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1 Higher Education Evening Mrs Gray – Applying to University Mr Alexander & Sejal Modasia – Student Life Mr Elmy – Student Finance

2 Applying to University Applying to University Mrs Gray – Head of Careers

3 Why go to Higher Education ? 44% of under 21s go to university 44% of under 21s go to university 80% of Northgate students go on to higher education 80% of Northgate students go on to higher education 80% of graduates are employed in graduate-entry jobs 80% of graduates are employed in graduate-entry jobs 70% of graduates are not using their subjects directly in their work 70% of graduates are not using their subjects directly in their work Graduates earn on average 20%-25% more than non-graduates during their working life Graduates earn on average 20%-25% more than non-graduates during their working life Average graduate starting salary aged 21 – £21,000, national average salary £22,000 Average graduate starting salary aged 21 – £21,000, national average salary £22,000 Increase in life-time earnings - £415,320 (general population) -£160,000 (with 2 A levels) Increase in life-time earnings - £415,320 (general population) -£160,000 (with 2 A levels) Graduates enjoy more fulfilling and enjoyable jobs, better health, less likely to smoke and enjoy more successful relationships Graduates enjoy more fulfilling and enjoyable jobs, better health, less likely to smoke and enjoy more successful relationships

4 Why read for a degree? Transferable skills – knowledge, communication, team work, analysis, problem solving, numeracy, IT Transferable skills – knowledge, communication, team work, analysis, problem solving, numeracy, IT Greatly improved career prospects, graduates are highly valued by employers Greatly improved career prospects, graduates are highly valued by employers Essential for some careers Essential for some careers Academic and social experience of university life Academic and social experience of university life Three million few lower skilled jobs in the UK by 2020 Three million few lower skilled jobs in the UK by % of available jobs by 2020 will require a degree 40% of available jobs by 2020 will require a degree

5 UCAS The University and College Admissions System The University and College Admissions System An independent charity An independent charity One of most popular websites in the UK One of most popular websites in the UK The most popular educational website in the UK The most popular educational website in the UK UCAS website is updated hourly UCAS website is updated hourly UCAS card offered to all students – advice/ discounts UCAS card offered to all students – advice/ discounts Process is totally electronic and on-line at Process is totally electronic and on-line at Parents section – - free e - newsletters and a parents blog Parents section – - free e - newsletters and a parents blog

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7 Applications ,501 had applied by the January deadline, up 28,062 on last January (5.1%); 700,000+ by end of cycle 583,501 had applied by the January deadline, up 28,062 on last January (5.1%); 700,000+ by end of cycle Medicine and allied courses up by 22%, Veterinary up 12.8%, Teaching up 8.5%, Oxbridge up 12% Medicine and allied courses up by 22%, Veterinary up 12.8%, Teaching up 8.5%, Oxbridge up 12% Applicant numbers have dramatically increase over the past five years – in ,831 applied Applicant numbers have dramatically increase over the past five years – in ,831 applied University places are very competitive, not all who apply are accepted. The acceptance rate has fallen from 78% in 2005 to an estimated 65% this year University places are very competitive, not all who apply are accepted. The acceptance rate has fallen from 78% in 2005 to an estimated 65% this year 6,000 fewer places for 2010 entry due to government cuts, up to 210,000 students missed out on places 6,000 fewer places for 2010 entry due to government cuts, up to 210,000 students missed out on places

8 Researching Options In the UK - 40,000+ courses are available at more than 300 universities and colleges In the UK - 40,000+ courses are available at more than 300 universities and colleges Stamford Test on UCAS website Stamford Test on UCAS website Open days start in March and continue in April, June, July and the Autumn Term Open days start in March and continue in April, June, July and the Autumn Term Best to visit two institutions if possible Best to visit two institutions if possible Taster courses available Taster courses available Course search for 2012 opens May, registering for 2012 application opens June 16 th Course search for 2012 opens May, registering for 2012 application opens June 16 th

9 Finding the Right Course Research thoroughly Research thoroughly Course search via UCAS – grades and points Course search via UCAS – grades and points Entry profiles – 80% of courses have these Entry profiles – 80% of courses have these Entry requirements Entry requirements Relevant work experience for vocational courses Relevant work experience for vocational courses Location Location Type of institution – campus or city? Type of institution – campus or city? Employability activities offered Employability activities offered

10 Top Ten Degree Courses Nursing 2. Psychology 3. Law 4. Design Studies 5. Medicine 6. English 7. Management Studies 8. Business and admin studies 9. Teaching 10. Social Work

11 The Application Process 5 choices of course 5 choices of course 4 choices for medicine, veterinary, dentistry plus one other choice if required 4 choices for medicine, veterinary, dentistry plus one other choice if required Personal statement Personal statement Length – 4,000 characters Length – 4,000 characters Content – 60-80% about subject, 20-40% about individual Content – 60-80% about subject, 20-40% about individual Plagiarism Plagiarism Contextual data/Academic reference from Northgate Contextual data/Academic reference from Northgate

12 Deadlines Northgate internal deadline Northgate internal deadline Oxbridge & Medical – 23 September 2011 Oxbridge & Medical – 23 September 2011 All others – 14 October 2011 All others – 14 October 2011 Final UCAS deadline 15 January 2012 Final UCAS deadline 15 January 2012 Some Art and Design Courses – 24 March 2012 Some Art and Design Courses – 24 March 2012

13 Additional Tests UK CAT – Clinical Aptitude Test UK CAT – Clinical Aptitude Test BMAT – Bio-Medical Assessment Test BMAT – Bio-Medical Assessment Test LNAT – National Admissions Test for Law LNAT – National Admissions Test for Law CUKAS – Musical Conservatoires CUKAS – Musical Conservatoires Oxbridge additional tests – History, Modern Language, Maths, English and Thinking Skills, Physics Oxbridge additional tests – History, Modern Language, Maths, English and Thinking Skills, Physics

14 Extra Open to students with no offers – 7,000 students in 2010 Open to students with no offers – 7,000 students in 2010 Available from 26 February 2012 until end June 2012 Available from 26 February 2012 until end June 2012 Courses available marked on website with X Courses available marked on website with X Apply to one course at a time Apply to one course at a time Having made a choice approach the individual institution Having made a choice approach the individual institution

15 Gap Year? Two Options Two Options Deferred entry – 2013 Deferred entry – 2013 Apply Sept 2012 through Northgate with final results – usually leads to an unconditional offer Apply Sept 2012 through Northgate with final results – usually leads to an unconditional offer Gap Year students 2010 – Where did they go? 1. Employment to earn money for university 1. Employment to earn money for university 2. Work experience relevant to degree/career choice 2. Work experience relevant to degree/career choice 3. Doing something close to home 3. Doing something close to home

16 Finalising the Choice Institutions must make offers by 31 March 2012 Institutions must make offers by 31 March 2012 Students must make their decision by 5 May 2012 Students must make their decision by 5 May 2012 Students should not make any decision until all five offers are in Students should not make any decision until all five offers are in Students choose one firm offer - first choice Students choose one firm offer - first choice Students choose one insurance offer with a lower entry requirement as a second choice (at least 40 points below) Students choose one insurance offer with a lower entry requirement as a second choice (at least 40 points below) Clearing – July onwards Clearing – July onwards Adjustment period – post results for five days Adjustment period – post results for five days

17 Important Dates Oxbridge Conference – 5th May 2011 Oxbridge Conference – 5th May 2011 Higher Education Fair – 16th June 2011 Higher Education Fair – 16th June 2011 Medics Course- 20th June 2011 Medics Course- 20th June 2011 Oxbridge preparation course – October 2011 Oxbridge preparation course – October 2011 Oxbridge/Medical mock interviews – November 2011 Oxbridge/Medical mock interviews – November 2011

18 Student profiles GCSE grades are used as a major part of the decision making process. Some competitive courses are now openly asking for 8A* grades GCSE grades are used as a major part of the decision making process. Some competitive courses are now openly asking for 8A* grades Some degree courses are asking for specific GCSE grades e.g. a B in Maths for many Psychology and Business courses Some degree courses are asking for specific GCSE grades e.g. a B in Maths for many Psychology and Business courses Successful Northgate Oxbridge students this year had 8.6A* and 1.6A grades at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 4A* grades Successful Northgate Oxbridge students this year had 8.6A* and 1.6A grades at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 4A* grades Successful Northgate medics last year had 8.5 A*s and 2.4As at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 2.5A* and 0.75A grades Successful Northgate medics last year had 8.5 A*s and 2.4As at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 2.5A* and 0.75A grades

19 Support at Northgate Careers Department Tutors Sixth form team Subject teachers Head of Sixth Form, Mr Elmy Deputy Head, Mr Trench

20 Student Life Mr Alexander – Assistant Head of Sixth Form Sejal Modasia – Ex Northgate Student, second-year medicine student at Kings College London

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22 My Mum Said….. Finance Finance Accommodation- Halls, Flats and Houses Accommodation- Halls, Flats and Houses Emotion Emotion Preparation Preparation Keep their room as it is Keep their room as it is Washing Washing

23 Workload Not 9-5 Not 9-5 Independent study Independent study Range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab time Range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab time Different assessment methods Different assessment methods

24 Life Skills Independence Independence Ability to manage money Ability to manage money Cooking, cleaning, washing? Cooking, cleaning, washing?

25 Social Life Meet lots of new people Meet lots of new people Students’ Union - represents students Students’ Union - represents students Students’ Union also runs all of the clubs and societies Students’ Union also runs all of the clubs and societies Sports Sports Part Time Job? Part Time Job?

26 Student Support University Student Support teams offer a range of information, advice and guidance services including: University Student Support teams offer a range of information, advice and guidance services including: Accommodation Accommodation Finance Finance Counselling Counselling Careers Guidance Careers Guidance Disability Support Disability Support Health and Wellbeing Health and Wellbeing

27 Sejal Modasia What did you study at Northgate? What did you study at Northgate? What and where do you study now? What and where do you study now? How have you enjoyed being a student? How have you enjoyed being a student? What has been difficult? Any initial problems? What has been difficult? Any initial problems? What do you wish you had known then that you know now? What do you wish you had known then that you know now? How has the experience been for your parents? How has the experience been for your parents?

28 Student Finance Mr Elmy – Head of Sixth Form

29 Higher Education Finance 2012/13 Subject to Parliamentary Approval

30 Tuition Fees Up to £9000 per year. Up to £9000 per year. Fees above £6000 require approval by Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Fees above £6000 require approval by Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Not required “up front”. Not required “up front”. Paid directly to the institution. Paid directly to the institution.

31 Maintenance Loan Rates for 2012/13 are: Rates for 2012/13 are: £5500 if you study outside London and do not live at home £5500 if you study outside London and do not live at home £7675 if you study in London and do not live at home £7675 if you study in London and do not live at home £4375 if you live at home £4375 if you live at home You are automatically entitled to apply for 72% of the maximum rate. You are automatically entitled to apply for 72% of the maximum rate. The remaining 28% is subject to household income, with a minimum £3575 (outside London) The remaining 28% is subject to household income, with a minimum £3575 (outside London)

32 Maintenance Grant Totally income assessed Totally income assessed Household income up to £25,000: £3250 Household income up to £25,000: £3250 Household income between £25,000 and £42,600: grant from £3250 and £50 a year on a sliding scale Household income between £25,000 and £42,600: grant from £3250 and £50 a year on a sliding scale

33 National Scholarship Programme To help students from lower income families: household income below £25,000. To help students from lower income families: household income below £25,000. Must have a benefit of £3000 Must have a benefit of £3000 Details will be announced later this year Details will be announced later this year Possibility: Possibility: Tuition Fee Waivers Tuition Fee Waivers Bursaries (capped at £1000) Bursaries (capped at £1000) Help with accommodation costs Help with accommodation costs

34 Repayments Tuition Fees Tuition Fees Maintenance Loans Maintenance Loans NOT Maintenance Grants or NSP contributions NOT Maintenance Grants or NSP contributions Interest is charged immediately at inflation (RPI) + 3% Interest is charged immediately at inflation (RPI) + 3% From April after leaving university if graduate earns less than £21,000 at RPI From April after leaving university if graduate earns less than £21,000 at RPI If earning between £21,000 and £41,000 at a sliding scale rate of RPI to a maximum of RPI + 3% If 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% If earning over £41,000 at RPI + 3%

35 Repayments Repay 9% of salary over £21,000 from April after graduation Repay 9% of salary over £21,000 from April after graduation Deducted from salary via PAYE Deducted from salary via PAYE Written off after 30 years Written off after 30 years Extra payments to repay loan early likely to be charged a penalty Extra payments to repay loan early likely to be charged a penalty

36 Health Related Courses Administered by NHSBSA (National Health Service Business Services Authority) Administered by NHSBSA (National Health Service Business Services Authority) Proposed tuition fees are paid Proposed tuition fees are paid Possible to get a non-repayable bursary Possible to get a non-repayable bursary

37 Studying Outside of England Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can charge up to £9000. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can charge up to £9000. Fees, loans and grants same rules as if study in England. Fees, loans and grants same rules as if study in England. In other EEA countries (plus Switzerland) fees charged must be the same as those charged to home students. In other EEA countries (plus Switzerland) fees charged must be the same as those charged to home students. Fees will be paid. Fees will be paid. No loans or grants. No loans or grants. Other countries meet all costs. Other countries meet all costs.

38 Further Information

39 To Sum Up ‘Graduates are chasing the jobs the A Level students were taking, the A Level students are chasing those jobs that those with 5 GCSEs would be taking, and the young people with no qualifications are forced into the shadows.’ Paul Fletcher, Director of Rathbone 2010


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