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STUDENT GUIDE       2006 - 2007
                    UCAS Student Booklet 2006 - 2007

Contents
PROS AND CONS OF UNIVERSITY ___________________________________________ 3

HIGHER EDUCATION JARGON BUSTER ______________________________________ 4

DATES & DEADLINES _____________________________________________________ 7

DECIDING ON A COURSE __________________________________________________ 8

UCAS TARIFF – POINTS SYSTEM ___________________________________________ 13

UCAS – OFFERS AND UNITS _______________________________________________ 14

SEARCHING FOR COURSES _______________________________________________ 15

COMPLETING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION _________________________________ 17

PERSONAL STATEMENT __________________________________________________ 21

EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL STATEMENTS ___________________________________ 22

EXAM BOARDS 2005 TO 2007 - GCSE/GNVQ _________________________________ 28

EXAM BOARDS 2005 TO 2007 - A/AS/AVCE/BTEC _____________________________ 29

UCAS APPLICATION STEPS _______________________________________________ 30

ROUTE B APPLICATIONS FOR ART & DESIGN ________________________________ 31

ADDITIONAL TESTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION _______________________________ 31

TUITION FEES AND STUDENT LOANS _______________________________________ 32

USEFUL CONTACTS AND RESOURCES _____________________________________ 33

UCAS CARD ____________________________________________________________ 33




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PROS AND CONS OF UNIVERSITY

Arguments in favour of going to University

    o You‟ll meet lots of new friends – from all over the UK and the world
    o University life is an amazing experience
    o You learn to live independently
    o You‟ll study in depth a subject that interests you
    o Better qualifications generally lead to better jobs
    o A degree gives you more choices in life
    o Many jobs require a degree these days
    o You‟re more likely to get a job if you have a degree
    o Graduates generally earn more and have more job satisfaction

Arguments against going to University

    o There‟s no guarantee that you will succeed in your studies
    o It‟s costly
            o fees of £3,000 per year
            o and the cost of living expenses – maybe £4,000 per year
    o So, you‟ll probably end up owing lots of money (you pay it back after you graduate)
    o It usually takes 3 years to get a degree.
    o During this time, you‟re not earning and not gaining experience of work.
    o Not all graduates get well-paid jobs.
    o Some non-graduates do very well for themselves.




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HIGHER EDUCATION JARGON BUSTER
Jargon                       What it means
BMAT                         BioMedical Admissions Test –for some medicine degrees at
                             Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Royal Veterinary College, University
                             College, Imperial College, Manchester. See BMAT website. 30th
                             September 2006 deadline. (SEE also UKCAT below)
Bursary                      Money given to students to help pay for their studies (eg for
                             some Health Care courses)
Clearing                     UCAS system for students who have no offers (July-Sept)
Conditional Offer            An offer which depends on getting certain grades
CUKAS                        Conservatoires UK Admission Service – for music courses at
                             Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, Royal College
                             of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Scottish
                             Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and
                             Drama, Trinity College of Music.
Decline                      You receive an offer but decide to reject it.
Defer                        Apply this year but not start the course until a year later. If you
                             would like to do this, make sure that the university accepts
                             deferred entry for your course. And remember to indicate
                             Deferred in the Courses section of your application.
                             If you defer, do not apply for funding until a year later.
Degree                       A three or four year programme of HE study.
                                 BA - Bachelor of Arts
                                 Bed – Bachelor of Education
                                 BEng – Bachelor of Engineering
                                 BMus – Bachelor of Music
                                 BSc - Bachelor of Science
                                 BVSc - Bachelor of Veterinary Science
                                 FA or FSc - Foundation Degree – vocational degree. Can
                                   lead onto a full degree.
                                 LLB – Bachelor of Law
                                 MBChB – Bachelor of Medicine
                                 Combined degree – made up of modules of different
                                   subjects
                                 Joint degree – two subjects studied equally
                                 Single degree – focus on one major subject
                                 Sandwich course – periods of study at university are
                                   alternated with periods of study in industry
                                 Sandwich courses usually last for 4 years


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Jargon                       What it means
DipHE                        Diploma of Higher Education. Two year course. Needs lower
                             grades than a degree. Can lead onto a degree.
Drop Out                     14% of students do not finish their HE courses – because they
                             don‟t liked the course or the place or the facilities; or they
                             cannot manage financially.
DSA                          Disabled Student Allowance
Entry requirements           The points or grades you need to get onto your chosen course.
                             See the section in this booklet on UCAS Offers and Units. Some
                             courses also require relevant work experience.
Firm acceptance              Your first choice of course. (see Insurance)
Foundation Course            Often needed for an Art degree.
Foundation Degree            2-year degree course. Usually for people in employment.
                             Combines academic study and practical experience. Courses are
                             related to types of job.
Foundation Year              Before your first year if you don‟t have the right qualifications
                             for a degree (eg for Art, Engineering, Medicine degree). Leads on
                             to a degree course.
Fresher                      A first year student in Higher Education
GAMSAT                       Graduate Medical School Admission Test – for some medicine
                             courses at St Georges, Nottingham, Peninsula, Swansea. Ring
                             0870 1122211. 6th January 2006.
GAP Year                     A year off before you start university. Consider the pros and
                             cons of this. See Mrs Waudby and books in L5.
HE                           Higher Education – education beyond A level standard
HEI                          Higher Education Institution (eg university, college)
HND                          Higher National Diploma – 2 year vocational qualification. Need
                             lower grades than a degree. Can lead to a full degree.
Insurance                    Your second choice acceptance. If you don‟t get the grades for
Acceptance                   your Firm Acceptance, you might get into your Insurance place.
LEA                          Local Education Authority
LNAT                         National Test for Law – needed for entry to some Law degrees at
www.lnat.ac.uk               Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, East Anglia, Glasgow,
                             Kings College, Manchester Met, Nottingham, Oxford, University
                             College. See LNAT website. See Year Office – we will pay for
                             you and register you. For Oxbridge – register by 15 Oct, do by 4
                             Oct; for others, register by 15 Jan, do by 20 Jan.
MSAT                         Medical Schools Admission Test – for entry to some medicine
                             degrees at Kings College, Queen Mary‟s, Warwick. Deadline Oct.
NMAS                         Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service – for applications to


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Jargon                       What it means
                             nursing diplomas (use UCAS for nursing degree courses)
Oxbridge                     Combined name for Oxford and Cambridge Universities
Personal Statement           Space on your UCAS application for you to give your reasons for
                             choosing a particular course etc
Sandwich course              A degree course where you alternate periods of time in university
                             and industry. Thin sandwich = 6 month blocks of time. Thick
                             sandwich = 12 month blocks.
Sponsorship                  Financial support from industry, commerce, charities or university
Stamford Test                UCAS on-line system for helping you find a suitable course.
TDA                          Training and Development Agency – provides information about
                             teaching careers
UCAS                         Universities and College Admission Service. www.ucas.com
UCAS Extra                   If you have no offers in March, you can make an extra choice
UCAS Tariff                  Points allocated to each entry qualification (see table).
UCAS Track                   On-line system for tracking progress of your application
UCAS Apply                   The UCAS on-line application system
UKCAT – see                  The new on-line UK Clinical Aptitude Test for students applying
website                      for dentistry and medicine in 2007 at: Aberdeen, Birmingham,
www.ukcat.ac.uk –            Brighton & Sussex, Cardiff, Dundee, Durham, East Anglia, Edinburgh,
do the test by               Glasgow, Hull/York, Keele, King‟s College, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester,
26/9/06                      Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Peninsula, Queen Mary (London),
                             Sheffield, Southampton, St Andrews, St George‟s (London)
Undergraduate                A students studying for a first degree (eg BA, BSc)
uniTEST                      Helps universities select students. See www.unitest.org.uk
Work experience              Vital for some applications eg medicine, nursing, midwifery,
                             teaching, veterinary.




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DATES & DEADLINES
March           Introduction to Higher Education searches.
April           Coursefinder profiles returned. Open Day visits can start.
                Research sponsorship opportunities. Consider a Gap Year
June            Your Future Conference – 21st June.
July            Interviews with tutors in preparation for reference-writing.
                Draft personal statement.
                Research on universities and courses continues. Shortlist your choices
August          Collect AS results. Confirm grades match places you apply to
September Decisions made on courses & institutions
                Personal statement completed. UCAS on-line application completed
Sept 22nd       Our deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, medical, dentistry, veterinary.
October 1st CUKAS deadline (music conservatoires)
                Requests to subject teachers for statements to use in reference – ask for
                the orange sheet from the Year Office
Oct 15th        Official deadline for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry veterinary.
                UCAS forms completed and checked. Reference written by tutor
Oct 20th        Deadline for completed UCAS forms to arrive in Year office
Dec 15th        Deadline for NMAS applications
Jan 15th        Applications received by UCAS after this date are LATE.
February        Check deadlines for rejecting or accepting offers
March 7th       Recommended deadline for Route B Art & Design courses
Mid March UCAS Extra is triggered for eligible candidate
End April       You should have all your replies by now and must make your decisions
April/May       Students choose one or two offers to “keep” – one firm offer and one
                insurance offer. This is a contract and if you get the grades required you
                will be expected to take up the offer.
June 30th       UCAS stops accepting late applications. Clearing starts
August 17th Results Day - Sixth form staff will be in College to help.
End Aug         Year 12 students register for Year 13 courses



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DECIDING ON A COURSE
Decision                           Details
Use one of the following websites to help you find the right course for you:
www.coursefinder.com; www.ucas.com (Stamford test) and thinks about these things:-
Academic or vocational?            Some courses are aimed directly at a particular type of
                                   employment field (vocational). Others are more general.
Accommodation                      Cost and quality of accommodation varies a lot. Your choices
                                   include:
                                          Hall – student accommodation. Not always on the
                                           same site as the university. Can be fully catered (all
                                           meals provided – expensive), part-catered (you have to
                                           do some meals for yourself), self-catering (you do
                                           your own meals usually in a shared kitchen), en-suite
                                           (expensive but you have your won bathroom facilities),
                                           shared or single (two students in one room or a room
                                           of your own), single sex or mixed sex (the Halls have
                                           men only, women only or a mixture)
                                          Student house (shared with others). Self-catered.
                                           Sometimes arranged through the university;
                                           sometimes through an agency.
                                          Home – much cheaper. Only practicable if you study
                                           near to your home. Miss out on full experience.
Art & Design                       Two possible admission routes – A and B. Our students
                                   mostly use route A which is the same process as other
                                   subjects. If your teachers think Route B is appropriate,
                                   seek further advice from the Year Office. Route B course
                                   codes start with the letter E.
Assessment                         Do you prefer a course with lots of exams or one with lots
                                   of coursework and practical assessment?
Bursaries                          Some universities are offering more generous financial
                                   packages than others. Check this out. But do not go to a
                                   university simply because they offer a cuddly toy.
Campus or not?                     Many rural universities are campus-based with most of the
                                   university facilities on one site. More intimate, easy to make
                                   friends. But can be isolated and claustrophobic. Transport
                                   costs can be a problem.


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Decision                           Details
Choice                             Some courses offer a wide variety of optional modules.
                                   With others there‟s less choice.
City or rural?                     Cities are lively, vibrant and exciting but they can also be
                                   expensive, crowded and polluted.
Class sizes                        This varies enormously. Some classes / tutorial groups are
                                   very small; others are much larger.
Cost of living                     Different places cost different amounts.
Course content                     Read the course details carefully. Courses with the same
                                   name can cover very different work at different
                                   universities. Beware! Read the University Prospectus
                                   carefully and look at the „About this course‟ section of the
                                   Course Entry Profiles on the UCAS website.
Course structure                   Do you prefer a modular approach (units of work lasting
                                   several months) or a linear approach? Pros and cons in both.
                                   What suits you best?
Course type                        Decide from the following:
                                   Foundation Course – often required for Art courses. Can be
                                   done at places like Yorkshire Coast College. Not a Higher
                                   Education Course so no student loans.
                                   Foundation degree – usually for people in employment
                                   Foundation Year - Even with good A Levels you might not
                                   have what it takes to start a particular course right away.
                                   So, some courses offer a Foundation Year – eg some Art,
                                   Engineering and Medicine courses.
                                   HND - If you‟re unlikely to get the qualifications you need
                                   for a degree (2 A Levels minimum) or if you prefer a shorter
                                   more vocational course, you could do an HND (you must have
                                   studied 2 A levels or equivalent but need to pass only 1 A
                                   level)
                                   Degree – minimum three years of study. Minimum of 2 A
                                   Levels or equivalent needed. Vocational or academic choice.
Deferred entry                     Some students will apply in 2006/7 for a start in 2008. This
                                   is called deferred entry. Make sure that the courses you
                                   are applying for accept deferred entries – don‟t just assume
                                   they will.


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Decision                           Details
                                   If you are deferring, do not apply for funding until the
                                   following year.
England, Northern                  Fees are different in Scotland and Wales to those charged
Ireland, Scotland or               in England and N.I. where most courses charge £3,000 per
Wales                              year In Wales, tuition fess for 2006 are around £1,200
                                   (£3,000 from 2007 onwards). In Scotland, fees will be
                                   around £1,700 per year (£2,700 for Medicine). Remember
                                   many Scottish courses last a year longer than English ones.
Entry requirements                 Check these very carefully. Are you doing subjects that the
                                   university will accept for your chosen course? Will you get
                                   the right grades / UCAS points for the course you‟re
                                   interested in. Have you studied enough units? It‟s vital to
                                   know what grades you‟re likely to get and choose courses
                                   that are relevant to these grades. If in any doubt, check
                                   the with course Admissions Tutor at the university. Refer
                                   to the UCAS Tariff page later in this booklet and ask for
                                   advice from the Year Office or Flo Sawer.
Foundation Degree                  Foundation degree – usually for people in employment
Foundation Course (Art)            Foundation Course – often required for Art courses. Can be
                                   done at places like Yorkshire Coast College. Not a Higher
                                   Education Course so no student loans.
Foundation Year                    Even with good A Levels you might not have what it takes to
                                   start a particular course right away. So, some courses a
                                   offer a Foundation Year – eg some Art, Engineering and
                                   Medicine courses.
How many choices?                  You need to find a maximum of 6 courses but:
                                          You have only four choices for medicine, dentistry,
                                           veterinary (the remaining 2 can be for related
                                           courses;
                                          you can only apply to Oxford OR Cambridge (not both)
                                           in any one year
                                          You can only have 3 Route B Art & Design courses.
Live at home?                      It‟s not easy when you live here but some students travel to
                                   Teesside or Scarborough on a daily basis. Much cheaper
                                   than living away from home but you miss out on some of the



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Decision                           Details
                                   experiences of „real‟ student life.
Location                           Near home or far from home. Benefits in both! Perhaps
                                   best to strike a happy medium by choosing somewhere not
                                   too near and not too far. High transport costs if you‟re a
                                   long way away.
Nursing                            You can apply for a Nursing degree (through UCAS) or a
                                   Nursing Diploma (through NMAS). You apply for funding as
                                   usual and they ask the NHS to send you the forms in June.
Open Days                          Do find the time and money to attend Open Days for the
                                   places you intend to apply to. It‟s the only way to get a
                                   proper „feel‟ for a place – and you will be living there for
                                   three years or more so it‟s important to get it right. Check
                                   www.ucas.com for dates or look in the Open Days Book (L5 or
                                   Year Office). See www.opendays.com
Popularity of course               Popular courses can demand higher entry grades. If you‟re
                                   applying for an over-subscribed course, apply early, be
                                   realistic about your grades, have relevant work experience,
                                   make your personal statement stand out and have a back up.
Professional                       Some courses offer professional qualifications as part of
qualifications                     the course – eg QTS (Qualified teacher Status)
Quality of course                  How do you know that the course you‟re applying for has a
                                   good reputation? It‟s difficult to know for sure! However,
                                   you can look at books such as Heaps‟ Degree Course Offers,
                                   The Guardian University Guide, The Times Good University
                                   Guide, Hotcourses Guide, Art & Design Directory. There are
                                   also some websites to help: www.tqi.ac.uk,
                                   www.educationguardian.co.uk/universityguide2006,
                                   www.hesa.ac.uk, www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews
                                   Universities asking for the highest grades are not always
                                   the best.
Sandwich course or not?            Some courses have periods in industry as part of the course.
                                   This means they last for an extra year. Real benefits in
                                   getting practical experience and, maybe, a job for the
                                   future.
Small or large                     Would a small university where things are a bit more
                                   personal suit you better than a large university where you


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Decision                           Details
                                   can be anonymous? Fewer facilities at a small one though.
Social life                        If this is important to you, check out how active the social
                                   scene is at the university. The Students Union often
                                   provides a wide range of social opportunities. City-based
                                   universities have a lively social scene.
Study facilities                   These are far better in some places than others. Check out
                                   library facilities, computer access etc.
What to study                      There are over 50,000 courses to choose from! Do your
                                   research and find a subject that interests and excites you.
                                   Do Coursefinder or try the Stamford Test (at
                                   www.ucas.com) to help. Also look at the Search section of
                                   www.ucas.com, www.aimhigher.com,
                                   www.coursediscoveronline.com, www.hotcourses,com,
                                   www.ukcoursefinder.com,
What‟s right for you               Weigh up all the factors above and you‟ll eventually come up
                                   with the right course for you
Withdrawing                        Once you‟ve accepted an offer (either Firm or Insurance),
                                   you can only withdraw from the course to accept a course
                                   somewhere else if the university you accepted „releases‟ you.
                                   Otherwise, you can withdraw completely and re-apply the
                                   next year if you wish.
                                   If you wish to withdraw your application from one or more
                                   courses before they‟ve made their decisions about offering
                                   you a place, you need to contact the admissions tutor at the
                                   university(ies) and they will let UCAS know.




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UCAS TARIFF – POINTS SYSTEM

            AS / A Levels                             BTEC Nationals              Points

AS              A Level          A Level          Award           Certificate

                Single           Double

                                 AA                               DD             240

                                 AB                                              220

                                 BB                               DM             200

                                 BC                                              180

                                 CC                               MM             160

                                 CD                                              140

                A                DD               D               MP             120

                B                DE                                              100

                C                EE               M               PP             80

A               D                                                                60

B                                                                                50

C               E                                 P                              40

D                                                                                30

E                                                                                20




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UCAS – OFFERS AND UNITS
1.    Some courses ask for grades eg BBC; others ask for points eg 280; some ask for
      so many points (or grades) from so many units.
2.    Units refer to:
            3 units = AS (Advanced Subsidiary GCE)
            6 units = A Level or BTEC National Award
            12 units = A Level Double award or BTEC National Certificate
3.    Some courses prefer students to have studied a certain number of units eg 21
      units preferred (equivalent of 3 A Levels plus 1 AS Level). Check all these things
      carefully before applying.
4.    Some courses ask for so many points from qualifications larger than 3. eg if the
      course requires 240 points it might also say that 180 of them need to come from
      qualifications larger than 3 units (in other words from 6 or 12 unit awards such as
      A Levels or BTEC Nationals). This is to ensure that students cannot achieve the
      points required for the course simply by getting a load of AS Levels.
5.    The UCAS website gives course entry requirements –
            Go to the UCAS website www.ucas.com
            Click on Course Search
            Click on courses starting in 2007 (available from June 2006)
            Look for courses using one of the three options (Search, Subject search or
             Course code search)
            A list of courses appears
            Click on one of them
            Click on Entry requirements or Entry Profile
            Click on English, Welsh and Northern Irish Qualifications
            Read what is says under Units, Tariff Points and Grades


6.    MUSIC EXAMS: Grade 6, 7 and 8 Music exams with ABRSM, Guildhall, LCMM,
      Rockschool and Trinity attract some points. See UCAS website or ask at the Year
      Office.




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SEARCHING FOR COURSES
www.ucas.com
    1. If you don‟t know what course might suit you, do the STAMFORD TEST first –
       click on Stamford Test on the UCAS home page.
    2. Enter your details (our region is Yorkshire & Humberside)
    3. You then answer a whole series of questions where the response is Yes, No,
       Possibly – take care with these answers as they determine what courses are
       suggested for you.
    4. You are then presented with a list of possible subject areas – links take you to
       the relevant course pages.
    5. If you know which subject area you are interested in you can skip the Stamford
       Test and go directly to the UCAS Course search section.
    6. Go to the UCAS Home Page. Click on Course Search
    7. At the moment (early 2006), you can only look at courses starting in 2006 but
       later on the 2007 courses will be available.
    8. There are three ways to search which are explained on the screen. On the first
       way of searching, you enter the subject(s) that interest you; in course type you
       enter Degree and Full-time; you can choose to search in all institutions or select
       one; you can choose to search in one or more regions; and, finally, you can ask for
       specific requests such as Route B (Art& Design), courses leading to Qualified
       Teacher Status, courses leading to other professional qualifications.
    9. Then click Search. The results are listed by university and you can click on any
       course to see more details. On the course page, you can look at entry
       requirements and click on the English (etc) button.

www.coursediscoveronline.co.uk
    1. On your first visit you need a password – i19f-16505-0a6-241 (the 0 is a zero not
       the letter O). The password changes each year – check in L5. Click on HE and FE.
    2. Click on Add New Subject and add a subject you are interested in. In Best Match
       Found, click arrow. You can add other subjects at any time.
    3. Click on Add New Location – and choose a region or county from the map. You can
       add other regions or counties at any time.
    4. Click on Add Course Level and choose Degree.
    5. Click on Add Tariff Points and enter the number of UCAS points you‟re likely to
       get (use the Calculator if you don‟t know). Click Add Points to search.


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    6. Click Add Study Method and click on Full-time.
    7. When you‟re happy with your selections, click SEARCH.
    8. By clicking on each course, you can find more details.
    9. If you think you might use this search again, you can save it – click the Save
       Search button.

www.hotcourses.com
    1. It‟s a similar system to UCAS but here they refer to the kind of courses most of
       our students are looking for as First degrees or Undergraduate courses.
    2. Once again, you select the level (First degree), the location, the subject, the
       study mode (full-time), the location (the choice is anywhere in the UK), England
       only or London).
    3. The courses are then listed for you with links to further information.
    4. There‟s lots more information on the Hotcourses website related to funding and
       other issues.

www.ukcoursefinder.com
    1. Similar methods used here for searching for courses.

www.aimhigher.ac.uk
    1. Click on the courses tab for information about choosing courses, course search,
       open days, ordering prospectuses and frequently asked questions.
    2. It then provides links to the other search websites referred to above.

www.learndirect-advice.co.uk
This allows you to search for all levels of courses – not just degrees.

What is a ‘good’ university
    1. This is not straightforward However, universities are measured in various ways
       and there are websites to help you assess teaching quality, the research they do,
       how well their students do and how many get jobs at the end of it.

www.educationguardian.co.uk/universityguide2006
www.tqi.ac.uk                    www.hesa.ac.uk                   www.planning.ed.ac.uk
Also look at books such as Heaps Degree Course Offers, The Guardian University Guide,
The Times Good University Guide, Hotcourses Guide, Art & Design Directory.




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COMPLETING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
1.        Go to www.ucas.com/apply
2.        Click on Student login, 2007 entry
3.        On your first visit to the website, you need to Register
4.        The „buzzword‟ which you will need the first time you register is WCCUNI07.
5.        UCAS will give you a username when you register it.
6.        You will then have to provide:
              a. a password which must have 6 to 14 characters and include at least one
                 number
              b. a security question and an answer to it
7.        Keep this information safe but also keep it secret.
8.        Remember your username, password and security answer.
9.        On later visits, you simply log in using these details
10.       When you have finished your session, log out using the Log Out button
11.       DO NOT use the x in the top right corner of the window to log out.
12.       The application form is in sections (courses, education, employment, about you,
          personal statement).
13.       Work on each section and mark each as Finished.
14.       If you need help, click on the buttons “How to use apply” or “Help”.



A BRIEF GUIDE TO EACH SECTION OF APPLY

1. ABOUT YOU
Registration details
     a.     Straightforward. This is the information you typed in when you registered.
Further details
     b.     Previous name – for most students, leave blank
     c.     Home address (if different) – for most students, leave blank
     d.     Country of Birth – for most this is England
     e.     Nationality – for most students, this is UK National



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   f.    Dual nationality – for most, leave blank
   g.    Area of Permanent residency – for most students this is North Yorkshire. Some
         might live outside North Yorkshire eg Redcar & Cleveland.
   h.    Residential Category – for most students this is A UK Citizen/EU National
Criminal convictions – be honest!
Student support
   i.    Fee Code – 02 LEA, SAAS, NI, Ed/Lib Boards, DfES
   j.    Student Support Arrangements – the LEA you live in (usually North Yorkshire)
Disability/special needs
   k.    Disability/special needs – give details because they might be able to give help
Additional information
   l.    Ethnic origin – put in what ethnic category you wish. For most this is category 11
   m.    National Identity – for most this is British
   n.    Dual nationality – for most students, leave blank
   o.    Summer school attended (if any)
   p.    Occupational background – the job done by the parent who earns most (this has
         no influence on your application; it‟s just for their information)

2. COURSES
   a.    You can have up to 6 choices but you only have 4 choices for medicine,
         veterinary, dentistry and only 1 choice for Oxbridge.
   b.    You don‟t need to use up all your choices if you don‟t want to.
   c.    If you don‟t use all your choices now, you can add other later through UCAS
         Track or by ringing UCAS.
   d.    Enter the Institute code (click ? if you don‟t know)
   e.    Course code (click ? if you don‟t know)
   f.    Campus code is sometimes needed if the university has more than one location
         for its courses (click ? if you don‟t know)
   g.    Further details requested – some courses ask you about this. Check the box on
         the course description on the UCAS website.
   h.    Home – are you living at home whilst studying and travelling every day?
   i.    Defer – do you want to defer (put off) your entry for a year? Check that the
         university allows this for your course.


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   j.    Point of entry – don‟t worry about this. It‟s only for students who are not
         starting their course in Year 1.

3. EDUCATION
   a.    Enter details of WCC
   b.    WCC centre number 48181
   c.    Answer Yes to the question about another secondary school
   d.    Add either Caedmon or Eskdale (for most students)
   e.    Caedmon is centre number 48178
   f.    Eskdale is centre number 48183
   g.    Add the qualifications you already have and ones that you are currently studying
         for. When you click the Add a qualification button, you see a list of
         qualifications. We use only three of these:
                     i. GCSE/GCE: The relevant ones are: GCSE; GCSE Double Award;
                        GCSE Short Course; GCSE in Vocational Subjects; GCE Advanced
                        Subsidiary (NEW) – in other words AS Level; GCE Advanced Level;
                    ii. Vocational: AVCE 6 units; AVCE Double Award (12 Units); BTEC
                        National Award; BTEC National Certificate (New); BTEC First
                        Certificate; Part One GNVQ; Foundation GNVQ; Intermediate
                        GNVQ
                   iii. Other – for things such as Music qualifications, drama and Additional
                        Admissions tests (eg BMAT, LNAT)
   h.    If you have received AS grades, you must include them, even if you are re-
         sitting some units.
   i.    You will be invited to include module results for completed qualifications. Some
         courses will use this information to help them in the selection process.
   j.    If you declined an AS grade you do not need to include it.
   k.    See the UCAS booklet „07 Applying Online’ for details.
   l.    The date to put is the date you received your results – in the vast majority of
         cases this is August.
   m.    The exam boards are shown on a separate page in this booklet.
   n.    If you do a BTEC course, enter your BTEC registration number
   o.    Music qualifications can be entered in the Other category




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4. EMPLOYMENT
   a.    Include any part-time work, holiday jobs etc.
   b.    Do NOT include work experience – this can be referred to in your personal
         statement.

5. PERSONAL STATEMENT
   a.    See below for help with your Personal Statement
   b.    Also see the UCAS booklet „07 Applying Online‟.
   c.    You can use 4,000 characters (each letter or a space is counted as a character)
         and you can use up to 47 lines
   d.    It‟s best to prepare your statement in Word first where you can check the
         number of lines and characters: File | Properties | click on the Statistics tab.
   e.    Use Times New Roman font, 12 point
   f.    Do not use formatting such as bold or italic until you‟ve pasted it into Apply.
   g.    When you‟ve pasted it to Apply, preview it to make sure it fits and then save it.

6. VIEW ALL
   a.    You can see what information you‟ve entered so far.




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PERSONAL STATEMENT
You have 47 lines or 4,000 characters available for your personal statement. Prepare it
in Word where you can check the number of lines and characters by clicking as follows:
File | Properties | click on the Statistics tab and you‟ll see the information you need.

This is a suggested plan but refer to the copies of previous statements that follow.

Paragraph 1

Why have you chosen the course? What interests you about it? What do you know
about it? What career plans do you have? Try your best to be really enthusiastic about
what you are applying for.

Paragraph 2

The Advanced level courses that you have followed, indicating any parts of the course
that you have particularly enjoyed or are relevant to the courses you are applying for.
Reasons for having a Gap Year (if you are).

Paragraph 3

Work experience – both Year 10 and Year 12 – and any part-time jobs or voluntary work,
especially if they‟re relevant to the course. Indicate any particular responsibilities and
skills that are involved. Work Experience is particularly important when applying for
nursing, medicine, veterinary or teaching.

Paragraph 4

Sports, hobbies, anything extra to your studies. If you put reading, mention your latest
book or two – similarly music. Travel or other responsibilities – treasurer of club, etc,
should come into this paragraph

Paragraph 5

The final grovelling – “I have enjoyed my Advanced level course but I am now ready for
a new challenge etc.

Try to get the grammar, spelling and punctuation right.

If you have space, leave a blank line between paragraphs.


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EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL STATEMENTS
English

' "The time has come" the Walrus said, "To talk of many things..." '

I am looking forward to a creative challenge at university. Lewis Carroll's stories and poems
are great favourites of mine. His words paint pictures and allow my imagination to run riot.
"Jabberwocky" is such a brain spinning creation and is one of my top ten poems of all time
(other people may argue with me about this inclusion). I like working with other people and
am especially interested in the 'worlds' in which I live and the people who share them with
me. I believe that everyday brings new experiences, opportunities and adventures.

Of the three subjects I have studied at AS Level, Psychology has changed the way I perceive
people, Art has allowed me expression and creativity, but English has fired my enthusiasm for
further study.

During the last three years I have had a variety of different work experiences. In 2002 my
summer placement was at Whitby Hospital, where I used my people skills to care for others. In
summer 2003 I worked as a classroom assistant at the Steiner School in Botton Village, Danby.
Their inventive approach to teaching was exciting and rewarding. I have also worked this year
at Sleights Primary School, again as a classroom assistant. At weekends I am employed as a
chambermaid at Fayvan Holiday Apartments Whitby, which requires an astonishingly high level
of organisational skills and energy despite its menial job description! During the summer
holidays 2002 and 2004 I have worked as a volunteer and then a paid worker on the Interactive
Play Scheme in Whitby. I loved being involved in this and it also gave me the chance to work
with special needs children.

In my free time I enjoy playing with paint and paper and I am a bookworm, so I am often 'away
with the fairies'. I listen to music with friends and one of them is teaching me to play the
bass guitar. I am a proficient skier and I have my Royal Yachting Association certificate. I
am hoping to gain writing experience by taking part in the TES National Newspaper Day next
year. I am a committed Christian and attend church and youth fellowship meetings every week.
I love travelling and experiencing other cultures and in the last few years have visited
Egypt, Italy, Arizona, New York and Mexico. I have also spent time in Paris as part of my 'A'
Level studies with my college.

Philip Pullman's writing has been inspirational; he amazes me. I get lost in his words. Alice
Sebolds' 'Lovely Bones' made me think so much and 'Holes' has put me off onions forever! I
know university will give me both academic qualifications and an unforgettable life
experience. Creating poetry, prose and art gives me real personal pleasure and I hope to use
my interest and enthusiasm in these subjects to benefit others and myself in the future.




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Sport
'Champions aren't made in the gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside
them: a desire, a dream, a vision.'

Perhaps the possibilities of me being a great champion like Muhammad Ali who wrote this, are
pretty slim. However I can still hold the ambition and self belief to aim for the top of our
sporting world to be a champion. There are champions inside us all. Higher education is one
of the keys which can unlock my potential and allow me to help others realise theirs. My
desire, dream and vision is to fulfil my ambitions in sport, and achieve a full and deeper
understanding of it.

Sport is a way of life for me; therefore it was an obvious choice to study at A level.
Alongside PE I an also studying Biology and Art. Biology aids my PE, filling in the gaps of
physical theories. Art allows me to release my creative side, which I enjoy. I have travelled
with the Art department twice to Paris, a real historical education. Art really helps me to
widen my horizon and see more in the environment, buildings, landscapes, sculpture etc.
However since primary school, sport has always held my major interest and effort; the deeper
I can study into sport the higher I can achieve individually. It helps me to concentrate and
focus on all aspects of life. The attributes which are needed to excel in sport are also
needed to succeed in life.

During the last 3 years I have completed 3 weeks of work experience; two weeks of these were
in schools. Eskdale Secondary School in the PE department was a great insight into teaching
for me, I was honoured with the amount of responsibility and trust I was given. I also spent
a week in Carnegie Sports Centre at Leeds Met University I gained a lot of insight into the
sports industry and a great taste of 'uni life.' I have a part time job in a fish and chip
restaurant which fits around my lifestyle. Due to my leadership qualities I have been promoted
to floor manager, not that I condone eating fish and chips on a regular basis! I have matured
over the past year. I have obtained coaching qualifications in basketball and football. I now
aid at regular basketball camps and coach an under 14 girls football team. I am hoping to
gain more coaching awards in other sports over the coming year. I get a lot of satisfaction
from helping others gain enjoyment from sport.

Throughout my childhood, and up until now, my sporting ambitions have been pushed further and
further. My major sporting achievements are Scarborough and District Sports Woman of the
Year, county colours in netball, cross country, and football, being scouted and asked to play
for Sheffield Hatters, the leading woman's basketball team in England. I have also repeatedly
represented the district in hockey, netball, basketball, tennis, cross country and athletics.
Alongside sporting achievements I have also been voted a Senior Student, by my fellow
students and teachers, and been asked to join the Whitby and District Sports Council. Sport
helps me to enjoy life socially. I have been skiing several times and if opportunities arise
I feel confident to tackle challenges like the Great North run and outdoor pursuit weekends.

Until now I have enjoyed all the challenges presented by my education, but I feel I am ready to
progress to the next level to unleash my full potential; this is where you come in!


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Art
Great art picks up where nature ends-Marc Chagall

This quote really helped me to think about where I had been and where I hope to go. Over the
past few years the creative aspect of my life has become very important to me. I hope to take
this as far as I can in the future.

In year twelve I studied a GNVQ (Intermediate level) in Art and Design. I achieved a
Distinction grade in all the units and I was awarded two Art Honour Awards for 'Success' and
'Achievement' in Art and Design by the College. This led to my progression to Advanced level
in the subject.

AVCE Art and Design is a broad based creative course. I have worked in a variety of Media and
Materials in 2D and 3D. I have produced large and small scale pieces of work. In the 'Natural
Forms' unit, I worked on large scale mark-making drawings with the theme of Still Life. In a
tested unit I worked practically on small scale sculptures and models with the organic theme
of flowers. I particularly enjoyed the 'Stamp' and 'Working to a set brief' unit. In the
'Stamp' unit I was required to produce three styles (Hand Generated, Lens Based and Print
Based). The favourite stamp being the 'Print Based', as I got to look deeply into the work of
one of my favourite artists, Turner and produced a successful seascape engraving. I was
selected to design and produce a trophy for the 'Whitby in Bloom' competition. I worked very
closely with the local council but was given complete artistic licence, which allowed me to
develop new skills in metalwork and sculpture.

I derive an immense amount of satisfaction from being around other people, but I still know
how to enjoy my own company. I work part time as a sales assistant in a local store where I
am required to handle money and also to deal with customer service. I find this to be
enjoyable as I am constantly interacting with people and trying to help them with their
problems and enquiries. I would say that communication would be one of my strengths. I am
often told that I hold 'life knowledge' that is beyond my years. I have had two work
experience placements and I am hoping for another placement this year. In year 10 I worked at
the College's local weather station. This was very beneficial as I grew fascinated with the
sky, a very common theme in my work. I have also done some woodwork placements, where I was
able to create frames for some of my artwork.

I enjoy listening to music and watching films. I am always looking for new challenges, for
instance this year I walked up Ben Nevis, this opened my eyes to the diversity of nature and
a great amount of pain to the legs too! I now wish to live my life to its fullest and tackle
each new day as an adventure. The outdoors are a constant source of inspiration; I paint
landscapes in my spare time. The love of walking allowed me to explore and expand my vision
of the outdoors.

I enjoy all aspects of Art and Design and now hope to progress. I have the passion to study
and constantly looking within myself to develop my skills to a higher standard. I feel that I
have much to offer and to learn.


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Engineering

Ever since the invention of the light bulb or the internal combustion engine, the science of
engineering has been one of the most rapidly developing subjects experienced by mankind, with
new boundaries of what is possible being extended continuously. Inspired by this spectacular
development, engineering is a field in which I wish to be involved with in the future.

I chose to study Maths, Physics and Biology at A level as they give a variety of choice for
the future. It is my particular enjoyment of Maths and Physics that interests me in
engineering as I enjoy the challenge of working through problems logically. Major projects at
GCSE and AS level have involved me in building a smoke alarm and programming various control
systems into a PIC chip. These projects have aroused a keen interest in the electronic side
of engineering.

My Yr 10 work experience placement was at Danby Primary School. The most enjoyable part of
the two weeks was helping the children in their Science lessons where they were learning the
basics of building electronic circuits, together with their DT lessons in which they were
constructing projectiles out of pop bottles and other useful materials. This helped steer me
towards the type of career I would like to pursue in the future.

I play football for the college team, a local team and for the past two years for North
Yorkshire U19. This has been particularly enjoyable as the high standard of football is a
challenge and the team has travelled around the country playing various counties. In my spare
time I like to ride my mountain bike to get into the open and to get fresh air into my lungs.
Most recently I have taken my bike to France where the world championships were taking place.
This was most enjoyable as riding down mountains was a completely different challenge to that
of the North York moors and there were a number of world championship riders around. The
mechanic in me often fixes broken parts for my friends' bikes, most recently building a new
wheel from scratch after a particularly careless friend ran over it in his car. Around the
house I am always fixing broken items instead of buying new ones and in recent times have
fixed a CD multi-changer that stopped working, which I found very satisfying. Occasionally I
help build computers from scratch usually installing the hardware side of the computers.

The A levels I am taking have taught me a great deal but I now want to focus in depth at a
specific university course with the prospects a career in electronic engineering has to
offer. I am looking forward to the challenge and experience that university life has to offer
and would like to make a positive difference in the engineering world.




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Teaching

Working with young children is a profession I would love to do in the future and one that I
would enjoy thoroughly. I have had much encouragement from friends and family, especially my
mum who also works with young children as an Advanced Teaching Assistant. I know that this is
a career I would particularly enjoy doing in the future because I have found my work
experiences, baby sitting and working with children very beneficial and rewarding to me.

I am currently studying for my A levels in Maths, Psychology and ICT and I have also done an
AS level in General studies. I have enjoyed all of my courses but I have found psychology
particularly interesting. However my maths and ICT have proved to be very beneficial in my
knowledge and development of skills.

For both of my year 10 and year 12 work experiences, I went to Stakesby School Nursery. Over
the two weeks that I was there, I did a range of activities, with both groups of children and
individual children, from interactive play with them, to reading them stories and helping
them with various tasks including tasks on the computer. I found it very satisfying and the
experience very valuable. I also do a lot of baby sitting on a regular basis for a number of
different families and in particular for two families on a regular weekly basis. I have a
part-time job as a casual recreational assistant at Whitby Leisure Centre, which involves me
being a coach at children's bouncy castle and sport parties. The job requires me to organise
activities and games for them to do and generally monitoring the activities from a safety
aspect. I have also recently gained my life guarding qualification, which enables me to
lifeguard at the leisure centre's swimming pool.

In my free time I enjoy keeping active and going to different clubs and activities. I have
been swimming since the age of 5 and I am a member of the Whitby Seals swimming squad. I
attend training three times a week and also participate in galas held on various Saturdays
throughout the year; I am currently vice captain. I have also been doing disco and ballet
since the age of 6. I have passed my Peggy Spenser award in disco, which is one of the
highest levels achievable and am currently doing my grade 8 in ballet, which is also one of
the top awards. I am in the Church choir and attend Church every Sunday and Friday. I am part
of a guiding unit where I am a young leader. I help to organise, run and participate in
different activities for the guides which I find very rewarding. I achieved my Baden Powell
award, which is the highest award that can be gained by a guide, at the age of 15. I enjoy
playing the piano and clarinet in my spare time and I am currently at grade 6 in piano and
grade 7 in clarinet. I attend a music workshop every Saturday morning where I play my
clarinet. I also take part in various music concerts held throughout the year.

I have enjoyed studying at Advanced Level and I have learnt a lot from each subject. However,
I now feel ready to focus on a specific course at university. I have found the above
experiences very rewarding and I am looking forward to the challenges that university life
will give me.




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Science

"Pollution happens in the other people's rivers, starvation is at least two worlds away and
conservation only applies to the other guy".
Professor David Bellamy (The Great seasons)

This quotation reflects the view of many people in today's world. It is not my view; I think
that our environment is of great importance and should be protected and preserved for future
generations. This is one of the main reasons I would like to study environmental science or
an animal science related field as I have always loved the countryside and our natural
wildlife and would like to help preserve it.

The advanced level courses that I am currently taking are Biology, Business and Economics and
Information communication Technology all at A2. The Ecology module in biology was of
particular interest to me as I enjoyed the work on ecosystem. I have also enjoyed my AS
coursework in ICT where I designed a new invoice system for a company using Excel. In
Business and Economics I have found the work on globalisation very interesting. I think the
combination of the courses I have taken should provide a good basis for further learning at
degree level.

Over the last two years I have enjoyed the time I spent on work experience when, I went to
the local veterinary practice in Whitby and here I helped prepare the animals for their
operations and helped with the day to day running of the practice. I also did work experience
for Network a charity which has a centre in Whitby which gives help and advice to people in
Whitby who need it. I also have a part time job in the office of an Agricultural Engineer.
This has helped me with my communication and book-keeping skills. On weekends I help my
grandmother with the bed and breakfast and camping site business which she runs on her farm.

Living in a small village in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park I appreciate its beauty.
I am lucky that I can take full advantage of the changing scenery and like going for long
walks with my two dogs and mountain biking with my friends and family. My favourite book at
the moment is the Lord of the rings trilogy by J.R Tolkein and after seeing the films I would
love to visit New Zealand, especially since my aunt has just bought a plot of land there.
When I'm not busy working I enjoy going to the cinema with my friends or going camping. As
you can tell I love the outdoor life and like to see nature at first hand. The skills that I
have are good organisation skills and I'm good at budgeting and a good team leader. I think
that these skills will help and be of use when I go to university.

I have enjoyed my A level courses at Whitby Community College and I am looking forward to the
new challenges that university will bring.




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EXAM BOARDS 2005 TO 2007 - GCSE/GNVQ
                                 SUBJECT                                      EXAM BOARD
ART                                                                         AQA
BUSINESS STUDIES                                                            OCR
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – FOOD                                                    AQA
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – GRAPHICS                                                AQA
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – RESISTANT MATERIALS                                     AQA
DRAMA                                                                       EDEXCEL
ELECTRONICS                                                                 WJEC
ENGLISH LITERATURE                                                          AQA
ENGLISH                                                                     AQA
FRENCH                                                                      AQA
GEOGRAPHY                                                                   OCR
GERMAN                                                                      AQA
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE                                                        AQA
HISTORY                                                                     AQA
HUMAN BIOLOGY                                                               AQA
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                                                      OCR
MANUFACTURING                                                               OCR
MATHEMATICS                                                                 EDEXCEL
MUSIC                                                                       EDEXCEL
RELIGIOUS STUDIES                                                           EDEXCEL
SCIENCE                                                                     AQA
RELIGIOUS STUDIES (SHORT COURSE)                                            EDEXCEL


CAEDMON / ESKDALE GCSE COURSESICT                                           AQA
STATISTICS                                                                  AQA




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EXAM BOARDS 2005 TO 2007 - A/AS/AVCE/BTEC
                                  SUBJECT                                      EXAM BOARD
ART                                                                         AQA
ART AND DESIGN AVCE                                                         OCR
ART AND DESIGN BTEC                                                         EDEXCEL
BUSINESS AVCE                                                               OCR
BUSINESS BTEC                                                               EDEXCEL
BIOLOGY                                                                     AQA
CHEMISTRY                                                                   OCR
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY                                                           OCR
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS                                                      EDEXCEL
ENGINEERING (YEAR 13 2007)                                                  EDEXCEL
ENGINEERING (YEAR 13 2006)                                                  OCR
ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                            AQA
ENGLISH LITERATURE                                                          AQA
ENGLISH COMBINED                                                            AQA
ELECTRONICS                                                                 WJEC
FILM STUDIES                                                                WJEC
FRENCH                                                                      OCR
GEOGRAPHY                                                                   EDEXCEL
GERMAN                                                                      OCR
GENERAL STUDIES                                                             EDEXCEL
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE                                                        AQA
HISTORY                                                                     AQA
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                                                      AQA
LAW                                                                         OCR
MATHEMATICS                                                                 EDEXCEL
MATHEMATICS – FURTHER                                                       OCR
MANUFACTURING                                                               OCR
MUSIC                                                                       EDEXCEL
SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                  OCR
PERFORMANCE STUDIES                                                         OCR
PHYSICS                                                                     AQA
PSYCHOLOGY                                                                  AQA
RELIGIOUS STUDIES                                                           OCR




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UCAS APPLICATION STEPS
1.      Ask subject teachers for your likely grades at the end of Yr 13.
2.      Calculate your UCAS points from these grades – see UCAS Tariff
3.      Do your university research. Get help from the Year Office and The Connexions
        Personal Advisor.
4.      Register on-line. MAKE A NOTE OF YOUR USERNAME, PASSWORD AND
        SECURITY ANSWER
5.      Check that the grades given to your tutor by your subject teachers are good
        enough for the courses you‟re applying for
6.      Complete your research
7.      Work with your Group Tutor to devise your personal statement
8.      Give your subject teachers orange forms (available from the Year Office) so that
        they can write a subject reference for you
9.      Complete your on-line application form and personal statement. DO NOT „SEND
        TO REFEREE‟ at this stage
10.     Print out a copy of your application form. Place it in the UCAS IN tray on the
        rack in the Year Office
11.     Collect it the next day from the UCAS OUT tray on the same rack. If changes
        are needed, a pink slip will tell you what to do next
12.     If necessary, go on-line and make any changes that are suggested
13.     Re-print your amended form. Return the original print-out and the amended
        print-out to the UCAS IN tray
14.     Collect it the next day from the UCAS OUT tray
15.     When your application is considered to be complete with no more changes
        required, you will receive a lilac coloured slip
16.     Print out a copy for your file. Print out a second copy to give to your Group Tutor
        and ask the tutor to write a reference for you
17.     Go on-line and send your application to referee (it comes to the Year Office).
        You will need to pay the £15 fee by credit or debit card
18.     Ask at the Year Office to check your reference to make sure all your subjects
        are included and that the predicted grades are correct
19.     The Year Office attach your reference and send the form to UCAS
20.     You can check the progress of your application through UCAS Track


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21.     A letter will be sent to your home indicating that UCAS have received your
        application and showing the grades included on your reference
22.     You may be invited to attend for interview. If you are, we recommend that you
        ask the Year Office for a mock interview. Give us as much notice as possible
23.     You will receive conditional offers, or rejections
24.     Once you have all your offers or rejections, you have to choose one firm
        acceptance and, if you wish, one insurance acceptance
25.     BEWARE! If you do not confirm your firm (and insurance) offers by the deadline
        date, it is assumed you have declined ALL your offers – in other words, you lose
        your place. There is a 10 day „period of grace‟ but after that, you‟re declined.
26.     If you get the grades required by your firm acceptance, you are committed to
        going to your firm place
27.     If you don‟t get the grades for your firm acceptance but do get the grades for
        your insurance acceptance, you are committed to going to your insurance place
28.     If you have no place by March or April, you will enter the UCASEXTRA system
        which gives you a series of extra chances to apply to other courses
29.     If you still don‟t have a place come results day, you can enter the CLEARING
        system.

ROUTE B APPLICATIONS FOR ART & DESIGN
Check with the Year Office if you are in any doubt about Route A and Route B
applications for Art & Design. (Route B course codes start with the letter E).

ADDITIONAL TESTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
You may need to sit an additional admissions test - Refer to
http://www.ucas.com/tests/index.html.



Hepatitis B
If applying for medicine, veterinary, dentistry or other health-related courses you may
need immunization. Check with the university.




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TUITION FEES AND STUDENT LOANS
Tuition Fees – figures are approximate and are based on 2006 information
   Most courses in England and Northern Ireland will charge an annual tuition fee of
    around £3,000. It‟s cheaper in Scotland (£1,700 for most; £2,700 for medicine).
   Universities who charge more than £2,700 tuition fees must offer some kind of
    bursary to students receiving the full Higher Education grant
   Universities have their own bursary offers – check them out.
   You don‟t need to pay tuition fees whilst you are studying
Higher Education Grant – does not have ot be repaid
   Some families will get a Higher Education grant to help pay for fees.
   The amount of grant you get depends on family income – less than about £17,500
    and you‟ll get £2,700; between £17,500 and £37,400 you‟ll get part of the grant.
    Over £37,425 and you‟ll get nothing!
Tuition Fees Loan
   You can take out a loan for the amount you are charged for your fees
   You pay this back after you graduate
Maintenance Loans to cover Living Costs
   You can also take out a loan to cover living costs (£6,170 in London; £4,405
    elsewhere; £3,414 living at home)
   Everyone can get up to 75% of the loan
   Whether you get the other 25% depends upon your household income and how much
    Maintenance Grant you get (if any)
   You don‟t pay maintenance loans back until after you graduate
How to find out more about financial aspects of HE
   www.support4learning.org.uk      www.hotcourses.co.uk
   www.slc.co.uk tel: 0800 405010 www.aimhigher.ac.uk
   www.doh.gov.uk – for NHS bursaries or www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk
   www.direct.gov.uk/danceanddrama for dance and drama awards
   www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport       tel: 0800 731 9133
   www.studentsupportdirect.co.uk (to apply for loans on line)
   DfES Helpline 0800 731 9133
   www.dfes.gov.uk/financialhelp
   www.aimhigher.ac.uk



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USEFUL CONTACTS AND RESOURCES
Brian Heap‟s Degree Course Offers (available in L5)
Connexions Library - contains all sorts of HE resources and prospectuses
Conservatoires admissions – www.cukas.ac.uk
Council for Dance Education & Training www.cdet.org.uk
Dance & Drama Awards – www.direct.gov.uk/danceanddrama
DfES Helpline 0800 731 9133                      www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport
Health Care Students – www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk
Health Care Students helpline – 0845 358 6655, www.doh.gov.uk
Higher Education resources – www.aimhigher.ac.uk
National Council for Drama Training – www.ncdt.co.uk
NHS Student Grant Unit 0845 358 6655
Nursing – www.nmas.ac.uk, 0870 112 2206
Performing Arts Courses – 0800 731 9133
Quality of courses www.qaa.ac.uk, www.tqi.ac.uk, www.educationguardian.co.uk
Student Loan Company 0800 405010 - www.slc.co.uk
Student Loans – apply online – www.studentsupport.gov.uk
Student Support –ring 0845 6077577
Teaching – Training & Development Agency www.tda.gov.uk; 0870 112 2206
UCAS Fax – 012423 544961
UCAS helpline – 0870 1122211                     www.ucas.com
Uni FAQs booklet – download from www.guidance-services.co.uk

UCAS CARD
Apply online at www.ucas.com.ucascard – you need the number 13637
Advantages:
Information about HE
Regular emails about student issues
Free copy of the UCAS magazine You Can
Offers and reductions from various retailers

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