The UCAS process
The timetable (1) <ul><li>Year 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of hard work (at all 5 subjects) and no slacking!! </li></ul><ul>...
The timetable (2) <ul><li>Year 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Decide finally on course and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Complete P...
Results Day <ul><li>Be there </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate </li></ul><ul><li>Clearing </li></ul>
Course <ul><li>Realism </li></ul><ul><li>His  choice </li></ul>
University <ul><li>Oxbridge (another injection of realism required) </li></ul><ul><li>Russell group </li></ul><ul><li>Stay...
How do you measure up? <ul><li>Profile of a typical successful Cambridge applicant </li></ul><ul><li>GCSE: A* in most subj...
How to choose <ul><li>Your son’s gut instincts </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS Course Search </li></ul><ul><li>Prospectuses </li></...
Personal Statement <ul><li>Your son’s work </li></ul><ul><li>His chance to impress the admissions tutors </li></ul><ul><li...
Predicted grades <ul><li>Crucial in dictating university and course </li></ul><ul><li>Parents’ Evening in September 2011 <...
Reference <ul><li>Ignored by some but critical to most </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially academic </li></ul><ul><li>Important ...
…and finally <ul><li>GCSE grades are very important but … </li></ul><ul><li>AS grades and scores are critical </li></ul><u...
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The Ucas Process

  1. 1. The UCAS process
  2. 2. The timetable (1) <ul><li>Year 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of hard work (at all 5 subjects) and no slacking!! </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Day in February </li></ul><ul><li>Be an active member of the community </li></ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul><ul><li>Open Days and research </li></ul><ul><li>Complete admin parts of the application </li></ul>
  3. 3. The timetable (2) <ul><li>Year 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Decide finally on course and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Personal Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Meet deadlines and apply early </li></ul><ul><li>Practise relevant admissions tests </li></ul><ul><li>Interview practice </li></ul>
  4. 4. Results Day <ul><li>Be there </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate </li></ul><ul><li>Clearing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course <ul><li>Realism </li></ul><ul><li>His choice </li></ul>
  6. 6. University <ul><li>Oxbridge (another injection of realism required) </li></ul><ul><li>Russell group </li></ul><ul><li>Stay close to home? </li></ul><ul><li>City life </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet life </li></ul><ul><li>Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Aim high </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do you measure up? <ul><li>Profile of a typical successful Cambridge applicant </li></ul><ul><li>GCSE: A* in most subjects </li></ul><ul><li>AS: scores between 92-97% </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to choose <ul><li>Your son’s gut instincts </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS Course Search </li></ul><ul><li>Prospectuses </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Open days </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Day </li></ul><ul><li>League tables </li></ul>
  9. 9. Personal Statement <ul><li>Your son’s work </li></ul><ul><li>His chance to impress the admissions tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Why does he want to study Geography? </li></ul><ul><li>What has he done to support his choice? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he simply an academic or is there life outside the computer? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Predicted grades <ul><li>Crucial in dictating university and course </li></ul><ul><li>Parents’ Evening in September 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>AS scores and academic performance </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reference <ul><li>Ignored by some but critical to most </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially academic </li></ul><ul><li>Important extras </li></ul><ul><li>Should support the reference </li></ul><ul><li>Written by an experienced tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Checked by GH AJ AJB </li></ul>
  12. 12. …and finally <ul><li>GCSE grades are very important but … </li></ul><ul><li>AS grades and scores are critical </li></ul><ul><li>No soft subjects here </li></ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>The process is underway now – do not wait until next June </li></ul>

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