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					Higher Education Evening

   Wednesday 13th July 2011
     Outline of the evening
• Welcome & Overview-Mrs.
• UCAS and the role of Connexions
• Personal Finance
• University life-Mr. MacParland
• Important dates
You will be given vast amounts of
information while you look at HE
courses, and it is easy to feel lost. The
purpose of this talk is to provide some
We will cover:
       • Benefits of university
       • How to choose
       • How to apply

We hope to dispel myths and enable
you to make a more informed choice.
The earlier you start thinking about it –
the better.
              Benefits of University
Academic benefits
   • In-depth study of topics
   • Greater flexibility and choice
   • Be accountable to yourself
   • Study with experts in their field
   • Access to fantastic learning resources
   • Enjoy going to class

Social benefits
    • University will give you great new
    • Opportunity to meet exciting new people
    • Discover life in another part of the
    • Clubs and societies
    • Independence and freedom
           Benefits of University
Career benefits

   • More employers are
     demanding graduates
   • All degrees are attractive to
     employers because of
     transferable skills
   • A greater choice of career
   • Graduate fast track schemes
   • Potential to earn more money
     with a degree
                  How to choose
What’s out there?
   • There are 308 institutions
   • More than 55,000 courses in UCAS
   • Not just traditional Bachelors Degrees

Ideally choose your area of study first, and
then look at which institutions offer those

Don’t limit your options to your current subject

Consider the debate surrounding choosing
something you enjoy versus career prospects.

Look at methods of assessment.

Make your own decisions.
                   How to choose
Once you have chosen your course(s), look at
suitable universities.

Do you want a campus or a city university?

Consider the quality of the academic facilities.

Do the social facilities suit your personal

Research the quality, cost and availability of

Consider location and local amenities.

Could you see yourself living there for three
or four years?
                How to choose
Subject leaflets
‘Heap’ and other guides

Visit universities and talk to people

                 The UCAS tariff
     GCE/VCE Qualifications                       BTEC Nationals
A    AS Double    A   AVCE Double   UCAS
S     Award       2     Award       Points   Certificate     Diploma
                                     360                       DDD
                                     320                       DDM
                                     280                       DMM
                          AA         240        DD            MMM
                          AB         220
                          BB         200        DM             MMP
                          BC         180
                          CC         160        MM             MPP
                  *       CD         140
        AA        A       DD         120        MP             PPP
        AB                           110
        BB        B                  100
        BC                           90
        CC        C       DE         80         PP
A*      CD                           70
A       DD        D                  60
B       DE                EE         50
 How to apply…the UCAS form
Applications are made online at

The form is the university’s first point of
contact with you and is your chance to
make a good impression. It is worth putting
in the effort.

The form comprises of four sections:

    •   Personal details
    •   Qualifications
    •   Reference
    •   Personal statement
 How to apply…the UCAS form
Personal Details
    • Your name
    • Address, email address & telephone number
    • Date of birth & age on Sept 1st on year of entry
    • Course / institution / campus codes
    • Year of entry
    • Disabilities / special needs / medical conditions
    • Criminal convictions
    • Residential category code
    • Parental educational history
    • Ethnicity

    • Qualifications completed or certificated
    • Qualifications not yet completed or certificated

    • Predicted grades
    • Any mitigating circumstances
    • Character and academic reference
How to apply…the application calendar

        Sept 1st – UCAS application cycle opens

             Oct 15th – Oxbridge deadline
        Medical, Dentistry & Veterinary deadline

        Jan 15th – UCAS main scheme deadline
   Finance applications can be made from this point

  Applications received by UCAS & sent to institutions
How to apply…the application calendar

  Nov to March – Applicant invited for VISIT or

  Decisions made (Conditional, Unconditional,
          Unsuccessful) or UCAS Extra

   April to May – Applicant chooses FIRM &
              INSURANCE choices
    and finally…

   Sept or Oct –
   What can I do as a parent?
• Universities and Colleges Admission
  Services (UCAS) www.ucas.com
• Personal statement
• Open Days http://www.opendays.com
• Encourage your child’s aspiration
  realistically Guardian university tables
    Personal Statements –Why are
           they important?
•   Selection for interview
•   Selection for offer
•   Source of questions at interview
•   Borderline cases
What are admissions tutors looking
•   Interest in the course
•   Good spelling & grammar
•   Clearly written
•   Motivation
•   Balance of studies & hobbies
•   Work experience
•   Wider key skills – team work
•   Future career plans
     Structure of personal statements
•     6 paragraph rule

1.    Reasons for choice of course
2.    Relevant work experience
3.    School/College experience
4.    Interests & experience outside of school
5.    Sporting involvement
6.    Concluding statement
                        Admission Tests
•   BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
    For entry to medicine and veterinary schools.
•   English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
    For entry to English courses at the University of Oxford.
•   Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
    For entry into medicine.
•   History Aptitude Test (HAT)
    For entry to modern history and a joint honours degrees involving modern history at the University of
•   Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT)
    For entry to certain medical courses at the University of Ulster.
•   The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)
    For entry to law.
•   Modern and Medieval Languages Test (MML)
    For entry to modern and medieval languages at the University of Cambridge.
•   Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP)
    For entry to mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
•   Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA Cambridge)
    For entry to computer science, natural sciences, engineering and economics at the University of
•   Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA Oxford), formerly known as the PPE Admissions Test
    For entry to the philosophy, politics and economics, and the economics and management courses at
    the University of Oxford.
•   UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
    For entry to medical and dental schools.
   Student Finance
Or How to Enjoy Lentils
       Malcolm Scott
      Connexions Kent
Tuition fees for 2012
Up to £6,000 per year.
Up to £9,000 per year in
‘exceptional circumstances’ for
universities with access and
retention agreements for
students from disadvantaged
Paid through tuition fee loan
     Maintenance Grant 2012
Household Income     Help Available

  £25,000 or less   Full £3,250 Grant

 Between £25,000     Partial Grant
   and £42,600      between £3,250
                       and £50

   Over £42,600        No Grant
            Maintenance Loans

Maximum for Academic Year 2012/2013

London           £7,675
Elsewhere        £5,500
Home             £4,375

 35% of loan is means tested once household income
 exceeds £45,000.
 First £1400 of maintenance grant replaces loan.
        National Scholarships
• English universities will be responsible for
  making awards to students.
• Institutions will decide their own eligibility
  criteria, based on targeting guidance and
  their own circumstances.
• UCAS will provide a portal linking to each
  institution’s NSP scheme.
• Each eligible student will receive a benefit of
  not less than £3,000
• No one with a declared income over £25k will
  be eligible but receipt of a full grant does not
  represent an entitlement to NSP.
 National Scholarships
Institutions may offer one or more of
 the following:
• a fee waiver or discount
• a free foundation year where leading to
   progression to a professional career via
   a course with high entry requirements
• discounted accommodation or other
   similar institutional service
• a financial scholarship/bursary – capped
   as a cash award at £1,000.
 National Health Service bursaries for
 health professional courses
Audiology               Operating Department Practice
Podiatry                Orthoptics
Dental Hygiene & Therapy Physiotherapy
Dietetics               Prosthetics & Orthotics
Nursing                 Radiography
Midwifery               Social Work
Occupational Therapy    Speech & Language Therapy
                Loan Repayments
Annual Income        Monthly Repayment
£21,000                £0
£25,000                £30
£27,000                £45

Interest rate linked to Retail Price Index
               Interest Rates
Annual Income       Interest Rate

£21,000             ‘no real rate’
£21,000-£41,000     ‘tapered increase’
Over £41,000        ‘maximum of RPI plus 3%’

Maximum rate applies while studying
Repayments collected by HMRC through PAYE
                              UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT FINANCE 2012
(Single, living away from home, 30 teaching weeks in Academic year, accommodation on campus required
for 31 or 39 weeks dependant on whether catered or self catered and including Christmas and Easter

Annual Total (Student Loan to cover 39 wks) £5,500.00

Weekly Income                               £141.00

                               ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE (per week)
Rent                                        £95.00
Mobile Phone (pay as you go)                £10.00
Food, laundry, personal items(average)      £45.00
Books, equipment and other materials        £ 9.00
Clothes (average for renewals)              £ 5.00
Social Activities                           £15.00
Allowance for unexpected costs              £ 5.00

Total estimated expenditure          £184.00 per week for 39 weeks

Total for 39 weeks                         £7,176

The figures do not include:

Travel costs to return home during term time or vacations

Any grant to which the student may be entitled

Any scholarship to which the student may be entitled

Any income from part-time employment

Advice Services Manager
Kent Union Advice Centre
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