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Birkenhead School Supporting the UCAS process

Matthew Welbourn Professional Development Executive At the heart of connecting people to higher education


Who we are and what we do ▪ UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to full-time higher education courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ▪ We operate on behalf of all full-time courses at member institutions ▫ Number of institutions 350

▫ Number of courses

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35,000+


Explore your options

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The benefits of higher education


The benefits of higher education ▪ Many higher education courses offer a vocational programme that is directly related to particular work areas ▫ e.g. accountancy, sports science, teaching ▪ A higher education qualification is essential for some careers ▫ e.g. medicine, chartered engineering, architecture ▪ A degree or HND can improve your chances of securing a fulfilling job and your financial potential ▪ Higher education develops important transferable skills, such as numeracy, communication and information technology, giving you an edge in the fast-changing world of employment ▪ University life offers huge opportunities for broadening social, cultural and educational horizons

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The competition for university placesApplicants 653,637 6.9%ďƒž 80.0% Acceptances 464,910 78.0% 5.5%ďƒž 76.0%

800,000 700,000 600,000 500,000

74.0%

400,000 72.0%

300,000

70.0%

200,000 100,000

68.0%

0

66.0% 2006

2007

Accepted applicants

2008

2009

2010

Unplaced applicants

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2011

2012

Acceptance rate


Student Number Controls ▪ Government (HEFCE) continues to change university number control arrangements ▪ Students with ABB+, at A level or equivalent, exempt from number controls ▫ Institutions can choose to recruit as many ABB+ students as they want – but still have to compete with each other

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How will this affect students? ▪ More / earlier offers for ABB+ predicted applicants? ▫ ABB+ does not equal entitlement / guarantee a place ▪ More ‘quality’ places in Clearing? ▪ Issues around the ABB boundary ▫ Offer making ▫ Confirmation ▪ Requirement to understand the Adjustment process

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The competition for university places

2011

Applicants chasing places

2012

Places chasing applicants

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2013

...


...the current cycle in context 56,753 2.0% 

558,898 3.5% 

613,512 2.7% 

...no double-dip for applications and continuing improvements for disadvantaged groups. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 80% more likely to apply than a decade ago. 2% rise in the number of 18 year old applicants...against a headwind of demographic change that has left the 18 year old group some 60,000 smaller than in 2009. Source: UCAS 2013 cycle applicant figures (Oct, Jan, May) At the heart of connecting people to higher education


The applicant journey

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The new ucas.com


Choosing a university or college ▪ Universities and colleges are not all the same, nor is it easy to put them into simple categories ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫

University v college Large v small Old v new Taught v research Selective v recruiting Campus v city v rural Near v far

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Choosing a university or college ▪ There are different guides and league tables that can help, but check the source as the data may be skewed ▫ Some universities post league tables on their websites which show their courses at number one ▫ Assess what is the most important data criteria for you

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// www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

University league tables University profiles Student crime statistics Careers ▫ By subject ▫ By graduate v non-graduate salary ▪ Student finance and fees calculator

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Choosing a course


Choosing a course

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Choosing a course

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Key features of the application process ▪ You can only make 1 application per cycle ▪ Maximum of 5 choices ▫ ‘Aspirational’ but ultimately realistic ▪ Some choice restrictions: ▫ Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry – max 4 ▫ Oxford or Cambridge ▪ Simultaneous consideration ▪ ‘Invisibility’ ▫ A single personal statement

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Making a UCAS application Personal details Personal statement Employment Education

Additional information Student finance Choices

Referee responsible for final section: ▪ Reference  UCAS  Universities / colleges At the heart of connecting people to higher education


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From the admissions tutors... STRONG personal statements are ones that have been wellresearched, carefully prepared and worked upon to eliminate errors and maximise effect.

They demonstrate reflective thinking, showing that the applicant has spent time working out what information is most relevant and important to include. They use concrete supporting evidence to demonstrate assertions rather than simply state or tell.

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Transparent selection process ▪ Qualifications ▫ Past, present and future ▫ Predicted grades for ‘pending’ qualifications ▪ Personal statement ▪ Reference ▪ Interview ▪ Piece of written work ▪ Portfolio ▪ Audition ▪ Admissions tests At the heart of connecting people to higher education


Decision making by institutions ▪ Admissions tutors may initially make one of six decisions: ▫ Unconditional offer ▫ Conditional offer ▫ Rejection ▫ Withdrawal ▫ Full ▫ Invitation ▪ Or recommend: ▫ A place on an alternative course

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Decision making by institutions ▪ Conditional offers based on whole of 6th Form programme unless specifically excluded: GCE A level ▫ UCAS Tariff Grade Tariff Points e.g. 320 points or A* 140 ▫ Exam grades A 120 e.g. ABB at A level B 100 or C 80 ▫ Combination of both e.g. 320 points including D 60 grade A in English E 40 At the heart of connecting people to higher education


Applicant replies to offers ▪ Once the final decision has been received, a maximum of two offers may be held ▪ Applicants have a choice of three reply options: ▫ Firm acceptance

▫ Insurance acceptance ▫ Decline the offer At the heart of connecting people to higher education


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