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1 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Applying to University A guide to the process for parents

2 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect What is it? University and College Admissions Service Students Parents Advisers HE staff About us It is a charitable organisation which manages applications to UK higher education courses in N. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

3 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect The Process The student registers with UCAS. This is done on-line at The student will then receive a UCAS personal identification number which will be used throughout the process You too can access the parents pages at where there is information and assistance should you need it!

4 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 1-Personal Details personal information (name, address etc) contact details (telephone, address) student support (finance arrangements) criminal convictions disabilities/ special needs occupational background of highest household earner

5 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 2- Course choices Students are allowed to make up to a maximum of five course choices. I sometimes suggest four initially to allow for a change of mind later. Additional course choices up to the quota can be made after submission of the application. There is no order of priority required as the choices will be printed alphabetically.

6 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Points to note re choices Students applying to Oxbridge can only apply to one of the two institutions, either Cambridge or Oxford. Students applying for medicine, veterinary and dentistry can only apply for four schools.

7 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Some institutions require additional entrance tests for their courses; UKCAT or BMAT for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science / medicine. HPAT for allied health professions (physiotherapy, radiography,podiatry, optometry, speech and language therapy etc. LNAT for Law STEP for Mathematics Critical Thinking Skills Students are encouraged to practise for these tests. Sample papers are available on-line or in the careers suite.

8 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 3 - Education Students provide the results, dates and the examining board of all public examinations under taken or to be taken. GCSE GCE AS level GCE A2 BTEC level 3 Additional recognised awards such as music (theory /practical), speech and drama, COPE etc.

9 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Education – Grades and Re-sits All students must record their AS grades on their application form even if they are re-sitting a module in January. However, a student can decide whether to add in the results of each module or not. I discuss this with the student as sometimes there are advantages in not doing this! Sometimes the institutions contact us for confirmation of the module results achieved at AS level if they are not recorded but this is rare. If a student is repeating AS levels, then he/she recordspending and the new final grade will follow in August.

10 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 4 - Employment Students are invited to provide details of any paid employment. Employer Address Nature of the work.

11 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 5 – The Personal Statement This is the most crucial part of the application for several reasons. Many institutions do not hold interviews. Admissions tutors rely heavily on the information provided in the personal statement when making their decision. It is the students opportunity to sell themselves and personalise the application.

12 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Personal Statement It is vital that your son / daughter takes a lot of time preparing the personal statement. He / she should never lie or embellish situations as they will be detected at interview. It must be written by him / her and not copied from another source. (UCAS runs all applications through a similarity detection system that looks for matches with internet sources and other statements)

13 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 6 – The Reference All your sons / daughters teachers submit a subject specific report to the referee detailing a predicted grade, aptitude for the subject and his / her commitment and capacity for work. Each student has filled in a student information sheet which allows the student to provide additional relevant information to the referee. The referee will then compile all the information provided by the students, teachers along with personal information, e.g., personality, contribution to school, hobbies, achievements, experiences etc. Students will have the opportunity to read the reference before it is sent to UCAS.

14 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Part 7 - Payment The application fee costs £23.00 Payment can be made in two ways; By credit / debit card directly to UCAS By paying directly to the bursars office here in school. Note: the application will not be sent to UCAS before payment has been made.

15 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect The next stages UCAS processes the applications which are then forwarded to the appropriate institutions within one day of receipt. Students will then receive a welcome letter, a personal identification number and confirmation of the courses applied to for verification. Students will be able to access the progress of their application, reply to offers etc and make additional choices through the on-line tracking system.

16 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect University Decisions Once an institution has received the application, the admissions team will do one of the following; Make a conditional offer which requires the student to meet previously specified criteria, e.g., grades, points and subjects. Make an unconditional offer guaranteeing a place without meeting specified criteria. Decline to make an offer whereby the student is unsuccessful in the application.

17 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect The students response When a student has received notification from all of the institutions, he / she will be asked to select two courses, one of which is CF (firm conditional) and is usually their preferred choice and their second choice CI (insurance conditional). This is usually done by 5 th May

18 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect What if the student is unsuccessful and has received no offers? This is where the fifth option can be used! Alternatively, if all five options have been unsuccessful, he / she can make another course choice through Extra. In this case, they can find out where courses havent been filled and can make an additional application but this can only be done one course at a time.

19 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Post Results If the student meets the requirements of the CF or the CI, then they are guaranteed their place on the course. Information should be received from the institution within a couple of days (if not on the day of the results). This again can be checked on Track. If the student exceeds expectations, then he / she is eligible for adjustment where places are available at alternative institutions. If the student falls short of the grades required and is unsuccessful, then he / she is eligible for clearing.

20 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Most of all….. Dont Panic!! There will be lots of help here at the College!

21 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Dates and Deadlines 15 th October - all Cambridge and Oxford applications 15 th October – all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine / science applications 7 January – St Marys University College 15 January – All other UCAS applications 24 th March – all Art and Design applications 5 th May – final two choices confirmed

22 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Additional Points of Information University of Ulster Gathered Fields - University of Ulster will not be allocating places until after 15 January deadline when all applications have been received. Grade Ranges- Some courses have had a grade range of UCAS tariff points introduced e.g., 260 –300 and dependent on the number of applicants, the exact requirement will be applied, e.g., 280. Increased entry requirement for a number of courses. These can be found on the online prospectus at Insight nights for Health Sciences, Engineering, Art and Design, Built Environment etc

23 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Additional Points of Information Queens University All applications for nursing / midwifery are now through the UCAS process. St Marys University College (QUB) separate application form New interviewing process for medicine and dentistry Information evenings for parents – Engineering, Humanities, Maths, Business Management Precise grades only for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy Further information at

24 St Killians College Challenge Nurture and Respect Thank you! Any Questions?


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