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 lifeAverage graduate starting salary aged 21 – £21,000, national average salary £22,000Increase 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
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 Applications583,501 had applied by the January deadline, up 28,062 on last January (5.1%); 700,000+ by end of cycleMedicine 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 appliedUniversity places are very competitive, not all who apply are accepted. The acceptance rate has fallen from 78% in 2005 to an estimated 65% this year6,000 fewer places for 2010 entry due to government cuts, up to 210,000 students missed out on places
8 Researching OptionsIn the UK - 40,000+ courses are available at more than 300 universities and collegesStamford Test on UCAS websiteOpen days start in March and continue in April, June, July and the Autumn TermBest to visit two institutions if possibleTaster courses availableCourse search for 2012 opens May, registering for application opens June 16th
9 Finding the Right Course Research thoroughlyCourse 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 2010 1. Nursing 2. Psychology 3. Law 4. Design Studies5. Medicine6. English7. Management Studies8. Business and admin studies9. Teaching10. Social Work
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 – 23 September 2011All others – 14 October 2011Final UCAS deadline 15 January 2012Some Art and Design Courses – 24 March 2012
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 Extra Open to students with no offers – 7,000 students in 2010 Available from 26 February 2012 until end June 2012Courses available marked on website with XApply to one course at a timeHaving made a choice approach the individual institution
15 Gap Year? Two Options Deferred entry – 2013 Apply Sept 2012 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
16 Finalising the Choice Institutions must make offers by 31 March 2012 Students must make their decision by 5 May 2012Students 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
17 Important Dates Oxbridge Conference – 5th May 2011 Higher Education Fair – 16th June 2011Medics Course - 20th June 2011Oxbridge preparation course – October 2011Oxbridge/Medical mock interviews – November 2011
18 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 8.6A* and 1.6A grades at GCSE and at A2 were predicted 4A* gradesSuccessful 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 teachersHead of Sixth Form, Mr ElmyDeputy Head, Mr Trench
20 Mr Alexander – Assistant Head of Sixth Form Student LifeMr Alexander – Assistant Head of Sixth FormSejal Modasia – Ex Northgate Student, second-year medicine student at Kings College London
22 My Mum Said….. Finance Accommodation- Halls, Flats and Houses Emotion PreparationKeep their room as it isWashing
23 Workload Not 9-5 Independent study Range of lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab timeDifferent assessment methods
24 Life Skills Independence Ability to manage money Cooking, cleaning, washing?
25 Social Life Meet lots of new people Students’ Union - represents studentsStudents’ Union also runs all of the clubs and societiesSportsPart Time Job?
26 Student SupportUniversity Student Support teams offer a range of information, advice and guidance services including:AccommodationFinanceCounsellingCareers GuidanceDisability SupportHealth and Wellbeing
27 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?
28 Mr Elmy – Head of Sixth Form Student FinanceMr Elmy – Head of Sixth Form
29 Higher Education Finance 2012/13 Subject to Parliamentary Approval
30 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.
31 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 72% of the maximum rate.The remaining 28% is subject to household income, with a minimum £3575 (outside London)
32 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 scale
33 National Scholarship Programme To help students from lower income families: household income below £25,000.Must have a benefit of £3000Details will be announced later this yearPossibility:Tuition Fee WaiversBursaries (capped at £1000)Help with accommodation costs
34 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%
35 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 likely to be charged a penalty
36 Health Related Courses Administered by NHSBSA (National Health Service Business Services Authority)Proposed tuition fees are paidPossible to get a non-repayable bursary
37 Studying Outside of England Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can charge up to £9000.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.Fees will be paid.No loans or grants.Other countries meet all costs.
38 Further Information www.directgov.co.uk/studentfinance www.slc.co.uk
39 Paul Fletcher, Director of Rathbone 2010 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