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Title: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls


1
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
2
Year 12 Higher Education Evening 26th February
2015
  • What Parents and Students Need to Know for a
    Successful Higher Education Application

3
TONIGHTS PROGRAMME
  • Introduction and The School Process for UCAS
    Applications Miss Miller, Higher Education
    Coordinator
  • 2. Film of current Year 13 students talking
    about their UCAS experience
  • Finance Talk Bernard Strutt, Head of UK/EU
    Student Recruitment, The University of Manchester
  • If I Had Only One Piece Of Advice to Give to Year
    12 AGGS Senior Head Girls Sinead Gavin, Zoe
    Grainge, Helen Llambias-Maw, Isobel McKibbin,
    Harriet Ohemeng and Christina Preece.
  • Colette McLoughlin from Connexions is also here
    this evening to answer any questions after our
    presentations.

4
The Sixth Form Team
  • Mrs Galvin Head of Sixth Form Oxbridge
    applications
  • Dr Welch Assistant Higher Education
    Coordinator Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary
    Medicine applications
  • Miss Miller Higher Education Coordinator
    Overseas applications, Art Foundation, CUKAS,
    Law, Pharmacy and all other courses
  • Form Tutors for help and advice throughout the
    process especially Personal Statements
  • Sixth Form Office Mrs Quigley and Ms Egan for
    the checking of qualifications, exam boards, all
    sections of form correctly filled in, putting
    references onto the UCAS form

5
The UCAS Process
  • 13th March - UCAS Day 1- talks from Durham,
    Bangor, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities
  • 8th July UCAS Day 2 Talk from an Admissions
    tutor and advice on writing Personal Statements.
  • July September. Continue working on UCAS
    application during summer and tutor time in
    school so that the form is ready as early as
    possible in the Autumn term of Year 13
  • UCAS forms checked and corrected and references
    added 2- 3 week process.

6
Applying through UCAS online
  • Completed online with a password
  • The student can work from any online computer
  • The system administrator can check on the
    students progress at any stage
  • The completed application is sent online to UCAS
  • Students can follow the progress of their
    application through UCAS Track
  • The UCAS form is the responsibility of the
    student we will advise, but what goes on the
    form is up to the student.

7
UCAS University Choices
  • The number of University choices is 5.
  • Individual universities do not see the students
    other choices
  • Payment to UCAS by debit or credit card.
  • Cost in 2014 2015 was 23.00

8
Additional Tests
  • BMAT - for certain Medicine, Veterinary
    Medicine and related courses
  • UKCAT - for Medicine or Dentistry
  • LNAT - for Law
  • STEP - for Mathematics

9
Admissions Tests
  • Some universities may have additional admissions
    tests for certain courses.
  • Visit the university websites for further
    information.

10
The UCAS Form
  • This has sections on the following
  • Personal Details
  • Universities and Courses applying for
  • Qualifications
  • Jobs and Work Experience
  • Personal Statement
  • School Reference

11
Words of Advice
  • Dont take university league tables as gospel
    for one thing they are all different
  • If youre looking for independent information
    you might want to visit www.qaa.ac.uk
    www.ucas.com and http//unistats.direct.gov.uk/
  • Look carefully at the new universities for
    many subjects they offer really excellent courses
    and teaching
  • In competitive areas like Medicine, English and
    Law make sure you apply for a spread of
    universities and typical offers never focus
    only on the most prestigious ones.

12
University information
  • www.russellgroup.ac.uk
  • Informed Choices latest useful information
    including subjects required for different degree
    courses
  • www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk
  • has information on careers, university profiles,
    league tables by region, advice on choosing the
    right course/university

13
The Russell Group
14
The Russell Group of Universities
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • Kings College London
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Economics Political Science
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queens University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

15
Research
  • Research, research and yes, youve guessed it,
    more research. USEFUL WEBSITES
  • www.timesonline.co.uk
  • www.guardian.co.uk
  • www.unistats.com
  • www.studentbook.org
  • www.push.co.uk

16
Things to consider
  • HE or HE in FE
  • Private or public
  • Cost / bursaries / scholarships
  • Course content and options
  • How taught
  • Contact times/types
  • How assessed
  • Student body make-up
  • Non-completion rates
  • Teaching quality?
  • Additional hurdles (eg interview/audition/admissio
    ns test/essay)
  • Employment and work experience requirements/option
    s
  • Will I need to buy extras? (Cost?)
  • Locations / venues / weather(!)
  • Academic facilities
  • Accommodation
  • Transport options / costs
  • Support mechanisms / facilities
  • Leisure facilities and opportunities

17
University Replies
  • Correspondence is always through UCAS.
  • There may be an invitation to attend an
    interview, open day, audition or submit a
    portfolio.
  • Most offers will be conditional on gaining
    certain grades or points at A level eg. AAB/ 340
    points
  • You follow the progress of your application on
    UCAS Track.
  • When all offers are received you will need to fix
    on a firm and an insurance offer. The
    insurance choice should be a sensible, back up
    choice with lower grade requirements.

18
Key Dates
  • 4th September 2015
  • Internal deadline for all applications for
  • Oxford and Cambridge Universities
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Vet Science
  • UCAS deadline 15th October 2015.
  • Applications to be submitted to the Sixth Form
    Office
  • by Form Tutor for checking and reference after
    having been seen by them

19
Key Dates
  • 30th October 2015
  • Deadline for all other applications.
  • References to be written by tutors.
  • You are advised to apply as early as possible as
    some popular courses fill up quickly.
  • UCAS deadline 15th January 2016.
  • Applications to be submitted to the Sixth Form
    Office by Form Tutor for checking and reference
    after having been seen by them

20
Crucial Advice!
  • .... From our current year 13 students!

21
Key dates
  • 4th March Oxbridge Evening
  • 11th March Biennial Careers Convention
  • 13th March First UCAS morning (a.m. only)
  • 25th March Evening for Medics, Dentists Vet
  • 8th July Second UCAS Day (all day)

22
Alternatives to university
  • A series of talks have been organised by
    representatives from different employers and
    institutions to inform students about
    alternatives to university
  • Speakers from Project Trust (GAP years) and
    Skills Solutions (apprenticeships)
  • Employers including BBC, Network Rail, Rolls
    Royce, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, BA.
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