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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 Welcome to Higher Education evening
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 1.Why should I consider university? 2.What should I consider before applying? 3.What should I consider when making my application? 4.How long does it take? 5.How can I finance my degree?
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 1.Why should I consider university? For long-term financial reasons The average lifetime earnings are 160,000 more for a graduate (Medicine / Dentistry = 340,315) (Humanities = 51,549) (Arts = 34,949)
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 1.Why should I consider university? For academic reasons It is probably your only opportunity in life for study for its own sake It provides you with transferrable skills It opens up new opportunities It buys valuable time if you are still unsure of your career path
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 1.Why should I consider university? For reasons of competition Tens of thousands of entry-level jobs now require degree-level education 634,610 applicants for 416,000 places in 2014
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  • 1.Why should I consider university? If you are unsure about university, you should apply anyway You can always decide not to go next September Having an option to go is better than not having any option at all
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Location, location, location! Close to home or as far away as possible? Could I commute, particularly to London? Independence
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Specifics of the degree course Choose wisely! Prerequisites - Chemistry for Medicine - Maths (and possibly Further Maths) and Physics for Engineering - Preferred subjects for Law Prospects - Potential career path - Professional exemptions Modules of study Duration of study length of course and contact hours
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? CourseEssential subjectsUseful subjects AccountancyMaths*Maths, Business Studies, Economics ArchitectureNoneArt, Maths, DT, Physics BiochemistryChemistry, 1 from Maths/Biol/PhysMaths, Biology, Physics Chemical EngineeringChemistry, MathsPhysics ChemistryChemistry, 1 from Maths/Biol/PhysMaths, Biology, Physics Computer ScienceMaths*Computing, Further Maths DentistryChemistry, Biology*, Maths*Physics EconomicsMaths*Economics, Business Studies
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? CourseEssential subjectsUseful subjects EngineeringMaths, PhysicsFurther Maths, Computing GeographyGeography*, 1 from Biol/Chem/Phys*Biology, Chemistry, Physics LawEnglish*History, Politics MathsMaths, Further Maths*Further Maths, Physics MedicineChemistry, Biology*, Maths*Maths, Physics Modern LanguagesVaries by university Nursing and MidwiferyBiologyChemistry, Physics PharmacyChemistry, 1 from Biol/Maths/PhysBiology, Maths, Physics
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? CourseEssential subjectsUseful subjects PhysicsMaths, Physics, Further Maths*Further Maths PhysiotherapyBiology, 1 from Maths/Chem/Phys*Chem, Maths, Physics, Psychology Psychology1 from Biol/Chem/Maths/Phys*Biol, Chem, Maths, Phys, Psychology Sports Science1 from Biol/Chem/Maths/Phys*Biol, Chem, Maths, Physics, PE Teacher TrainingAt least 2 facilitating subjects Veterinary ScienceChemistry, Biology, Maths or PhysicsMaths, Physics, Further Maths
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Quality and reputation Take university league tables with a truckload of salt! Consult Unistats and Unifrog Remember that a universitys rankings are only ever as good as the previous cohort of students to graduate!
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Accessibility the UCAS tariff A LevelAS LevelEPQUCAS Points A*140 A120 B100 C80 A*70 DAA60 BB50 ECC40 DD30 EE20
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Accessibility CourseTariff rangeApplicantsCourseTariff rangeApplicants Medicine487 65110.6Psychology212 6545.6 Veterinary Science468 6208.9English (incl. Literature)210 5725.5 Architecture202 5776.7Chemical Engineering273 6416.1 Economics208 6346.9Law207 5845.5 French237 5855.9Electrical Engineering185 6465.0 **** = 560AAAA = 480AAA = 360AAB = 340BBB = 300BBC = 280CCC = 240DDD = 180
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Value for money Entry thresholds (Cambridge 614 Bedfordshire 225) Research Excellence Framework (Imperial 3.36 Solent 1.63) (Max. = 4.0) Staffing ratios (UCL 10.2 Bishop Grosseteste 30.2) Degree completion (Oxford 99% East London 67%) Employment prospects (Imperial 88% East London 43%)
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Value for money Academic spend (St Georges 5,280 Bishop Grosseteste 331) Facilities spend (Buckinghamshire New 1,291 St Georges 77) Student satisfaction (Buckingham 4.34 St Georges 3.78) (Max. = 5.0)
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? University facilities City vs collegiate vs campus Accommodation Universal requirements vs specialist interests Services offered by the students union
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Years in industry and years abroad The company for which you work during your year in industry may offer you a permanent job after graduation Students who have completed either years in industry or years abroad are 24% more employable on average than other graduates
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 2. What should I consider before applying? Study abroad Tuition fees in Ireland are free. Students pay 3,000 per year to cover use of facilities, administration and exam fees. However you are charged in full for non-completion! Tuition fees in Denmark are free over 1,500 English-language courses Tuition in the Netherlands is typically 1,900 per year over 1,500 English-language courses
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 3. What should I consider when making my application? The basics Early applicant group Oxbridge, Medics, Vets, Dentists, Optometrists Predicted grades based largely on AS level grades Entrance exams Interviews / Portfolios The personal statement The schools reference
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 3. What should I consider when making my application? Using your five choices wisely Oxford or Cambridge? The fifth medical choice Applying for different subjects Applying for multiple courses at the same university Deferred entry Be realistic!
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 4. How does the timing work? 30 June 2015Essex UCAS Convention, ARU Chelmsford July / Aug 2015Summer preparation 13 Aug 2015AS Level results issued Sept / Oct 2015Application season 15 Oct 2015Early applicant deadline
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 4. How does the timing work? 23 Oct 2015Sweyne Park deadline for applications 15 Jan 2016Final UCAS deadline 25 Feb 2016UCAS Extra opens 31 March 2016Universities deadline to respond to applications
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 4. How does the timing work? 8 May 2016Student deadline to respond to university offers 31 May 2016Deadline for student finance 18 Aug 2016A2 Level results issued Aug / Sept 2016Confirmation of offers Clearing or Adjustment
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? www.gov.uk/student-finance
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? There are three main streams of funding: 1.Tuition fee loan (available to all) 2.Maintenance loan (35% means tested) 3.Maintenance grant (fully means tested)
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? 1.Tuition fee loan Open to all Paid directly to university or college Full amount is covered no more, no less Repayable, with interest*
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? 2. Maintenance loan 35% means tested Paid termly into bank account Repayable, with interest* StatusMax. amount Living at home4,565 Living away from home5,740 Living in London8,009 Year abroad6,820
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? 3. Maintenance grant 100% means tested Paid termly into bank account Not repayable Every 1 of your grant reduces your loan eligibility by 50p! Household incomeGrant 25,000 or less3,387 30,0002,441 35,0001,494 40,000547 42,26050 Over 42,2600
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  • Higher Education Evening 2015 5. How can I finance my degree? Repaying your loan Income dependent in later years, not borrowing dependent 9% of all earnings over 21,000 Outstanding balance written off after 30 years Student loans do not appea