Going to university or college is one of the biggest investments you can make. Do you know how much it is going to cost and what help is available?
The links below will help you find the information you need. 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.
Also, see the following presentations >
You can also find out about the National Scholarship Programme at GOV.UK and the Which? guide to parent finance.
The Student Loans Company have published a new update in the Latest Updates section on their website regarding new student loans repayment information > www.slc.co.uk/stakeholders-partners/updates
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.
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
http://university.which.co.uk/advice/university-parent-guide 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
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.
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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.