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Higher education

  1. 1. HIGHER EDUCATION A parent’s guide to the support given to students at Dereham Sixth Form College
  2. 2. AIMS <ul><li>To give parents an outline of the application process for university. </li></ul><ul><li>To inform parents about the support given to students through the tutorial programme. </li></ul><ul><li>To suggest ways in which parents can help in supporting their sons/daughters in their decision making. </li></ul>
  3. 3. A BRIEF INTRODUCTION <ul><li>I am responsible for ensuring that we support student personal development. </li></ul><ul><li>I lead a team of tutors in delivering a programme to help to support students throughout their time at college. </li></ul><ul><li>This programme is enriched with a variety of events and opportunities. </li></ul>
  4. 4. IMPORTANT DATES <ul><li>15 th June – Higher Education Convention </li></ul><ul><li>– Careers day at DSFC </li></ul><ul><li>27 th June – tutor group day, supporting students in the University application process </li></ul><ul><li>1 st & 2nd September – interviews with tutors, a personal statement should be written for discussion with the tutor. </li></ul><ul><li>October half term – our deadline for university applications (15 th Oct for some) </li></ul><ul><li>May 2012 – decisions need to be made about which university offers to accept. </li></ul>
  5. 5. THE APPLICATION PROCESS <ul><li>All applications are made online at www.ucas .com. Deadline 15 th October for competitive courses, mid January for all others. </li></ul><ul><li>Students complete the various sections with personal details, qualifications and 5 choices of degree course. </li></ul><ul><li>Universities/courses need to be chosen carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal statements need to be first typed up on word and approved by the tutor before copying into the application. </li></ul><ul><li>References from the tutor and predicted grades are added once the student has an approved hard copy of the application form and has made their payment to the office. </li></ul><ul><li>The details are sent off to the relevant universities and ucas keeps the student informed of offers made. </li></ul>
  6. 6. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A DEGREE COURSE <ul><li>Make sure that you are able to meet the course entry requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>If you choose a vocational subject make sure that you know what the career involves by getting some work experience. </li></ul><ul><li>If you choose a subject that is not one of your A-levels then try a taster course. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about the teaching methods used and number of hours tuition a week. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about possible scholarships/sponsorships/year out/employment opportunities for graduates </li></ul>
  7. 7. HOW PARENTS CAN HELP <ul><li>Support the student in their research of courses and universities. BUT THE DECISION IS THEIR’S ALONE. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, visit one or two University Open Days – or alternatively pay for their train fare! (Students are usually invited to visit once they have applied to a University). </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss whether or not a gap year is a good idea. </li></ul><ul><li>Help the student to organise work experience if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to have a plan A, B, C………. </li></ul><ul><li>Support the student with writing their personal statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Impress on the student the need to do as much as possible of the above in the summer holidays! </li></ul>
  8. 8. IN SUMMARY…. <ul><li>The sooner a student starts to research for possible degree courses the better. They are more likely to be confident with their decision and to be able to complete their application early. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that research may lead to major changes to what had initially seemed to be firm plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are much more likely to stay motivated in Year 13 if they have a goal in sight. </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving offers from Universities from October is a great confidence booster and motivator. </li></ul>
  9. 9. AND FINALLY…. <ul><li>We (teachers and parents) can nag/help/support/bribe as much as we like but at the end of the day it is the student who has to decide </li></ul><ul><li>A. Whether University is for them </li></ul><ul><li>B. Which subject they would enjoy studying for the next three years. </li></ul><ul><li>C. How far from home they would like to be. </li></ul>