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Jersey Higher Education Fair 2008

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jersey higher education fair thursday 6th march hautlieu school

1.30pm - 3.30pm & 4.00pm - 6.30pm Sponsored by

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I am delighted to welcome you to the 16th Annual Higher Education Fair, the first to be sponsored by Carey Olsen Over 70 Universities and Colleges from all parts of mainland Britain are attending this year, in what will be one of the biggest and most comprehensive HE Fairs to date. This presents local students with a wonderful opportunity to talk directly to universities and start to gain varied and extensive information essential for the important decisions that lie ahead. The series of presentations taking place during the event will give students and parents the opportunity for further in depth information, all of which will undoubtedly aid the decision making and application process for university. On behalf of the Department for Education, Sport & Culture, I would particularly like to thank Carey Olsen for their sponsorship of this event which makes a big difference to what is possible. I would also like to thank all the universities, colleges and other institutions who have made the effort to be here, a number of whom have visited schools over the week, giving useful advice to students of different ages.

I hope you have an enjoyable and productive experience, and that it helps you to take the next exciting step towards a fulfilling career.

Andy Gibbs

Head of Careers & Work Related Learning Department for Education, Sport & Culture

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presentations during the HE Fair 2008 HE Fair Attendees subject specialists why higher education? the Qualifications needed for Higher Education how to choose a course how to choose a university or college questions to consider timetable What help is available ? Useful Internet Links Notes Universities I want to talk to

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presentations during the HE Fair The following presentations are offered to you to find out more about particular areas relating to Higher Education. They will be held in the English classrooms at Hautlieu and directions will be available on the day. You are encouraged to make the most of attending these talks which will all give the opportunity to find out about subjects in much greater depth.

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How to choose a course & university (University of Essex) Studying in Australia & New Zealand (Study Options) Biological Sciences (University of Southampton) Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Podiatry (University of Southampton) Portfolio preparation for Art related degrees (Winchester School of Art) Creative and Media Writing (University of Portsmouth) Criminology (University of Portsmouth) Tourism, Event Management & Hospitality (University of Brighton) Gap Years

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How to write an effective Personal Statement Nursing & Midwifery (University of Southampton) Veterinary medicine (Royal Veterinary College) Law (Queen Mary,University of London) Teaching (University of Brighton) IT & Computing (University of Plymouth) Media, Film & TV (University of Gloucestershire) Sport (University of Gloucestershire) Student Finance (Department for Education, Sport & Culture, Jersey)

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2008 HE Fair Attendees

exhibiting universities: A layout plan will be distributed on entry to the HE Fair Area 1 (Scotland)

Study in Scotland (SUCROS) University of Edinburgh University of Aberdeen Heriot Watt University Stirling University Strathclyde University Queen Margaret University College UHI Millennium Institute Edinburgh Glasgow

Area 2 (North East) Durham University Northumbria University Newcastle Durham Tees Valley

Area 3 (North)

University of Chester Edge Hill University Lancaster University Liverpool Hope University Liverpool John Moores University University of Liverpool University of Sheffield University of York Manchester Liverpool Doncaster Sheffield

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Area 4 (Wales)

Bangor University Cardiff University Swansea University UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) Cardiff

Area 5 (Midlands)

Aston University, Birmingham University of Birmingham De Montfort University, Leicester Loughborough University Nottingham Trent University University of Nottingham Oxford Brookes University University of Oxford Birmingham City University University of Warwick University of Wolverhampton University of Worcester Birmingham Coventry Nottingham East Midlands

Area 6 (East)

University of Cambridge University of East Anglia University of Essex University of Hertfordshire Stanstead Luton Norwich Southend

Area 7 (South West)

Bath Spa University University of Bath University of Bristol University of the West of England, Bristol Dartington College of Arts University of Exeter & Peninsula Medical School University College Falmouth University of Gloucestershire Hartpury College University College Plymouth St Mark & St John University of Plymouth Bristol Exeter Plymouth


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Area 8 (South East)

AECC Chiropractic College Arts Institute at Bournemouth Buckinghamshire New University Bournemouth University University of Buckingham University of Brighton University of Chichester University of Kent University of Portsmouth University of Reading Southampton Solent University University of Southampton University of Surrey Northbrook College Sussex University of Sussex Winchester School of Art University of Winchester Bournemouth London Gatwick Southampton

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Highlands College Jersey Open University Gap Years Degrees in Australia & New Zealand - Study Options

Area 9 (London)

City University, London University of Greenwich Goldsmiths, University of London Kingston University Middlesex University Queen Mary, University of London Roehampton University Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) St Mary’s University College University College London London Heathrow London Gatwick Stansted London City

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University of Plymouth 2-year fast-track honours degrees in

Computing & IT

The University of Plymouth is pleased to offer, from September 2008, a range of 2-year fast-track full-honours degree courses in Computing & IT •Fast-track your career by obtaining a full-honours degree in just 2 years •Earn a full year's salary whilst other students are still in study – surveys have suggested that the average graduate starting salary now exceeds £20 000 •Stand out from the crowd – successful completion of a full-honours degree in two years demonstrates motivation and a “get-ahead” mentality to potential employers •Pay 2 years’ fees rather than 3 Jersey Careers Service


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Fast-track honours degrees How does a fast-track degree work?

During the traditional autumn and spring terms 2-year students have the same student experience (including the same workload) as 3-year students. Fast-track degrees shorten the length of the degree by utilising part of the traditional 4-month summer break. In both summers, tuition is centred around short intensive summer schools in June and July, and project work. Apart from the requirement to attend summer schools, examinations and submit coursework, students may divide their summer-time between academic work and holidays as they see fit. This allows students the flexibility to spend the bulk of the summer in Plymouth or elsewhere, as they choose.

About the University of Plymouth

Ranked by the Guardian higher education league table (May 2007) as the top modern UK university, Plymouth is a national leader for teaching excellence. With around 30,000 students it is one of the largest universities in the UK – yet proud to retain its reputation for friendliness. With a track record of business partnerships and vocational courses, it has a high rate of graduate employment and is committed to improving the student experience, as is demonstrated by significant investment in new facilities.

For further information +44 (0) 1752 586000 fasttrackcomputing@plymouth.ac.uk   www.plymouth.ac.uk/2yearcomputing

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subject specialists If you are interested in studying a particular subject which is listed below, it would be useful to take advantage of having professors, lecturers and experts in particular fields at the event. They will be happy to talk to you about what a degree in their field involves, even if you are not particularly thinking of going to their university. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

American Studies Art & Design Art & Design Art & Design Art & Design Art & Design Biological Science Built Environment Business Construction Construction Chiropractic Creative Arts Criminology Dance Design Drama Engineering English Literature Equine Events Management Film and Media

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Swansea University (Steve Minney) Highlands College (Linda Burton) University of Portsmouth (Peta Tattersall) The Arts Institute at Bournemouth Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton Nottingham Trent University (Mandy Clark) University of Southampton (Joel Parker) Nottingham Trent University (Mandy Clark) University of Buckingham Highlands College (Joe Cottom) Nottingham Trent University AECC Chiropractic College (Charlotte O’Connor) University of Portsmouth (Craig Batty) University of Portsmouth (Jackie Tapley) De Montfort, Leicester (Lindsay Allen) Buckinghamshire New University (R Marrs) De Montfort, Leicester (Lindsay Allen) Buckinghamshire New University (Russell Harbison) University of Buckingham Hartpury College (Jeremy Michaels) University of Brighton (Birtie Schmitz) University of Portsmouth (Craig Batty)


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Finance Health Professions & Rehabilitation Sciences History History Hospitality Law Law as a career Media Media Media Media Media Nursing Nursing & Midwifery Physics Social Science Sport Sport Sport/Exercise Science Property Teaching Teaching Technology & Innovation Tourism Veterinary Medicine

Highlands College (Jeff Reed) University of Southampton (Steve Ryall) University of Essex (Pete Edge) Swansea University (Steve Minney) University of Brighton (Birtie Schmitz) Queen Mary, University of London (Andrew Le Sueur) Carey Olsen The Arts Institute at Bournemouth Bournemouth University (Chelsea Gray) University of Gloucestershire (Ben Calvert) University of Portsmouth (Peta Tattersall) De Montfort, Leicester (Lindsay Allen) Buckinghamshire New University (Nicola Bate) University of Southampton (Anne May) University of Bath (Gary Mathlin) Highlands College (Jennifer Martin) University of Gloucestershire (Mark De Ste Croix) Hartpury College (Dean Seeliger) University or Portsmouth (Alun Rees) Nottingham Trent University University of Winchester (Michael Yates) University of Brighton De Montfort, Leicester (Lindsay Allen) University of Brighton (Birtie Schmitz) Royal Veterinary College

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why higher education?

Nearly 500 students from Jersey started Higher Education courses in the UK last year. This number was made up of students leaving school, students who had taken a year out from education and mature students from employment.

Why do so many local people make this decision to go to university? •Many Higher Education courses provide a vocational programme of study directly related to particular work areas, such as accountancy, business administration, library studies, sports science and teaching. •A Higher Education qualification is an absolute must for initial entry to some careers - medicine, chartered engineering and architecture, for example. •You have the opportunity to study an academic subject that you are passionate about. This may be a new subject that you have never studied before, or continuation of a subject you already enjoy, but in far greater depth. •A degree or HND usually improves your chances of obtaining a fulfilling job and having better promotion prospects. •Graduates have a better earning potential. Over a working life, the average graduate will earn around 23% more than his/her

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equivalent holding two or more A-levels. This rises to 30% for Physics, Chemistry and Engineering graduates, 39% for Law graduates and 44% for Medicine graduates. (Source: The economic benefits of Higher Education’—PWC) •You may be at a stage in life when you can study a subject for the sake of personal satisfaction. •You will make lots of new friends and become independent and gain confidence. •You will broaden both your educational and personal horizons •Higher Education develops important transferable skills, which can give you an edge in the fast-changing world of employment. Whilst at university each student can improve their employability skills and create their own skills portfolio. Analysis of employer surveys suggests the desired skills for graduates fall into four broad areas:

Self Reliance Skills (such as self-awareness, networking, decision making, proactivity, and a willingness to learn); People skills (such as team working, leadership, interpersonal skills, customer focus); General Skills (such as business acumen, IT literacy, problem solving and numeracy); and Specialist skills (such as languages, IT, and technical skills such as journalism, engineering etc).

However, do remember that:

•HE is not necessarily the best option for everyone •If you change your mind or choose the wrong course it could be an expensive mistake. The Department for Education, Sport & Culture will not fund any repeat periods of study and requires repayment of tuition fees and any maintenance paid during the term in which you dropped out. •Having a degree does not guarantee you a job.


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the Qualifications needed for Higher Education

Generally institutions require a Level 3 qualification to access a Higher Education course. A Level 3 qualification can be obtained through, for example, A2 levels, the BTEC National Certificate/ Diploma or the NVQ 3. Although some institutions still ask for traditional A level grades such as ‘BBB’, most course entry requirements now require a specific number of points, which can be made up through a variety of combinations. The tables below detail the main UCAS points tariff. For further information on alternative qualifications, look online at: www.ucas.com/higher/tariff/calc/

The UCAS Points Tariff for A2 and AS Levels

The UCAS Points Tariff for BTEC Awards (as studied at Highlands College)

D = Distinction M = Merit P = Pass

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National Certificate

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 UCAS Points 360 320 280 240 200 160 120 80 40

The entry qualifications required by mature students can often be more flexible and are down to the individual university as they will also take in to account professional qualifications and previous experiences. It is important for mature students to talk directly to the Higher Education Institutions to see exactly what is required. For Jersey funding purposes students must have a level 3 qualification, even if a university offers a place with less.

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how to choose a university or college Higher Education Institutions vary enormously in size, traditions, location and facilities. Some are situated in city centres, some on their own campus site and others in very rural environments. Higher Education is about study but it is also about living in a particular place for a number of years.

Deciding on a University

In most cases you should choose your course before choosing where you would like to study. Those who sacrifice the opportunity of studying the course they really want to do, simply so they can go to a particular university, will often regret this decision at a later date. Many popular courses are, however, offered at numerous universities and colleges across the country, and therefore choosing the university that is right for you is imperative. When considering which university, it is important that you have as much information available as possible, on which to base your decision.

There are a number of factors that need to be considered before choosing the university that you wish to attend. • • • •

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How far are you prepared to travel to university? Are there good flight or ferry links with Jersey and how much do these cost? Is the course you wish to pursue widely available or does it cover a niche area in which certain universities or cities may be more specialist? How large or small is the university and how many students study there?

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Is the university based on one ‘campus’ site or multiple sites? Is there any transport available between sites? Is the university located in a large city or in a rural area and which would you prefer to live in? Will you get accommodation in your first year? What is the relative cost of living in the locality? Compare costs with different regions and cities.

Remember that impressions of institutions are very individual, what suits one doesn’t always suit another - see for yourself.

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how to choose a course

There are over 50,000 Higher Education courses available to students and therefore a number of issues that need to be considered when deciding which course to study.

Course Content

Research is key. Look at university prospectuses to help decide on which course you would like to study, but make sure you consider the actual specific detail of the course. You need to read beyond the course title and course summary. It is important to be aware that although many universities offer courses with similar names, the specific module content can vary greatly. University courses may often include modules which can be selected by you depending upon what you want to learn, but you must check which modules are core, and whether any optional modules fit the area of study that you are interested in.

Teaching Style

The teaching style for the course is an important consideration. You may find that one course consists more of module assignments and group work rather than examinations, and you should decide which is best for you, particularly if you are aware from previous experience that you prefer or perform better with specific teaching styles.

Consider things such as:

•How much of the course is exam based? •How much is based on essays as compared to course work? •How does the marking system work?

Work Experience Placements and Sandwich Years

Many courses provide the option of work placements. These can vary in length from a few weeks, to a block semester, to a year in industry (often between 2nd and 3rd years of study). If you have limited work experience, or have never worked in the field in which you are considering undertaking a career, work experience placements are invaluable. They will provide important experience that will be of benefit when looking for a job after graduation. It is advisable to check what assistance a university gives in finding an employer to take you on for your sandwich year – if this is left entirely to you, it can be more difficult than you may think.

Module Flexibility

Many courses now offer a variety of options to students in all their years of study. This allows the individual to make decisions as to the subject areas that they study. You may want to choose modules providing a wide breadth of study or ones which give in-depth analysis of key areas.

Don’t know what to do?

If you are unsure which path you would like to follow in the longterm, you need to be sure that the course you select will leave multiple options available. In this instance, it is also better to choose a subject that you are good at or enjoy. If you do not like the subject, it is unlikely that you will be able to commit yourself for the time required. This does not mean you have to study a subject you have previously studied – there are thousands of courses out there which you may have no background in, but this does not mean you cannot study them. In many cases it is good to start a subject “fresh” at degree level, provided you do your research fully and carefully and are sure this is the right course for you, do not be afraid to try something new! When making a decision on a course it is also important to remember that over two thirds of graduate jobs advertised nationally, do not ask for a subject specific degree.

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how to choose : contd.

When you have gathered together all the information you require, it is often useful to construct your own “Which university is best for me” grid listing your personal criteria and matching the courses and Universities and colleges to it. This should reduce your choices. You can apply for a maximum of 5 courses on your UCAS form. Each individual student will have different requirements of their potential university and so it is important to spend some time on the decision. Do not be confused into thinking that the best course is the one with the highest entry requirements as these can be influenced by popularity of the place as well as supply and demand of the subject. Although you may receive a lot of advice from various sources, as you are investing in your education you must make sure that you choose the places which suit your own individual needs. No single university is the “best” for everyone.

University League Tables

Before deciding on a university, it can be helpful to consider the university rating in the national newspaper league tables (such as The Times and Guardian). These are useful for making choices between universities because they explain how well that university is doing in comparison to others. However, Higher Education ‘League Tables’ should Jersey Careers Service

be treated with caution. High league table positions do not guarantee that that university will be the best for you. It is also important to remember that ratings can vary greatly between university wide and department level and also that attending a university at the top of the league table does not imply that higher grades will be achieved. This will be the responsibility of the student studying at the university.

Social Life

Social aspects of university life are very important and elements such as location, facilities and services play a significant role in your time there. The range of social, sports and cultural activities provided by the university need to match your requirements especially if you are living away from home. Although you are at university to study, the most effective students know how to balance their social life well, to ensure that they enjoy their time as well. The cost of living (i.e. rent, food, drink and socialising) can be greater in London and other large cities and this may impact on your available budget significantly. From September 2007 those students who receive a maximum maintenance grant from the Department for Education, Sport & Culture will not receive a higher allowance if living in London.


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Friends

Although this factor may vary in importance to you, there are many people that let their friends’ choice of university impact on their own decision. This can occasionally be of benefit as it helps provide companionship and security, especially in the first few months of starting. However, you may often find that in some instances this may make you reluctant to make new friends. This is certainly a missed opportunity to get to know new people, especially as you will be studying with them for up to three years.

Visit before you decide

Many students put more time and thought into choosing their first car than choosing their university! In order to get a true picture of whether a university is right for you, it really is important that you visit to see if you would like to study there for 3 or more years. Many Universities offer Open Days which enable you to visit, have a tour, often from a student, and have many of your questions answered. Living in Jersey often means attending Open Days can be difficult – but do not worry. All universities will be happy to show you around at other times

that coincide with your visit. You will often get a better feel for the atmosphere if you can visit during term time, but even going during university holidays will still give you some idea. Contact the Education Liaison Officer at the university to arrange a visit. The Careers Service can put you in touch, if you do not have their contact details. If visiting is truly impossible, there are still resources for you to use such as:

Prospectuses

the best source of information on course content but can sometimes give a false impression of the university's environment by showing photographs of their most picturesque hall on a sunny day or when snow is covering the surrounding builders’ rubble.

Alternative Prospectuses

published by the Students’ Union of the larger universities, these publications tend to be a mix of in-jokes, useful inside information, university scandal and lager-induced ramblings. They vary considerably in quality but a good one is worth its weight in gold.

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questions to consider getting on to the course

• Are any specific A-level subjects required for entry to the course? • Are BTEC qualifications acceptable for entry to the course? • What is the average level of qualification for students entering the courses I am interested in? • Are there any special arrangements for mature students? • What qualities are looked for when considering applicants? • How can I make my personal statement stand out from the crowd? • How important are work experience and extra curricular activities for getting a place on a competitive course?

the course itself

• How is the course assessed - by examination or continuous assessment? • How flexible is the course - is there scope to pursue special interests? • What is the structure of the course? • How easy is it to change courses or study a subsidiary course? • How is the course taught - through lectures, tutorials, seminars, labwork, other? • How many hours of lectures and other contact time (eg. seminars/tutorials) are there? • What are the hours of study required, both supervised and unsupervised, on my course? • What is the staff/student ratio? • Will I have a Personal Tutor, and if so what is their role? • Who will be giving lectures and leading seminars - will they be lecturers or postgraduate teaching assistants? • Is it possible to study abroad for part of the course? • How many students are accepted on my course via clearing and why? • What are the non-completion rates for my course? And, more importantly, why? • What are the first destinations/career prospects of students on my course? • What are the IT resources like (eg. age of machines, operating systems and software availability)? • What are the differences between the same courses in different institutions? Jersey Careers Service


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institution related questions

• What proportion of students are mature? • What is (typically) the gender ratio, percentage of international students and percentage of mature students on my course and across the institution? • What is on offer with regard to student services, student union, societies, sports and recreation facilities? • Is there internet access in all of the rooms in the student accommodation? Each individual student will have different requirements of their potential university and so it is important to spend some time on the decision.

what happens when? the application timetable (overleaf)

It is strongly recommended that you complete your UCAS application form as early as possible, ie the September or October before you plan to start university. The later you leave it, the more competition there will be for course places, and the less time an Admissions Tutor will have to dedicate to your application. Make sure you don’t miss any important dates. If you are planning to start university in September 2009 you need to keep on track with the timetable on the next page.

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timetable March 08

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The Jersey Higher Education Fair is a very important date in the calendar for anyone considering Higher Education. Start to research courses that you are considering applying for next year. Speak to university representatives at the HE Fair to get your questions answered and a feel for each university, then use information such as prospectuses, books and computer programmes which are available at the Careers Service as well as school careers libraries. 

Good research at this stage means that you are well prepared and ready to complete your UCAS application form when you return to school or college in September.

You need to be completing your UCAS application form. Think very carefully about your personal statement and work hard to create the best 47 lines that “sell yourself” as possible.

If you have not yet done so - complete your UCAS application form as soon as possible – some courses are very competitive and places are filled very quickly. Places will already be getting offered to earlier applicants and interview dates for certain courses will be arranged.

If you do not get your application form in by 15th January, it will be marked as late and will be considered only for courses that still have places available. You may well now be receiving offers of places or invitations for interview. If you are nervous about the prospect of an interview, try and arrange a mock interview either through school or the Careers Service who are happy to offer this to anyone. Please call 449440 to set up an interview time.

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You could start to visit some of the universities you are particularly interested in applying to. You can do this through their open days, or by organising individual visits through the university’s Educational Liaison Officer. This will give you some idea of the ‘type’ of university that appeals to you. Some people prefer to wait until they have had their offers in from universities before arranging visits. The February half term of Year 13 then also becomes a good time to visit.

Year 13 or equivalent Start to complete your UCAS application form online. Make sure you send it in by January 15th at the latest (unless you are applying for an Art & Design course through Route B). If you are still not sure which course you want to do, where you want to study or have any other questions or concerns, you can make an appointment to speak to a Careers Adviser at the Careers Service by calling 449440.

If you are applying to Oxford or Cambridge or for a medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine/ science course the deadline for sending in your application form is 15th October.

You do not need to reply to the offers you have had at this stage. Wait until you have heard from all the universities that you applied to, and do not make any snap decisions. You should check on the progress of your application form through the UCAS website.


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February 09

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July 09

You can still apply through UCAS but your application is now officially late and will only be considered for courses that have places available.

Check on the progress of your application form through the UCAS website.

By the end of April, once you have received all the replies to your initial application, you must reduce your choice of university from five (from 2009) to two. You now need to decide on a first and second choice of university – these are known as your ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ offers.

8th May is the last date universities and colleges can make a decision on your applications received by 15th January

Applicants receiving decisions from all their choices by 9th May must reply to their offers by the 6th June. If you have applied late for Art and Design route B, 12th June is the last date UCAS will receive applications before you have to go through clearing.

Mid July - Clearing entry forms begin being issued to eligible applicants.

Art and Design route B applications need to be in between 1st January and 24th March. UCAS recommend that you send it in by the 9th March to avoid the last minute rush.

If you have heard back from all your original choices and you have not got a place you can apply again through UCAS Extra, before having to use the Clearing process. Log on to www.ucas.com to enter this process.

Do NOT put an institution down as your insurance offer unless you would be happy to go there. If you do not get the grades to be accepted into your first and firm choice of institution, you are contractually bound to attend your insurance. Changing this and being released into the clearing process will take time and be difficult.

30th June is the last date that UCAS will accept applications for specific courses. After this date you have to go through clearing.

August 20th 2009

A level exam results are published. You will receive confirmation of your place at university if you meet the entry requirements. If you have missed the grades for your first choice university, but met the requirements for your insurance university, you are contractually bound to go to your insurance institute. If you have decided that you do not want to go to your insurance institute, but enter clearing instead, this can be difficult and time consuming, and can not be done until your insurance institute releases your place. This shows the importance of making the right decisions in the first place. If you do not have the grades for either of your choices, you can go through clearing or consider the alternatives, such as a gap year, re-sits or employment.

You will find that speaking to a Careers Adviser about your options may help. Call 449440 to book at appointment.

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There are links, agreements and Progression Accords between the island’s schools and some HE Institutions. Ask the universities or your Careers Teacher for more information:

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University of Brighton Bournemouth University University College Chichester University of Exeter University of Plymouth University of Portsmouth Southampton Solent University University of Sussex

Degrees on Island

A number of degrees are available to study on Jersey, either full or part time at Highlands College. These include: • • • • • • •

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BSc Joint Social Science (full or part time) BSc Architectural Technology (part time) from 2009 BSc in Construction Management (part time) from 2009 MSc in Construction Project Management (part time, intended to launch in September 2008)

Foundation degree in Art & Design (part time) BA in Art and Design (top up) (part time) Foundation Degree in Financial Services (full time) This two year programme which will take it’s first students in September 2008, is designed to provide a flying start to a career in the Financial Services industry.  The degree has been devised in conjunction with the industry, much of it will be  work-based and successful graduates will be able to progress to a one year honours degree, with the option to study off or on-Island. Open University offer foundation, undergraduate and post graduate degrees in a wide range of subjects, studied by distance learning.


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What help is available?

If you are still at school, your Careers teacher will normally be your first point of contact. The Jersey Careers Service supply free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to all age groups, whether you are still at school or a mature student. Our one to one guidance could help if you are trying to find the right direction, applying for any kind of course and want advice on filling your UCAS form and writing your personal statement, or improving your interview skills. You can also arrange an appointment with the Student Finance Officer to discuss the Student Award and parental contribution.

Where?

The Careers Service is based at the Department for Education, Sport & Culture on the Highlands College Campus. You can access our website at www.gov.je/careers

When?

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. If you want to meet with a Careers Adviser, it is advisable to phone and make an appointment by calling 449440. You can drop in to browse our Careers Library at any time.

Who? Andy Gibbs Head of Careers & Work Related Learning Email - a.gibbs@gov.je Phone - 449455 Sophie Le Sueur Careers Officer Email - s.lesueur@gov.je Phone - 449465 Janet Motto Assistant Careers Adviser Email - j.motto@gov.je Phone - 449351 Annie Richardson & Jane Bree Student Finance Officers (Grants & Funding Advice) Email - studentfinance@gov.je Phone - 449450

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Useful Internet Links If you don’t know what to study…

www.ukcoursefinder.com Try completing the questionnaire “Find your dream course in 15 minutes”. www.ucas.ac.uk/stamford A short questionnaire which results in a range of course suggestions which may be suitable for you

General Higher Education information…

www.ucas.com Allows you to search for courses, find out information about all aspects of higher education and apply online. The essential site to visit. www.universityoptions.co.uk offers advice on all aspects of Higher Education. A particularly useful section is ‘Graduate Profiles’ where case studies of recent graduates show why they chose their degree and how this led into employment. Jersey Careers Service

www.opendays.com. It is important that you visit a university before deciding you are going to spend 3 years (or more) studying there. You will find visiting on an Open Day useful, but universities will also be able to show you round at other times if more convenient. www.push.co.uk An independent site with lots of information about institutions; some irreverent, some very useful. Allows you to build a wish list

If you are thinking of applying to Oxford or Cambridge

www.oxbridge-admissions.org.uk gives student profiles of Oxbridge applicants, as well as interview and application tips

If you are thinking of taking a Gap Year www.gapyear.com for everything you need to know about gap years—a one stop shop of independent, expert advice.

If you think you may want to study abroad

http://www.fulbright.co.uk/eas/ studyus/index.html gives useful information about the American university system. www.studyoptions.com for studying in Australia & New Zealand.

Before you go…

www.newstudent.org An excellent site to meet fellow students who will be at the same university and on the same course as you—before you actually go. www.missyourmum.com Lots of advice about leaving home!

If you are a mature student

considering entering Higher Education then a useful website can be found at http://www.maturestudent.info


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Notes: Universities I want to talk to Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

Further Investigation required o Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

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Jersey Higher Education Fair 2008

Notes: Universities I want to talk to Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

Further Investigation required o Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

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Notes: Universities I want to talk to Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

Further Investigation required o Name of University Name of Course: First Impressions:

Further Investigation required o Jersey Careers Service


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Interested in a creative career? We’d love to hear from you.

We’ve met some great local creatives over the years and some work for us both while at school and while at Uni.

If you’ve got a passion for writing, art, design, photography or illustration and would like it featured in Gallery, get in touch. email talent@gallerymagazine.co.uk

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