Introduction by Jon Starkie.Go to next slide … format of evening.
Plymouth University Representatives: 2 Students – Dan Wilde and Danny Shelton.
Go to next slide – UCAS tv – Apply 2012.
Q: How do I search for courses?A: Use Course Search on the UCAS website to look for courses that you are interested in. You can search for courses by keyword, subject or course code, and see which universities and colleges offer the courses. You can also narrow down your search by picking only certain subjects, course levels, universities, or regions of the country.Q: How can I find out which is the best university or college for my chosen course?A: There is no one university or college which is perfect for everyone: different places suit different people, so it depends upon your preferences. You may be interested in whether a university or college is in a big city or rural location, whereas another student may be more concerned about the number of bedrooms in the halls of residence. What is important is what is best for you. For information and impartial advice check the Times Online (you'll need to subscribe to the site) or The Complete University Guide, an interactive site which allows you to alter the weightings of the different criteria to suit your own requirements and so create your own unique table.Q: How do I find the entry requirements for the course?A: Each university or college has different entry requirements - you can find details of these in Course Search. Click on the course title to see the Entry Profile for a course - Entry Profiles contain entry requirements and what universities look for in their students. If you don't know whether your qualifications will meet the requirements, please contact the university or college to discuss it. Take a look at our entry requirements page to see how to use Entry Profiles.Resources also available in the Kennicott Library.
Q: Can my personal statement be more than 4000 characters?A: You cannot enter more than 4,000 characters into your personal statement , this includes lines and spaces. You also may use no more than 47 lines within your personal statement.We do suggest that you work on this on a Word document before copying it into your application. Not all word packages are the same and may be set up to include line spacing causing your finished statement to be too large for the space provided. Please check your settings if this occurs.
Advise students of internal and external deadlines (proceed to next slide).
Main dates/deadlines:1 October 2012: CUKAS deadline15 October 2012: Deadline for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science courses and all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge).15 January 2013: Deadline for all other courses.Completion of Student Reference Request form:If student is applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Sciencecourses and all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) and courses at UK Conservatoires (CUKAS), the Student Reference Request form must be returned by 6 July 2012 at the latest. For all other courses: the Student Reference Request form must be returned by 14 September 2012.A copy of the Student Reference Request form can be found in the HE hand-out.
Jon to introduce Chris Walker, representative from Student Finance.
- The majority of the information needed is available in the Student Handout;- Every student is allocated a UCAS Coordinator; to be advised in due course.- HE Presentation and other resources will be available online from end June.- Kennicott Library – information available.- Online resources- Tutor and UCAS Administrator always on hand for advice.- Attend Open Evenings- Ensure you adhere to both internal and external deadlines to enable your UCAS Administrator the process your application on time.
Q & A
Kennicott higher education evening 13 june 2012
Higher Education EveningKennicott Sixth Form Centre Welcome!
WELCOME1. Welcome Mr Jon Starkie, Assistant Principal2. University Life Dan Wilde and Danny Shelton, Plymouth University3. How to Apply: An Overview UCAStv4. Finding your course and choosing your university Mr Jon Starkie, Assistant Principal5. Writing your Personal Statement Dave Waistnidge, Assistant Head of Sixth Form6. Timetable for Applications/Special Deadlines Dave Waistnidge7. Student Finance Chris Walker
University LifeDan Wilde and Danny Shelton Plymouth University
UCAStv This is an example for Apply 2012.Apply 2013 will be available from end June.
Finding your course and choosing your university Jon Starkie
Q: How do I search for courses?Q: How can I find out which is the best university or college for my chosen course?Q: How do I find the entry requirements for the course? www.google.co.uk www.unistats.direct.gov.uk www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk www.push.co.uk/Choose-a-uni www.thestudentroom.co.uk www.ucas.ac.uk/yougo
Large numbers ofstudents applying throughUCAS – impossible tointerview for all courses You may be competingwith other students fromacross UK for small numberof places – personalstatement could make thedifference between asuccessful or unsuccessfulapplication. Admissions staff want to seeevidence that students areenthusiastic, well-preparedand have the right skills to dowell at university.
• Before youstart, remember this is apersonal statement - i.e. itsabout you, and there is noreal right or wrong way to doit.• Personal statements arespecific so if you decide tochange the course you areapplying for you will need torewrite your personalstatement.• When the admissions andsubject tutors look at yourpersonal statement, they arelikely to be asking two mainquestions:1. Do we want this studenton this course?2. Do we want this student atthis university?
Admission Tutors• Is the student suited to the course that they are applying for?• Does the student have the necessary qualifications and qualities for the course?• Is the student conscientious, hardworking and unlikely to drop out?• Will the student do their best and cope with the demands of the course?• Can the student work under pressure?• Will the student be able to adjust to their new environment at university?• What are their communication skills like?• Are they dedicated to this course and have researched it well?• Do they have a genuine interest in the subject and a desire to learn more about it?These are the questions you will need to address in your personalstatement.
• What do you want to study at university?• Why?• What specific aspects of the course interests you?• What school work have you completed that is relevant?• What practical work have you completed that is relevant?• What have you read related to the subject area that has inspired you?• What personal experiences which lead to the decision to take this subject?• Where you hope a degree in this subject will lead?
What experiences showyou are a reliable andresponsible person?• Part-time jobs?• Business enterprise?• Community and charity work?• Sixth Form committee?• Extracurricular activities? (Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Debating, Sport, etc)• What have you gained from these experiences?
Your interests andskills• What do you do in your free time?• Any sport and leisure activities?• Any subjects you study which are not examined?• Do you play a musical instrument?• Do you speak any languages?• Have you won any prizes?• Do you have any role or responsibility in any of your interests?
Gap Years/TheSummer• Why are you taking a Gap year? (if you are)• Why do you want to take a gap year?• What do you plan to do?• How does this relate to your course?
Now, for each point you havemade, comment on:• What it says about your character;• What skills/knowledge has it given you;• Why it makes you a suitable candidate for the course and the university.
If you need help, do ask your parent/carer or Tutor for assistance. or phone the UCAS Student Helpline on 0871 468 0468
PERSONAL STATEMENTMedicine Personal StatementMedicine for me is a unique profession in that it does notdiscriminate in its universality of application. It has thereforecaptivated me as a challenging field of continuous learning thatallows me to explore my love of science in a way that isbeneficial to humanity..Medicine Personal StatementGiven that over ninety nine percent of the body consists of justsix elements, it is hard to imagine the human body as anintricately synchronised and immensely complex machine. Yet, ithas done well to puzzle even the brightest minds in history-but Iam drawn to a challenge; I cannot think of anything else morefascinating to work with..English LanguageEnglish has long since endured an inappropriate reputation ofbeing boring, lack-luster. However, it is not until youve becomeengrossed in the language that the true power is revealed, howa single word can bend someones mind to a cause, take themto a world they can only dream off, or create an atmosphere sotense you can not stop reading..
English Personal StatementEmily Bronte had the Yorkshire moors, Austen and Shakespearehad Chawton and London respectively, and I have my bed. Thisis where their sleeping words are shaken awake by mysubjectivity. This is where I become a man.Maths Personal Statement“It has become a very strange and perhaps frightening subjectfrom the ordinary point of view,but anyone who penetrates into itwill find a veritable fairyland"(Kasner E and Newman J).Thissaying is perhaps the most fitted to describe my enthusiasm forMaths.Law Personal StatementI promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but thetruth. My father had always told me my career destined in theprofession of Law; I had of course been ignorant to this.Thinking the only reason he had told me so was to carry thefamily tradition, as he was one himself.Journalism Personal StatementThe amplification of the inexplicable joy as I finished producingmy first piece was too palpable to ignore. It perpetually hung inthe surrounding air as waves of electrifying impetus to thegrowth of the infantile writer residing in every fibre thatconstitutes my body and whom I gradually nourished with alucid thought-process and dexterity at juxtaposition of words.
Timetable for Applications/ Special Deadlines Dave Waistnidge
YR12 Spring TermJune 2012 Higher Education programme begins. HE Evening with parents . Apply for ‘UCAS Card’ to receive free monthly newsletters providing advice on the application process, advance information on universities, and discounts on goods and services www.ucas.com/ucascard.July 2012 Students complete and return a Student Reference Request Form to the UCAS Co-ordinator (forms available from the Kennicott Office or attached). If student is applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science courses and all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) and courses at UK Conservatoires (CUKAS), the Student Reference Request form must be returned by 6 July 2012 at the latest. If applying for the above courses with a 15 October deadline, advise Tutor of this. Student to make subject teachers aware of their intentions to go to university. Student researches into courses and universities - www.ucas.com/students/ choosingcourses. Draft Personal Statement – use feedback from HE Evening, seek advice from Tutors or visit www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement.August 2012 Register and commence UCAS application on-line, visit www.ucas.com/students/apply. Further draft Personal Statement.YR13 Autumn TermSeptember 2012 Students applying for all other courses with a 15 January 2013 deadline, to return, if they haven’t already done so, the completed Student Reference Request Form to the UCAS Co-ordinator by Friday, 14 September 2012 at the latest. Complete UCAS Application on-line. Print and submit hard copy of UCAS Application to include draft Personal Statement to Form Tutor by Monday, 17 September 2012. Liaise with Form Tutor, and if changes have been made to application, amend UCAS application on-line by Friday, 28 September 2012. Once completed, select PAY and SEND to enable the UCAS Co- ordinator to process application further. If the student’s course requirement is to undertake an Admission Test, student to advise both the UCAS Coordinator and Examinations Officer.
October 2012 – UCAS applications are processed further by UCAS Co-ordinators to meet the necessary deadlines of 15January 2013 October 2012 and 14 January 2013. Tutor reports are added to the application. Final check by Tutor. (At this stage, amendments may still be made. Students to check status on-line regularly. The requested changes to be made as soon as student has been advised to. Once completed, student to select PAY and SEND to return the application to the UCAS Administrator). Final version of UCAS application is approved by the Senior Management team (Students to continue checking status on-line in case further improvements need to be made to the application. Once completed, student to select PAY and SEND to return the application to the UCAS Administrator). Application is sent to UCAS.From October 2012 Track your progress via ‘Apply’.YR13 Spring TermMarch – April 2013 When student has received decisions from all the institutions to which they have applied, student can accept one firm conditional offer and one as the insurance choice.Spring – July 2013 If students receives rejections from all five chosen universities, student will be given an opportunity to apply for a further university via UCAS Extra. UCAS will you let students know if they are eligible when writing to student with final decision letter.August 2013 If student’s grades do not meet the offer made, student may wish to enter Clearing. Clearing commences in late August and details are forwarded automatically to candidates in the Summer.Important notes:• Whilst the official UCAS deadline is 15 January 2013, early applications are perceived to have an advantage.• Attend Open Days, Taster Courses and/or Career Conferences throughout this process, the earlier the better.• Oxford and Cambridge: Students can apply to only one course at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. You cannot apply to both universities.• If an admission test needs to be taken, you need to make sure you advise the relevant staff and plan for this. This is the responsibility of the student.