2 Applying to University Mrs Gray – Head of Careers
3 Why go to Higher Education ? 44% of under 21s go to university80% of Northgate students go on to higher education80% of graduates are employed in graduate-entry jobs70% of graduates are not using their subjects directly in their workGraduates earn on average 20%-25% more than non-graduates during their working lifeGraduate earn 85% more than those with GCSEs, GCSE average salary £8.68 ph, Graduates £16.10ph.Graduates enjoy more fulfilling and enjoyable jobs, better health, less likely to smoke and enjoy more successful relationships84.2% of graduates are happy with their careers
4 Why read for a degree?Transferable skills – knowledge, communication, team work, analysis, problem solving, numeracy, ITGreatly improved career prospects, graduates are highly valued by employersEssential for some careersAcademic and social experience of university lifeThree million few lower skilled jobs in the UK by 202040% of available jobs by 2020 will require a degree
5 UCAS The University and College Admissions System An independent charityOne of most popular websites in the UKThe most popular educational website in the UKUCAS website is updated hourlyUCAS card offered to all students – advice/ discountsProcess is totally electronic and on-line atParents section – - free e -newsletters and a parents blog
7 Applications540,073 had applied by the January deadline, down by 7.4% BUT 18 years old applying only down 2.6%Applicant numbers have dramatically increased over the past five years - this years cycle up 0.4% on 2010University places are very competitive, not all who apply are accepted. Already this year 50,000 more people have applied than were offered places last year.27% drop in the number of undergraduate degree courses in the last six years due to government cuts.
8 Researching OptionsIn the UK - 39,000+ courses are available at more than 300 universities and collegesOpen days start in March and continue in April, June, July and the Autumn TermBest to visit two institutions if possibleTaster courses available –Course search for 2013 opens May, registering for application opens in mid June
9 Finding the Right Course Research thoroughly – 10% who start university do not finish their degreeCourse search via UCAS – grades and pointsEntry profiles – 80% of courses have theseEntry requirementsRelevant work experience for vocational coursesLocationType of institution – campus or city?Employability activities offered
10 Top Ten Degree Courses 2011 1. Nursing 2. Business Management 3. Design Studies4. Law5. Psychology6. Medicine7. Computer Science8. English9. Social Work10. Computer science
11 The Application Process 5 choices of course4 choices for medicine, veterinary, dentistry plus one other choice if requiredPersonal statementLength – 4,000 charactersContent – 60-80% about subject, 20-40% about individualPlagiarismContextual data/Academic reference from Northgate
12 Deadlines Northgate internal deadline Oxbridge & Medical – 24 September 2012All others – 22 October 2012Final UCAS deadline 15 January 2013Some Art and Design Courses – 24 March 2013
13 Additional Tests UK CAT – Clinical Aptitude Test BMAT – Bio-Medical Assessment TestLNAT – National Admissions Test for LawCUKAS – Musical ConservatoiresOxbridge additional tests – History, Modern Language, Maths, English and Thinking Skills, Physics
14 Gap Year? Two Options Deferred entry – 2014 Apply Sept 2013 through Northgate with final results – usually leads to an unconditional offerGap Year students 2010 – Where did they go?1. Employment to earn money for university2. Work experience relevant to degree/career choice3. Doing something close to home
15 Finalising the Choice Institutions must make offers by 31 March 2013 Students must make their decision by 9 May 2013Students should not make any decision until all five offers are inStudents choose one firm offer - first choiceStudents choose one insurance offer with a lower entry requirement as a second choice (at least 40 points below)Clearing – July onwardsAdjustment period – post results for five days
16 Important Dates Oxbridge Conference – 19th April 2012 Higher Education Fair – 14th June 2012Medics Course - 25th June 2012Oxbridge preparation course – October 2012Oxbridge/Medical mock interviews – November 2012
17 Student profilesGCSE grades are used as a major part of the decision making process. Some competitive courses are now openly asking for 8A* gradesSome degree courses are asking for specific GCSE grades e.g. a B in Maths for many Psychology and Business coursesSuccessful Northgate Oxbridge students this year had 10.3A*s at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 3.75A* and A gradesSuccessful Northgate medics this year had 9 A*s and 1 A at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 2.5 A* and A grades
18 Support at Northgate Careers Department Mrs Gray and Mrs Hunt Tutors Sixth form teamSubject teachersHead of Sixth Form, Mr Elmy and Mrs HopeDeputy Head, Mr Trench
19 Mr Alexander – Assistant Head of Sixth Form Student LifeMr Alexander – Assistant Head of Sixth FormSejal Modasia – Ex Northgate Student, third year medical student at Kings College London
21 My Mum Said….. Finance Accommodation- Halls, Flats and Houses Emotion PreparationKeep their room as it isWashing
22 Workload Not 9-5 Independent study Range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab timeDifferent assessment methods
23 Life Skills Independence Ability to manage money Cooking, cleaning, washing?
24 Social Life Meet lots of new people Students’ Union - represents studentsStudents’ Union also runs all of the clubs and societiesSportsPart Time Job?
25 Student SupportUniversity Student Support teams offer a range of information, advice and guidance services including:AccommodationFinanceCounsellingCareers GuidanceDisability SupportHealth and Wellbeing
26 Sejal Modasia What did you study at Northgate? What and where do you study now?How have you enjoyed being a student?What has been difficult? Any initial problems?What do you wish you had known then that you know now?How has the experience been for your parents?
27 Mr Elmy – Head of Sixth Form Student FinanceMr Elmy – Head of Sixth Form
29 Tuition Fees Up to £9000 per year Fees above £6000 require approval by Office for Fair Access (OFFA)Not required “up front”Paid directly to the institution.
30 Maintenance Loan Rates for 2012/13 are: £5500 if you study outside London and do not live at home£7675 if you study in London and do not live at home£4375 if you live at homeYou are automatically entitled to apply for 65% of the maximum rateThe remaining 35% is subject to household income
31 Maintenance Grant Totally income assessed Household income up to £25,000: £3250Household income between £25,000 and £42,600: grant from £3250 and £50 a year on a sliding scaleNon-repayable
32 National Scholarship Programme To help students from lower income families: household income below £25,000Must have a benefit of £3000Possibility:Tuition Fee WaiversBursaries (capped at £1000)Help with accommodation costs
33 Repayments Tuition Fees Maintenance Loans NOT Maintenance Grants or NSP contributionsInterest is charged immediately at inflation (RPI) + 3%From April after leaving university if graduate earns less than £21,000 at RPIIf earning between £21,000 and £41,000 at a sliding scale rate of RPI to a maximum of RPI + 3%If earning over £41,000 at RPI + 3%
34 Repayments Repay 9% of salary over £21,000 from April after graduation Deducted from salary via PAYEWritten off after 30 yearsExtra payments to repay loan early are not now to be penalised.
35 Health Related Courses Administered by NHSBSA (National Health Service Business Services Authority)Proposed tuition fees are paidPossible to get a non-repayable bursary
36 Studying Outside of England Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can charge up to £9000Fees, loans and grants same rules as if study in EnglandIn other EEA countries (plus Switzerland) fees charged must be the same as those charged to home studentsFees will be paidNo loans or grantsOther countries meet all costs
37 Further Information www.directgov.co.uk/studentfinance www.slc.co.uk
38 Thank you for coming to our Higher Education Evening