistry, Biology 38 Nottingham AAB 36 Bath Sports Science Sport or Maths, Phys 280 30 Brighton 80 Accepted De Montfort Other Subjects A-L Offers Subjects (HL) IB Offers Institution Course
  • 32. References
    • Subject reports by all teachers for each A level and IB Higher level
    • Tutors compile reference and add CAS activities
    • Gillian edits references and oversees format and consistency and detail
    • Sue does final check and puts her signature on it
    • Non negotiable. Fair, Honest, Positive, Focused
    • Joyce oversees APPLY
    • Individually sent as soon as completed
    • References are read and checked by students for accuracy with Gillian before the form is sent
  • 33. Admissions Tutors
    • Spend 5 mins max per application initially before sifting. Bottom line for selecting universities is ‘how far has this student travelled in terms of academic challenge’
    • Look for (usually this order of importance):
      • Correct subjects, exam results
      • Predicted grades A level or IB points score
      • School reference
      • Personal statement
  • 34. Offers
    • Can be immediate, but mostly from December onwards and up until April of Year 13
    • Track on the UCAS website (ucastrack)
    • Allowed to hold 2, 1 Firm and 1 Insurance
    • Rejections
    • Decisions 31 March from College or University to UCAS
    • Students decision by 1 July 2010 BUT must check literature . This may change and is students’ responsibility
    • UCAS Extra starts in March and goes on until 30 June but there are conditions
  • 35. UCAS Accepted Applications 2007: Subject Group Percentages
    • Business & Administration 12.2%
    • Creative Arts & Design 11.3%
    • Biological Sciences 8.1%
    • Subjects Allied to Medicine 6.7%
    • Social Studies 7.7%
    • Mathematical & Computer Sciences 6.0%
    • Engineering 5.3%
    • Law 4.8%
  • 36. Other H.E. Systems
    • US: students need to take SATs www.collegeboard.com/testing - 3 sections: English, Maths and Essay - 3 attempts. Examples are on the web - Total out of 2,400
    • www.studyincanada - cheaper than US - Ontario has a common application form for example
    • www.studyinaustralia.gov.au & www.studiesinaustralia.com
    • Belgium: need equivalence of qualifications and a language test for undergraduate degrees
    • Go to individual university sites e.g. www.vub.ac.be or www.kuleuven.ac.be
  • 37. League Tables or Best Course?
    • Are a marketing tool for universities. Some controversy
    • League tables are based on a combination of points
    • Based on demand for courses vs places
    • Various factors are taken into account e.g. student staff ratio, (not audited), computers, TQA, RAE, degree classification, (can get inflation), employment
    • Drop out rates often not included - so beware
        • www.timesonline.co.uk
        • www.educationguardian.co.uk probably most useful as is interactive
        • www.virginstudent.com
        • www.qaa.ac.uk TQA
        • www.hero.ac.uk RAE
        • www.unofficial-guides.com
        • www.push.co.uk
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