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Experiential research ▪Visiting an institution, convention or subject-specific exhibition can prove invaluable when making decisions ▪Obtain a real ‘feel’ for the campus, course, subject, career ▫UCAS conventions ▫Open days ▫Taster courses ▫Summer schools ▫Subject specific events ▫Career Fairs
Forms of research ▪UCAS website ▪ Course search ▪ UCAS TV ▪ Stamford Test ▪UNISTATS ▪Yougofurther.co.uk ▪Institutions websites ▪Publications ▪Talking to tutors, UCAS and the institutions
▪Number of institutions ▪Number of courses 309 50,000+ The provision of higher education in the UK
Things to consider when making your choices What to study Where to study Do I meet the criteria – target grades/AS results Content of course Facilities Finance Life after university Travel Social activities Speak to UCAS or the individual institution
Course Search Qualifications / grades / subjects Finance Course content Selection process How long they take to make a decision Admissions tests Interviews Auditions What they look for in the personal statement
Important dates October 15 th Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry and Oxbridge January 15 th Main deadline March 24 th Some Art and Design courses FCC expect you to complete your section by beginning of December Takes Sixth Form Tutor Team approx 2 weeks to then add reference and send tom UCAS
Applying Cost = £11 / £22 Read the information carefully Do it early Do not give anyone your login details Keep record of login details, password etc
Applicant completes: Personal details Choices Education Employment Personal Statement Additional information (UK only) School completes: Reference
Why should I apply early? Institutions will have more time to consider your application if its submitted early as they will have fewer applications to view If you are unsuccessful with your initial choices you can use Extra You can concentrate on your school work Only apply early if you know what you want to apply for Final figures for 2010: 637,773 Figures as at 21 May 2011: 647,008 (+ 1.4%) Extra starts mid February One less thing to worry about Otherwise you will have wasted your choices
Track Enables you to follow the progress of your application (24/7, access via password) Quickest way to find out about new offers You can reply to offers online Important that you keep up to date with your application
Number of choices Up to 5 choices Oxford OR Cambridge If applying to study Medicine, Vet Science/Medicine up to 4 choices.
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(1st choice) Insurance (2nd choice)
How your offer may look ▪Grade offer: ▫This offer is subject to you obtaining Merit, Merit, Merit in your BTEC National Diploma ▪Tariff offer: This offer is subject to you obtaining 240 UCAS Tariff points ▪Tariff and grade offer: ▫This offer is subject to you obtaining 240 UCAS Tariff points including a distinction in the Building Services Science unit Please read the conditions of the offer carefully and if you have any queries speak to the institution.
UCAS Tariff Points system used for many qualifications including: A Levels BTEC (e.g. DDD = 360 points) Diplomas (Progression Diploma grade A = 300) Tariff = GCE A LevelTariff Points A*140 A120 B100 C80 D60 E40
What happens next ▪Get your results ▪If successful: ▫Wait to hear from your institution ▪If unsuccessful: ▫Clearing process ▫Year out ▫Re-sits ▫Work experience