St Bartholomew’s School

Sixth Form

Options at 18 Evening


1. July & August 2014

2. Research & Choices

3. Applying through UCAS

The remaining few weeks for
-Get Tutors and Teachers on your
side. Think about your reference.
-Start A2 work in earnest.
-Opt in for EPQs and Early Entry
-Explore how you can get more
involved and make a difference
(both at school in the community at
-How can you make yourself more
attractive to employers and
admissions officers?
-Research careers and course

Key Dates
Wednesday 17
& 18th July
-Curriculum Days
-Submission of first draft of Personal Statements

Tuesday 22
July – Last Day of Term

• August 14
– Results
• Advice available on
August 14
and 15

Decisions for the
Remember, no re-sits until
May/June 2015.

- EPQ – Extended Project
- Good enough to continue?
Re-sitting the year.
- Continue with 3 or 4 A2
- Pick up an additional AS
- 2 A2 courses; 2 AS courses?
A 3yr 6

Time to explore alternatives
Don’t stay at school just because you are too scared to leave.
Options for the Future
The Main Options are:

• Higher Education
• Further Education
• Apprenticeships / Employment with Training
• Employment
• Voluntary Work / Gap Year

Higher Education
For ...
• Still the only route into many professions
• Opportunity to study a subject you enjoy in
great depth
• Range of courses available, UK and abroad
• Social opportunities
• Long-term prospects
Against ...
• Not the only route into many careers
• Need to be passionate about a subject area
• Debt

Median Salary of 25 year olds with no degree: £17000
Median Salary of 25 year olds with a degree: £22900

Median Salary of 40 year olds with no degree: £19000
Median Salary of 40 year olds with a degree: £32500

“Degree holders earned an average of £12,000 a year
more than non-graduates” Labour force survey 2010
More about money
Is this true?
• Based on the data available, a graduate
does on average earn £100,000 more over
their working lifetime than a non-graduate.

What does it all cost?
Tuition Fee Loan
• Students won’t have to pay for their tuition fees up

• The non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan (doesn’t
depend on household income) is available to cover
the tuition fee of up up to £9,000 max for full-time
Scholarships & Bursaries
Tuition Fee Loan
Maintenance (living cost) Support
Additional Support
Additional Financial Support

• STUDENT FINANCE – Jan-May 2015

• Maintenance Loan - full-time students only
• Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant - full-time
students only
• You might get extra help on top of this.
• Tuition fee loans pay for your course. Maintenance loans and
grants help with living costs (eg accommodation, books, bills).
You have to pay back loans but you don’t need to pay back
• You could also qualify for help with the costs of studying

• Open days
• Phone calls
• Unifrog:
• Links via
• Be aware of ‘Entry Requirements’

Basic Principles
-All online

-Students have their own log-in but Tutors and supervisors can monitor their
progress and check their application

-Students make 5 choices – no option to specify order of preference

-Only 4 choices for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine

-Students can apply to more than one course at the same institution

-As soon as universities receive applications, they can start making offers. It
pays to be prompt!

-Students don’t need to make final decisions until the spring. Students select
one ‘firm’ and one ‘insurance’ offer.

The UCAS Application process
• October  March/April
– Students receive offers

• December
– Student Finance application website goes live for 2013 – Applications by May 31st
to ensure money is ready for Autumn term.

• Start of May
– Students must make a choice about which offer(s) to accept

• March  August
– Ucasextra available
Our Timeline
• Now
– Discussions with subject staff and tutors
– Research courses and institutions
From June 25th
- Begin to complete application form online
- Start drafting and re-drafting a Personal Statement

• August/September

– Review initial choices in the light of AS results and
forecast A2 grades
– Form completion by half-term, October 24th
What’s in the Application?
Personal Details
UCAS choices
UCAS Personal Statement
Personal Statement:
Selling the story of you
• You have around 600 words to sell yourself
• Don’t listen to those people who say that universities
don’t read them – this simply isn’t true
• Focus on your academic achievements and interests
and RELEVANT skills and experience
• Draft. Redraft. Draft again. It needs to be perfect…
• You are telling the reader a story – what makes a good

What to include?
• Why are you are applying for this course?
• Why are YOU right for this subject, course,
• Tell me something about yourself….

• 70% Academic; 30% Personal
What does an offer look like?
• Always on 3 A Levels
• Most typically grades but sometimes
points. If points, can be supplemented by
dropped AS subjects, music qualifications
• GCE A2 (and equivalents)

• A* 140 points C 80 points
• A 120 points D 60 points
• B 100 points E 40 points

• AS levels and equivalents are worth half these points. This includes the Level 3
Extended Project. NB: A* is available in the Extended Project but not in AS levels.
• You cannot count points from AS and A2 in the same subject – basically A2
points supersede those from AS.

• Other sources of points relevant to many of our students are:

• BTEC Level 3 Full Award 140 Distinction*, 120 for Distinction, 80 for Merit,
40 for Pass
• Music/Dance (Grade 6 or above) Maximum 75 points for distinction at Grade 8

Gap Years


• Support for deferred entry to UCAS or
application next year as appropriate.
How you can help
• Discuss options and intentions
• Read personal statements
• Be aware of deadlines
• Accompany on visits / open days where appropriate
• Be around on results day, August 15
• Help students to make realistic choices.
• Get students to take responsibility!
• Encourage!
• Communicate with the Tutor
• Support students in securing work experience/vountary work etc
• Check out for more information, or to
download the UCAS Parent Guide
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go- Cecil Day Lewis
Thank you.

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