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any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time” Steve Jobs

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” Bil Keane

We must use time wisely and forever realise

that the time is always ripe to do right” Nelson Mandela “It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I - nor for that matter anyone else - will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old school girl.” Anne Frank,

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“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” Pablo Picasso

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Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life.

The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.” Douglas Pagels

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Application deadlines: If you’re applying for a university place, don’t miss the UCAS deadlines! 15th October (18.00) for the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge or any courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 15th January (18.00) for most other courses, 24th March (18.00) for some art and design courses. Find out more at www.ucas.com WW1: Britain had declared war on Germany, 4th August 1914 - ‘Your King and Country Need You’ slogans published

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Slavery Remembrance Day www.un.org

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WW1: BEF see action at the Battle of the Marne, France, 1914

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Jeans for Genes Day www.jeansforgenesday.org

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Problem solving skills: Great problem solving skills will set you apart from your peers when competing for a job or a university place. Aim to identify times when you have demonstrated problem solving skills that you can write about in applications or personal statements.

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Motivation: can be intrinsic (internal) or extrinsic (external). When we are intrinsically motivated we are able to get on with what we have to achieve without the need for external reward. This is the most effective form of motivation as it is independent of external circumstances. How intrinsically motivated are you? Last week for UCAS applications for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine/science and for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Deadline 15th October.

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Writing a personal statement: Writing a personal statement is a challenge for all students. Getting the tone right is essential. Take advice and run your draft by a teacher, friend or family member. More info here: www.bit.ly/1roTGgm and in UCAS section on page 115.

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Negotiation skills: Being able to negotiate shows that you’re flexible and open to another’s point of view – an essential life skill. Negotiation typically leads to reaching an agreement that all involved are happy with. Think of a time when you have negotiated an agreement successfully. What role did you play?

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Student finance: The UCAS website has lots of info about student finances. It’s going to be particularly important for you to plan ahead if you’re going to university, so gather all the info you can find. Start here: www.ucas.com/students/studentfinance

Anti-Bullying Week www.antibullyingweek.co.uk Global Entrepreneurship Week www.gew.org.uk

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Resilience: Resilience is about recovering quickly when things don’t go to plan. The more resilient we are, the more likely it is that we will bounce back from adversity. When bad things happen, ask yourself ‘are things really as bad as they seem?’ and ‘can I learn anything from this experience?’.

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Staying fit: Are you fit enough? If you want to get fitter, how about doing one of the Great Runs to improve your health and well-being? There are Great Walks and Great Swims too. Check out www.greatrun.org for more info.

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Eating well: Your health is your best asset so staying healthy should be a top priority. A good diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats is essential. Always eat breakfast and get some exercise too. Moderation is key… but relaxation is also important!

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Asking for help: Sometimes we all need help and it’s crucial to know that there are people out there who can help us so we don’t struggle alone. Get support from your family and friends, teachers and lecturers and organisations like Mind www.mind.org.uk and Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk

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Communication skills: How skilled are you at getting your point across, whether verbally or in writing? Communication skills are essential life skills so aim to develop yours at every opportunity. Do presentations, speak in public, write a blog – whatever it takes to improve your confidence!

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every minute you are angry you “ For lose sixty seconds of happiness R alph Waldo Emerson THURSDAY

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Coping with change: Remember, getting used to change takes time. However much we may love it, we still have to let go of how things were. If you struggle with change, do it in small steps where possible, and aim to identify the good things about your new situation.

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Taking a gap year: You can take a gap year at any stage of your life, but if you’re considering it now there are loads of possibilities! There’s travel, work, voluntary work or a combination in the UK or abroad. Try these sites for starters: www.gapadvice.org, www.gapyear.com and www.gapyearjobs.co.uk and see page 130. Birth of James Watt, Greenock, 1736

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January every year. It’s a time when we can learn about the Holocaust and other genocides, for example those in Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia and Cambodia. Find out more here: www.hmd.org.uk

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Looking for vacancies: When the job market is competitive it’s important to make sure you’re looking for vacancies in all the right places. That means searching the local press, Internet sites, registering with recruitment agencies and asking for advice from your local Job Centre Plus. It’s worth making speculative applications too.

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Where are you heading? We can help you… Ready to make some tough decisions about courses, careers and your future? The National Careers Service can help you make the choices which are right for you and that make the most of your talents. On our website you’ll find lots of info about careers. Or, if you prefer, one of our friendly advisers will listen to what you’ve got to say and then guide you through the options. From volunteering to Apprenticeships to university degrees, we can help you take the next step. Available for young people aged 13 and over throughout England.

To find out more search online for National Careers Service or call 0800 100 900


Getting enough sleep: As a teenager you need about nine hours of sleep each night. Your body needs sleep to function properly and to perform well. Make sure your sleep is regular.

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Dealing with depression: Depression is far more than feeling sad. Mild depression can mean having a low mood for a prolonged time. Major depression can affect all aspects of your life. It’s important to seek help if you think you may be depressed. See your GP and visit www.mind.org.uk for more info.

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Avoiding perfectionism: Are you a perfectionist? Achieving to the best of your ability is a great thing, but don’t get tied up in the small details of everything you do. Perfectionism can be a hindrance, so aim for excellence instead!

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Connection: The more we make an effort to connect to those in our lives – friends, family and people in the community around us – the happier we are likely to be. What can you do today to improve your connections with people in your life?

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Learning: Learning is a great way to improve your personal sense of wellbeing. Whether you want to carry on studying at university, undertake some training or start a job, aim to have a positive attitude to lifelong learning and pursue what really interests you!

Commonwealth Day www.youngcommonwealth.org

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Planning: Boost your efficiency by making a plan of action when you have a lot on. You can’t do everything at once, and you can’t dedicate the same amount of time to each task, so a list of priorities will help focus your attention. Make sure you stick to it!

Last week for UCAS applications for some art & design courses with 24th March deadline. Full Moon

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thoughts and you “ Change your change the world Norman Vincent Peale THURSDAY

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World Poetry Day www.un.org

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Coping with peer pressure: We all like to feel like we fit in with our friendship group, but sometimes peer pressure can be a very negative influence. If you feel pressured by your peers to do or be something that would not be your choice, stay true to your values and resist the pressure

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miss 100% of the “ You shots you don’t take Wayne Gretzky THURSDAY

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Working to deadlines: How good are you at meeting deadlines? If they tend to slip past before you take action, you need to make some changes. Plan your time more effectively by scheduling your deadlines and working backwards to devise start dates so that you have plenty of time to get tasks done.

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Prioritising: There may be times when we have too much to achieve in the time we have available. When this happens, it’s essential to prioritise. What is most urgent? Do this first. And if there’s any flexibility, ask for extra time for any less urgent tasks.

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Time out: We all need time to rest and relax, especially when life is particularly busy. It’s all about balance and making sure that we don’t spend too much time working or too much time chilling out! Aim to set aside time for leisure and time for work and you won’t go wrong!

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exists, but it “ Inspiration must find you working Pablo Pic asso THURSDAY

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Team working: Do you work well as a team member? This is a key life skill that we all need to develop. Being a team member means listening as well as contributing. It means playing a part and pulling our weight, and working amicably with others, even if that means dealing with disputes.

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Difference and diversity: The world is diverse. Everyone you encounter brings with them their own perspective and life experiences. The more open we are to difference and diversity the better we get on with a range of different people and the more we benefit from these interactions.

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International Workers’ Day May Day

Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev - Sikhism

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Debt: If you’re worried about taking on large student debts, take a look at the Debt Advice Foundation website: www.debtadvicefoundation.org. It’s packed with info for students to help you make sound financial decisions while pursuing your education goals.

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to do great work “ The onlyisway to love what you do Steve Jobs THURSDAY

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Europe Day www.europa.eu

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Seeking careers advice: Your college may have a careers advisor who can help you make plans for your working life. If not, and you live in England, you can get information and advice about career choices from the National Careers Service helpline: 0800 100 900.

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Money management: Money management is essential if you’re going to make the most of your financial resources. It’s a good idea to plan your spending and limit what you spend on impulse. And if ever you can save a little, do!

Walk to School Week

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Volunteering: Volunteering can give you great experiences which will help your applications for jobs and courses. Around 5,000 new charities are registered each year and there are around 180,000 charities already out there. Find out more at www.volunteering.org.uk and www.csv.org.uk

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Going for interviews: Getting an interview is a great step towards securing a job so it’s crucial to present yourself well. Dress appropriately, making sure that clothes, hair and nails are clean! Prepare well, too. Ask someone at college to give you a mock interview.

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WELLESLEY was born into a wealthy Anglo-Irish aristocratic family in Ireland, the third of five brothers on 1st May 1769.

He showed little promise during his education and late teens but joined the army with a commission in 1787. His first proposal to his wife-tobe was rejected because he was considered to be a young man in debt, with very poor prospects. This spurred him on in his new career. He gained considerable military experience during campaigns in the Netherlands, India & Denmark and rose to prominence as a senior commander in the Peninsular War fought in Spain and Portugal against the French from 1808 to 1814. He was created a Duke for his many successes there and was then appointed ambassador to France. In 1815 he successfully led the Anglo-Allied army at Waterloo before becoming Commander-in-Chief of the British Army from 1829. He also entered politics becoming Tory Prime Minister twice, in 1828-30 and 1834, before retiring in 1846. He died in 1852 at the age of 83. Quite a life of achievement for a boy whose mother had once said “I don’t know what I shall do with my awkward son Arthur”

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Scotland Forever! A painting capturing the famous cavalry charge at Waterloo

June 18th 2015 is the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. Fought near

the village of Waterloo in present day Belgium, this bloody battle brought to a close more than 25 years of

conflict throughout Europe, ushering in a half-century of European peace

that in turn established Britain as the world’s dominant economic power.

The French Revolution of 1789 had spread panic throughout Europe’s established order and from the ensuing turmoil one of history’s most enduring and charismatic leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte, rose to power. Napoleon fought a series of major campaigns in Europe as well as planning an invasion of Britain. Despite many great victories - the battles of Marengo, Austerlitz, Friedland & Wagram - and extending the French sphere of influence over much of Europe, he suffered a series of setbacks: a disastrous invasion of Russia followed by the retreat from Moscow in the winter of 1812, losing the Peninsular War of 1807-14 and finally defeat at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. His initial reign ended with exile to the Mediterranean island of Elba.

By early 1815 Napoleon had escaped and returned to mainland France and started his second reign, known as the ‘Hundred Days’. Immediately declaring him an outlaw, an Allied coalition of Great Britain, Russia, Austria and Prussia resolved to confront him. Napoleon marched north from Paris in an attempt to knock out the coalition forces before they could mobilise. He attempted to drive a wedge between the oncoming British under Wellington and Prussians under von Blücher, defeating the Prussians on June 16th at the Battle of Ligny and engaging the British at Quatre-Bras. Wellington withdrew his forces north to a defensive position of his own choosing on a low ridge eleven miles south of Brussels, whilst the mauled Prussians managed to withdraw eight miles to the east. By nightfall the French had arrived to confront Wellington, both armies seeking shelter from the torrential rain. The French numbered 69,000 including 40,000 infantry, 14,000 cavalry and 7,000 artillery with 250 guns. Importantly, most were veterans from many of Napoleon’s earlier campaigns. The Allied army numbered 67,000 with 50,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry and 6,000 artillery soldiers with only 150 guns. Only 25,000


Waterloo

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were actually British, the remainder a mixture of Dutch, Belgians and Germans, with very few veterans. The Prussians had a further 48,000 men. As Sunday 18th June dawned Napoleon, although brimming with confidence about the forthcoming battle, decided to delay due to the sodden ground, eventually launching his attack around mid-morning. The battle lasted all day with the advantage swinging to and fro between the French and Allies, whilst death and destruction reigned. Both armies slogged it out with unwavering artillery fire, mass infantry attacks and cavalry charges, gradually eroding each other’s strength. By midafternoon the Prussians managed to reach the battlefield, link-up with the British and attack Napoleon’s exposed right flank, effectively giving advantage to the Allies. At some point in the early evening, after his ‘Old Guard’ failed in their late attack, Napoleon fled the battlefield, shortly followed by the remnants of his routed army. He arrived in Paris to raise new forces, but gained little support, eventually surrendering to the British. He was then exiled to the distant island of St Helena.

Casualties at Waterloo were shockingly high on both sides: Wellington lost 15,000 and Blücher 7,000 dead or wounded, whilst the French lost 25,000 with over 8,000 taken prisoner. A combination of factors delivered the narrow victory for the Allies. Foremost was the unimpeded and timely arrival of Blücher’s Prussians, but the British infantry’s ability to withstand and counter endless French attacks during the day was key. Wellington’s leadership skills, tactical nous and selection of ground for this defensive battle was also a major contribution. Despite this Wellington later commented that Waterloo was “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life.” For Napoleon, Waterloo was a battle with many uncharacteristic mistakes. He appeared over-confident about his chances and was dismissive about the Prussian threat. Unusually, he did not play his normal leadership role in the battle (due to ill-health it is believed) and he has been criticised for poor selection of key commanders, many of whom failed to achieve their objectives. Napoleon’s delay in starting the battle was also blamed as a contributory factor for defeat.

18th June 1815

Napoleon Bonaparte

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was born into a family of noble Italian ancestry on Corsica on 15th August 1769. He was well educated eventually attending the military academy in Paris. He rose to prominence through the French Revolutionary era, leading successful campaigns against enemies of the revolution, most notably in Italy. With this success came promotion and an irresistible urge to participate further in politics. With post-revolutionary France in turmoil he saw an opportunity to seize power as First Consul in 1799. In 1804 he restarted the hereditary monarchy in France, crowning himself Emperor I and shortly later also as King of Italy. Napoleon led France through many wars, both aggressively expanding France’s empire and defending against the shifting alliances and coalitions dominating Europe at that time. Whilst ultimately responsible for France’s loss of status by 1815, as well as the deaths of many citizens, he is largely considered a genius in the operational art of war and is ranked in history as a great military commander. He was also responsible for establishing the Napoleonic Code, the first modern legal code that has influenced the law of many countries to this day. He died in exile on St Helena on 5th May 1821 but was buried in Paris in 1840.


Adaptability: Being able to adapt to changing circumstances is a useful skill. It means that you are less likely to be knocked down when things change and more likely to be able to make the most out of any situation you find yourself in. How adaptable are you?

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Instigating change: If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that change is going to happen! But we can instigate change when we want to. The accumulative effect of one small step each day, for example spending ten minutes getting fitter, can be amazing!

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Back Pages the

All About UCAS

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What’s Next?

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Writing a CV

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Gap Year Planning

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Time Management

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Revision

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Personal Finance

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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU FINISH COLLEGE? If you want to get into work or set up your own business but don’t have the skills or experience you need, we can help.

If you’re aged 16-30, we can help you get into work or training once you‘ve finished college

Call 0800 842 842 or text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418 or search online for ‘Prince’s Trust courses’ Follow us:

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Thinking about

university or college?

Make a decision that’s right for you

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What is UCAS?

We’re UCAS – the organisation that manages applications to university and college. We’re here to help you get into higher education. The next few pages will give you an overview of the UCAS process and direct you to the key information to help you begin your journey.

choosing courses Our 3-step guide

starting your course 116

applying


Where shall I go? What shall I do? Figuring it out Stuck on what to study? Think about what you enjoy and what you’re good at, then consider related topics. If you want to study more than one subject, you could do a joint (50/50) or a major/minor (75/25) course. There are also a number of different ways you could study; most unis offer ‘flexible learning’. Take a look here for more: www.ucas.com/study-types. Go see for yourself Open days are a great chance to see where you’ll be learning and where you could be living. You’ll find a regularly updated list of open days on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com/open-days. UCAS conventions are another great way to get up close and personal with unis, colleges, courses and careers – as well as charities, recruiters and gap year companies. Find one happening near you: www.ucas.com/conventions. Start the search Our search tool should be the first port of call: search.ucas.com. Here you’ll be able to get an in-depth overview of courses and search by subject, provider or location.

While you’re on our website... Make sure you sign up for a UCAS e-card – www.ucas.com/ucascard. Each month you’ll get tailored advice on getting into uni from us, insight from selected partners and big brand discount vouchers.

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Ready to apply? Register for our online Apply service www.ucas.com/apply and begin filling in your application. There’s lots of information and advice available on our website to guide you through the process. 118 118


The personal statement Though it might look like ‘yet another essay’, a personal statement is the only opportunity you’ll get to showcase your personality. It’s your chance to demonstrate to universities and colleges that you’re committed to your chosen subject, and are a competent and intelligent individual. The key to making a powerful personal statement is a clear and concise plan of action. It’ll take a while to get it right, so it’s worth sharing drafts with your friends, parents, teachers and advisers. Then refine it and show it to them again. And again – it’s that important. There’s more advice, and a number of hints, tips and tools to help you online: www.ucas.com/personalstatement.

UCAS doesn’t arrange student finance, you’ll need to apply for that through another organisation. We have information and advice to point you to the right place at: www.ucas.com/studentfinance

DID YOU KNOW...

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Key dates for 2015 entry The application cycle begins each autumn; here are some of the key dates worth bearing in mind...

2014

June:

UCAS Apply opens for 2015 registration

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2015 applications can be sent to UCAS

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application deadline for all courses at: ď‚&#x; the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford ď‚&#x; and any course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/science

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application deadline for the majority of courses

25 February: Extra opens

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application deadline for some art and design courses

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last date to submit applications before Clearing

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last date to apply through Extra

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Results day in Scotland

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Don’t be a stranger! As well as our information-packed website, we’ve a social media presence, a UCAS blog, and a video channel with ‘how-to’ guides on everything from applying to starting uni. Take a look...

www.facebook.com/ucasonline

www.instagram.com/ucas_online

www.twitter.com/ucas_online

plus.google.com/+ucasonlineofficial

www.pinterest.com/ucas

And, of course there’s: www.ucas.com

Need a steer as you navigate your options? Sign up for your free UCAS e-card: our advice, information, and rewards scheme for students figuring out life after school or college. You’ll get a monthly advice email giving you the lowdown on life, work, and higher education. It’s all useful stuff... and you’ll also receive some big brand discount vouchers every couple of weeks. Which is nice.

Sound interesting? Register at

www.ucas.com/ucascard

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What’s Next? Where’s next for you? Even though you’re concentrating on your studies right now, it’s a good idea to think about what you’ll be doing once you’ve finished. Whether it’s university, work, or volunteering abroad, you need to give some thought to your future. When it comes to making a decision, the suggestions below may help.

Think about… … where you see yourself in a year or two.

Whatever your plans, now is the time to act. Keep an eye out for university open days, courses or apprenticeships that take your fancy. Applications for these often have to be submitted months beforehand, so don’t leave research to the last minute.

… the financial aspects.

Tuition fees in higher education can be as much as £9,000 a year. Bursaries are available from many universities, and you may be eligible for a nonrepayable grant to make things a little easier. Even so, be sure to find out as much as you can before applying. Travelling can also be very expensive and at the very least you will need to cover the cost of reaching your destination.

…the experiences you want to have.

A career probably isn’t your only aspiration. Now is the time to grab opportunities whenever you have the chance. Why not try your hand at something completely new?

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Where can I get information from? Finding all the need-to-know information for making your next steps needn’t be a chore. Try these places first...

School or college

Friends & family

There will be teachers or careers advisors who can point you in the right direction. If you’re in need of some advice, find out if careers counselling is available in your school or college.

They know you well and can be great for advice. Talk to them and others who have done what you’re thinking of doing. Don’t forget that you should pursue what feels right for you.

UCAS The UCAS website is packed with everything you need to know about applying to university. Visit www.ucas.com for details on where to study, what it will cost, how to apply and much more. Don’t forget to read the UCAS section in this planner – just turn to page 115.

Internet There are many websites to help you decide what steps to take next. For careers advice, visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk where you can contact a careers advisor online and find advice about starting work. If you’re heading off to university, search online for “uni guides” for a huge range of helpful websites.

Books There are plenty of books on careers, choosing a university course, taking a gap year and being a volunteer. Try What Next After School? (published by Kogan Page) for starters.

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Why not check out these websites for helpful advice on the different routes you could take: The UCAS directory of courses & universities: search.ucas.com For advice on apprenticeships: www.apprenticeships.org.uk Not Going to Uni: www.notgoingtouni.co.uk


Making decisions Making the right decision is important, so it’s worth taking the time to consider all of your options. Here are some ideas to help you think things through:

Generate ideas Write down any ideas you have. What are your goals? Do you have a career in mind? Include absolutely everything that you would seriously consider doing. Try to be realistic! Analyse the pros and cons of each option.

Gather information Find out how much each option will cost and where you might get financial support. Talk to people who have taken different routes and to students at universities you’re interested in. Consider undertaking some work experience. If you want to go travelling, seek out those with the experience and know-how.

Analyse the pros & cons Ambition and confidence are great traits to have, but you shouldn’t jump in at the deep end. Think about the benefits and drawbacks of every course of action before making your final decision. If you come across a drawback, don’t become disheartened. It may just mean that you have to explore other routes to fulfil your ultimate ambition.

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Promoting yourself in person First impressions count. Whether getting ‘suited & booted’ for a job interview or meeting with a careers advisor, the people we encounter read us instantly. Here are some tips to help you create the right impression:

Appearance It sounds unfair, but how we dress, walk and talk are incredibly important, especially when meeting someone for the first time. Ask yourself how you’re expected to look. If you’re going to an interview, you might need to dress formally. Always make sure your general appearance is tidy.

Attitude With tight competition for university places, courses and jobs, the right attitude can go a long way. Employers and course tutors want to see enthusiasm, so be positive in the way you speak and open with your body language. Smile, make eye contact, and show that you have done plenty of research. Prepare questions that you can ask to show how much the opportunity means to you. These will set you apart from other candidates.

Personality If you want to truly impress someone, you need to show them your human side. Be sensitive to the needs and culture of the organisation and show them how well you would fit into it.

Social Media It is common for employers to conduct online searches, so it is good practice to ensure that your social media profiles are current & appropriate.

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Applications Follow instructions carefully. Many will set a word limit or stipulate a particular colour of ink. Some will draw your attention to an application guide that will tell you what to include. Keep an eye out for these and don’t underestimate their importance. Make sure details like your qualifications and work experience are accurate. Prospective employers may check up on these and errors are unlikely to be viewed favourably. A supporting statement is your opportunity to promote your skills and persuade the reader that you are the best candidate. Don’t be shy about yourself, now isn’t the time to be modest, but don’t overstep the mark – lying about your skills won’t get you very far. Get someone to check applications. You want them to be perfect, but it’s easy to overlook errors that fresh eyes might pick out. A deadline is a deadline. The likelihood of an application being accepted after the closing date is very slim, so make sure you start an application with plenty of time to spare. If you rush, you run the risk of making a mistake. If you have a set amount of space, do a rough version first and plan what you will write. Write the final draft up carefully, especially if it’s handwritten. If you’re having a photo taken for a passport, visa application or even some job applications, be wary of your appearance.

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Promoting yourself on paper When writing a CV or filling in an application form, it is essential to get it right. Small spelling & grammar mistakes will show up to a discerning reader who may reject your application as a result. Here are some helpful tips:

CVs should include: Personal information

Hobbies & interests

Name, address & any relevant social media presence (such as a LinkedIn page or blog).

Include genuine hobbies that have given you demonstrable skills.

Education & training

Skills summary

The schools/colleges you attended and the qualifications & grades attained.

Not essential but it can be an effective way of highlighting your best attributes

Employment

Referees

Start with the most recent employment experience. Include details about roles, responsibilities & the skills you obtained.

Include the names of two people who would be happy to write references for you. Make sure you ask them first! A college tutor and an employer would be good choices.

Voluntary work Information about voluntary roles & the skills they have helped you to develop.

Layout & presentation: Your CV needs to be uncluttered and crystal clear. These top tips will help: • Print it on good quality paper.

• Don’t include testimonials from others

• Don’t adorn it with pictures or fancy borders.

• Be honest about your skills and achievements.

• Keep sentences short & factual.

• Make sure the layout is clear and flows in a logical order.

• Don’t include information like height, ethnicity or parenthood status.

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See following page for an example of a CV.


Sample CV

Dan Matthews 20 Oakham Avenue, Westham WO20 6TY T: 01999 212232 M: 07201 144417 E: dan.matthews@matthews.info Twitter: @danmatthews

Education: Westham High School: GCSEs: Maths B; English Literature B; English Language C; Biology B; French A; History A; Geography B; ICT A; Art and Design B; Music A* The College, Westham: A Levels: History A; Music A; Economics B Awards: I gained Grade 8 in Guitar in 2012; Perfect Attendance (3 years running – 2009-2012); Westham Award for Contribution to Live Music 2011 I am planning to undertake a Guitar Teaching Diploma in the near future.

Employment and work experience: • 2012-present: assistant in Buy the Book, independent bookseller (weekends) – skills developed include: responding quickly to a range of challenging enquiries; researching and ordering new stock for the music, psychology and history sections; and working with authors to promote their work to the local community • 2010-2012: assistant in Guitarman, music shop (weekends) – skills developed include: advising customers on appropriate instruments for their needs; sourcing sheet music to sell; maintaining an information board for local bands and music teachers • 2  011-present: blogger on Musomadness, independent blog for young performers – skills developed include: writing tight copy to deadline; responding to readers comments

Voluntary work • Worked on the Kids Make Music project for disadvantaged children in Westham during the Summer of 2012 tutoring children and preparing them for their concert • Volunteer for Westham Theatre on front of house duties for major events – 2010-present

Hobbies and interests Music is important to me and I play at local live events on a regular basis with my band. I also keep fit by running and have taken part in sponsored 5k & 10k events.

Referees Mr David Walton, Head of Music, The College, Westham WO21 3ER Mrs Annie Mason, Owner, Guitarman, High Street, Westham WO22 5RT

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Gap Year Why Take A Gap Year? Many students decide to take time out between school and university or before pursuing a career. Whether it’s a year travelling the world or a few months volunteering near home, the possibilities and opportunities are virtually limitless. The most important thing is to make the most of it!

Who Takes A Gap Year? Anyone can take a gap year. Typically, it’s young people aged 17-25 who choose to take time out of their study and career plans in order to gain valuable experience.

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Teach English abroad Work Volunteer Raise money for charity

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Gain a skill Start a new hobby Learn a language The list goes on…

What Are The Advantages? Employers are always on the lookout for skilled & experienced employees. It also does wonders for your personal development. Whatever your long term goals, it will build your confidence and prepare you for the next challenge. You will: • Learn new skills • Meet new people • Feel ready to take on the next challenge

• Learn to be independent • Learn about other cultures

Keeping Your Mind Active To keep your mind active during your gap year, try keeping a reflective journal of your experiences. This will be incredibly useful to refer to when making applications. Employers like nothing better than an interesting CV and it will maintain the critical thinking skills that are so important in life.

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Are You Prepared? It’s tempting to jump straight in, but you’ll have to do some preparation first. Ask yourself these questions to see how ready you are: Do you have a plan for afterwards?

Time out doing your own thing is great, but make sure you have a plan. Have you applied for university? Do you have a career in mind?

Is a gap year really for you?

If you’re undecided, talk to people who have been on a gap year and people who haven’t.

Can you afford to travel?

Do you need to work first to save money? Could you raise money to do charitable work overseas? Plan ahead to estimate what it might cost and how you’ll fund it.

Where are you going?

It’s very important to know the laws, customs and weather of your destination. Find out more on the safety of countries here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Have you done the paperwork?

For information on visas and insurance, look at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office webpage: www.gov.uk/gap-year-foreigntravel-advice#insurance

Are you travelling alone or with friends?

Do you have the confidence to travel alone? Who will go with you?

The Key To A Successful Gap Year? • Thorough research • Careful planning • Talking to people with experience • Thinking ahead. What links can you make between your gap year and future plans?

Find Out More Ideas & Advice: • National Travel Health Network & Centre: www.nathnac.org/travel • Year Out Group: www.yearoutgroup.org • Gap Advice: www.gapadvice.org

Volunteering & working abroad: • Restless Development: www.restlessdevelopment.org

• Gap Year: www.gapyear.com

• International Citizen Service: www.volunteerics.org

• Gap 360: www.gap360.com

• Gap Work: www.gapwork.com

• Real Gap: www.realgap.co.uk

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Time Management Life can get very busy, but with the right techniques you can get everything done in good time and to a high standard. This is ‘time management’, a set of skills that will help you accomplish all of your aims without having to sacrifice too many freedoms. Have a look at the eight tips below to help you manage your time a little better.

Set Goals Setting yourself goals will motivate you. What do you want to achieve by the end of the term? Do you plan to go to university? Goals like these will encourage you to begin tasks early and to stay focused.

Find Your Motivation The thought of meeting friends or catching an episode of a favourite TV programme can give you the energy you need. Remind yourself that there’s a reward after finishing an essay or a day of revision.

Prioritise There will be times when you have to balance coursework, revision and perhaps a job as well. Prioritise your tasks and set yourself deadlines for getting each thing done.

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Balance Your education is really important, but working all hours can be counter-productive. Make time for relaxation, hobbies and for your family and friends. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well too.

Get To Know Yourself When are you most productive? Where do you work best? Whether you’re an early bird at home or a library book worm, become familiar with your body and mind.

Expect The Unexpected Things don’t always go to plan. You can prevent many of these knock-backs by tackling tasks early, keeping notes organised, and backing up work to a memory stick.

Write It All Down Make a habit of using a diary to remind yourself of deadlines. If you have lots to remember, a simple list is simple and effective. Review it each week to see if priorities have changed.

Learn To Say No Before taking on a new task, ask yourself whether you have the time. Is it as important as a piece of coursework or revision?

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Revision Top Tips for Exams

Ask for help

Preparation is the secret to exam success. Revise properly and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

It’ll be tempting to revise what you already know. Don’t ignore what you don’t understand! Ask a teacher or friend for help before it’s too late.

Plan Plan your revision around your priorities. Which exam is first? Which subjects do you find hardest? Remember to be realistic when planning your time – rushed revision is unproductive revision, so start nice and early.

Revise Whether it’s mind maps or revision cards, find out what method works best for you. Try revising with friends, listening to their ideas & teaching them what you’ve been learning can be very effective. Revise in a place without distractions and keep notes organised.

Eat well A good diet is vital, so be sure to eat your five-a-day. Nuts, fish and whole grains are also good brain foods. Drink plenty of water to keep your body and brain hydrated.

Practise, practise, practise Look at past exam papers to know what to expect. After a few weeks of revision, practise them in exam conditions without looking at your notes. Ask a teacher to mark them for you to see if you’re on the right track.

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Rest Believe it or not, it is possible to over revise. Make sure you take a break every 45 minutes and get plenty of fresh air and sleep. It’s during sleep that our brains organise and make sense of everything that we have been learning.

Exam Be prepared! Switch your phone off and have everything you need. Don’t try to revise just before going in. When you begin, read the questions carefully & think before answering. If you’re struggling, leave difficult questions until the end. If you have time, read through your answers and correct any mistakes.


Revision Timetable Use the example below to set up your own revision timetable. Remember, everyone’s schedules are different so think about what will work best for you. Don’t forget to include a reward for yourself at the end of each day! You’re bound to be nervous during the exam period, but if you’ve revised properly there’s no need to worry. For tips on exam stress, visit this Stress Busting website: www.stressbusting.co.uk/how-to-deal-with-exam-stress

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Day 28

Review the month’s revision - 15 mins per subject

You can get more help with Revision at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

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Personal Finance Whether you want to be stinking rich or just comfortably off, money management skills are essential. Just a little knowledge can help you make the most of the money you have and avoid the pitfalls of debt. As soon as you have money coming in, maybe from a part-time job, an allowance or pocket money, you need to make decisions about what to do with it. Ideally, you’d spend a bit, save a bit and give a little away, but that’s not always possible! So if you want to stretch your money as far as possible use these ideas to get financially fit:

Budget The best way to avoid debt is to set a budget and stick to it. Budgets can be short-term and medium-term. Always aim, if possible, to spend less than you have coming in.

Record Keep track of how much you spend. What takes most of your money? Clothes? Entertainent? Food? Socialising?

Save Aim to get in the habit of saving money whenever possible. Saving up for something is great, but even if you’re not saving for anything in particular, it’s good to have some money stashed away in an account for when you need it.

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Learn Find out about the financial support that you might get for studying. Your college can help with this.

Earn If you want more money than you have, look at your schedule and see if you have time to earn some. Weekend and evening jobs are great for students; just don’t overload yourself.

Control When you want to buy something ask yourself if you really want it. Can you leave it for today and see if you still want it tomorrow?

Debt It’s not necessarily bad to get into controlled debt but any debt you are in must be manageable. As soon as your debts start to increase, you need to get advice.

Useful websites www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/ categories/young-people-and-money www.gov.uk/student-finance www.gov.uk/browse/education www.moneysavingexpert.com/ financial-education/ www.turn2us.org.uk

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Useful Contacts General Advice & Information

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www.moneyadviceservice. org.uk/en/categories/youngpeople-and-money

www.nya.org.uk

www.youthaccess.org.uk

www.getconnected.org.uk www.thesite.org

www.gov.uk/student-finance www.gov.uk/browse/education

Health, Wellbeing & Support Groups

www.moneysavingexpert.com/ financial-education

NHS

National drugs helpline

www.turn2us.org.uk

Asthma Helpline

Rape & sexual abuse

Brook Advisory Centre

RD4U

www.rd4u.org.uk

www.nationalcareersservice. direct.gov.uk

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www.thecalmzone.net

www.talktofrank.com

www.rapecrisis.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

Crime Stoppers

Samaritans

Drink line

Shelter

www.crimestoppers-uk.org www.patient.co.uk/support/ Drinkline.htm

Beat - eating disorders www.b-eat.co.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk

Missing People

www.missingpeople.org.uk

www.samaritans.org.uk www.shelter.org.uk

www.debtadvicefoundation.org

Employment

www.apprenticeships.org.uk www.indeed.co.uk www.prospects.ac.uk www.allaboutcareers.com

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