We are committed to ensuring our pupils leave us ready for the challenges they face. We have timetabled Sixth Form Studies lessons, Wellbeing Days throughout the year and host a ‘Life After Lord Lawson’ event in July to help give valuable information and guidance to our pupils. Please see the timetable below for what we offered our pupils this year:
Application system and UCAS form
All applications to university are made through the UCAS website. Support is given to pupils through the tutorial system to help guide them through the process. Applicants can choose to apply to a maximum of five courses with the exception of pupils applying to Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science who can apply for four courses. The forms are checked in Sixth Form and returned to pupils if any corrections or amendments are needed. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15th January 2017, or 15th October 2016 for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Oxbridge applicants. Sixth Form requests the forms from the pupils much earlier than this to allow for these corrections and to guarantee that the form will be sent to UCAS on time.
Find more information on the UCAS website. Universities set their own entry requirements for different courses and they can be very different. This site will allow you to search for courses and their requirements. There is a new ‘Tariff Scheme’ for courses starting in September 2017 – Take a look at the changes here: https://www.ucas.com/advisers/guides-and-resources/tariff-2017.
On what to study look at:
• & www.he.courses-careers.com
For medics www.mmc.nhs.uk, the role of the doctor www.medschools.ac.uk , Core values, skills and attributes needed www.gmc-uk.org, NHS values http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/thenhs/about/pages/nhscoreprinciples.aspx Then use the universities own sites – there is good advice provided to applicants.
Where to go look at www.ucas.com first (and keep going back to it), then www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/ukinfo for locations of institutions, League tables are very varied www.unistats.com is the UK official source on entry profiles, pupil satisfaction etc. Use it for researching your choices and also when choosing between your offers in UCAS,www.whatuni.com, www.university.which.co.uk, http://www.push.co.uk/, http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2014/jun/03/university-league-tables-2015-by-subject, http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings, http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2014-15/world-ranking, The QS international table is at http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2014 and an alternative is http://www.shanghairanking.com/. (League tables must be used carefully and critically! Key points are to drill down to course level and to identify the criteria used and decide which matter to you.)http://www.brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/education-pathways/choosing-a-university
Support parents can offer
Choosing a University course can be a very difficult decision to make. Your son or daughter will need support to go through this process and to give them the confidence to make this decision. Help them to find out as much as possible about the courses and universities that they are considering. Encourage them to use the support available in Sixth Form through their Connexions appointments or their Tutor. Be realistic about their likely results and the courses that could be open to them. Encourage your son or daughter to attend open days at Universities. Remind them of the deadline for their application to University. Try to support them without putting them under too much pressure!
Visits to Universities on their open days can help a lot with choosing courses and institutions, and can also help set your mind at rest about where they will be spending the next few years. Universities welcome parents and carers accompanying the pupils and will often run helpful sessions on pupil Finance and Applying to University. For open day dates look at www.opendays.com
The world of pupil finance can seem like a minefield but there is help at hand! There are two areas of Finance that need to be considered – Tuition Fees and Living Expenses. Universities charge a maximum of £9,000 per annum for tuition fees but pupils will also need to cover their living expenses. pupils can take out a loan to cover both of these areas. The loan is paid back when the pupil is earning over £21,000 a year. In addition to this, some pupils can qualify for a maintenance grant. This does not have to be paid back.
pupils who are studying for a health course, for example, Nursing or Physiotherapy or a Social Work degree will have their course fees paid and a bursary from the NHS.
The pupil Finance website is the central resource for all information about Higher Education finance.
Applications for finance are made through this website and you will need to be on hand to provide information about your income.
Finance is a major concern for those new to the system and anyone who watches the news. Start by watching these videos:
• www.slc.co.uk for pupil loans company
• www.gov.uk/nhs-bursaries finance for healthcare pupils
• www.offa.org.uk – background on how universities use their finance to support pupils.
• www.tass.gov.uk – scholarships for athletes
• http://www.pupilcalculator.org.uk/ advice on funding and managing it.
Disabled pupils’ Allowances. There is additional support available for some pupils with additional needs. This does not have to be paid back. There is more information at www.gov.uk/disabled-pupils-allowances-dsas.
Study and work abroad
Information: http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/portal/searchcustom.jsp,www.hobsons.com/studyeurope,www.allaboutcollege.com,www.erasmus.ac.uk, www.careerseurope.co.uk, www.eurochoice.org.uk
For study abroad (finance is much more complicated and also can mean paying much more without government funding e.g. loans!) www.erasmus.ac.uk, www.fulbright.co.uk, www.eunicas.co.uk,www.braintrack.com,http://www.nuffic.nl/international-pupils(Holland), www.dutchopendays.com,www.astarfuture.co.uk andwww.studyinholland.co.uk. For Europe
• www.international.collegeview.com, www.acuinfo.com, www.petersons.com, www.college-scholarships.com and best of all www.fulbright.co.uk for USA
• www.acu.ac.uk Commonwealth
• www.studyinaustralia.gov.uk,www.thegoodguides.com.au, www.ibteducation.com/uk,http://www.studyoptions.com/why-go Australia
• Canada www.aucc.ca,
• www.studyoverseas.com, www.allaboutcollege.com, www.pupilabroad.com, www.braintrack.com Worldwide
Jobs and Apprenticeships
The employment market for Level 3 leavers is starting to improve and there are some really good opportunities available for pupils who do not want to go to university. Many companies will offer good quality training to new recruits which can take the form of in-house training, or even part time degrees.
Those uncertain about Higher Education should look at http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ & http://www.MyCareerSpringboard.org. These two sites contain articles with useful advice on a number of career-related issues and plenty of job postings and work opportunities.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of combining paid work with formal training. There are some great opportunities that offer a positive alternative to University. Please try these websites below:
BELOW IS A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO HELP YOU WITH APPLYING FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP: