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Welcome to the University of Plymouth
Returning to Study
An Insight into Higher Education
Pippa WallerRoutes to Higher Education1An Insight in to Higher EducationWhat 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?
2Is it just me?Fresh startChange of priorities since schooldaysHigher Education never an optionDoing something you have always wanted to do
Career enhancementChange of domestic responsibilitiesInspired by a subject3Whatever the reasons, we welcome people who have some additional life experience as they tend to have interesting things to say, views to make but above all have CHOSEN to come into HE and therefore have enthusiasm to learn.What can I study? Types of QualificationsBachelors Degrees (BSc, BA )Sandwich degreesHonours (Hons) Certificate/Diploma of Higher EducationFoundation Degrees Higher National Diplomas
4Bachelors degrees usually minimum of three years full-timeLonger if they are sandwich degrees
Foundation degrees two-years full-timeUsually work-related so have a recognised qualitication
What can I study?Subject areasVocational/ProfessionalTeaching, Social Work, Health Professions, Medicine Law, Engineering, ArchitectureWork-relatedPsychology, Business Studies, Natural and Physical Sciences, ComputingAcademicHistory, English, Politics, Modern Languages, Criminal Justice, International RelationsHow do I choose? Career considerationsProfession-specific qualificationsEnsure job profile is right for youGet work experience, speak to people in the fieldWebsites: Careers and professional bodiesWhat happens if you change your mind?Is there a job at the other end?Research: Labour market; graduate destinationsBe proactive about improving employabilityConsider sandwich coursesHow do I choose?Subject considerationsPersonal fulfillment/enjoymentWhat subjects interested you in the past?Hobbies? May be a connection!In need of ideas?Try UK Course Finder or other guidance packagesEnsure the course goals match yourslook beyond the title and general perceptionlook at subject combinationsWhat do I need to get in?Academic requirementsGeneral Admissions policyAbility to study at a higher level advanced level academic studyRecent academic studySpecific subjects in some cases8We ask for qualifications and sometimes specific subjects in some cases. The most important thing is that you are prepared for this study as these are the successful people.
Academic skills includeCritical ThinkingInformation literacy effective reading, academic writingAssessment and learning skills such as note-taking and making, exam writing, time managementInformation technology use of the net and e-mail in particularNumeracy for many subjectsCommunicationGroup workSocial SkillsWhat do I need to get in?Possible qualification routesAccess to Higher EducationYear zero coursesA and AS levelBTEC/Edexcel qualificationsOpen University creditsFoundation degree pathwaysOther qualifications/experience
9What do I need to get in?What Admissions Tutors look forFocus, enthusiasm and commitment to choice of courseGenuine interest and understandingExperience for professional qualificationsPotential to benefit from the course and from higher education generallyRelevant skills and qualities to succeed
Skills and qualities for UniversityInformation literacyNumeracyIT
Assessment and learningNote-taking and makingAssignmentsTime managementCritical thinkingCommunication and Social SkillsUnderstanding the needs of othersBeing open to new ideasEmbracing diversity10 How do I apply?UCAS Universities and Colleges Admissions Service15 OctoberMedicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Medicine, Oxbridge15 JanuaryAll other applications Advisory deadlines but strongly recommend meeting themwill guarantee your application is consideredApplication distributed to Universities11In spite of the early application deadline, Universities can take some time to respond. Dont panic if you dont hear straight away
Follow-up action taken disabilityIndication of a criminal record (of the more serious variety) followed up by the central Admissions Officer What will it be like?Common learning and teaching stylesFace-to-face learningLectures & tutorialsGroup workPresentationsLab work
Responsible for own learningContact hoursOperational hoursWhat will it be Like?Assessment methodsExaminationCoursework, reports & essaysPractical assessmentProblem-based learningSeminar presentationsGroup projects
13How will it be funded?Student Finance EnglandTuition fee loanMaintenance loan (upper age limit)Maintenance or Special Support GrantAdult Dependants GrantParents Learning AllowanceChildcare grantDisabled Students AllowancesSubject to meeting eligibility criteria and means-testingUniversityBursaries under the OFFA agreement
University Access to Learning Fund
OtherSocial Work Bursary 14How are health professions courses funded?Dip HENon means tested bursaries BSc (Hons)Means tested bursariesReduced rate student loanSubject to meeting eligibility criteriaUniversity Access to Learning FundFees paid by DoH15Ah yes, loans.Not credit scoredLow interestCharged from point of borrowingRepayments start April after graduation if earnings > 15,000 pa Government writes off outstanding balance 25 years after this date
16Interest on the Student Loan is charged at a rate in line with the Retail Price Index.
Interest will accrue on the amount students have borrowed from the date they receive their first loan installment, or when the payment is made to their college or university on their behalf, until the outstanding amount, including any interest accrued, has been repaid in full.
If the student has not fully repaid the loan within 25 years of when their liability to repay the loan has begun (the April after graduation), the Government will write off the debt.
Loan Repayment9%17This slide illustrates typical loan repayments.
The horizontal axis represents the monthly earnings of the student before tax, and the vertical axis represents the monthly amount that the student would pay back.
The length of time it would take to pay back the total student loan depends on the amount borrowed, any special repayment terms (ie lump sum repayment) and the earnings of the student.Will I..fit in?manage financially?be good enough?fit it all in?be able to study with dyslexia?ever find my way around!?18What we can doAcademic supportTutorLearning SkillsDisability ASSISTCareersLibraryMedia workshopsComputing
Practical/personalAccommodationFreshlings NurseryChaplaincyHealth & WelfareStudents UnionFundingTransitions
19Disability: DisclosureWhat its all aboutStudying something you lovePersonal accomplishmentMeeting new peopleImproving your prospectsImproving self-confidenceIndulging and enjoying yourself!20Good luck and thank you for listening!
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