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Returning to Study Pippa Waller Routes to Higher Education [email protected] Slide 2 An Insight in to Higher Education What can I study? How do I choose? What do I need? What will it be like? How will I fund it? Will I.? What sort of support is there? Slide 3 What can I study? Types of Qualifications Bachelors Degrees Honours Degrees (BSc, BA ) Foundation Degrees Certificate/Diploma of Higher Education Higher National Diplomas Slide 4 What can I study? Subject areas Vocational/ Professional Teaching, Social Work, Health Professions, Medicine Law, Engineering, Architecture Work-related Psychology, Business Studies, Natural and Physical Sciences, Computing Academic History, English, Politics, Modern Languages, Criminal Justice, International Relations Slide 5 How do I choose? Career considerations Profession-specific qualifications Ensure job profile is right for you Get work experience, speak to people in the field Websites: Careers and professional bodies What happens if you change your mind? Is there a job at the other end? Research: Labour market; graduate destinations Be proactive about improving employability Consider sandwich courses Slide 6 How do I choose? Subject considerations Personal fulfillment/enjoyment What subjects interested you in the past? Hobbies? May be a connection! In need of ideas? Try UK Course Finder or other guidance packages Ensure the course goals match yours look beyond the title and general perception look at subject combinations Slide 7 Slide 8 What do I need to get in? Academic requirements General Admissions policy Ability to study at a higher level advanced level academic study Recent academic study Specific subjects in some cases Slide 9 What do I need to get in? Possible qualification routes Access to Higher Education Year zero courses A and AS level BTEC/Edexcel qualifications Open University credits Foundation degree pathways Other qualifications/experience Slide 10 What do I need to get in? What Admissions Tutors look for Focus, enthusiasm and commitment to choice of course Genuine interest and understanding Experience for professional qualifications Potential to benefit from the course and from higher education generally Relevant skills and qualities to succeed Slide 11 How do I apply? UCAS Universities and Colleges Admissions Service 15 OctoberMedicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Medicine, Oxbridge 15 JanuaryAll other applications Advisory deadlines but strongly recommend meeting them will guarantee your application is considered Slide 12 What will it be like? Common learning and teaching styles Face-to-face learning Lectures & tutorials Group work Presentations Lab work Placements Private study Research Directed Discussion Responsible for own learning Contact hours Operational hours Slide 13 What will it be Like? Assessment methods Examination Coursework, reports & essays Practical assessment Problem-based learning Seminar presentations Group projects Slide 14 How will it be funded? Student Finance England Tuition fee loan Maintenance loan (upper age limit) Maintenance or Special Support Grant Adult Dependants Grant Parents Learning Allowance Childcare grant Disabled Students Allowances Subject to meeting eligibility criteria and means-testing University University Access to Learning Fund Other Social Work Bursary Slide 15 How are health professions courses funded? (2011) Dip HE Non means tested bursaries BSc (Hons) Means tested bursaries Reduced rate student loan Subject to meeting eligibility criteria University Access to Learning Fund Fees paid by DoH Slide 16 Ah yes, loans. Not credit scored Low interest Charged from point of borrowing Repayments start April after graduation if earnings > 21,000 pa Government writes off outstanding balance 30 years after this date or at the age of 65 Slide 17 Will I.. fit in? manage financially? be good enough? fit it all in? be able to study with dyslexia? ever find my way around!? Slide 18 What we can do Academic support Tutor Learning Skills Disability ASSIST Careers Library Media workshops Computing Practical/personal Accommodation Freshlings Nursery Chaplaincy Health & Welfare Students Union Funding Transitions Slide 19 What its all about Studying something you love Personal accomplishment Meeting new people Improving your prospects Improving self-confidence Enjoying it! Slide 20 Good luck and thank you for listening! Slide 21 Pippa Waller [email protected] 01752 587963