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      Outline of Presentation
 Post A-Level Options
 Importance of Year 14
 Choosing a Course
 The UCAS System
 Finances
 The Role of Parents
Post A-Level Options
             University

Teacher                   Colleges of
Training                    F&HE

              After
             A-Levels

Specialist
                          Employment
Courses

             Repeat
             A-Levels
        Importance of Year 14
 Sacrifice
 Relaxation
 Organised Study
 Decisions
   Personal Action Planning
        Personal Action Planning
   List 1: Personal             List 2: Planning

   Subjects and Activities      Goals for the future
   In School and Outside        HE/FE/Employment?
   Work Experience              Degree not always
   Show Strengths and            necessary!
    Achievements                 What do they want
   Build on what you are         out of this?
    good at                      Progression beyond
                                  degree
         Other Options
 Go directly into employment
 Work and part-time study
  combination
 NVQ/HND/Foundation Degree
  leading to degree level
 Modern Apprenticeships
Choosing A Higher Education
          Course
       Single
                   What’s the
        Joint
                   Best type
     Combined
     Major/minor
                   Of course?




      Continue
                    Enjoyable
      With or
                   Interesting
      Change
                   Stimulating
      subjects
     Benefits of Broader Courses
   Try something new, interesting and challenging
   Keeps more options open
   Flexibility to change career path later on
   Not necessary to specialise until Post-Graduate
    level
   You aren’t necessarily tied to a degree because
    of A-Level choices!
   Other Considerations when
Choosing Universities and Courses
   Teaching Methods: Class based, Lab work,
    Field Work, Assignment Weightings, etc
   Where to Study: Type of Institution, Specialist
    or Multi-Faculty, Size, Location,
    Accommodation, Social Life, Work Load
   Identify the correct route rather than follow
    the crowd!
   It is important to feel comfortable in your
    surroundings and enjoy your time at university
             Taking Action
 Talk to Friends, Teachers, Family, Careers
  Staff
 Research career guidance books, university
  prospectuses, online resources
 Note the entry requirements and be realistic!
 Consider financial impact of choices
 Keep in mind that it is more than just the
  grades in the prospectus
     The Qualifications Available
   Degree
 Usually 3-4 years in duration
 Vocational or Non-Vocational
 Single, Joint, Combined, Major/Minor,
  Sandwich
 Continue with or Change Subjects
    Qualifications Available (Cont.)
   HNC, HND, Foundation Degree
 Usually 1-2 years duration
 Minimum 1 A-Level pass with, usually, one
  other subject examined
 Offered as single subject but may involve
  elements of other subjects
 Taught in manner relevant to employers’
  needs or as preparation for full degree
  course or direct to employment
How This All Fits Together

                    Subject(s)
       Apply!
                     Chosen




     Institutions   Method of
       Chosen        Study
          The UCAS System
 Role: UCAS facilitates the admission of
  students to Higher Education
 It is purely an administrative body and
  makes no decisions on the suitability of
  candidates for a course
 Deals with c.700,000 applications per year
         The Application System
   Use of apply web based application
   Single form used for all applications
   Completed on screen over the internet
   Forms then electronically transmitted to UCAS
   After processing student receives
    acknowledgement letter and applicant number
   Students can track application progress on-line
                 The Scheme
   Student completes form in Autumn term, before
    October Half Term
   Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, veterinary and
    Stranmillis must be completed earlier
   Electronic payment made and forms sent to UCAS
   UCAS sends one copy to each institution named
    on the form
   Offers come back in Spring term directly to
    student
             Conditional
               F&I




              Types Of
Rejection                   Unconditional
               Offers




            Grades/Points
AS   A2   Tariff Score
     A*       140
      A       120
      B       100
      C        80
A    D         60
B              50
C    E         40
D              30
E              20
          Replying to Offers
 Final reply date is indicated in Track after
  ALL offers are received
 Failure to reply will lead to loss of all
  offers
 The student can only hold TWO, a firm
  and an insurance
    Firm Acceptance: A Warning
 Once done the student cannot change their
  minds on the firm unless they withdraw
  from the scheme
 An INSURANCE is taken in case the firm is
  missed
 Again the student is committed to this
  should they miss their firm
 All other offers must then be DECLINED
         Success or Failure?
 If the student receives the required grades
  for the firm then they are committed to
  that
 If they miss the firm but meet the
  insurance then they are committed to that
 Applicants who miss both offers go
  automatically into CLEARING
                UCAS Extra

   Runs between March and June

   Allows for late FIRST TIME applications

   OR re-application by those who get no
    offers AND have used ALL applications
          How Clearing Works
   This system is there to match unsuccessful
    candidates to places still available after
    confirmation
 Those who did not apply earlier may do so
  through clearing
 Students must be proactive here. Check
  the clearing lists, phone the universities
  and secure a place
          CAO: Irish Universities
   This system is different and has different deadlines
   Information and prospectuses don’t arrive in school
    until late September
   Students can make up to 10 applications which must
    be in genuine order of preference
   Offers are not made until results are published in
    August
   Places are offered based on mathematical formulae
           Student Finances
 Fees, Loans & Grant Rates in line with
  inflation
 Income assessment for parents
 ‘Cohabiting partner/spouse’ income
  assessed
 Costs & Help Available
 Parental Contributions
 Other Financial Help
        Steps to Application
 Online application system
 Combined Financial Assessment Form &
  Student Loan Form: PN1
         Costs & Help Available
 There are 2 main costs: Fees & Living Costs
 Support for Fees: Fee Loan


   Support for Living Costs available from:
   Loans
   Grants
   Scholarships
   Bursaries
        Variable Fees (2012)
FEES: Completely new system in England & Wales: Up to
£9,000 pa
Different in Scotland, though universities have begun to
declare fees up to £9,000pa, e.g. Edinburgh
Northern Ireland: c. £3, 500 for NI Students
ALL students now pay this regardless of income: Use of
Fee Loan
These are deferred until the April after graduation, so nothing
payable ‘up-front’: anyone can go to university
Must be earning more than £21,000pa to start paying back
Direct from salary as TAX
              Living Expenses
   Student Loans (2011 figures)

 Max. Available is £4,840
 (£6,780 for London/£3,750 for home students)
   75% automatic/25% means tested
 High income backgrounds = Reduced maximum
 (eg. £53,448 or more = £2,810 max.)
                  Grants
 Income less than £19,203: FULL GRANT
 NI: £3,475: Student Loan REDUCED by this
 Sliding scale to £41,065+: NO GRANT and
  only 75% available from loan
 Universities must also contribute:
 Bursaries & Scholarships
 Varies from place to place: see web sites
      The Role of Parents
                Be Good
                Listeners




 Assisting
               Parents can    Encourage
With choices
                  Help          Study




               Keep up with
                 What’s
                Happening
          School Website
 Curriculum
 Departments
 CEIAG (Careers)
 Latest News
 Careers Calendar
 Presentations & Documents
       Some Useful Web Sites
 www.ucas.com
 www.qaa.ac.uk
 www.hefc.ac.uk
 www.tqi.ac.uk
 www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
 www.ulster.ac.uk
 www.qub.ac.uk
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