• Content with his University (or other)
• Excited for his future
• Ready and prepared to take on the
challenges of independent living
• Confident in his own individual plan
• Enthusiastic and committed
Is Higher Education worthwhile?
• Knowledge Economy requires high skilled
• 50% of all New Jobs require a degree
• 40% of jobs advertised ask for graduates of
Benefits of Higher Education
• Gain essential Qualifications and
increased earning potential
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet
new people and try new things
• Independence by moving away from
home and taking responsibility
• Opportunity to enjoy studying something
they’re really interested in
The UCAS Process
• It is an online application - sent directly to UCAS.
• It can be completed at home, if there is internet access.
• UCAS handles 450,000 student applications a year.
• Begin Application – UCAS Day 6th September
• Early Applicant Deadline – 15th October
• Other Applicant Deadline – 15th January
although we have an internal deadline of 30th
Choices, Choices, Choices!!
• Choose the course, University, City
• Research, ask questions, visit open days, find
out as much as possible!!
*Be aware of certain course
The Perfect Course?
• This is not easy!
• At this age many are not ready to make
conclusive decisions that may affect their lives.
• How do we help your son arrive at a positive,
sensible and informed decision?
• What do they enjoy??
• Your son can choose up to FIVE courses (the
courses can be different and he can apply to
• If applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary
medicine he can only choose FOUR.
– He can still add one more choice for a different
Number of Course Choices?
Entry into high demand courses will involve:
Excellent GCSE profile
e.g. BMAT, UKCAT & LNAT, HPAT, HPAT Ireland
A* grades or impressive module results at AS level
Evidence of engagement outside A-level specification
Studying in Northern Ireland
• Queen’s University, Belfast
• Ulster University (Magee, Coleraine,
• St Mary’s University College, Belfast
• Strandmillis College, Belfast
• Cap on places
• Revised their grades –
check out their website
• More competitive
• Increase in grades
needed to gain entry
• Elite sports scholarship
Queen’s University, Belfast
• Over 13,000 applicants
• Increase in applications
• 80%+ course places
allocated on A Level
• Queens Scholarship
• Pathways programme
• Apply through UCAS
• Wider range of courses
• Both Colleges will require
potential candidates to
• Catholic College
• Teacher Training
• Liberal Arts Degree
Studying elsewhere in the UK
• Wider choice of
• No cap on places
• Travel and Transport
• Republic of Ireland
• 10 choices
• No personal statement
• Northern students do
not pay fees!
• 4 A-levels / 3 A-Levels +
• *Applied / BTEC*
• Start early!
• Think it out by himself: and discuss it at home!!!
• Remember that small details count
• Research, research, research!!!
• Be realistic: check predicted grades with potential
• Undertake personal visits:Open Days
Writing the ‘perfect’ UCAS
• He must explain:
– Why this area of study?.
– What interests he has in current studies.
– Job, work experience, voluntary work (important).
– Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh Award.
– Enrichment courses.
– Future plans.
– Sponsorship or placements applied for.
– Planning to take a year out.
– Social, sports or leisure interests.
Writing the ‘winning’ UCAS Personal
What the selectors are
Depth of knowledge of
Enthusiasm and Passion
Price Check – Cost of Living
Accommodation Weekly Living
Tuition Fees Total Annual Cost
£76 - £100 £159.80 £4,030 £10,000 +
£67 - £130 £167.80 £9,250 £16,000 +
£148 - £185 £191.50 £9,250 £17,000 +
London University £90 - £150 £247.90 £9,250 £19,000 +
*Halifax Student Spend Survey
An important loan!!
• From April 2016 the repayment threshold rose
• What type of bursaries and maintenance grants
1 Loan for fees.
2 Non-repayable maintenance grants.
3 Bursaries-maintenance bursaries and additional university
4 Maintenance loan.
Financial Support for Students
• Many universities and businesses offer financial aid to
students (Queen’s/UU included).
• Grants - depend on household income.
• University bursaries - if eligible for full grant/partial grant.
• National Sponsorship Programme (less than £25000 pa).
• Sports Bursaries.
• Student support fund for students facing financial
• Disabled students allowance - NOT MEANS TESTED.
Alternatives to University Study
• Combining degree
• Foundation degrees.
• Short vocational courses
• In-house training.
• Delayed entry into
university (gap year).
• Higher Level
Where did the class of 2017 go?
• 81% Higher Education
• 14% Further Education
• 2 students Apprenticeships – Deloitte /
• 4% Other - work / gap year / repeating A2
96% Further or
Top Tips for Parents
• Take an interest in their search for Courses and Universities
• Encourage research
• Visit the list of websites we have given you
• Visit Open Days / Careers Fair with your Son
• Help make realistic and informed decisions
• Be open to their ideas and aspirations
• Keep in touch! We have a Careers Team here:
• @careersbeatty /