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Year 12 Parent information evening October 2012. Why are you here? To support your child To find out:- what they are doing what they should be doing what.

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1 Year 12 Parent information evening October 2012

2 Why are you here? To support your child To find out:- what they are doing what they should be doing what they will be doing

3 What are they doing? Academically Most 4 AS Levels Some 3 AS Levels Some a mixture of BTEC and AS Levels  Enrichment Pastoral sessions Enrichment sessions Leadership roles Regular extra-curricular opportunities

4 What should they be doing? Attending every day, all day Attending all timetabled lessons Attending support sessions if requested Completing and submitting all home learning on time Approx. 3 hours HL per subject per week Can vary according to weighting and type of subject Getting involved Keeping us informed of any issues

5 What will they be doing? Getting ready to go out into the world University? Apprenticeship? Other training? Job? Exams – starting in May Work experience – 17-21 June 2013 be pro-active in finding their placements Placement request forms no later than 30 April

6 Higher Education

7 Continue with all subjects? Academic matters Which subject to continue to A2? Decision made after AS Summer results Various options Any U grades will not be continued Drop one, but which one?

8 Choosing a university Range of sources of information e.g. League Tables Russell Group universities Be realistic about required grades Predicted grades Birmingham Bristol Cambridge Cardiff Edinburgh Glasgow Imperial College King's College Leeds Liverpool LSE Manchester Newcastle Nottingham Oxford Queen's, Belfast Sheffield Southampton University College Warwick

9 Choosing a university Geographic area Campus or city Big or small Old or new Non-Academic factors Accommodation Financial considerations – cost of living Visiting universities is one of the best ways to make a decision! Utilise holidays for this, too – ring in advance

10 Choosing courses Four / five choices on UCAS form Follow interests and instincts Check subject requirements Course type e.g. Sandwich Research content Choose a spread of entry criteria N.B. Required grades often reflect the popularity of the course

11 UCAS points tariff Some universities offer based on grades (e.g. BBB) Other universities offer based on points (e.g. 300) UCAS grades attract different points (e.g. A* grade = 140, A grade = 120) Points awarded for other qualifications (e.g. Music Grade 6 distinction = 75)

12 Completing UCAS forms All done on-line Can be completed in stages and saved Tutorials will be given on how to complete the form Personal statement – key section, so start early collating evidence to be included Reference – completed last Finally submitted by Mrs Feather Levey & Mr Stephens

13 “We look to see that the personal statement has evidence of high levels of interest in, and commitment to, the study of history, and check that your interest in history extends beyond the syllabus (if you are currently studying history), and that you have read widely within the subject of history and that you have critically engaged with that reading. We are also interested to hear about any relevant experience of the practise of history, e.g., museum work, or an independent research project. We want to see that your personal statement demonstrates coherent, analytical and critical thinking. Credit is given for well- constructed and accurately expressed argument. We may also take into account competence in a foreign language or an understanding of how other relevant disciplines can inform the study of History. (University of Bristol, History Entry Profile)


15 Interviews and admissions tests Interviews for medics, lawyers, teachers, dentists, vets, physiotherapists & some nurses Oxbridge interviews – consortium mock interviews Admission tests needed for some courses e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law & Oxbridge Non-traditional interviews

16 Gap years MUST be well organised and funded Attitude to Gap Years will vary from institution to institution and from subject to subject Deferred entry vs. post results entry

17 Oxbridge Strong GCSE profile – all A*s and As (5A* minimum recommended) Strong AS profile – approx 90% in each subject Passionate commitment to the subject Average offer in 2010-2011 Cambridge cycle to student with 7A*s and 97% at AS Level

18 Foreign universities Advantages – different culture, broader education, costs in Europe (varies, but generally cheaper) Disadvantages – costs in US (approx $30000 fees, $10000 accommodation and $1500 books and insurance and living expenses and flights) Admissions tests and sometimes fees Further information

19 Finance Tuition Fees up to £9000 Living Costs (£6000 - £7000) Student Loans Company Student Finance England

20 Finance No-one pays upfront Tuition fee goes straight to university Maintenance loan available up to £7675, depending on income / location Grants available up to £3354 – these are not paid back! Other grants available, such as disability Check course details for scholarships and bursaries

21 Repaying No debt collectors will ever come calling. If you are earning it is collected automatically, like tax. You only pay back 9% of what you earn over £21,000(E.g. if earning £22,000, monthly payments are £7.50) You pay back less per month than the old system and only fully repay it if your starting salary is around £45,000 Any debt left to pay after 30 years is cancelled

22 What happens now? Higher Education Convention July 2013 Course research Personal statement writing Parent Guides and dedicated parent section on UCAS website

23 Year 13 Oxbridge, Medicine & Vet applications to be submitted by end September 2013 All applications to be submitted no later October half term Offers made between October and March Reply when all responses received One firm, one insurance (lower than firm) ‘UCAS Extra’

24 Results day Getting results Confirming place Missing a grade – worth ringing ‘Clearing’ – bring lists, mobile phone and UCAS number. Be prepared to travel

25 Any questions?

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