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Strathearn School Belfast. U6 UCAS Information Evening 2013. PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENING. Introduction Mrs Graham (VP & Careers Director) & Overview of UCAS application process UCAS online application process in Strathearn Ms Griffith (UCAS Co-ordinator)

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Strathearn school belfast

Strathearn SchoolBelfast

U6 UCAS Information Evening


Programme for the evening


Introduction Mrs Graham (VP & Careers Director)


Overview of UCAS

application process

UCAS online application

process in Strathearn Ms Griffith (UCAS Co-ordinator)

Advice on Personal Mrs Hearst (Careers Adviser)


Writing pupil references Mrs Graham



Aims of u6 ucas information evening


To give parents an understanding of the

UCAS application process

To help parents offer practical support

to their daughters

To strengthen the home - school


An overview of the application process to university through ucas

An Overview of the Application Process to University through UCAS

[Universities & Colleges Admissions Service]

Mrs H Graham


Preparation for he applications

Inside school UCAS

Careers classes

Guest speakers from different areas of employment

Personal statement guidance by subject

University talks

Interview guidance

Mock Interview evening (25 Nov)

Outside school

Personal research

Careers conventions

University open days

Summer schools

Taster courses for school pupils at universities

Work Experience

Oxbridge seminars

Preparation for HE applications


Applying to heis through ucas

Applying to HEIs through UCAS UCAS


Additional tests (BMAT, UKCAT, HPAT, LNAT, HAT, ELAT, etc)


Cost (see

Support in Strathearn


Strathearn careers education advice information and guidance ceaig team

Strathearn Careers Education, Advice, Information and Guidance (CEAIG) team

Careers DirectorMrs H Graham

Careers Adviser Mrs A Hearst

UCAS Co-ordinator Ms A Griffith (plus CAO and nursing applications)

Oxbridge Adviser Dr J Pauley

U6 Careers Teachers Miss M Grier Mrs D Millar

Mr A Anderson Ms A Griffith

Mrs A Hearst


After application is submitted to ucas

Each university deals with applications in its own way Guidance

Most pupils will hear by March / April re offers / rejections

Offers can be as grades, tariff points or a combination of both

If no offers, eligible for UCAS Extra (from late Feb)

If holding offers, reply to UCAS before deadlines expire

Be prepared for rejection, especially in high demand courses

AL Results day:

14 August 2014 (provisional)



After application is submitted to UCAS


The ucas online application process in strathearn

The UCAS online application process in Strathearn Guidance

Ms A Griffith

UCAS Co-ordinator



Resources Guidance


Website has useful information for parents as well as pupils.

All girls have been emailed/issued with

An annotated sample UCAS form.

Guidelines on how to complete the UCAS form.

Guidelines on writing an effective personal



The application form

There are 8 sections Guidance

Personal details

Additional Information


Choices (max. of 5)



Personal Statement


Sections 1 to 7 are the students’ responsibility

The 8th section, the reference, will be provided by the school

The Application Form


Key dates for strathearn u6 pupils

Key dates for Strathearn U6 pupils Guidance

June2013 Pupils e-mailed UCAS login details and guidance on how to complete application

Aug 21 2013 Early Applicants online application session

Aug 29 2013 UCAS Information Evening

Sept 3 2013 Pupils issued with annotated sample of an UCAS form

Sept 3 2013 U6 Careers classes begin

Sept 13 2013 QUB Open Day & MCB Careers Convention

Sept 17 2013Early applicants [Oxbridge / Dentistry / Medicine & Veterinary Med / Science] submit completed UCAS application to careers teachers

Oct 11 2013 Non early applicants to have completed UCAS application signed off by careers teacher

Oct 15 2013 UCAS deadline for early applicants

Jan 15 2014 UCAS advisory closing date for UK pupils.


U6 pupils responsibilities

U6 pupils’ responsibilities Guidance

Research universities and courses carefully.

Attend all careers classes.

Complete application by the deadlines set

Check information included is accurate and own work.

Complete the ‘pay and send section’

Submit signed form and predicted grade

sheet to Mrs Wright in the school office.

Check school email regularly

Respond to any communication from UCAS in

a timely manner

Meet all UCAS deadlines


School input

School Input Guidance

Each pupil’s application form will be read by:

Careers Teacher (checks and signs off)

Reference writer (also checks)

UCAS Co-ordinator (checks again)

Principal (final check and approval)

Application then sent electronically to UCAS

Any mistakes that are spotted will be pointed out to the student for her to correct (can slow down processing of application).

A mismatch between predicted grades and course requirements will be discussed with the student.

From signing off to sending an application to UCAS can take several weeks.

Aim: to have all applications sent to UCAS by early December (providing

school deadlines are met)


Parental input

Parental Input Guidance

Please discuss your daughter’s choices with her and check that she has:

An appropriate email address

Included all extra-curricular activities

Stated exam results / extra-curricular

activities & achievements accurately

Access to a credit / debit card to pay:

£12 for 1 choice, £23 for 2 or more choices.

We welcome any support you can offer your daughter.


The personal statement

The Personal Statement Guidance

Mrs A Hearst

Careers Adviser

Aim Guidance

The ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’


Personal Statements

What is the personal statement

What is the personal statement? Guidance

The one section of the UCAS application where

the applicant has the chance to sell him/herself

May be one of the most important pieces of prose

students will ever write

4000 characters long (including spaces)

47 lines of text

Needs to be the applicant’s own work

‘Why should I be given a place at ** to study**’

Admissions tutors want evidence of

Admissions tutors want evidence of Guidance

Commitment & motivation

Passion for the course

Sound understanding of what the course entails

Reading around the subject

Independent study skills


Clear thought

Good written & research skills

Time management skills

Personal statement content some ideas to include

Personal statement content: Guidance some ideas to include

● Why have you chosen the course(s) listed?

What interests you about your chosen subject area? Personal


Reading around the subject, lectures, visits, professional open


Any paid or voluntary jobs or work experience placements

and what you have learnt from them

Any skills gained e.g., communication/IT/decision making/team

work & how these would benefit you in your degree

A Level subjects – how they tie in with and complement your


Personal statement content contd

Personal statement Guidance content (contd.)

Responsibilities in school & what you have learnt from them

Social, sports or leisure activities and how you benefit from


Future career plans, if known

If deferred entry, why and what you plan to do in the interim

Why a university should choose you from thousands of other


Conclude by reiterating interest in the course & stating

hopes for the future

Ensure you provide relevant Guidance


Structure your personal

statement coherently


Check spelling, punctuation

& grammar (get others to

read drafts)

Link current & future studies

Write an original personal


Show passion for the course

applied for

Make every line count

‘So what?’ ‘Necklace test’

Check university websites for

specific guidance on what

their admissions department

is looking for in a personal



Don ts

Start every sentence with ‘I’ Guidance

Be verbose, waffle or


Write in text language or


Appear arrogant

Refer to particular


- it may disadvantage you

from others

Copy other people’s personal statements

Lie – evidence may be


Refer to controversial religious or political issues

Be negative or repetitive

Be someone you are not – it

has to be personal


And finally

Guidance Start early – do not leave to the last minute

● Draft and redraft until it is just right

● Parents – please be involved

● Considerable help available in school

● Everyone will have slightly different advice

● Applicants must be happy with their personal

statement – it has got to reflect them

And finally

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions Guidance

Can I apply for different subjects at university?

Yes - but not recommended for high demand courses. Need a clear paragraph on why you wish to study each different subject area.

Frequently asked questions1

  • How do I structure my personal Guidance


  • Use paragraphs, but bullet points and headings are also acceptable

  • Should I use all the space?

  • Yes – but do not fill it with unnecessary words or irrelevant information

Frequently asked questions

Ucas applications pupil references


Mrs H Graham


Strathearn s pupil reference writing team
Strathearn’s Guidance Pupil Reference Writing Team

2 V Ps

2 Associate Senior Teachers

U6 Form Tutors

Head of 6th Form

UCAS Co-ordinator

Dr Pauley (Oxbridge)

All checked and approved by Principal

Reference writers use information from:

AS and AL subject teachers

Teachers-in-charge of extra-curricular activities

Teachers-in-charge of Positions of Responsibility

Content of references

Content of References Guidance

Is positive but realistic

Avoids negative statements

Includes information on:

Academic standard reached to date and future


Contribution to the school

Personal skills and qualities (organisation,

leadership, oral and written communication, ability

to show initiative, sense of responsibility,

commitment, etc.)

Potential to succeed at chosen course at university


Concluding remarks

Concluding remarks Guidance