Presentation on theme: "The Essential guide to UK Universities"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Essential guide to UK Universities Things to considerOxford and CambridgeArt and DesignMedicine / Law
2 Overview of UK Universities Ancient UniversitiesUniversity of London (1836)Civic Redbrick Universities (Latter part of 19th Century)Plate Glass Universities (1960s)New universities (1992)
3 What do I need to consider? What are you studying / proposing to study at HL in IB?HL courses determine types of degree coursesPredicted grades?Determine the universities you can apply to - be realistic as you only have 5 choicesStudents will do 3 HLs, university offers generally based on these.
4 Research excellence What is the significance of these universities? Research intensiveVery competitiveStudents need to demonstrate independenceFewer contact hours with professorsHow to get in?Strong academic gradesComprehensive study planStrong reference letter
6 Value of IB scores: IB 40 = 611 UCAS points IB 39 = 589 UCAS points Scores are combined with SL and HL – be realistic with your expectations, average IB score around the world has consistently been 30 for 40 years.
9 Applications per place LSE – 11.5Edinburgh 8.6St Andrews 8.4King’s College London 7.8Bristol 7.7UCL 7.7Warwick 7.4Imperial 6.6Oxford 5.5Cambridge 4.7
10 Post 1992 Universities (Teaching Excellence) Specialise in teaching (vocational courses)Many academics have industrial or business experienceMore contact time with professorsResearch suggests that new universities are academically more effective at teaching (Quality Assurance Agency QAA)Build industry links and promote internships
11 How to choose the right course/university? Predicted grades? (SL exams will give an idea)What do you want to study?What is more important, course or university?Choosing the right course:Use UCAS searchList entrance requirements
14 Result of UCAS search for Economics Birmingham require 38 points – minimum 665 with 6 in mathsCambridge require points minimum 776 with 7 in mathsDurham require 39 points – minimum 665 with 6 in mathsLeicester require 34 points – minimum of 5 in all subjects at HLLeeds require 34 points – minimum of 5 in all subjects at HLUCL require 39 points – minimum of 766 with 7 in maths
15 Oxford or Cambridge Can only choose one Will be expected to get highest grades possible –“If you wish to apply for an undergraduate place at Cambridge, you need to be in the top one or two per cent of your year group, and doing very well in the subject area you'd like to study.”Application deadline is 15th OctoberComplete SAQ (supplementary application questionnaire), sent viaAttend interviewEnglish Language – Minimum of B in GCSE or 5 in SL IB
16 Oxbridge InterviewsDoes this person show outstanding ability in their subject?Have they the potential to bring something new to the field?Would this person gain academically from my tuition at the college?Is this a person I would enjoy teaching?Would this person enjoy life at Oxbridge?Likely to be asked questions that need consideration. Potential tutors will want to see how you react to ideas for team work or general guidance
17 Art and Design Programmes Specialist schools for fine art include:Slade School of Art (University College London)University of the Arts, London (Central St Martins)Edinburgh School of Art (University of Edinburgh)University for the Creative ArtsGlasgow School of ArtFoundation programmes are not specified, but students have a better chance of acceptance at the above institutions if they have done one.
18 Art and Design Programmes Many of the 1992 universities offer these programmes and are very good at preparing students with vocational skills. In terms of art and design, courses on offer include:Product DesignShoe / Clothing & Fashion DesignCar DesignGraphic Design / Computer GamesCeramicsAnimation / IllustrationPhotography / Media
19 Art and Design deadlines There are two deadlines for Art and Design Programmes, 15th January and 24th March.You can apply for 15th January courses and 24th March courses later on same application
20 Medicine / Dentistry Deadline 15th October You can only apply to 4 institutions, the 5th programme must be something differentApplicants must take UKCAT (most common) or BMAT (Oxbridge / Imperial / UCL) – Can be done in TaiwanMedical InterviewInternational places = 7½% of available places
21 UKCAT and BMATCan do once a year, check for test dates on respective websitesUKCAT / BMAT test:Verbal ReasoningQuantitative ReasoningAbstract ReasoningDecision AnalysisEach of the sections are marked and an average score is taken. UKCAT score up to 900 – 650+ = a competitive score. BMAT score up to 9, 5 is average, 6 is seen as competitive.Both tests are 2 hours long and multiple choice
22 Other TestsLeading universities need the LNAT test (National Admissions Test for Law), universities include:Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL2¼ hours42 multiple choice questions - measure reading, comprehension and logical reasoning skills (Oxbridge forums state 18+ on multiple choice is good).Reading40 minute essay question
23 What are the best universities? There is no “best” university, they all have different missions. This is highlighted in the following that shows which universities have the best recruitment record:The University of Surrey 96.9 Harper Adams University College 96.5 The Robert Gordon University 95.9 The University of Cambridge 95.2 King's College London 94.6
24 Choosing a course How to choose your course: What are you interested in?If you are not sure you can check online careers guidance ator more detailed Centigrade test (£30 for international students)Check the UCAS site for important dates (deadlines)
25 Personal Statement – Why universities should choose you Why do you want to study the course? Can link skills/experienceCheck spelling and grammarKeep sentences short (12-20 words)Each sentence should add something new, not increase word countQuality of writing reflects quality of thoughtDon’t be too formal or familiar80% of statement should focus on course for competitive universitiesBe honest – the statement can be used as basis of interviewGet someone to check your statement
26 Completing the Application Payment – £23 for 5, or £12 for oneReferenceSubmission to UCAS
27 UCAS EXtraIf you've used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you may be able to use Extra to add another choice if: you've received decisions from all five universities or colleges, but want to change courseyou weren't accepted or you declined any offers you received
28 Offers and accepting offers Conditional / Reject?Deadline to accept (set when all universities have made a decision)Accept Firm / InsuranceWait resultsUnconditional (?)
29 Clearing and Adjustment Universities know grades before students doIf grades are lower and university has not accepted you, need to go into clearingCheck UCAS to see what courses are available. Contact university.Be careful, if you accept a course, cannot continue lookingIf you did better than expected, can apply for more competitive course.Like clearing, call university and see if they accept youWon’t lose course at original firm
31 Still confused? Need more help? Upcoming Events:October 10th: Study World, Songshan Park Eslite, Taipei New Horizon (6F) No 88 Yanchang Road, Xinyi Dist.More Information:Jack Shull – TES University & Careers CounsellorUKEAS – 3 Offices in Taipei - open for counselling from 10am to 7pm, Monday to FridayWebsite:
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