Presentation on theme: "PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND"— Presentation transcript:
1 PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND Why go to University?
2 Why go to university?Graduate premium. According to the Higher Education Careers Service Unit HECSU) survey for 2012 graduates, the average salary for graduates in full time employment in the UK 6 months after graduation ranged between £18,285 and £23,635Graduates who studied clinical medicine reported the highest average salary at £29,705This was followed by clinical dentistry, £28,600
3 Health professionals£25,734Functional managers (financial, marketing, IT managers)£23,683Engineering professionals£23,637ICT professionals£23,224Business and finance associate professionals£23,206Architects, town planners surveyors£20,422Teaching professionals£21,588Public service£20,016Legal professionals£20,810Science professionals£20,529Managers in retail, distribution, storage£18,488Media associate professionals£17,177Design associate professionals£17,165Sport and fitness£17,040Administrative work£15,277
4 Graduate premium over a lifetime After taking into account the cost of taking a degree, in terms of tuition fees and foregone earnings, male graduates can expect to see their lifetime earnings (net of taxes) increased by £160,000 over similar men who finished their education with two or more A’ Levels.This rises to more than £250,000 with an Oxbridge degree.
5 A degree really can make a difference 26% of the workforce is now graduate, therefore a degree is an additional qualification when seeking employmentA good degree (First or 2.1) DOES make a difference in the competition for jobs
6 Some key graduate employers Ernst and Young – starting salary for auditor is £26,000 – £28,000Tesco – starting salary for graduate training scheme is £22,000 - £28000, depending on the program joined.Store manager after 5 years will earn £40,000 – 45,000
7 What do employers want?A degree is not the only benefit of a university education. Choosing the right degree at the best institution will also provide students with the skills employers are looking for including:Self reliance, people skills, team work, presentation skills, communication, leadership, IT skills, numeracy, problem solving, technical skills, business acumen, diplomacy, dedication, time management
8 Work Experience and Networking Some courses offer the chance of work experience (70% led to a graduate job offer)Sandwich courses (37.4% led to a position at the placement)Some courses include a year abroadCareers advice and networking‘Milk round’ – employers visit universities to find prospective employers and encourage them to apply to their companies
9 Additional benefitsOver 81% of graduates who graduated in 2009 were working in a ‘graduate job’ related to their long–term career plans just 3 years after graduating87% said they were satisfied with their career progressThe student experience report % reported that going to university was a worthwhile experience - life changingA degree might lead to a more interesting job
10 A useful websiteTo find out the most up to date and detailed information about what graduates do when they have graduated refer ‘What do graduates do’.There are copies of the book in the workroom and copies can be downloaded from the internet.
11 Applying for Higher Education UCAS onlineYou are able to list a maximum of FIVE courses on the application formCarre’s Students can now register for their UCAS application form and many have started to fill it inUCAS will accept applications from early September
12 What are the closing date for UCAS? Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Oxbridge.15 October
13 What is the closing date for all other applications? The closing date for all other courses (except some Art and Design courses)15 January
14 What is different about Art and Design Applications? Applicants for Art and Design the closing date for applications is15th January or 24th MarchEach institution will have one of these dates. You will need to check on the ucas siteArt students should seek advice from their art teacher as a foundation course might be more suitable
15 Key Dates Final UCAS deadline 15 January BUT to meet 15 January deadline your application needs to be submitted to me by beginning of December to allow time to process your formI will only guarantee that your application will reach UCAS for the deadline if it is complete and paid for by 15 December at the latest.
16 How much does UCAS charge for processing applications? The fee for applicants is £23If you only apply for one course you pay £12All students pay online with debit cardI cannot send the form to UCAS until the fee has been paid
17 What should students be doing now in preparation Fill in as much as the form as possible – this should be ongoingMake a start on personal statementChoose up to five coursesVisit universities if possible and find out as much as possible about the course
18 UCAS tariff for A Levels AS qualifications are worth half the number of points as an A2.A* are only given for A2.A* pointsA pointsB pointsC pointsD pointsE points
19 When completing your UCAS form do you list your universities and colleges in order of preference? Universities are listed in alphabetical order. No university is aware which other institutions you have selected
20 Is it possible to apply for completely different courses on the UCAS form? It is not advisable to choose vastly different courses when completing a UCAS application. Although the other universities are not aware of the remaining choices listed on the form, applicants would find it impossible to produce a convincing Personal Statement that would apply to differing disciplines.
21 Do all universities and courses accept deferred entry? Some institutions may not accept deferred entryIt is advisable to check carefully with each college or universitySome universities do not recommend it for Maths
22 What is the Personal Statement? This is the part of the form that gives the applicant the opportunity to convince an Admissions Tutor that they are a student worth having! It includes details of why you have chosen your particular courses and some persuasive details about you.
23 Is it better to apply earlier rather than later through UCAS for admissions to H.E? It is sensible to apply as early as possible. Admissions Tutors do run out of time and will probably consider early applications, because they are fewer in volume, in less of a rush than those arriving laterDo not however rush to choose courses and then find you have selected inappropriate ones and need to make changes later
24 Getting your form ready to send to UCAS Once your form is complete you send your form electronically to your tutor will check your form and your tutor will provide a referenceYour AS grades and GCSEs will be stated on the UCAS form by youThe school checks these to make sure they are accurateYour teachers provide your predicted grades, and they are included in the reference section.The reference takes time to write as it needs to support your application to help you secure a place – it is also proof read several times so can take time to be processed:You must allow your tutor at least 1 week (when few references have been submitted)
25 What is included in the school reference? Attitude to study, potential for study at H.E level, evidence of interest in the chosen subject, relevant work experience, written and oral skills, level of independent learning, evidence of teamwork, practical dexterity, extra curricular and school involvement, attendance and punctualityUniversities want to know…Your strengthsJustification of predicted gradesPassion for the course / learning in generalHighly self-motivatedIndependent learning skills
26 What happens when the UCAS form has been sent? UCAS send your form to all your chosen universities at the same timeEach university only receives details relating to that particular university and courseSome universities will interview but most will send details of the conditions of an offer (or rejection)Applicants for teaching courses have to be interviewed before they can be given an offerNews appears on ‘track’
27 The competition out there! It is well-known that Oxford and Cambridge Universities reject a large number of applicants with straight As at A LevelBut so do other highly competitive universities“I can accept the rejection from Cambridge, as so many able students apply, but I could not understand why I … was rejected by the other universities”, which were Durham, Edinburgh and York. (The Times)The applicant above was not aware of how competitive it is out there!Spread your risk by choosing a range of courses, all of which you have researched, visited and feel completely happy to attend
28 UCAS extra and UCAS Clearing What is UCAS Extra?UCAS Extra operates from March to June. It offers applicants who have received all rejections, or students who have turned down all offers, the opportunity to contact institutions that still have course vacancies. Institutions are contacted one at a time.What do you understand by the term ‘Clearing’?Clearing is the final part of the application cycle. It aims to match unplaced students to courses with vacancies. It is used by students who have received no offers, people who have failed to achieve the grades required, applicants who have declined all offers and very, very late applicants
29 WHAT DO I DO NOW? Register for Apply Write an effective Personal StatementResearch thoroughly your courses and universitiesVisit the universities on your apply formAptitude tests – in some cases eg BMAT, LNAT, UKCATOxbridge tests – check website for full detailsDon’t let your studies slide or miss lessons while you concentrate on applying and attending Open daysGet the grades!
30 BMAT Institution Courses requiring BMAT University of Cambridge (C05)A100 MedicineA101 Graduate Course in Medicine*D100 Veterinary MedicineImperial College London (I50)A100 Medicine B900 Biomedical ScienceUniversity of Oxford Medical School (O33)A100 MedicineB100 Biomedical SciencesRoyal Veterinary College (R84)D100 Veterinary MedicineD101University College LondonU80)A100 MedicineLeeds University (BMAT requirement new to 2014)Medicine ( (Bristol For Veterinary medicine – research purposes only – no need to do it if Bristol is the only one in your list from the above.)
31 Registering for BMAT Date of test and cost Register here at school with Mrs T. Williams exam officer.Registration Deadlines 1 September registration opens1 October : Standard entry closing date 15 October : Last date for entries. Candidates or centres who miss this deadline date should contact Cambridge Assessment.26 November results releasedStandard entry fee £44Sit it here at Carre’s 9am 5 November 2014
32 UKCAT for Medicine and Dentistry UKCAT for most Medicine and dentistry courses.There is no single date for sitting the exam, but candidates wishing to apply in 2014 for entry to the participating universities in 2015 or deferred entry in 2016, are required to take the UKCAT before the 3 October 2013 deadline. Please note you may only take the test once in any test cycle.You must register to take the UKCAT by 19 September 2014 at the latest. To register go online on the UKCAT site and follow instructionsTest not taken at school but at a registered centre of your choice.Candidates in receipt of Bursary Fund can apply online for a bursary to help pay cost of the test. – payable online at time of booking. Bursary application deadline 20 September 2014.Cost Tests taken in the EU between 1 July 2014 and 31st August 2014 £65Tests taken in the EU between 1 September 2014 and 5th October 2014 £80Go on the ‘student room’ to find out just how much emphasis / importance different universities place on UKCAT scores
33 Universities requiring UKCAT University of AberdeenBrighton and Sussex Medical SchoolCardiff UniversityUniversity of DundeeUniversity of DurhamUniversity of East AngliaUniversity of EdinburghUniversity of ExeterUniversity of GlasgowHull York Medical SchoolImperial College London (Graduate Entry)Keele UniversityKing's College LondonUniversity of LeedsUniversity of LeicesterUniversity of ManchesterUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of NottinghamPlymouth UniversityQueen Mary, University of LondonQueen's University BelfastUniversity of SheffieldUniversity of SouthamptonUniversity of St AndrewsSt George's, University of LondonWarwick University Graduate Entry
34 LNATSome Law courses require students to sit LNAT e.g Nottingham, Durham, KCL and moreRegister onlineSit at a registered centre of your choiceCheck LNAT website for full detailsNOTE: Registration and booking only open on 1st August for the test cycle which runs from the following 1 September to 30 JuneCost £50Some bursaries available you need to apply for bursary before booking your test
35 Russell Group Universities LSE..*ManchesterNewcastleNottingham..*Oxford..*Queen’s University, BelfastSheffieldSouthamptonUCL..*Warwick..*Birmingham..*Bristol..*Cambridge..*CardiffEdinburgh..*GlasgowImperial College..*LeedsLiverpool
36 Top British Universities Sutton 13 and 1994 Group – self selecting University of BathBirkbeck, University of LondonDurham..*East AngliaEssexExeterGoldsmiths, University of LondonInstitute of Education, University of LondonRoyal Holloway, University of LondonLancasterLeicesterUniversities marked * are the Sutton 13 – Institutions rated independently.LeicesterLoughboroughQueen Mary, University of LondonReadingSt Andrews..*School of Oriental and African StudiesSurreySussexYork ..*
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