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					Applying to University:

UCAS, Personal Statements and
Student Finance

Louise Carr
School and College Liaison Officer

www.le.ac.uk
UCAS

• UCAS Process
  • Researching your choices
  • The UCAS time-line
  • Making your application


• Writing your personal statement

• Student Finance
Researching your Choices
What type of course?



•   Professional
    eg. Medicine / Engineering / Law

•   Vocational
    eg. Management / Biochemistry / Media

•   Academic
    eg. American Studies / Geography / History of Art
Keep in mind…

•   Enjoyment
•   Courses at different universities do not
    necessarily contain the same content or are
    taught in the same way
•   Vast range available so if you narrow your
    choice in your research stage it will be
    easier to write your Personal Statement
What can you study?
• American Studies          • History of Art and Film
• Archaeology and Ancient   • Interdisciplinary Science
  History                   • Law
• Biological Sciences       • Management
• Chemistry                 • Mathematics
• Computer Science          • Media and Communication
• Criminology               • Medicine
• Economics                 • Modern Languages
• Education                 • Museum Studies
• Engineering               • Physics and Astronomy
• English                   • Politics and International
• Geography                   Relations
• Geology                   • Psychology
• Historical Studies        • Sociology
League tables
•   The Times / Sunday Times / THE
•   The Guardian
•   The Complete University Guide
•   World Rankings
Guides and other Websites
• www.unistats.com (NSS)
• www.ucas.com &
     www.ucas.tv
• www.push.com
• www.unionview.com
• University websites
Social networking
• www.yougofurther.co.uk
• www.thestudentroom.co.uk
• www.whatuni.com
The UCAS Time-line
                                                          http://www.ucas.com/students/importantdates#2013


    Research
  Prospectuses
   Open Days
                                         Interviews/offers
UCAS Conventions
                                            & Visit Days
                                                                          Results         Start



  March – Sept     October              January                  May          16 August   October




                    APPLY               APPLY                 DECIDE
                   15th Oct            15th Jan                9 May
                   •   Dentistry        • All courses          •Must tell
                   •   Medicine       (except 15 Oct &        UCAS which
                   •   Vet Science   24 Mar exceptions)       course you
                   •   Oxford                                select. If not
                   •   Cambridge        24 Mar                  they will
                                                               decline all
                                     • Some Art/Design        your offers.
Making your Application
UCAS Application
• Universities & Colleges Admissions Service
• Applications are done online in collaboration
  with your School/College
  – You don’t have to do it all at once!
  – Keep track of your applications
• Register at: www.ucas.com
• Space for 5 courses
  (4 for Medicine, Dentistry
  or Veterinary Science/Medicine)
Gap Years?
• Can be a great option if you are still uncertain
  about university
• Not all courses/universities look favourably on
  gap years
• If you wish to take a gap year you can apply for
  deferred entry
  – You still get the benefit of applying with support
    from your college
• If you take more than one year out it can be
  difficult to get an academic reference
Personal Statement
    Personal Statement


•   Your opportunity to say why you should be considered
•   A clearly structured and well written statement
•   Academic ability
•   Enthusiasm – clear reasons for wanting to study the subject
•   An understanding of the subject
•   Check UCAS website entry profiles for required skills
•   Include relevant work experience and/or social activities
•   Link to school reference if possible
Entry Profile
Archaeology at Leicester
No prior knowledge or experience of Archaeology is required,
although any knowledge of the subject that you do have will be
valuable. Previous experience of archaeological fieldwork and self-
directed reading about the subject are particularly welcomed.

 Successful students display a wide variety of key skills. These include
excellent written and oral communication skills, a capacity to think
critically, time management and the ability to learn independently.

In addition to academic ability, successful students will be highly
motivated and self-disciplined and will be original and innovative
thinkers.
Criminology
“From watching and reading Sherlock
Holmes, Cracker, CSI and Crime Watch, my interest in
criminology has developed. Criminology has always had a
glamorous image but it is more than that it deals with
criminals and supports the justice system. Criminology is
all about crime and punishment. It is an exciting inter-
disciplinary subject which draws on Sociology, Psychology
and Law to help examine how crime is defined, why
people commit crimes, and how society responds to
crimes.”
Economics
“Examination of any quality newspaper will probably
demonstrate that more of the headlines address
economic problems than any other topic. The
importance and relevance of economics and related
disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to
pursue the study of the subject at a higher level. I am
particularly interested in the behaviour of firms and
organizations from an economic standpoint. During my
study, I have come across many real life complexities
and, while attempting to apply theoretical ideas, I have
developed a keen interest in analyzing and
understanding how the world of business is influenced
by economics.”
Don’t cheat
• 5% of applicants “borrow” from websites
• 800 applicants - “a dramatic chemistry set
  incident aged 8”
• 234 applicants – “a fascination with the human
  body”!
• 175 applicants – “an elderly or infirm
  grandfather”
• You WILL be caught!
In summary
• Do your research
    – the right course & uni for you
    – talk to advisors and professional associations
    – visit Open Days and Applicant Visit Days
•   Well structured and reflective personal statement
•   Keep deadlines in mind
•   Make an independent choice
•   … and then do well in your exams
                                            Good luck!
Student Finance



• How it works & what you can get

• Case studies

• Budgeting and money management
How to apply
• Apply through Student Finance England online
  www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

• Means testing based on previous tax year
  (i.e. April 2011 - April 2012)
• Can apply for “Current Income
  Assessment” if income changes (more
  than 15%)
• Link to UCAS application
Funding


                      Student                          University of
                      Finance                           Leicester




Tuition Fee   Maintenance   Maintenance   Additional   Scholarships
   Loan          Grant         Loan        Support
Tuition Fees
• The standard tuition fee for all
  undergraduate courses at Leicester is
  £9,000 per year
• Government will provide full Tuition Fee
  Loans directly to universities for eligible
  students
• Students/parents do not pay fees –
  Graduates do
Tuition Fees - Special cases at
Leicester
•   Foundation year - £6,000
•   Erasmus year - £1,250
•   Other year abroad - £1,000
•   Year in industry - £1,000
•   M Level degree final year - £7,000
Maintenance Support
• Maintenance loan and grant
• Paid by Student Finance England to the
  student
• Means-tested based on household income
• Influenced by where the student studies
   – London
   – Staying at home
   – Elsewhere
Maintenance Loans/Grants 2013-14
Household Income          Grant        Loan       TOTAL
£25,000 or less    £3,354         £3,823      £7,177
£30,000            £2,416         £4,292      £6,708
£35,000            £1,478         £4,761      £6,239
£40,000            £540           £5,230      £5,770
£45,000            £0             £5,288      £5,288
£50,000            £0             £4,788      £4,788
£55,000            £0             £4,288      £4,288
£60,000            £0             £3,788      £3,788
Over £62,125       £0             £3,575      £3,575
Loan Repayments

• Eligible to start repaying the April after
  you graduate
• No repayments until you are earning
  above £21,000
• Repayment = 9% of income above £21,000
• Any outstanding repayments will be
  written off after 30 years
Loan Repayments - Examples

Salary      Amount above £21,000   Monthly repayment
£21,000     £0                     £0
£22,000     £1,000                 £7.50
£25,000     £4,000                 £30.00
£30,000     £9,000                 £67.50
£40,000     £19,000                £142.50




• There will be no penalty fees for early
  repayment
Additional support
• Disabled Students’ Allowances
  – Additional grant
• Help for students with children
  – Childcare grant
  – Parents’ Learning Allowance
• Adult Dependants’ Grant
• Access to Learning Fund
  – Financial hardship
Recap on funding



                      Student                          University of
                      Finance                           Leicester




Tuition Fee   Maintenance   Maintenance   Additional   Scholarships
   Loan          Grant         Loan        Support
Scholarships at Leicester
• Chancellor’s Scholarship
  – £2,000 annual fee waiver
  – AAA at A-level (or equivalent)

• Departmental Scholarship
  – £1,250 annual fee waiver
  – Varying academic criteria
Scholarships at Leicester – cont.
• Leicester National Scholarship Programme
   – £2,000 annual fee waiver
   – £1,000 annual cash award


For students who have academic ability and whose
household income falls below £25,000 are eligible
to apply

Latest scholarship information: www.le.ac.uk/fees
Case Study A: Anjali, Leicester
• Household income £25,000,
  away from home
• Tuition Fee Loan = £9,000
• Maintenance Loan = £3,823
• Maintenance Grant = £3,354
• £184.02 per week for 39 weeks
• Earning £24,000 = repayments
  of £22.50 per month / £5.63
  per week
 Case Study B: Mark, Leicester
                           • Household income £62,500,
                             away from home
                           • Tuition Fee Loan = £9,000
                           • Maintenance Loan = £3,575
                           • Maintenance Grant = £0
                           • £91 per week for 39 weeks
                           • Earning £19,695* = repayments
                             of £0 per month / £0 per week

* Average Graduate wage (1st year after uni) – prospects.ac.uk
Budgeting
            Variable   Fixed
Budgeting
Will students have enough money?
•   Part time job
•   Full time job during the summer
•   Parents/family/savings
•   Student bank account
•   Credit card?
Any questions?

				
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