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1 Higher Education STUDENT FINANCE Tour £ ?

2 Emily Creak


4 MY STORY Education Berkhamsted School University The University of Nottingham Degree BA Hons Law with Spanish 2:1

5 MY UNI Emily Creak

6 Maintenance Loan £6,904 Live with parents £8,200 Live away (outside London) £10,702 Live away (in London) £9,391 Overseas part of course THE FACTS Tuition Fee Loan £9,000 Full Time Students £6,750 Part Time Students 2015/16

7 Interest Rates Inflation +3% (Retail Prices Index) whilst studying MORE FACTS EXAMPLE £25,000 9% of £4,000 = £30 Per Month Repayment £21,000 9% From April after study – interest will vary depending on salary



10 University websites


12 A Parents’ Guide to UCAS Oriel High School in partnership with UCAS development Wednesday 21 st October 2015

13 Setting the scene  Central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to full-time higher education (HE) courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland  UCAS operate on behalf of all full-time higher education courses at member institutions

14  327 Universities / Colleges  50,000+ course Setting the scene  319  60,000+

15 Excellent website for students and parents

16 Gaining a university place has two stages University 2.Self presentation  UCAS application  Institutional selection 1.Research

17 Experiential research  Obtain a real ‘feel’ for the institution, subject, course, career:  HE Conventions  Institution Open Days  Taster Courses  Subject specific events  Career Fairs  Summer Schools

18 Online research tools



21 Paper based research  In the LIBRARY : UCAS progression guides  Prospectuses: In the study room

22 Key features of admissions scheme  Maximum of 5 choices  Some choice restrictions:  Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry – max 4 choices  Oxford or Cambridge  Simultaneous consideration  ‘Invisibility’  Fee for 2016 - £23

23 Key dates When to apply  1 September- Annual opening date for applications  15 October-Closing date for Oxbridge/Dentistry/ Medicine & Veterinary  15 January-Advisory closing date for UK students 6pm  24 March-Closing date for some Art and Design Courses  ORIEL requires a minimum of 2 weeks to turn your application around before the deadline

24 The application form is completed online and in sections  Personal details (allows them to allocate you access)  Education (all exams taken to date & those pending)  Employment and activities preparing students for university  The Personal Statement!

25 Activity Benefit Course Activity Benefit Course What you’ve done What skills it has given you How these relate to your course Personal Statement ABC RULE Good Better Best

26 Once the form is submitted…


28 What happens next?  Form is submitted to UCAS  UCAS sends form to all choices on the form  Applicant may need to:  Attend an interview  Send a portfolio of work  Sit an admissions test

29 University and college decisions  Admissions tutors can make one of three decisions:  Conditional Offer  Unconditional Offer  Unsuccessful  Applicants then keep a maximum of two offers:  Firm  Insurance  Any remaining offers must be declined

30 Track  Enables the student to follow the progress of your application (24/7, access via password)  Quickest way to find out about new offers  They use this to reply to offers


32 If you have no offers…UCAS Extra  Service available from 26 February to the end of June  Applicants eligible for Extra:  Used all 5 choices  All choices unsuccessful, cancelled or offers declined  Course vacancies listed on UCAS website  Allows additional single choices, entered and considered one at a time

33 Confirming your place  1. Exam results are issued to you  2. Admissions staff check if you have matched the conditions of their offer  3. If yes, you will be sent an official confirmation of your place  4. Time to celebrate!!

34 Clearing  Available from Results Day  UCAS will give a ‘clearing code’ once all institutions have posted their decision  Remember not to panic; thousands of people are placed each year  UCAS website will have live places; Students must be available as they can start calling before they get their code  We will support them!

35 Adjustment  If a student meets and exceeds the conditions of their FIRM CHOICE they can try to secure a place at an institution with those higher entrance criteria  They HOLD their current place  They can call around institutions they may not have applied to and try to secure a place

36 Support offered in Sixth Form  Personal Development Programme workshops: Year 12 October: Introduce research; student finance input November: Research tools workshops January- March:Making choices March- April:Higher Education Fair June & July:Residential trip to UEA Registering for UCAS/ Writing your Personal Statement Money Matters, planning for financial independence July:Transition Interview Complete MOOC ‘Preparing for University’ Throughout the year: ‘Competitive Courses and Institutions’ Support 1-1 tutorial

37 Support offered in Sixth Form Year 13 September:Personal Statement draft Completed before return to school PS workshop help available every afternoon in tutorial UCAS assembly 1-1 tutorial with Mrs Slayford to check application October:Early deadline support Understanding Offers & how to reply to them Student Finance explained February:Understanding Extra, Clearing & adjustment Applying for your student finance August:Results Day Support (ongoing as necessary)

38 Keeping you informed; the importance of the 6 th form app.

39 Questions Clair Denman Assistant Headteacher, Oriel High School Sixth Form

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