UCAS & Careers
2014 - 15
Welcome
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Introductions
UCAS & Careers
2014-2015
The UCAS ‘Process’ at QE
(Universities & Colleges Admissions Service)
Sue Ashwin
Vice Principal
Reflection of 2013
•Over 85% of cohort applied for H.E.
or F.E.
• 847 apps (18 deferred) – 819 went –
HE/FE (Foundation etc)
•Some students took a gap year
•A growing number students
commenced employment
•Nearly 1000 applications processed!
The HE Process
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HE Fair –March 2014 – Nottingham
Arrival of prospectuses – March to June
Gap Year Fairs – Now!
w/c June 9th - Information on QE online
and ‘Apply 2015’ opened for business
KickStart – tomorrow!
Tutorials June/July – focus on HE &
progression preparation
In – house support for entrance tests
Planning ahead
Careers interviews (Connexions); use of Study Centre
Resources; QE online
www.unistats.com
www.ucas.com Admissions test information
Open days - UCAS strongly advise - directory of dates on
www.ucas.com. Lots of posters around
University Web sites – check ‘course profiles’
2013 QE students’ top choices: DMU, Leicester,
Nottingham Trent, Aston, Nottingham
Most popular Degrees: Business Studies/Management,
Accountancy/Finance, Pharmacy/Biomedical Science, Law,
Economics, Engineering
Internal
Procedures
•Update of predicted grades and comments from
subject staff
•Max. 5 choices; 4 for Oxbridge/Medicine/Vet
Science
•Complete UCAS ‘Apply 2015’ on-line inc. Personal
Statement (help on intranet, workshops & drop in
surgeries); do NOT plagiarise; discuss with tutor
•Complete by ‘Sending to Referee’ + £23 (£12 single
app)
•Personal Tutor compiles reference and approves
hard copy - further checks - processed by
administrative staff
College internal deadline – Friday 28th November
UCAS Process
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Invitation for interviews?
Conditional/Unconditional offers?
Rejection?
Medical & Oxbridge mock interviews at
College
System continues until all offers
completed – April/May 2015
Art Foundation get the same support –
details published
UCAS pod casts & UCAS TV
http://ucas.com/students/apply
Taking a Year out
- How do I apply?
•There are different ways of accessing &
using the system. There is no ‘preferred’
way of doing this. It purely depends on
the needs & plans of each individual.
•Deferred entry – Apply using Apply 2015
but in point of entry indicate 2016 entry
•Applying post results – Apply 2016
after results in August 2015 or at any
time in that academic year
Pros and Cons
Deferred
Apply 2016
The positives:
• Place secured before
Gap Year started
• Plans in place
• Easier to access support
through College
• Cost is at 2015 Apply rate
The negatives:
• Once committed place is
for 2016 entry only
• Year out and/or results
may change things – means
possibly reapplying anyway
The positives:
• Grades known so can be
matched to profile
• A year longer to make
the right decision
The negatives:
• Could be away and not
able to attend Open
Day/interview
• Remote access needed
for decision making
• Only chance of 2015
entry is through late
Clearing Passport –
limited options
Contacts
Sue – [email protected]
Wendy – [email protected]
Kate - kate.O’[email protected]
Joy – [email protected]
Helen – [email protected]
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