A M I IN A HURRY ? Straight to university A year (or more) off
H OW DO I MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ? talk to teachers visit the HE centre careers interview UCAS magazines books LRC search on the internet open days
H IGHER E DUCATION C YCLE Presentation by Julia Beaman Tutorial Manager
THREE PHASES OF THE HE CYCLE Phase 1: Researching and drafting Phase 2: Applying Phase 3: Offers, acceptances and clearing
P HASE 1: W HICH COURSE, WHICH UNIVERSITY ? Research courses, institutions and bursaries (March 2011 to September 2012) Attend Open Days & Taster Courses (February to July 2011) Training for medicine/dentistry applications (from March 2011) Higher Education and Careers Week (June 27 th – July 1 st 2011)
P HASE 2:A PPLYING Work on draft UCAS forms/ Personal Statements (May - August 2011) Complete forms on-line with help from tutors, subject and HE staff (from September 2011) Reference writing and checking by College Deadline for completion of applications (Competitives – October 2011 & All - beginning of November 2011)
P HASE 3: O FFERS, ACCEPTANCES AND CLEARING Offers and rejections received (from November 2011) Apply for grants and loans (October 2011) Acceptance of firm and insurance offers (March – June 2011) A level /BTEC results (August 2011) Celebrate! Clearing system (August – September 2011)
W HERE ARE THEY NOW ? 82% of those who applied got a place. Approximately 537 students from SGM started university in Sept 2010. 300+ went to universities inside London. Most popular Universities Hertfordshire Westminster Kingston Middlesex Brunel Queen Mary Bedfordshire East London
W HAT ARE THEY DOING ? Most Popular CoursesSome Unusual Courses PSYCHOLOGY ECONOMICS CRIMINOLOGY COMPUTING ACCOUNTING LAW ENGLISH BUSINESS BIOMEDICAL/ SCIENCE RELATED MARKETING ACTUARIAL SCIENCE YOUTH JUSTICE SPECIALIST MAKE-UP ANIMATION WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS
H OW CAN YOU BE MORE COMPETITIVE ? Get the best exam results Write a great personal statement Meet deadlines Get relevant work experience if needed Be fully informed about the courses/universities youre applying for Take part in extra-curricula activities
O THER C ONSIDERATIONS Cost of accommodation in the area and at the university University residence or private rented sector Advantages of living at home (or away) Advice is available at universities
T HE H IGHER E DUCATION B ALANCE S HEET Personal and social development Skills for future employment Earning power of graduates But Financial sacrifice
Lola Adekeye AAAA in Economics, Politics, Psychology and Sociology Studying Law at Kings College, London.
Naomi heads to Cambridge University A*A*AA in English Literature, Art, Maths and Physics Studying Architecture University of Cambridge
Hussein Maye AAAAB in: Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, AS Further Mathematics and AS Law Taking gap year before going to university to study Accounting and Finance.
Triple Distinctions for OBrien Triple Distinctions in Business Studying Business with Business Finance at Aston University
Onajite Oluwatosin Riamah Winner of the prestigious Helena Kennedy Award and Jack Petchey Award A Level Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and AS English Studying Medicine at Kings College London.
Racheal Adesulure Achieved triple Distinctions and in Travel and Tourism She is now studying International Tourism Management at the University of Brighton
All Stars for Patrick Young A*A*A* in English Literature, Geography, and Sociology Studying Classical Literature and English at University of Leeds
Makaram Akram Triple Distinction in Business Studies He is now studying Business at University
Sohail is Studying Medicine A*A*AA in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Geography Studying Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Zak Tallis Achieved Triple Distinctioners in ICT Zak is now at York University studying Sociology