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International Education Magazine of TIEC ÂŁ2/N500/GH3

June 2011

Beautiful and Brainy Aspire talks to Miss Zambia

Featured University University College London

Featured Career Dentistry


Aspire chats with Craig Mackail-Smith Education, Interviews, Feature Topics, Advice PLUS Much More...





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08 City: Swansea

08 StudyLoughborough Abroad: Aust College & New Zealand 10 School: 13 College: UCL 16 Career Profile: In London the Beginning 17 Topic: 17 City:Apply London Now

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Career Profile: Dentistry


24 Topic: Work Experience and Gap year work 12 Role Model: Richard O. Okojevoh

19 Career: Femi Oke INTERVIEWS

30 Cover: Melba Mwanje 20 Cover: Andella Matthews


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28 04 Editor’s Career:Note Mr Kanayo Ogwu 37 05 Mailbox Sports: Craig Mackail-Smith 06 Overseas Education 07 GEF


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Overseas Education

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23 News 24 Event Review:




TIEC Welfare Services Where are they now? GEF



AISEC/TIEC UK Boarding School Fair 26

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28 Reviews COLUMNS 29 Extras


Young Execs: BraiAmie

35 Fun Zone


Away From Home: Sefa, Hamza and Gbemisola

37 Classifieds

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Planning Ahead (Steps to Success)



t gives me great pleasure to present to you the June 2011 edition of Aspire magazine. This edition marks the 3rd Anniversary for Aspire Magazine. It only feels like yesterday we commenced this journey. At this point as always we are grateful to all our readers for your support and all your helpful comments over the years. I would also like to say a big thank you to the Aspire team who work very hard all year to ensure that we produce a high quality magazine in terms of the content and outlook (well done guys!). Last but not least to our advertisers who make it possible to get Aspire to you. Aspire magazine was established to help fill the gap we realised was an issue especially in developing countries where students generally lacked good/sufficient information. The vision was to produce a magazine that serves as a one stop shop for students and families considering international education. International education is expensive and yet life changing and one cannot underestimate the importance of having the right information. Our editor Ms Isabella Akinseye is having a break in order to focus on her final exams at Cambridge University and hence my temporary role as editor of this edition - but I must admit that trying to ‘fit into her shoes’ has not been

particularly easy, so I have just tried to do things my own way, I hope you understand! She will be back in the new academic year. I would also like to use this opportunity to wish all the final year students graduating from secondary schools and sixth form colleges all the very best for the future. In putting together this edition we considered articles and information that hopefully would help guide you as you decide about the next steps. Enjoy your summer holidays and we hope you remember to take Aspire magazine with you to help those who may need help making their career and education decisions do pass a copy of ASPIRE to your friends and family! Many thanks to you for reading. Publisher Olugbenga Ogunbode

Dear Editor, I found the career profile by Tolu Ogunlesi highly inspiring as I am considering a career in journalism. It helps to know that there are other exciting careers out there apart from the traditional subjects. Joanne Marsh (London) magazine



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Dear Editor, Aspire opens you to the world of possibilities. It’s always great to read from the experience of others who have made that journey before us. Billy Sailes

Reading Aspire Magazine really can make your dreams come true! Aspire magazine brought me closer to achieving one of my greatest dreams in life - reading medicine at the University of Cambridge. I picked up a copy at the FOL in London last year and in that edition I read about Tom Chigbo (former Cambridge University SU President). Having read about his experience in Cambridge I went to the open day where I also luckily met Tom Chigbo and I must say that was a dream come through. I currently now have an offer to read medicine at Cambridge next year and I just want to say thanks to the team at Aspire for giving me the confidence that – YES I CAN! Ify Ade ( Essex, UK)

Dear Editor, I remember growing up watching CNN and dreaming about becoming a presenter like Femi Oke. It was great to read about her story in the last edition of Aspire…she is very funny and yet hugely inspiring. Please Aspire team more of such interviews. Thanks! Abudl Bash Abuja Nigeria WRITE & WIN Share your thoughts, comments and feedback on Aspire magazine for a chance to grab a prize. Email: Please include your full name, address, and phone number. We only print the name and city. We reserve the right to edit the letters for clarity and coherence. June 2011 | 5

Overseas Education

A-Levels or the IB Diploma? Making the Choice A-Levels

IB Diploma

3 or 4 subjects are usually chosen, plus an option to take Critical Thinking as a 5th subject.

6 subjects are chosen, plus a requirement to study the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and write an Extended Essay.

No restriction on subject combinations (except where the block structure does not allow it).

The subject combination must include English, a second language, a humanity, a science and a course in maths. There is a free choice for the 6th subject.

Courses are modular with a coursework element. Exams contributing to the final grade can be taken in January and June of the L6th and U6th. Resitting modules during the course is possible.

Courses are linear with a coursework element. All final exams are taken at the end of the U6th. (It is however possible to resit one or more subjects the following November to improve the Diploma score).

Some A Level subjects are accessible to students who might only just achieve our entry requirements of 5 Cs at GCSE.

The IB Diploma is accessible to students who are aiming to achieve a B grade or higher in most of their GCSE subjects.

Each subject is graded from A* (highest) to E (lowest).

Each chosen subject is graded from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest). These points plus a maximum of three 3 for ToK and the Extended Essay are added to give a total Diploma score out of 45.

University offers are typically given on the basis of the best three A Level grades.

University offers are typically given on the basis of the total Diploma score plus the grade one or more relevant HL subjects.

Key features - some plus points to each programme Allows students to ‘play to their strengths’ and specialise – e.g. maths + sciences, or English + humanities only.

Allows greater breadth – e.g. scientists can continue with English and a second language, linguists can continue with maths and D&T.

AS results in June of the L6th can be included in university applications.

Widely regarded at European and US universities, as well as in the UK.


any students will do well on either programme, and it is most important that they are well-motivated and determined to work hard on whichever route they decide to take. Further advice is available from: Heads of subjects, housestaff, Mrs Manley (Head of Middle School and Careers advisor), Mrs Mason (Head of Sixth Form), Mr Mason (Director of Studies) and Mr Bluemel (IB Coordinator). 6 | June 2011

Taunton School offers a choice of programmes for Sixth Form students. Both offer a rich academic experience over the two years and are a widely recognised route to higher education. The choice of which course to follow will depend on factors such as: academic strengths, styles of learning, motivation, levels of organisation, future plans etc.

If you are a ‘non-visa-national’ who does not normally need a visa to study for up to 6 months, you must apply for the extended visa if you wish to take a longer English language course.

system will be carried out within the next 12 months to ensure that it is operating as intended. a - Source: UK Border Agency

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Studying Abroad


ver the past few years the number of British students looking to study at universities overseas – whether in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Europe or elsewhere - has been rising steadily. Study Options is a free advice and application service for UK and Irish students interested in studying in Australia and New Zealand. The company, which is funded by Australian and New Zealand universities to help students on their behalf, is the official representative for 18 Australian and all 8 New Zealand universities here in the UK and has seen a sharp rise in enquiries recently, fuelled partly by recent negative publicity about UK universities. So what is drawing so many students to Australian and New Zealand universities? “First and foremost, it’s about the quality of the education available,” says Nash. “Anyone going overseas to study has to feel confident that the qualification they are going to get will be recognised and valued by employers all over the world, and Australian and New Zealand university degrees are internationally recognised as the equal of UK qualifications.” That’s due in part to the fact that both the Australian 8 | June 2011

Australia and New Zealand

and the New Zealand education systems are based on the British model. That ensures there are more similarities between the university experiences and systems than there are differences, and also that there is excellent degree recognition for students returning home. It’s also due in part to the consistently strong rankings attributed to the Australian and New Zealand universities by authorities such as the Times Higher Education Supplement. These institutions are research-led and respected internationally as world leaders in many subjects - in the THES 2010 World University Rankings, 17% of Australasian universities ranked in the top 200 – a similar figure to the UK, 22% of whose universities appeared in the top 200. There are other attractions. Australian and New Zealand universities are not under the same pressures as those currently bearing down on the UK higher education system, so there are often more places available popular courses such as history, politics, economics, health sciences, and natural sciences are not as over-subscribed as the UK. This also has a practical effect, in that entry requirements at many top universities in Australia and New Zealand are lower than

at the equivalent UK universities. This is no reflection of quality, but rather a simple question of supply and demand. Both countries can also offer an enviable lifestyle for students – relaxed, outdoorsy, and with enough cultural similarities to be reassuring, but enough differences to make living there an exciting opportunity for travel and new discoveries. “Lots of students are attracted by the opportunity to live in Australia and New Zealand for a period of time,” agrees Nash, “and the

feedback that we get from them about their experiences tends to be very positive. Students often say they find the teaching atmosphere friendly and informal, and also that academics are more accessible and approachable.” So if you like the idea of gaining a worldrecognised university qualification at the same time as revelling in a new lifestyle and culture and travelling to a new part of the world (all of which is certainly going to make your CV stand out from the crowd!) what are the next steps?

How to apply 1 Do plenty of research. Study Options can send you a free publication, The Guide to Studying in Australia and New Zealand, to help with your initial research, or you can visit their website, 2 Contact Study Options to get a list of the courses available in your chosen subject. Make sure you specify what you want to study, what qualifications you have at the moment, and if you’ve got any particular requests – for example, if you want to be in a specific city. 3 Study Options will send you a list of courses to consider. The list will include weblinks to each course’s content and structure, as well as details of tuition fees, entry requirements, application deadlines and other key information. Go through the list carefully – check the weblinks, particularly the course breakdowns, and look around each university’s website. Study Options also has prospectuses for all the universities, which you can get for free. They offer expert, friendly advice to help students decide which courses and universities are best for them, so contact them by phone or email or go in to the office to talk through your options. 4 Once you’ve decided which universities to apply to, let Study Options know and they will send you the application forms and a guide to applying. UK students apply to Australian and New Zealand universities using their UK qualifications – A-Levels, International Baccalaureate or the equivalent – they are not (in the vast majority of cases) required to take additional tests. 5 Send the completed applications to Study Options, who check to make sure everything is correct and complete, and sight and certify documents on behalf of the universities. Applications are then sent to the universities for assessment electronically. Study Options Web: Tel: 020 7353 7200 Email: June 2011 | 9

Welfare Services Tab Text

TIEC Welfare Provisions

Amos Akinwale (TIEC Team Leader & Head of Welfare Services)


here is a huge concern for international students who leave home at such a young age, far from their parental guidance to study in an unfamiliar country, and a culture that is totally strange to them. some as young as 14, are hardly prepared to take on the pressures of independence, cross cultural integration, financial management and developing healthy social relationship among others. It is not surprising that the majority of them experience their fair share of challenges like loss of passport, money, bank cards, valuables etc. Welfare challenges such as a lack of a balanced diet, health issues, and accommoda10 | June 2011

tion, problems with immigration- i.e., Visa problems, some student overstayed their Visa duration in the country due to ignorance and basic immigration procedures, thereby becoming an illegal immigrant, where they are subjected to deportation. Career - wrong career choice and wrong choice of university can jeopardise the student’s. Social peer pressure and influence is a major problem among students, thinking that they are no longer under their parental control; therefore they can do whatever they like. Going clubbing during the week days will, for example, affect their lectures the following morning, together with smoking and drinking alcohol.

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