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CEIAG Parents Info Year 14 21st Sept 2017

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CEIAG Parents Info Year 14 21st Sept 2017

  1. 1. CEIAG Year 14 Information Night @ St Columb’s College 2017 Thursday 21th September 7.30pm
  2. 2. Where we want your son to be in August 2018.
  3. 3. • Content with his University (or other) choice • Excited for his future • Ready and prepared to take on the challenges of independent living • Confident in his own individual plan • Enthusiastic and committed • Resilient
  4. 4. How do we ensure that he gets there?
  5. 5. What will we do? • CEIAG lessons • Attendance at open days and various University events • HLA information sessions • Work related learning experiences • UCAS application support
  6. 6. Ownership & Accountability
  7. 7. Is Higher Education worthwhile? • Knowledge Economy requires high skilled workers • 50% of all New Jobs require a degree • 40% of jobs advertised ask for graduates of any discipline
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. The UCAS Process
  10. 10. 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 November
  11. 11. 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 requirements
  12. 12. 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??
  13. 13. • Your son can choose up to FIVE courses (the courses can be different and he can apply to different universities). • If applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine he can only choose FOUR. – He can still add one more choice for a different course/subject. Number of Course Choices?
  14. 14. Entry into high demand courses will involve: Excellent GCSE profile Additional tests– e.g. BMAT, UKCAT & LNAT, HPAT, HPAT Ireland A* grades or impressive module results at AS level Work Experience Evidence of engagement outside A-level specification
  15. 15. Studying in Northern Ireland • Queen’s University, Belfast • Ulster University (Magee, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Belfast) • St Mary’s University College, Belfast • Strandmillis College, Belfast • CAFRE • NWRC £4030
  16. 16. Ulster University • Cap on places • Revised their grades – check out their website • More competitive • Increase in grades needed to gain entry • Elite sports scholarship
  17. 17. Queen’s University, Belfast • Over 13,000 applicants • Increase in applications • 80%+ course places allocated on A Level results day • Queens Scholarship • Pathways programme
  18. 18. Teacher Training • Apply through UCAS • Wider range of courses • Both Colleges will require potential candidates to Interview Separate application • Catholic College • Teacher Training • Liberal Arts Degree
  19. 19. Studying elsewhere in the UK • Wider choice of courses • No cap on places • Increased opportunities • Cost • City • Travel and Transport costs
  20. 20. CAO • Republic of Ireland • 10 choices • No personal statement • Northern students do not pay fees! 3000 Euro • 4 A-levels / 3 A-Levels + 1 AS. • *Applied / BTEC*
  21. 21. Higher Education in Ireland
  22. 22. Institutes of Technology • Letterkenny IT • Sligo IT
  23. 23. The Personal Statement
  24. 24. • 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 course grades • Undertake personal visits:Open Days Careers Conventions. Writing the ‘perfect’ UCAS Application
  25. 25. • 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 Statement
  26. 26.  What the selectors are looking for:  Depth of knowledge of course  Enthusiasm and Passion  Personal Qualities  Transferable Skills  Motivation  Work Experience
  27. 27. Student Finance
  28. 28. Price Check – Cost of Living Area of Institution Accommodation Weekly Living Costs* Tuition Fees Total Annual Cost Northern Ireland University £76 - £100 £159.80 £4,030 £10,000 + English University £67 - £130 £167.80 £9,250 £16,000 + Scottish University £148 - £185 £191.50 £9,250 £17,000 + London University £90 - £150 £247.90 £9,250 £19,000 + *Halifax Student Spend Survey
  29. 29. An important loan!! • From April 2016 the repayment threshold rose to £17,495
  30. 30. • What type of bursaries and maintenance grants are available? 1 Loan for fees. 2 Non-repayable maintenance grants. 3 Bursaries-maintenance bursaries and additional university bursaries. 4 Maintenance loan. Financial Support for Students
  31. 31. • 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 difficulties. • Disabled students allowance - NOT MEANS TESTED. Scholarships/Bursaries /Sponsorship
  32. 32. Alternatives to University Study • Combining degree courses with employment. • Foundation degrees. • Short vocational courses (NWRC). • In-house training. • Delayed entry into university (gap year). • Higher Level Apprenticeships.
  33. 33. Where did the class of 2017 go? • 81% Higher Education • 14% Further Education • 2 students Apprenticeships – Deloitte / accountancy • 4% Other - work / gap year / repeating A2 96% Further or Higher Education
  34. 34. 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: • sbeatty789@stcolumbs.com • hsisk602@stcolumbs.com • @careersbeatty / CEIAG@StColumbs

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