Y12 Parent Engagement Group

Post 18 Progression

Outcomes for This Evening

  • Overview of the UCAS process over the coming months
  • Support available in school and online
  • Options for those not going to uni

Outcomes

UCAS

ABi

  • Sign up to the monthly UCAS parents’ letter.
  • Download the 2020 UCAS Parent Guide from the website.
  • Which? University website.
  • Take them to open days - you may be able to offer a different perspective.
  • Financial assistance e.g.

railway tickets.

  • Try to remain impartial!

How Can I Support?

  • Entry requirements: set by the university; grades or tariff points; be ambitious, but realistic.
  • Choose a university: reputation; size; campus; graduate prospects; location.
  • Choose a course: Single/joint honours; assessment methods; placement year; career aspiration; current subjects.
  • Gap year: some courses problematic (e.g. Maths), some huge benefits if planned.
  • “Is HE for me?”: there are lots of other pathways.

Making Decisions

Narrowing Choices

Universities will make their decisions based on the following:

  • GCSE grades

Especially important for Oxbridge applicants.

  • Admission Testing

This is becoming a more significant feature amidst the decrease of applicants with AS qualifications.

  • AS grades (if taken)

Significantly less weight amidst exam reform.

  • Personal Statement

You should be seeing lots of drafts!

  • Reference

Written by teachers, collated by tutors, checked by us.

  • Predicted Grades

Based on mock grades and moderated by progress throughout Year 12.

GWD

Potential Pitfalls

  • Unrealistic choices or too wide a range of courses.
  • Not choosing a sensible insurance place.
  • Starting research too late.
  • Plagiarising the personal statement.
  • Apply for a course they will not enjoy.
  • Student room (caution required).

GWD

  • Online application form - lots of sections to complete!
  • Apply via school
  • Students work with tutors to complete application and finalise personal statement
  • 1 personal statement for all courses / universities.
  • ‘Invisible’ - universities cannot see where else they have applied.
  • Payment is by card only - £25 (2 – 5 choices); £20 (1 choice)

Completing the Application

They should include:

  • Academic achievements, past and present
  • Why they are interested in the subject area
  • Their knowledge of the subject area and enthusiasm to go beyond the syllabus
  • What they enjoy about studying
  • Details of independent study skills and evidence of how this has been developed e.g. EPQ, wider reading.

The questions universities will ask:

  • Have they chosen the right subject for the right reasons?
  • Do they have a range of interests?
  • Does the personal statement confirm their interest in the subject?
  • Have they studied independently?
  • Are they motivated and committed?
  • Do they possess good numeracy and literacy skills?

Personal Statement

  • Tutor compiles the reference, using subject staff comments and predicted grades.
  • They will start the reference with an explanation of North Bristol Post 16 Centre and previous school.
  • The end of the reference will include some comments about time at the centre and activities students have been involved in.
  • Student should inform tutor if there is something important that they wish to be included in your reference.
  • Attendance and punctuality!

References

  • Student will get confirmation that UCAS has received their form and will be sending it off to your university choices. Keep ID number safe.
  • Get a folder/file together to keep all paperwork from UCAS and Universities.
  • We will process applications in the order we receive them (can take up to two weeks during busy periods).

Clicking Send

  • Completed applications to UCAS by Oct 15th for Oxford / Cambridge / Medicine / Vet / Dentistry (We need it earlier!)
  • Post 16 centre would like all other UCAS applications to be completed and sent to tutors for references and checking by October half term.
  • Submission by 2 December guarantees we will hit 15th Jan deadline
  • UCAS deadline is Jan 15th (too late for competitive courses)

Key Dates

Early Autumn term

Apply for 5 realistic choices of university/course

Students will have their UCAS predicted grades as well as any AS grades

Late Autumn/Spring term

Conditional offers

Interview (some)

Rejection

(keep an eye on this via Track)

Early Summer term

Decision to keep 2 offers – a contractual obligation

Firm / Insurance Acceptance

Timeline

  • UCAS convention
  • Open days
  • Futures 18
  • Careers adviser
  • Unifrog
  • Personal statement sessions
  • Tutor and subject teacher support
  • Post 16 leadership support
  • University visits in school
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Literature (guidance booklets)

Our Support

  • Many of our students are choosing alternatives to university.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities are rising, and many higher apprenticeships are a better option than HE.
  • Support will be available all year (different deadlines) starting with the Futures Conference.

Not Going to Uni

  • Students should keep an eye on careers bulletins and book themselves in to see careers advisers. Tutors will support.

Useful Websites

www.ucas.com

Detailed advice & guidance about every step of the applicant journey

www.ucasconnect.com

Latest advice posted on twitter & facebook by UCAs

www.ucas.tv

Guides & video advice from students already at uni

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

Advice about HE & independent league table

www.unistats.com

Compare & review universities/subjects

www.nus.org.uk

National Union of Students

www.prospects.ac.uk/

UK’s official graduate careers web site

www.yougo.co.uk

Student only networking site

www.careerpilot.org.uk

Post 18 options (future study, employment…)

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

One stop site for all apprenticeship information

Keep in Touch

post16@cotham.bristol.sch.uk

post16@redlandgreen.bristol.sch.uk

Cotham: 0117 919 8100

RGS: 0117 353 3433

www.nbp16c.org.uk

Parent surgery

Daily 3.30 – 4.30

appointment only please

Year 12 PEG (July): Post 18 Progression - Google Slides