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UCAS, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Jobs

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UCAS and Higher Education

Apprenticeships and Jobs


Why Higher Education?

Think It Through - Opportunities and Benefits

Why take a degree or diploma?

Graduates are adaptable to change. They also have more chance to gain and demonstrate the employable skills of self-management and team working. The CBI states that one in five, jobs (20%) now require a degree and graduates are more likely to work in high skilled posts than non-graduates.

Higher Education develops:

  • subject knowledge
  • independence
  • ability to learn
  • constructive thinking
  • ability to work without close supervision
  • organisational skills
  • communication skills
  • social skills

Higher Education offers the opportunity to:

  • achieve your full academic potential, possibly up to post-doctoral level
  • develop your interpersonal and professional skills and so achieve your career goals
  • realise your full personal and social potential, including sporting, recreational and cultural ambitions, possibly including the ability to travel
  • take advantage of one of the best 'clubs' in the world - The Student Union
  • come into contact with students from different countries, cultures and creeds
  • experience a completely open, environment, free of dogma, domination and discrimination
  • make life-lasting friendships and relationships; and, if you make the right choices, undergo what could be one of the most enjoyable, exciting and rewarding experinces of your life!

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 Choosing Your University

Things to Consider

When choosing a holiday most people spend ages pouring over websites to make sure that what they book is what they really want. 
How much more important then to ensure that your choice of university, for a 'Visit' which might last 3 or 4 years, is well-researched so that there is a good match with your needs and preferences. 
By working through the following, you will get a clearer picture of what you are looking for and you will be able to use this information as a filter on the many 'resorts' on offer. 

Where to start?

Make a note of the subject or subjects that you are interested in studying at university. 

You then need to find out which universities offer you these courses - use of UNIFROG, other guides or one of the databases such as ECCTIS, Studylink or Which University. For many subjeicts (such as English, History, Law, Chemistry) you will find that the list is still very extensive; however, take the time to check that the course offered at each university is what you want. You will find that courses with the same title can vary substantially from institution to institution. By checking the details you might find that you can shorten the list further to institutions that really do offer the course you're looking for. For example, you may want a sandwich course or one that offers the option of studying a foreign language in addition to the main subjects. Send for prospectuses from each unliversity you are interested in. 

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Map of University and College locations in England and Wales

Universities and Colleges Locations Key

University/College Map Ref.
A  
Aberystwyth University 7C
Accrington & Rossendale College  5D
American lnterContinental University, London Lon
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge  7F
Anglo European College of Chiropractic 9D
Askham Bryan College, York 5E
Aston University, Birmingham  Bir
B  
Bangor University  6C
Barking and Dagenham College, Romford Lon
Basingstoke College of Technology  8E
Bath College, City of  8D
Bath Spa University  8D
Bath, University of  8D
Bedford College  7E
Bedfordshire, University of  7E
Birkbeck, University of London  Lon
Birmingham City University  Bir
Birmingham Conservatoire  Bir
Birmingham Metropolitan College Bir
Birmingham, University College  Bir
Birmingham, University of  Bir
Bishop Burton College, Beverley  5E
Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln 6E
Blackburn College  5D
Blackpool and The Fylde College  5C
Bolton, University of  Man
Bournemouth University  9D
Bournemouth, Arts University College  9D
BPP University College of Professional Studies Lon
Bradford College  5D
Bradford, University of  5D
Bridgwater College  8C
Brighton and Sussex Medical School 8E
Brighton, University of  8E
Bristol Filton College  8D
Bristol, City of Bristol College  8D
Bristol, University of  8D
Bristol, University of the West of England (UWE) 8D
British College of Osteopathic Medicine Lon
British lnstitute of Technology & E-commerce Lon
British School of Osteopathy  Lon
Brooklands College  8E
Brooksby Melton College  6E
Brunel University, Uxbridge  8E
Buckingham, University of  7E
Buckinghamshire New University  7E
C  
Cambridge, University of  7F
Canterbury Christ Church University  8F
Cardiff University  8C
Cardiff, University of Wales lnstitute  8C
Central Lancashire, University of  5D
Central School of Speech and Drama Lon
Chester, University of  6C
Chichester College  8E
Chichester, University of  8E
City and Islington College  Lon
City College Birmingham  Bir
City College Coventry  7D
City of Sunderland College  4D
City of Westminster College  Lon
City University  Lon
Cleveland College of Art and Design  4E
Cliff College, Calver  6D
Colchester lnstitute  7F
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru  6C
Coleg Menai 6C
Coleg Sir Gar / Carmarthenshire College 7B
College of West Angila  6F
Cornwall College  9B
Courtauld Institute of Art  Lon
Coventry University  7D
Craven College, Skipton  5D
Croydon College  Lon
Cumbria, University of  4C
D  
De Montfort University  6E
Deame Valley College, Rotherham  5E
Derby, University of  6D
Doncaster College  5E
Duchy College, Cornwall  9B
Dudley College of Technology  Bir
Durham University  4D
E  
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College Lon
East Anglia, University of  6F
East London, University of  Lon
East Riding College, Beverty  5E
East Surrey College, Reigate   8E
Easton College, Norwich  6F
Edge Hill University, Ormskirk  5C
Edge Hotel School 7F
Essex, University of, Colchester  7F
European Business School, London  Lon
European School of Economics Lon
European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone F8
Exeter College 9C
Exeter, University of  9C
F  
Falmouth, University College  9B
Farnborough College of Technology  8E
G  
Glamorgan, Cardiff and Pontypridd, University of   8C
Gloucestershire College 7D
Gloucestershire, University of  7D
Glyndwr University, Wrexham  6C
Goldsmiths  Lon
Gower College Swansea  7C
Greenwich School of Management  Lon
Greenwich, University of  Lon
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education 5E
Guildford College  8E
H  
Harper Adams University College, Newport 8C
Havering College of Further 
and Higher Education, Homchurch 
Lon
Hereford College of Arts  7D
Hertfordshire, University of  7E
Heythrop College  Lon
Highbury College, Portsmouth  8E
Holbom College  Lon
Hopwood Hall College  5D
Huddersfield, University of  5D
Hull College  5E
Hull York Medical School  5E
Hull, University of  5E
I  
ifs School of Finance  Lon
Imperial College London  Lon
Islamic College for Advanced Studies  Lon
K  
Keele University  6D
Kensington College of Business  Lon
Kent, University of  8F
King's College London  Lon
Kingston University  8E
Kirklees College  5D
L  
Lakes College - West Cumbria  4C
Lancaster University  5D
LCA Business School, London Lon
Leeds City College  5D
Leeds College of Art  5D
Leeds College of Music   5D
Leeds Metropolitan University  5D
Leeds Trinity University College  5D
Leeds, University of  5D
Leicester College  6E
Leicester, University of  6E
Lincoln College  6E
Lincoln, University of  6E
Liverpool Community College  5C
Liverpool Hope University  5C

 

University/College Map Ref.
L  
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, The 5C
Liverpool John Moores University 5C
Liverpool, University of  5C
London College, UCK, The  Lon
London Electronics College  Lon
London lnstitute in Paris, University of Lon
London Metropolitan University  Lon
London School of Commerce  Lon
London School of Economics 
and Political Science 
Lon
London School of Science and Technology Lon
London South Bank University  Lon
London, University of the Arts Lon
Loughborough College  6E
Loughborough University  6E
M  
Manchester College, The  Man
Manchester Metropolitan University, The Man
Manchester, University of  Man
Medway School of Pharmacy  Lon
Mid-Cheshire College, Northwich 6D
Middlesex University  Lon
Moulton College  7E
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Lon
Myerscough College  5D
N  
Nazarene Theological College  Man
Neath Port Talbot College  7C
NESCOT, Surrey  Lon
New College Durham 4D
New College Nottingham  6E
New College Stamford  6E
New College Telford  6D
Newcastle College  4D
Newcastle University  4D
Newham College London  Lon
Newman University College, Birmingham Bir
Newport, University of Wales  8C
North East Worcestershlre College, Reddltch  7D
North Lindsey College  5E
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 6D
Northampton, University of  7E
Northbrook College Sussex 8E
Northumberland College, Ashington 3D
Northumbria University  4D
Norwich City College of Further 
and Higher Education 
6F
Norwich University College of The Arts 6F
Nottingham Trent University  6E
Nottingham, University of  6E
O  
Oxford & Cherwell Valley College  7E
Oxford Brookes University  7E
Oxford University  7E
P  
Pearson College  Lon
Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest 7B
Peterborough, University Centre 6E
Petroc, Barnstaple   8C
Plymouth College of Art  9C
Plymouth, University of  9C
Portsmouth, University of  8E
Q  
Queen Mary, University of London Lon
R  
Ravensboume  Lon
Reading, University of  8E
Regents College, London  Lon
Richmond, The American lntemational University in London  Lon
Roehampton University  Lon
Rose Bruford College  Lon
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology 5E
Royal Academy of Dance  Lon
Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester 7D
Royal College of Music  Lon
Royal Holloway  Lon
Royal Northern College of Music  5D
Royal Veterinary College  Lon
Royal Welslh College of Music and Drama 8C
Ruskin College Oxford  7E
S  
SAE lnstitute Lon
Salford, University of  Man
School of Onentai and African Studies Lon
Sheffield College  5D
Sheffield Hallam University  5D
Sheffield, University of  5D
Solihull College  Bir
Somerset College of Arts and Technology  8C
South Cheshire College  6D
South Devon College  9C
South Downs College  8E
South Essex College  7F
South Nottingham College  6E
South Tyneside College  4D
Southampton Solent University 8E
Southampton, University of  8E
Southport College  5C
Sparsholt College Hampshire  8E
St George's, University of London  Lon
St Helens College  5D
St Mary's University College, Twickenham Lon
Staffordshire University  6D
Stephenson College Coalville  6D
Stockport College  Man
Stourbridge Coliege  Bir
Stratford Upon Avon College  7D
Suffolk, University campus  7F
Sunderland, University of  4D
Surrey, University of  8E
Sussex, University of  8E
Swansea Metropolitan University 7C
Swansea University  7C
Swindon College  8D
T  
Temeslde College, Ashton under Lyne Man
Teesside, University of  4E
The College of Law  8E
Trinity College of Music  Lon
Trinity Saint David  7B
Truro and Penwith College  9B
Tyne Metropolitan College  4D
U  
UCP Marjon - University College Plymouth St Mark & St John  9C
University College London  Lon
University for the Creative Arts  8F
University of West London, The Lon
Uxbridge College  8E
W  
Wakefield College  5D
Walsall College  Bir
Warrington Collegiate  5D
Warwick, University of 7D
Warwickshire College  7D
West Cheshire College  6C
West Thames College  Lon
Westminster Kingsway College Lon
Westminster, University of   Lon
Wigan and Leigh College  5D
Wiltshire College  8D
Winchester, University of  8E
Wirral Metropolitan College 6C
Wolvemampton, University of Bir
Worcester College of Technology 7D
Worcester, University of  7D
Writtle College, Chelmsford  7F
Y  
York College  5E
York St John University  5E
York, University of  5E
Yorkshire Coast College of Further and Higher Education 4E

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Student Finance

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Applying to University/College through UCAS

Most questions about your UCAS application can be answered by clicking on the help buttons provided. You can also phone UCAS on 0871 468 0468 with your UCAS Personal ID number to hand or e-mail: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk. Another very useful website is https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ which allows you to easily compare courses across a wide range of universities. We highly recommend visiting universities by attending their University Open Days, a list of when these are held can be found at www.ucas.com/open-days. If you wish to attend a University Open Day during the week, please let Sixth Form reception know by writing your name and the name of the university you are visiting in the pink diary.

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UCAS Tariff Points/Calculator

The UCAS tariff is a points system used to report achievement for entry to higher education in a numerical format. It establishes an agreed comparison between different types and volumes of achievement. 

For full updated information, check the UCAS website links below:

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Your Personal Statement

Advice on the list of topics below and much more can be found under our 'Useful Documents' section here on FP Online:

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Alternative Paths: Useful Websites

If you are unsure about going to university and feel it may not be for you, then visit www.notgoingtouni.co.uk and do some research on what other opportunities there are after leaving school (using the website links below).

Job Description / Information 

Graduate careers advice | www.careers-gateway.co.uk

National career information/job profiles| nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

General career information | www.prospects.ac.uk / www.plotr.co.uk

Information for young people | www.wamster.co.uk

RBWM - local opportunities | www.growourown.co.uk

General Vacancies 

Retail 

Leisure & Tourism
 

Health & Social Care 

Self-Employment 

Voluntary 

Hospitality 

Young People 

www.wamster.org.uk

www.eastberks.ac.uk

www.bca.ac.uk

www.bracknell.ac.uk

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

West Berkshire Training - Apprenticeships | www.wbtc-uk.com

www.kent.ac.uk

www.princes-trust.org.uk

CV Checking Tool | www.cvscore.co.uk

www.ucasprogress.com

www.cityandguilds.com

Careers in Accountancy | www.icaew.com/careers

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board | www.ecitb.org.uk

Information technology | www.apprenticeships.qa.com

General Apprenticeships | www.jhpapprenticeships.com

Voluntary Service Overseas | www.vso.org.uk

www.learndirect.co.uk

Local Career Events | http://www.eastberksebp.org.uk/

www.plotr.co.uk

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Curriculum Vitae

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The Interview

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