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1 Tadcaster Grammar School UCAS 2011/12: Information for Parents Aidan Carr, Director of Sixth Form

2 UCAS Parents Information Questions you should ask Questions you should ask Things you should know Things you should know Things you can do Things you can do Timeline for successful applications Timeline for successful applications

3 Questions You Should Ask 1. Is University the Best Option? 1. Is University the Best Option? Students and families should consider all of the options fully and with open minds. Students and families should consider all of the options fully and with open minds. FE, Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships, Study Abroad, Employment, In-house Training FE, Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships, Study Abroad, Employment, In-house Training

4 Questions You Should Ask 2. Is There Still a Degree Premium? Average degree premium = £160,061 Medicine = £340,315 Engineering = £243,730 Business = £184,694 Humanities = £51,549 MFL = £96,281 Source: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2007

5 Questions You Should Ask 3. What type of University would best suit the student? 3. What type of University would best suit the student? In the UK, universities are regarded as either urban, campus or collegiate. In the UK, universities are regarded as either urban, campus or collegiate.

6 Questions You Should Ask 3. What type of University would best suit the student? 3. What type of University would best suit the student? Urban - located in a large city, often spread over a large area. Urban - located in a large city, often spread over a large area. Benefits = cosmopolitan, good transport links home, busy life style. Benefits = cosmopolitan, good transport links home, busy life style. Drawbacks = cosmopolitan, busy life style, transport to/from lectures. Drawbacks = cosmopolitan, busy life style, transport to/from lectures. Examples: Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester Examples: Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester

7 Questions You Should Ask 3. What type of University would best suit the student? 3. What type of University would best suit the student? Campus - located in rural or semi-rural areas, usually self contained. Campus - located in rural or semi-rural areas, usually self contained. Benefits = more secure, easy to get to lectures, nightlife etc. Benefits = more secure, easy to get to lectures, nightlife etc. Drawbacks = can be claustrophobic, can be harder to travel to/from home. Drawbacks = can be claustrophobic, can be harder to travel to/from home. Examples: Loughborough, Reading Examples: Loughborough, Reading

8 Questions You Should Ask 3. What type of University would best suit the student? 3. What type of University would best suit the student? Collegiate – academic and social life centred on a college. Collegiate – academic and social life centred on a college. Benefits = can be more secure, small communities, close academic supervision. Benefits = can be more secure, small communities, close academic supervision. Drawbacks = very traditional. Drawbacks = very traditional. Examples: Cambridge, Oxford, Durham Examples: Cambridge, Oxford, Durham

9 Questions You Should Ask 4. Which is the best University? 4. Which is the best University? This very much depends on the type of university preferred, subject chosen and how a student likes to learn. This very much depends on the type of university preferred, subject chosen and how a student likes to learn. Location, Location, Location. Choosing a university located where a student will be happy is essential. Location, Location, Location. Choosing a university located where a student will be happy is essential.

10 Questions You Should Ask 4. Which is the best University? 4. Which is the best University? Useful Guides can include the Russell Group and League Tables. Useful Guides can include the Russell Group and League Tables.

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12 Questions You Should Ask 4. Which is the best University? 4. Which is the best University? Required Grades are a product of market forces, (supply & demand) and are therefore not a reliable indication of quality. Required Grades are a product of market forces, (supply & demand) and are therefore not a reliable indication of quality.

13 Hull, Rank #3 Average entry = BCC Durham, ranked 9, Average entry = A*A*A*

14 Questions You Should Ask 5. Which is the best course? 5. Which is the best course? This depends to a large degree on the interests and aspirations of the student. This depends to a large degree on the interests and aspirations of the student. CENTIGRADE can help students explore the range of subjects available. CENTIGRADE can help students explore the range of subjects available. For example, students interested in History could consider Archaeology, American Studies, Classics etc For example, students interested in History could consider Archaeology, American Studies, Classics etc

15 Questions You Should Ask 5. Which is the best course? 5. Which is the best course? Single Honours v Joint Honours Joint Honours degrees may offer more flexibility but less depth. Single Honours v Joint Honours Joint Honours degrees may offer more flexibility but less depth.

16 Questions You Should Ask 5. Which is the best course? 5. Which is the best course? Sandwich Courses Sandwich Courses Study Abroad Study Abroad Erasmus Erasmus

17 Questions You Should Ask 5. Which is the best course? 5. Which is the best course? Many courses benefit from recognition by external organisations. Many courses benefit from recognition by external organisations. For example, Psychology Degrees should be accredited by the British Psychological Society, (BPS). For example, Psychology Degrees should be accredited by the British Psychological Society, (BPS).

18 Things You Should Know 1. What are Tariff Points? 1. What are Tariff Points? A scoring system to indicate academic performance A scoring system to indicate academic performance AS GradeA2 Grade A* = 140 A = 60A = 120 B = 50B = 100 C = 40C = 80

19 Things You Should Know 2. How do students apply? 2. How do students apply? Students apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (4+1 for Medicine, Vets, Dentists). Students apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (4+1 for Medicine, Vets, Dentists).

20 Things You Should Know 2. How do students apply? 2. How do students apply? Online application which includes: personal details education and employment history AS grades and predicted grades School Reference Personal Statement Online application which includes: personal details education and employment history AS grades and predicted grades School Reference Personal Statement Realistic deadline for applications is October 10 th. Realistic deadline for applications is October 10 th.

21 Things You Should Know 3. How do universities choose? 3. How do universities choose? Universities have a maximum number of students they can accept. Universities have a maximum number of students they can accept. They estimate how many offers to make in order to end up with precisely the right number of students. They estimate how many offers to make in order to end up with precisely the right number of students. They want students who are most likely to: a) complete the course and b) be successful. They want students who are most likely to: a) complete the course and b) be successful.

22 Things You Should Know 3. How do universities choose? 3. How do universities choose? Predicted Grades Predicted Grades Personal Statement Personal Statement Reference Reference Aptitude tests, (UKCAT, LNAT, STEP, ELAT, HAT, TSA) Aptitude tests, (UKCAT, LNAT, STEP, ELAT, HAT, TSA) Interview Interview

23 Things You Should Know 3. How do universities choose? 3. How do universities choose? Universities do not see alternative choices. Universities do not see alternative choices. Personal information is confidential and is not part of the selection process. Personal information is confidential and is not part of the selection process. Some universities make offers to the first suitable students, others attempt to select the best students. Some universities make offers to the first suitable students, others attempt to select the best students. Some Universities have schemes to encourage local students, (eg Leeds & York) Some Universities have schemes to encourage local students, (eg Leeds & York)

24 Things You Should Know 4. What will it cost? 4. What will it cost? Average fees for 2012 = £8,657.12 Average fees for 2012 = £8,657.12 It is likely to cost at least a further £6000 per year in living expenses, (far more in London). It is likely to cost at least a further £6000 per year in living expenses, (far more in London).

25 Things You Should Know 4. What will it cost? 4. What will it cost? All students can claim a tuition fees loan. All students can claim a tuition fees loan. A living cost loan may also be available. A living cost loan may also be available. The new National Scholarship Programme may provide further support for students from households with income of £25,000 or less. (Eligibility will be determined by each university.) The new National Scholarship Programme may provide further support for students from households with income of £25,000 or less. (Eligibility will be determined by each university.)

26 Household Income GrantLiving Cost Loan £25000 or less£3250£3875 <£30000£2341£4330 <£35000£1432£4784 <£40000£523£5239 <£45000£5288 <£50000£4788 <£55000£4288 <£62500£3788 Over £62500£3575

27 Things You Should Know 4. What will it cost? 4. What will it cost? Example: Students from a household with income of £25,000 or less is entitled to £3,250 of non-repayable grant and a living cost loan of £3,875, (Total = £7,125). Example: Students from a household with income of £25,000 or less is entitled to £3,250 of non-repayable grant and a living cost loan of £3,875, (Total = £7,125). Loans are only repayable when earnings exceed £21,000 p.a. Loans are only repayable when earnings exceed £21,000 p.a.

28 Things You Can Do 1. Help Students Research Their Options 1. Help Students Research Their Options On-line Prospectus On-line Prospectus Open Days Open Days VLE VLE Personal Contacts Personal Contacts

29 Things You Can Do 2. Encourage Students To Optimise their Application 2. Encourage Students To Optimise their Application Work Experience Work Experience Mock Interviews Mock Interviews Extra-Curricular Activities Extra-Curricular Activities Achievement Checker Achievement Checker Personal Statement Personal Statement

30 Things You Can Do 2. Encourage Students To Optimise their Application 2. Encourage Students To Optimise their Application Personal Statement - vital that this is personal to the student. - plagiarism will be detected and Universities informed. - more detailed guidance is available on the VLE. Personal Statement - vital that this is personal to the student. - plagiarism will be detected and Universities informed. - more detailed guidance is available on the VLE.

31 Timeline For Success July: Students should complete online application, including personal statement where possible. July: Students should complete online application, including personal statement where possible. August/September: Students should finalise personal statement. August/September: Students should finalise personal statement. September/October: Students submit applications for school review. September/October: Students submit applications for school review. OCTOBER 10: Deadline for submission of applications to school. OCTOBER 10: Deadline for submission of applications to school. October – April 2012: Students receive conditional offers. October – April 2012: Students receive conditional offers.

32 Timeline For Success February 2012: UCAS Extra – with caution! February 2012: UCAS Extra – with caution! March-April 2012. Students can accept one firm and one insurance offer if: 1. they have reviewed their March results with a member of staff. 2. they have had a response from every application. March-April 2012. Students can accept one firm and one insurance offer if: 1. they have reviewed their March results with a member of staff. 2. they have had a response from every application. August 2012: Final results are issued. Students who have met the requirements of a conditional offer will have a place. Other students may enter the clearing process. August 2012: Final results are issued. Students who have met the requirements of a conditional offer will have a place. Other students may enter the clearing process.

33 Any Questions? Please use the KS5 Careers Pod page in the VLE for more information, including: - links to UCAS - guides to online application - guides for personal statement writing - information for a wide range of specialist areas Please use the KS5 Careers Pod page in the VLE for more information, including: - links to UCAS - guides to online application - guides for personal statement writing - information for a wide range of specialist areas


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