Choosing courses and universities

Choosing courses and universities

KES ACADEMY HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING Programme for the evening Introduction and key dates An Introduction to Apprenticeships Choosing courses and Universities A guide to Personal Statements Student Finance Key Dates 11th June - Higher Education Convention in Norwich at UEA Sports

Park 21st June - Apprenticeship Day (Dereham Sixth Form College) 24th June Year 12 Exams start 8th July Start of Work Experience Week 24th July Tutor references written for students

4th September Completed applications can be submitted to UCAS 15th October - Deadlines for applications to Oxford and Cambridge and most courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science 15th January 2020 Deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses 25th February 2020 Extra options opens for those students not currently holding any offers GUIDE TO OBTAINING AN APPRENTICESHIP WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where you are trained and you work towards a qualification. You learn skills and knowledge in the workplace.

You are trained in the skills employers want. You will learn at a pace that suits you. You are supported by a mentor. Minimum salary for an apprentice is 3.90 per hour - applies to all apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year. You could earn more. There are many types of apprenticeship, covering a wide variety of occupations and ways of learning: (4 days work, I day college, 5 days work and assessed at work, block college/training). They can take between one and six years, depending on the level of apprenticeship, your ability and the industry sector you are working in. Apprentices are expected to be employed and paid for at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of one year.

Apprenticeship Pay NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE IN UK Year 25 and over April 2019 8.21 21 to 24 18 to 20

Under 18 Apprenti ce 7.70 6.15 4.35 3.90 Types of Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Level 2 Intermediate 3 - Advanced 4 Higher 5 Higher 6 - Degree 7 Degree Equivalent GCSEs A level Foundation Degree Diploma of Higher

Education Bachelors degree Masters Degree Higher & Degree Apprenticeships 1. Work and study a degree at the same time 2. Typically last 4-6 years 3. Day release or block release depends on company, 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. HEI and programme Entry requirements vary but typically need at least Level 3 qualifications & GCSE English & Maths No restriction on number of applications No age limit Get paid! Typically between 12,000 to 18,000 No fees - tuition fees covered by employer Can progress through a number of apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters) SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN REALITY?

There are apprenticeships out there but: The competition is fierce, particularly for degree level apprenticeships. They are not an easy alternative to university Apprenticeship application deadlines are different to the UCAS

deadlines. Dont wait until the deadline to make an application as some companies will close their recruitment once they have enough applicants. There are more Level 3 apprenticeships (to start you need at least 5 GCSEs at 9-4 including English and Maths) Employers need to pay you Employers need to supervise you They do not always guarantee employment Where to start searching Search apprenticeships:

ticeshipsearch Search apprenticeships: Local Businesses that Offer Apprenticeships Palm Paper Nestle PriceWaterHouseCoopers (Cambridge) Coopers Bespak Mars Mapus-Smith and Lemmon Accountants

Stephenson and Smart Accountants Clenshaw Minns Accountants British Sugar COWA Porvair Dow Chemicals Wisbech Carpet Warehouse Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foster Refrigeration West Norfolk District Council SO WHAT MUST YOU DO? Decide what course you want to apply for!

By when? ALWAYS HAVE A BACK UP Compose a good CV get it checked by staff By Christmas Compose a letter of application checked by staff By Christmas Set up email alerts on apprenticeships websites

Jan 2020 Send speculative applications JanOnwards 2020 Send letter and CV to companies advertising Oct Nov

Dec Jan Feb March April May FebOnwards 2020


The following websites may help you find work. Remember if you are looking to work for someone in particular they will have a recruitment/job section on their website. LOCAL WEBSITES HANDY TIP!! You can write a speculative letter (a letter to a company who is not advertising any jobs), you never know they may have some that they have not advertised yet.


If you know who you would like to work for, go to their website and at the bottom there should be a link to their corporate website where they may advertise jobs. HANDY TIP!! Go to to find companies in your local area. Just type in your postcode and what you are looking for and it will give you a list of local companies. APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY Decisions

Decisions about courses The first decision you need to make is regarding your subject of study. There are several ways of making this choice. Is it a subject you study now? If you wish to study your favourite subject from school, make sure you think about whether it will sustain your interest for the next few years. Think about possible career paths.

Is it a subject related to a career idea? If you have vocational ambitions, explore each possibility to find out whether you need to study a certain subject to enter that career. Are there skills within your chosen subject that lend themselves to a possible career choice? An entirely new subject? Studying at degree level opens up all sorts of new subjects you will not have encountered before, so research carefully and think through your options.

Joint Honours? A joint honours degree combines 2 subjects: Could be a mix of your 2 favourite subjects Could be two complementary subjects e.g. Business + Language. Could be a familiar subject mixed with a new one. In addition, many universities will let you count a certain number of modules from other subjects as part of your course credits.

Decisions about University Start with your subject choice and work from there. You need to be excited by the course content, comfortable with the assessment methods and likely to achieve the entry requirements these lead to the greatest chance of success academically. You also need to be happy about the location. Reputation You will hear a lot about this, and everyone will have an opinion!!

League tables exist for universities, and in some cases, for subjects between universities you can check these. https:// ings Some companies will look to recruit from certain universities However. A degree is a degree, and you are far more likely to achieve a good degree if you are happy with your course and location.

Things to consider Facilities? (Academic and extra-curricular) Night life/quiet life? Geographical/environmental features? Distance from home? Cost of living? MAKE SURE YOU VISIT!!! Making your choices Try to select a mix of ambitious, on target and safe course

choices based on your predicted grades. Dig into the detail of each course regarding entry requirements and module information. Choose places you would actually, realistically be happy to go to not 2/3 you like, then filler offers you havent properly researched. Make sure you will be happy in your home for the next 3-4 years (or longer). HELP! Careers information University and course advice PERSONAL STATEMENT PERSONAL STATEMENTS A chance to sell yourself

47 lines 4000 characters Truth/Plagiarism How do I start? Make a list of your hobbies and interests. Add achievements and training received. Include jobs or volunteering done. Try to link the list to the skills and qualities needed for your chosen course. Alternatively an event, book or film that has inspired

your choice can be discussed. What else should I include? You must show enthusiasm for the course you have chosen, use your interests and the A Level courses you study to demonstrate this. Include a discussion of something you have studied that is relevant to the course Any relevant experience, skills and achievements.

Remember to use the examples to show how you fit the requirements of the course both academically and in terms of the experience and/or attitude and enthusiasm needed. Try and relate everything to the intended course of study. Ending the Personal Statement The end of the statement should summarise why you fit the bill. It could include a quote from the work shadow employer about your attitude and aptitude for set tasks. The final sentence should declare that you are ready for the challenge of university life and/or the opportunity for

in-depth study. Timetable - When to start writing? Tonight. Tomorrow. Periods 1-5. Need time to check spelling, punctuation and grammar. Expect several redrafts. You have one chance to impress and plenty of time to get the statement right. OSCAR Personal Statement Tool OSCAR Personal Statement Tool

STUDENT FINANCE Student Finance Key Points Going to university is expensive but: In most cases you do not have to pay for anything up front, you will have money from loans to cover tuition fees and accommodation before they need to be paid You will not have to pay back any of your loan until you meet a minimum level of income Extra support is available in certain circumstances Most students supplement the money they get from their

loans through part time work Tuition Fees Loan Maximum 9250 per year depending on your tuition fees (tuition fees vary between different universities and colleges the average being 8500) Tuition Fees do not need to be paid upfront Paid direct to the university by Student Finance England Repayable after graduation once you meet the income threshold Maintenance Loan

Maximum of 11,672 per year Designed to help with living costs such as rent, food books, travel and other expenses while you are studying Paid directly into students bank account usually in three instalments, one at the start of each term Repayable after graduation once you meet the income threshold Maintenance Loan The amount you can get depends on: Where you live Where you study

Household income Where you live and study Maximum Loan Amount Living with parents 7,529 Studying in London and not living with parents 11,672

Studying outside London and not living 8,944 with parents Living and studying abroad for at least one term 10,242 Maintenance Loan Assessment based on total household income (living away from home and studying outside London) Household Income

Maximum Loan Amount 25,000 8,944 30,000 8,303 35,000

7,661 40,000 7,019 45,000 6,377 50,000 5,735

55,000 5,093 60,000 4,452 62,180+ 4,168 (minimum loan)

Extra Support There are also a number of extra funding options which you dont have to repay if you are studying under certain circumstances: Low Income If you have children or dependant adults If you are disabled

If you are studying some subjects (medical, dentistry, social work, teaching) Hardship Funds, Bursaries & Scholarships You may also get financial help from your university or college in the form of Hardship Funds, Bursaries & Scholarships Options include: Reduced tuition fees Reduced accommodation fees Cash To find out more about these you should check the website of the

university or college you are applying to You will not have to pay these back unless you leave the course early Bursaries/Scholarships Example - UEA Bursary Household income less than 16,000: Household income 16,000 - 20,000: Scholarship (AAA at A Level): 1,500 one-off payment

1,800 per year 1,000 per year Interest on your loan You will pay interest on your loan from the day your first instalment is paid until your loan is paid off in full or written off, whichever comes first. Current Circumstance Interest you will pay

While you are studying up until the April you finish or leave your course Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3% From the April after you finish your course Interest will be based on your income: 25,000 or less = RPI Between 21,000 and 45,000 = RPI plus up to 3%, depending on your income

Over 45,000 = RPI plus 3% Repayment Nothing until April after graduation Only if salary exceeds 25,000 per year Payments linked to what you EARN not what you owe 9% of everything over 25,000 Taken from earnings via PAYE If salary drops then repayments drop Anything still owed after 30 years is cancelled (research suggests around 60% of graduates will never pay back the full loan)

Repayment Examples Salary 26,000 Repayment 9% of 1,000 (amount over the threshold) 90 per year taken monthly via PAYE Salary 35,000 Repayment 9% of 10,000 (amount over the threshold) 900 per year taken monthly via PAYE The amount of debt you have does not affect how much you pay back annually as repayments are only based on your earnings compared to the 25 000 threshold

When To Apply Student will be notified by UCAS From February onwards (and ideally by the end of May) Financial information required for the tax year ending April 2019 Some Misconceptions! It is a STUDENT loan the responsibility for payment does not pass to parents or any future children It does NOT affect your ability to get a mortgage It IS effectively a Graduate Tax!

Questions If you have any questions we will be available at the end of the evening to speak to you individually and help with any queries you may have

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