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  1. 1. Applying for University inSeptember 2013 (UCAS) Paul Gerrard Director of Sixth Form Studies
  2. 2. What is UCAS?• University & Colleges Admissions Service• The application process for anyone who wants to study a full-time undergraduate course eg. degree or HND• You apply electronically on line• Students have from mid-September to 15 th of January to apply• http://www.ucas.ac.uk/
  3. 3. What is UCAS ?• You apply through school• The school is registered as a centre• You will be given a “buzzword” which registers you with our school as a centre• Once your application is completed you send it electronically to your referee (the school) via Apply
  4. 4. What is UCAS ?• The school then write your reference & submit the completed form to UCAS.• There is a charge for this - £23• Will go on the school bill at the end of the academic year• UCAS is not necessarily for everyone• http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
  5. 5. Exams marked out of 200 – UMS marksGrade AS A2A 160 320B 140 280C 120 240D 100 200E 80 160 /200 /400
  6. 6. Exams marked out of 300 – UMS marksGrade AS A2A 240 480B 210 420C 180 360D 150 300E 120 240 /300 /600
  7. 7. Predicted Grades• Released in the next week
  8. 8. Tariff Points (UCAS points)• Is a points score system for entry to higher education• Grade A* - 140• Grade A – 120• Grade B – 100• Grade C – 80• Grade D – 60• Grade E – 40• AS grades are half the A2 points score
  9. 9. The A* at A2 (only)• Have to get 90% in your A2 modules• 180/200• 270/300• Plus a grade A in your AS modules
  10. 10. Entry Requirements (course specific requirements)• Provide information about a course so that candidates can make informed decisions about the courses that they apply for.• Course content• Tariff points• Skills• Qualities etc …• Home page – what to study.
  11. 11. UCAS decisions• Students receive one of three decisions through UCAS
  12. 12. Conditional Offer• An offer subject to the student meeting certain conditions• GRADES OFFER eg. AAB• POINTS OFFER• 300pts – BBB, ABC, AAD, BBDb• Grades in certain subjects may be specified eg B in maths
  13. 13. Unconditional Offer• Offer means that the student has already met the entry requirements• University is happy to accept them• Offer usually made to students who have already completed their qualifications
  14. 14. Rejection• The student is not offered a place• A reason for the rejection does not have to be given
  15. 15. Extra• Students do not receive an offer from their 5 choices• You can apply again BEFORE clearing• Operates from February to early July• Available courses highlighted on www.ucas.com
  16. 16. Clearing• Students do not meet the grades from their conditional offer• Starts the day A level results are published
  17. 17. CUKAS for musical performance• For students wishing to apply for courses in MUSIC performance• Runs parallel to UCAS• You can apply to CUKAS as well as UCAS• Can apply to both simultaneously• www.cukas.ac.uk
  18. 18. Biomedical admissions• For students applying to courses in MEDICINE & VETINARY SCIENCE• The test enables to institution to chose between applicants whose academic results are extremely similar• Taken before students submit their UCAS form• Start of November?• www.bmat.org.uk
  19. 19. UKCAT• For medical and dental schools• A more informed choice for universities for highly qualified candidates• Registration opens – 1st May• Testing begins – 3rd July• Registration deadline – 21st Sept.• Last testing date – 5th October• http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/
  20. 20. Law admissions• For applications to LAW courses• Again distinguishes between top level candidates whose results are very similar• www.lnat.ac.uk• Usually taken before students submit their UCAS application
  21. 21. Oxford & Cambridge• Applications by Friday 5th OctoberApplications NOT to Oxbridge• Internal school deadline for all other applications Friday 16th November
  22. 22. What now?• The job you want to do will influence which university course you chose• Start with what job you want to do• Work back from there• What courses put you on that career pathway?• What are the entry requirements for the relevant course?
  23. 23. Careers• www.careers-portal.co.uk• www.connexions.gov.uk/occupations• www.worktrain.gov.uk/• www.ajobin.com• www.afuturein.com• Check out the Sixth Form Facebook page
  24. 24. Universities• www.universityoptions.co.uk• www.whatuni.com• http://www.timesonline.co.uk/TimesGoodU niversityGuide• UCAS site – Course Search Apply 2013• www.opendays.com
  25. 25. Finance• Tuition fees – up to £9,000• www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance• UCAS website