Kudos Inspire - Interest Guide
Career Sectors and Labour Market
Making choices – debate on options
Apprenticeships – guest speaker
Student finance – cost of university
Researching information on UCAS
and individual university websites
4. Summer Term
• Open days - www.opendays.com
• Personal profiling – skills and subject
• Work Experience Week 24th – 28th June
• Careers Day – Wednesday 3rd
• Applications Day – Thursday 4th July
5. The Application Process
Thursday 4th July 2013
Registration day for
▪ UCAS Apply
▪ National Apprenticeship Service
▪ National Careers Service
Personal statement writing – guest
speaker from Sheffield University will
be giving a presentation on ‘Writing
an excellent personal statement’
Ex-students on ‘University Life’
6. Two of the most important things to include are:
Why they are applying for the course?
▪ reasons why that subject interests them
▪ include evidence that they understand the
content of the course
▪ explain why they want to go to University –
Why they are suitable for the course?
▪ explain the skills and experience they have that
will help them to succeed on the course
▪ explain how current studies relate to the course
7. Reasons given by Universities for rejecting a
Your personal statement does not strongly
support your desire to study your chosen
Your personal statement did not show
sufficient understanding, relevance or
knowledge about the course you are
You failed to demonstrate sufficient
knowledge and interest in the subject in your
8. Summer Holidays
Additional work experience
Further research – university or
University open days
Complete draft of personal
AS level results – Thursday August
Enrolment interviews in college –
week beginning 19th August
9. Additional Entrance Tests
BMAT Medicine – Oxford, Cambridge,
UCL, Imperial College, Royal
UKCAT Medicine – National test for
HAT History - Oxford
ELAT English - Oxford
10. UCAS Application Process
students complete the application
application form given to Group
reference written by Group Tutor
student then pays online
application and reference linked by
application form sent by the college
11. Autumn Term Deadlines!!
Medicine, Veterinary Medicine,
Dentistry, Oxford & Cambridge –
▪ 21st September (college deadline)
▪ 15th October (UCAS deadline)
all other applications
▪ 30th November (college deadline)
▪ 15th January (UCAS deadline)
For Competitive Courses
THE SOONER THE BETTER!!
12. Autumn and Spring Term
mock interviews if required
offers – conditional or unconditional
decisions – firm and insurance usually
to be made at the start of May 2014.
13. If things don’t go to plan
UCAS Extra – March/June 2014
Results day 14th August 2014
Come into college for advice !!
Clearing – August 2014
14. Get your son/daughter to talk about what they would like to
do – discuss their strengths, skills, interests
Discuss their results from Kudos Inspire or do it with them –
details are on Careers Moodle
Look on the National Careers Service website at different job
descriptions with them – does anything appeal?
Look on the www.opendays.com website – attend a
University Open Day with them. There are often parent talks
Help them with their personal statement – check the spelling
Help them with their CV – make sure they keep it up-to-date
Encourage them to gain a work experience placement or
volunteer over the summer
How you can help
16. Some Careers require a degree.
Students should think about the cost of
University as an investment in their future
not a loan.
Don’t have to pay anything up front.
Don’t pay anything back unless earning
more that £21,000 per year.
If a career break is taken – repayments stop.
Loan cleared after 30 years.
17. Expenses at University fall broadly
into two categories:
Tuition fees – which help meet the cost of a
General living costs – including
accommodation, educational expenses,
Financial Support for
18. All students can take out a Tuition Fee Loan
to cover the tuition fees. Universities can
charge new students up to a maximum of
£9000 a year for their courses.
All students can take out a Maintenance
Loan to cover their living and study costs.
Loan up to £5,500 living away from home
Loan up to £7,675 if studying in London,
Loan up to £4,375 if living with parents.
These loans have to be repaid
19. Maintenance grant – help with living and study
It is income assessed.
Household income £25,000 or less- full grant
Household income between £25,001 and
£42,611 - grant between £50 and £3,354.
Above £42,611 – no grant.
It does not have to be paid back.
If a grant is received the amount of maintenance
loan is reduced.
20. The amount a student gets depends on the
type of help they need and it does not have
to be re-paid.
What can DSAs be used for?
▪ specialist equipment e.g. computer software
▪ non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or
▪ extra travel costs you have to pay because of
▪ other costs - for example, tapes or Braille paper
Disabled Student Allowances
21. Universities charging the maximum tuition
fees must provide extra help to students
from low income households.
These could be in the form of bursaries, fee
waivers, help with accommodation fees.
Details will be contained on the individual
Students must research what is available.
As a general rule, it is more beneficial to
take the cash rather than accept a fee
Help from the University
22. Income each year
Monthly Gross Salary Approximate
monthly repayment – 9% over
£21,000 orbelow £1,750 £0
£24,000 £2,000 £22
£27,000 £2,250 £45
£30,000 £2,500 £67
£33,000 £2,750 £90
£36,000 £3,000 £112
£40,000 £3,333 £142
Interest is paid at RPI plus 3% whilst the student is studying then at
different rates once they are earning up to RPI plus 3%
Loan Repayment depends on income not
on what has been borrowed
23. Students register and apply on-line
Students can apply from around January.
Deadline usually 31st
The sooner the better – it does not matter if
the student has not made their firm choice
as details can be changed.
They will need help from home to complete
Further information is available on the
College Careers Moodle site and from
How to apply