Priestley College is organising a visit to the UCAS Progression Fair 2018 University/Apprenticeship Applications at Manchester MCCC Wednesday 14th March. For the full details read the letter and complete the slip if your child would like to attend.

MCCC UCAS Progression Fair letter 2018






Unifrog is an award-winning online platform which will help our students to make intelligent choices about their future, while allowing tutors to track their progress. Students will be able to use Unifrog for both Apprenticeship and University searches and the platform can be used in conjunction with the UCAS website.  Students are being coached through the tutorial programme to use Unifrog as a diary of their experiences, skills and activities that they have whist at Priestley College.  This may include any university contact via presentations that may take place in college, or taster days,  work experience, competitions, assignments that have developed specific skills, sports teams, enrichment activities even DofE. Click here to sign in.

When we started to use unifrog we produced the following presentation to explain how it benefits Priestley students looking to progress.



Student Finance

For detailed information about the financial support available to students go to Student Finance

Going to university or college is one of the biggest investments you can make. Most students do not need to pay any tuition fees up-front, as you could be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan.

There are also grants and loans to help with living costs, such as rent, food, books, transport and entertainment. It is likely that different institutions will charge different fees for similarly titled courses.

Therefore it is important that you are clear on how much you will be paying for the course prior to submitting an application.

You can start by viewing this short video >

Find out more from Student Finance England..





Internal and External National deadlines

  • Wednesday 11th December 2017– Normal UCAS applications 3rd and final internal deadline(this is to meet the UCAS external deadline on 15th January 2018.) 

Please note, students can still apply after the 15th of January 2018 up until September 2018, however, they may not be guaranteed their course choice.

Please remind students that when they click complete –and pay and send on their online UCAS application . It does not mean that it has been sent to UCAS. It will go through an internal process first i.e. a checking process with Senior Tutors and then to admin staff. We endeavour to complete this process within 10 working days from the personal/progress tutor submission.


The new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017.
For more details go to..


UCAS Extra

An additional choice is available if your son or daughter needs it. If your son or daughter has been unsuccessful with all five of their choices, or if they decided to decline all their offers, they needn’t wait for Clearing.

UCAS Extra is their opportunity to apply for a new course and it’s available now. Your son or daughter will know whether they can use Extra because they’ll see the option to add an Extra choice in UCAS Track.

If they are eligible, it’s important for them to think carefully about what they want to apply for before they enter the details in Track, as they can add only one choice.

However, if the university or college turns them down before Extra closes they will have the opportunity to add a new choice.

Clearing preparation before results day

Results day is a stressful time and you need to prepare for all outcomes.  Hopefully you will achieve the grades needed to ensure you meet the university/course entry requirements and you will receive confirmation from UCAS that you have secured your place.  If you don’t achieve the courses entry requirements you will need to be prepared for UCAS Clearing. 


Before Results Day

You should have completed a course search on the UCAS course search tool and research courses that interest you that are available in clearing.  These will be clearly marked on the search tool.  You need to check entry requirements, course content, university location and anything else that you considered important on your original university course search back in June-January of your UCAS application.


On Results Day

You will need details like your clearing number-this can be found on UCAS Track once you log in.  You will also need your UCAS number and your qualifications/grades.  You will need to ring the university admissions team of the university that you are interested in applying to through the clearing process.  It is important you have completed prior research into the university and courses through clearing as the discussion over the phone with the admissions tutors is essentially a telephone interview.  You need to sell yourself and impress the admissions tutors that you have completed your research about their course.  You will need to answer questions like: Q. Why are you suited to the particular course?  Q.  Tell me what you know and what interests you about our course?  Q.  Tell me about yourself, your skills, your qualifications etc?

On results day we have an experienced team of advisors on hand to guide and assist you through the clearing process if you need it.  Help will be available including land lines for you to contact universities on in one of the sports classrooms off the mail sports hall.

Please follow the link below for more clearing details on the UCAS site:


Consider options

Research is just as important now as it was when your son or daughter first applied. They should take time to look at the courses with vacancies in Extra, and decide which they would like to apply for.

They can find out about each course using Course Search on the UCAS website.

Those with vacancies are listed with an ‘x’ alongside them. They may want to apply for similar courses to before, although they don’t have to.

Their extra choice can be any course they like, although the university or college they choose will see their original personal statement and reference, both of which will probably talk about their suitability for their original choices.

If your son or daughter originally applied for very competitive courses, they might want to consider some related or alternative subjects. They should speak to their teachers, careers advisers or the universities and colleges themselves for help on this.


Check course availability

Once your son or daughter has found a course they want to apply for, they should get in touch with the university or college to check whether there are still vacancies.

If there are, they can add the details of the choice in Track. UCAS will then send their application to the university or college for them to consider. If your son or daughter is offered a place, they can choose whether or not to accept it. The deadline for doing this will appear in Track.

If they do accept an offer, they are committed to it, which means they can’t apply anywhere else. If they decline an offer, or the university or college decides not to make an offer, they can apply for a different choice through Extra – providing there’s still time. In this case their Extra button in Track will be reactivated.

They can also apply for a different choice if they haven’t received a decision from their Extra choice within 21 days of applying to them. Extra isn’t the last opportunity to secure a place for this year.

If your son or daughter isn’t holding an offer by mid-July then they’ll be eligible to use Clearing once they have their exam results. This is another opportunity for them to apply for courses with vacancies, once the universities and colleges have confirmed the places they’ve offered during the year.


parents guide to university

Parents’ guide to university As a parent, you’re likely to be one of the most important and trusted sources of information and advice to your son or daughter when they’re applying to university.

Click on the link above to access the free 24-page guide containing everything you need to support your child – from university choices to student finance.


Preparing a personal statement

As part of the UCAS application process you are asked to complete a personal statement. This is your opportunity to ‘sell’ yourself to universities and show how and why you are a good candidate for your chosen course. A well written application may convince a university to make you an offer, or invite you to an interview.

Many people find it difficult to write about themselves, particularly their own strengths, so don’t worry if you’re struggling for ideas. You can use this guide to help ensure you write a great personal statement > Guide to writing a personal statement

Staffordshire University have also provided the following guidance.



Hundreds of Priestley students continue on to top apprenticeships every year as they pursue their dream careers.

In recent years our students have gone on to work with the likes of Barclays, Jaguar, Fujitsu and United Utilities, to name just a few.

At least one has become an apprentice nuclear engineer while others have started their working life as trainee estate agents, accountants, child carers and sports coaches. We take great pride in the number of former students who have found apprenticeships and jobs.

A lot of these jobs and placements have been achieved through the sheer hard work of students and also the strong links that Priestley enjoys with businesses in Warrington and Halton.

It is vital that young people are prepared for life either at university or in the workplace and Priestley delivers both. Former students have secured posts or training across a diverse range of subjects including IT, hairdressing, photography and care work.

One recently started training to become a teacher in China while other former Priestley learners have joined the Royal Marines, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington NHS and Bank of America.


Not going to university?

“Discover careers and qualifications information with Moving On”

The notgoingtouni website has links to live apprenticeship opportunities and so again, is a great tool for students to access. The link to this is below.


Widening Participation HE progression








Priestley College advice and guidance

Priestley College Qualifications grades (tariff points)

UCAS Parents Update Sep 2017-18 (002)

University Funding 2018

If you have any concerns or questions please email Vice Principal Julie McCann alternatively please call the college on 01925 633591

Please read the following letter about reporting if your son or daughter has measles or Chickenpox > Reporting measles or chickenpox At Priestley College we expect 100 per cent attendance at all timetabled sessions. All the evidence suggests that those students who sustain a high level of attendance will be more successful with both coursework and exams. To help us monitor attendance an electronic register is taken at every timetabled session and we regularly produce attendance reports.

If students know they are going to be absent from College it is their responsibility to let the College know and can do this by —

  • Informing Personal Tutors/Subject Tutors/Student Services in advance
  • Telephoning the absence hotline on 01925 624450
  • Emailing

If students do not let College know of reasons for absence they are likely to be contacted by our Student Trackers, who may call or email home during the day or evening.

Key dates that are relevant for all students can be found in the following link


Ofsted offer you the chance to comment on your son / daughter’s experience at college via an online survey. You can take part here >


Click on the link below to read our current OFSTED report.

OFSTED report

Full details of all bursaries available to Priestley students can found in the document below..





For Government information on student finance you can read the following document..


Student Finance information

This guide sets out to explain the ways in which the college regularly checks on student progress while also attempting to raise standards of achievement. We feel it is important that parents know about the systems and procedures we use since the critical factor for students’ success is the effective working together of students, teachers and parents. Monitoring Progress

Please find a link below explaining how to register for the new online payment system.  (Requires PDF reader)

Online payment scheme

Please find below two useful documents about how to stay safe online. A useful website covering the same issues is

Parents Factsheet

Supporting Young People online