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1 Baverstock College Higher Education Evening 2011 Mrs Linda Harris

2 Overview Welcome – Mrs Linda Harris 10 good reasons for applying to University Student participation UCAS Countdown to university Course/university selection UCAS procedure A gap year Student finance Parents – how can you help?

3 10 Good reasons for going to university 1. Love of the subject 1. Love of the subject, opportunities to learn from well qualified staff, use excellent facilities etc. satisfying careerless likely to be unemployed 2. More likely to have a satisfying career and less likely to be unemployed. 3. More places are now available at university the demand for graduates has grown. 3. More places are now available at university and the demand for graduates has grown.

4 10 Good reasons for going to university (continued) £29,600 4. The average annual starting salary for a graduate is £29,600 own business new products 5. They are most likely to start their own business, invent new products and develop new ideas more rapid career progression 6. Graduates experience more rapid career progression.

5 10 Good reasons for going to university (continued) 7. An increasing number of careers are virtual no go areas without a HE qualification 7. An increasing number of careers are virtual no go areas without a HE qualification:- Medicine Architecture Business Administration Law Nursing Teaching The Media Engineering Social Work Sport and Leisure Management Physiotherapy Environmental Health

6 10 Good reasons for going to university (continued) 8. An investment in your future – a foundation for a successful life 9. Retirement at 65, 70??? wide range of transferable skills experiences 10. Gain a wide range of transferable skills (ability to communicate, present a logical argument, IT skills, numeracy, team working, analytical and critical thinking skills etc) and experiences

7 UCAS U Universities and C Colleges A Admissions S Service Application fee 1 Choice £11 2-5 choices £22

8 June & July Countdown to university June & July Research – courses/course requirements - universities – home or away? Attend UCAS HE Convention – Birmingham University Thursday 30 th June Visit Open Days Find out about admission tests Law – LNAT – National Admissions Test in Law, Medicine – BMAT-Bio-Medical Admissions Test, UKCAT-UK Clinical Aptitude Test

9 August Countdown to university August LNAT Registration (Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Glasgow, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL, King’s College London) Continue research Prepare Personal Statement Get some Work Experience 18 th - AS results – decide options for A2 courses

10 September Countdown to university September 1 st September UCAS Applications Open Make final choices UCAS begin accepting applications LNAT testing starts Tutorial Programme External speakers Visit Open Days

11 October - December Countdown to university October - December Complete UCAS forms on-line (Internal deadline) 15 th October – deadline for applications to: Oxford and Cambridge Study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science Interview preparationDecember Interviews at Oxford and Cambridge

12 January, February Countdown to university January, February 15 th January – final deadline for completed UCAS applications Interviews Throughout February offers continue to be made 25 th February UCAS Extra Opens

13 March, April Countdown to university March, April During March you should receive replies from all universities and a reminder letter from UCAS to make final decisions March is when you apply for financial support April – Do you need to use UCAS Extra?

14 May - August Countdown to university May - August May and June are the months for A2 exams and AS re-sits 6 th July UCAS Extra closes 16 th August – Exam results Celebrate or go through Clearing

15 September Countdown to university September Off to uni!

16 UCAS Application Procedure A. Select five universities and/or courses of study What subject? Many courses allow you to study two or more subjects or put together a modular programme What level? Degrees – Usually 3 or 4 years HND’s/Dip HE’s – Usually 2 years

17 UCAS Tariff - Points system AS levelA2 LevelBTEC National CertificatePoints Score DD240 220 DM200 180 MM160 140 AMP120 B100 CPP80 AD60 B50 CE40 D30 E20

18 Choosing your university Home or Away? Campus or Town? You must visit!! (

19 Unsure of which course? Stamford Test (UCAS website) Centigrade (Cambridge Occupational Analysts)

20 UCAS Procedure B. Complete the UCAS Application Form (Apply on-line) Personal details Choice of universities / courses Examinations taken and results (GCSE, BTEC, AS) Examinations to be taken Personal statement (a crucial part of the application

21 Oxford and Cambridge Oxford and Cambridge (closing date 15 th October) Oxford Oxford – you also need to fill in a separate application card to Oxford Colleges Admissions Cambridge Cambridge – you also need to fill in a Preliminary Application form and send it to the Admissions Tutor of your first choice Cambridge college

22 Student Finance

23 Gap Year

24 A Few Facts about money – the 2012 proposals University fee cap increased to £9,000 per year for 2012 entry. Most expected to charge £7–9,000 to cover their costs Government teaching funding to be cut for all courses, and by 100% for some subjects – to be replaced by Graduate contribution to fees Fair access – NSP (National Scholarship Programme) Grants for household incomes up to £42,000

25 Finance Overview Tuition Fees Maintenance Grant Student Loans

26 Tuition Fees Fees will be between £6-9,000 per year for new students starting in 2012. No up front fees No up front fees for ALL full-time undergraduate courses – students will not have to pay fees either before or during their course – paid directly to University on behalf of the student when they enrol Fees capped as students progress through their degrees

27 Maintenance Allowance Maintenance Grant per year Maximum of £3,250 Dependent on household income How they spend the money is their choice (eg food, books, travel expenses) Household Income Govt Grant Available £25,000 or less Maximum £3,250 £25,000 - £42,000 Between £3,250 and £50 Over £42,000 No Grant

28 Student Loans for Living Costs How much can I borrow? Students living away from parental home and studying: In London £7,675 Elsewhere £5,500 Students living at parents’ home: £4,375 Apply in good time Nov 2011 – April 2012

29 How would it be paid back? The “Graduate Contribution” Only if Graduates are earning more than £21,000 per year Graduate Leaver Salary Example:- £21,000 and below – repay nothing £25,000 - repay £30 per month £30,000 - repay £68 per month £50,000 – repay £218 per month Tuition Loan + Student Loan. Could be as much as £40K. Written off after 30 years. Collected by the Govt/Inland Revenue, interest only interest for most graduates

30 Spending it and making it last Example only – Living away from home and outside London Income Income – 39 Weeks Expenditure Expenditure – 39 Weeks Typical living costs loan and/or grant c£5,300 Student accommodation – self-catering halls c£2900 Bank overdraft £500Gas £nil Food (£40 per week) £1560 Total c£5,800Laundry (£2-3 per week) £100 Leaves a surplus of £940Books & Equipment £300 Minus entertainment @ £40 pw?! - £1560 Total c£4860 Minus ‘personal costs’ @ £25 pm?! - £975 £940 – (£1560+£975) = Shortfall of £1595= £40 per week over 39 weeks

31 Other Sources of Funding Start saving now – even if its £10 per week 13 weeks free in the summer, other long vacations - approx 20 weeks per year Student union bar/shop, supermarkets, pubs, employment agencies Students allowed to work term time – recommended no more than 15 hours per week (£70-£100 per week) Sponsorships/bursaries (NSP & others)

32 Parents – How can you help? Support and encouragement …. But it should be their decision Open days and visits Coping skills Money management and support Care with holiday plans It’s a fantastic experience but it does have its ups and downs

33 Final Message Higher Education will remain FREE at the point of access Students don’t pay the fees, parents don’t pay, graduates contribute when they can afford to Do your research wisely, be proactive, get involved take the opportunities on offer ie placement year/year abroad, don’t panic Students – Don’t forget the graduation invite for the folks

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