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1 UCAS – What’s new at UCAS? Tony Charlton Professional Development Executive At the heart of connecting people to higher education

2  327 institutions  50,000+ courses UK higher education – key facts  360+  35,000+ At the heart of connecting people to higher education

3 Some interesting facts about 2013 applications...  3.5% increase in number of UK applicants  Application rate of 18 yr olds in 2013 has increased by 1.6% (to 48.2%)  Significant increase in applications from 19 yr olds  41,293 applicants living in England who were unplaced in 2012 have re-applied in 2013 Did you know? At the heart of connecting people to higher education Source: UCAS Media release, 30 January 2013

4 Key context Changes in fees Complex range of pre-HE qualifications Growth of private providers of HE Resits Student Number Control Modular vs. linear Resits Age & Stage Group awards Vocational quals QIPs EPQs Changes to A levels At the heart of connecting people to higher education

5 New developments At the heart of connecting people to higher education

6 UCAS website Course search tool Apply 2014 Student Number Control New developments At the heart of connecting people to higher education

7 How to navigate the new look website... The old style tabs (as below) have been replaced...but if you click on How it all works......you will be able to find information for students, parents & guardians and advisers & referees At the heart of connecting people to higher education

8 Enhanced course search tool At the heart of connecting people to higher education

9 At a glance listings, plus... At the heart of connecting people to higher education

10 ...a helpful location map At the heart of connecting people to higher education

11 Track will also have a new look Security Marking:PUBLIC Document Owner:UCAS

12 Apply 2014 Apply centre login details sent out Friday 31 May Will go live for student registrations in week beginning Monday 17 June At the heart of connecting people to higher education

13 UCAS Apply – Video guidance Applicants have a show-hide option, and the setting will be remembered. Videos have been introduced in most sections of UCAS Apply

14 The minimum character limit has been increased to at least 1000 characters for applications made before 30 June During Clearing the minimum will be reduced to 1 character. At the heart of connecting people to higher education UCAS Apply – Personal statement limit

15 The Admissions Process Review and its impact on 2014 (and beyond) At the heart of connecting people to higher education

16 Recommended enhancements Opportunity to create new personal statement for Extra stage For international applicants, ability to upload images of passport and residential status documents At the heart of connecting people to higher education

17 Student Number Control - the UK Picture SCOTLAND Scottish/ EU count for SNC Rest of UK exempt Fees: Free for Scottish/EU students up to £9,000 for rest of UK ENGLAND All UK/ EU count for SNC ABB+ exemptions Biddable margin (5,000) Small specialist Arts/ performing institutions can opt-out Fees: all UK/EU up to £9,000 WALES No differentiation based on domicile. Fees: Variable fee up to £3,575 for Wales/EU up to £9,000 for rest of UK NORTHERN IRELAND NI/EU count for SNC Rest of UK exempt Fees: Variable fee up to £3,575 for NI/EU up to £9,000 for rest of UK At the heart of connecting people to higher education

18 What does an applicant need to know for 2013 Entry? If you meet or exceed your offer you will secure your place (and may be eligible for Adjustment) If you do not meet the terms of your offer, it is at the discretion of the institution as to whether or not they accept you Applicants who are made an offer of ABB (or equivalent) and do not meet the terms of their offer will move from being in an uncapped place to a capped place. This is an additional consideration for the HEI At the heart of connecting people to higher education

19 Possible implications for applicants / advisers for 2013 Entry Achieving ABB + does not mean a guaranteed place Those predicted ABB + may find it more difficult to secure place at Firm or Insurance choice if ‘near miss’ ‘Near miss’ applicants may need additional support Adjustment may see more registrations and movements At the heart of connecting people to higher education

20 Qualifications reform At the heart of connecting people to higher education

21 A level First teaching 2015 First reach HE for 2017 entry AS level First teaching 2015 First reach HE for 2016 entry GCSEs First teaching 2015 Potentially first reach HE for 2017 entry Welsh Bacc Graded from 2013 First teaching 2015 First reach HE for 2017 entry Scottish National 5 First teaching 2013 Potentially first reach HE for 2014 entry Scottish Higher First teaching 2014 First reach HE for 2015 entry Scottish Adv. Higher First teaching 2015 First reach HE for 2016 entry Access to HE Dip First teaching 2014 First reach HE for 2015 entry

22 Resources for advisers At the heart of connecting people to higher education

23 E-newsletter  Launched in Jan 2013  Provides monthly updates At the heart of connecting people to higher education

24 Paper-based communication Illume – our new termly magazine for advisers At the heart of connecting people to higher education

25 Downloadable resources At the heart of connecting people to higher education

26 Useful websites At the heart of connecting people to higher education

27 Tony Charlton Professional Development Executive   // Questions? At the heart of connecting people to higher education


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