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UCAS INFORMATION EVENING Student Entry 2013. UCAS – Who they are… ▪ Central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to full-time.

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2 UCAS – Who they are… ▪ Central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to full-time higher education courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ▪ They operate on behalf of all full-time courses at member institutions ▫ Undergraduate degree ▫ Foundation degree ▫ HND / HNC ▫ Diploma / Certificate of higher education

3 When to apply … Opening date for applications 2013: Mid September 2012 Oxbridge/Medicine/Veterinary/Dentistry: 15 October 2012 School deadline for general applications: 29 October 2012 Final UCAS deadline: 15 January 2013

4 How to select a course … There are 4 factors that can influence the way a student selects a course: 1 Career choice. 2 AS/A2 subjects interests. 3 Personal interests. 4 Estimated A2 grades.


6 How to select a University … Availability of course Course content and facilities Size of University University facilities/student life Hobbies and interests Distance from home Impression at Open Days

7 The UCAS Tariff AS A = 60 points B = 50 points C = 40 points D = 30 points E = 20 points A2 A* = 140 points A = 120 points B = 100 points C = 80 points D = 60 points E = 40 points

8 The UCAS Tariff BTEC Subsidiary Diploma D* = 140 D = 120 M = 80 P = 40 BTEC Diploma D*D* = 280 DD = 240 points DM = 200 points MM = 160 points MP = 120 points PP = 80 points BTEC Certificate D = 120 M = 80 P = 40

9 Additional Points Extended Project A* = 70 A = 60 B = 50 C = 40 D = 30 E = 20 Students can also acquire points from music theory and practical – grade 6 and above


11 How to apply … Following the selection of courses and Universities: All applications must be made through the UCAS system via Calder VI. Students can select up to 5 courses/Universities.

12 Prepare a Personal Statement with guidance from the Personal Tutor. Register and complete an online application with the Personal Tutor. Submit the form for checking. The Personal Tutor will email students with any alterations that need to be made. Once all amendments have been made, students must pay school the UCAS fee of £23 (cheques to be made payable to Calder High School). This should be given to Mrs Jones in the sixth form office who will issue a receipt.

13 Calder VI Support All students will receive support in their applications from their Personal Tutor. References are written by the Personal Tutor. Additional support is available from Amanda Johnson. Applicants to Oxbridge, medicine, vetmed and dentistry will receive additional support from tutors, subject staff and Amanda Johnson Support is available for all aspects of the application process including the final acceptance of a course following the publication of A2 results.

14 Following the Application Process Students receive a letter confirming their choices and their personal UCAS number (the AS2 letter). The UCAS number can help students to track the progress of their application. Students can use the online track service (also an app on iphones/itouch/ipad) Each University will consider the application made. UCAS will inform the student of the decision of the University.

15 Some Universities request interviews before places are allocated. Universities will also send personal invitations for open days directly to the student. Offers take the form of Conditional Offers, Unconditional Offers or Unsuccessful Applications. Students select two Universities, one that is held as a firm choice and one as an insurance choice.

16 Replying deadlines 2013 Entry Cycle UCAS last decision by:Student reply date: 31 March 20138 May 2013 9 May 20136 June 2013 7 June 201327 June 2013 18 July 201325 July 2013

17 Unsuccessful Applicants Each year over 10,000 students are unsuccessful in all of their applications – this is on the increase. A service called ‘ucasextra’ is available from March / April until the end of June for unsuccessful applicants to submit their application to additional Universities where course vacancies are available. Applicants who have not secured a place through ucasextra or who have decided to reject all of the offers made to them should apply through clearing in August.

18 Gap Year/Deferred Offers Students who want a gap year should still apply this year. They can defer their entry and be guaranteed a place for 2014 entry. Universities often look favourably at a gap year as students often return independent, mature and ready for education again. Students must check with the individual University’s opinion on gap and deferment before they fully decide that this is right for them.

19 An acknowledgement of deferment should be made on the UCAS application form. Gap year can be used for a variety of experiences, earning money to finance University, to gain independence, to gain work experience, to travel. There are many organisations that help students to plan a successful Gap year, e.g. Rank Foundation/GAP Activity Projects/Latitude Students are recommended to carefully consider their plans for a gap year and to mention this on their UCAS application.


21 Websites of interest

22 Websites of interest (cont…) (search for student finance)

23 FREE Apple Apps The Times Higher Education's World University Rankings UCAS Track app - to help student to track their application

24 If you have any queries please contact: Mrs Amanda Johnson 01422 889918

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