SUPPORT FOR YEARS 12 & 13
- Discuss with your child what they wish to do after 6th form; University or level 4 apprenticeships or a gap year.
- Your child has a log in to https://www.unifrog.org/ this site can guide them through the options available to them including the available University courses and possible apprenticeships. Your child’s log in is their school email, if they cannot remember their password then click reset password and the site will send them one. This site also records and tracks their progress and allows them to structure their person statement.
- Discuss with your child the skills and experiences that they have to record on their Personal Statement or CV’s. Are they members of a club or a team? Do they volunteer or have a part time job? Ask your child to record all of this information as it will be invaluable for their applications.
If University is your child’s choice:
- Encourage your child to have an idea of the Universities they may wish to attend and book to attend the University open days (you will find these on each individual Universities website)
- Make sure when your child is choosing the Universities they wish to attend that they are realistic about the grades that they will be or have been predicted by their teachers.
- Have high aspirations but also encourage your child to pick an insurance choice.
- There is a personal statement section of the Unifrog website, ask your child to show you how they are progressing with this.
If a level 4 apprenticeship is your child’s choice:
- Did you know that local businesses are looking for A level graduates to study Level 4 apprenticeships, and we have a significant amount of demand right here in Northamptonshire. Ask your child to sign up to the governments apprenticeship website so they can view vacancies which they may be able to apply for https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
- Ask your child to look at this useful website which provides advice when applying for apprenticeships: https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/advice-and-guides
If a Gap year is your child’s choice:
- Discuss with them why they have chosen a gap year and what they plan to do with that time.
- Encourage your child to think about what they will do after the gap year, if University is their choice a year later encourage them to still write a personal statement as part of Lifeskills with their form tutor using the Unifrog software, as they can gain help and guidance now which will aide them later on. If its the apprenticeship route that they wish to take, ask them to start recording their skills and sign up to the governments apprenticeships page now.
- Wondering what career options are available with which degrees? Job descriptions, entry requirements and salaries are some of the information available; http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_with_your_subject.htm
- UCAS Home Page: https://www.ucas.com/
- UCAS Getting Started, including the ‘Everything you need to know about applying’ video: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/
- UCAS Points Tariff for A and AS Levels https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/tariff-tables/946
- UCAS Points Tariff for BTEC (QCF) Qualifications: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/tariff-tables/1176
- UCAS University Open Day Finder, with a filter: https://www.ucas.com/events/exploring-university/find-open-day
- UCAS Finance & Support - explaining loans and other forms of finance such as bursaries and how to apply: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support
- UCAS TV – the official UCAS YouTube site with videos that answers many questions regarding (amongst other things) personal statements, deadlines, clearing, preparing for university https://www.youtube.com/user/UCASonline
- UCAS Parent Guide and Support – this includes a parent guide for 2016 entry to university and the facility to sign up for parent newsletters https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/parents-and-guardians
Three excellent guides to universities and courses:
- Unistats - The official site for comparing UK higher education course data. It includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/
- Which University Guide - a site from Which providing a lot of what you need to know about universities, courses and employment prospects: http://www.university.which.co.uk
- What Uni? - another excellent site with information on courses, institutions, clearing, access to prospectuses and student reviews http://www.whatuni.com/
- The Complete University Guide league tables - that allows you to rank universities by various criteria as well as by institution, e.g. prospects, student satisfaction and entry standards: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings
- The Guardian university league tables - from the league table you can also click on the information icon by each university to see a guide to that institution and use the drop down to see which Universities are top of the tables for individual subjects. https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2017/may/16/university-league-tables-2018
- UCAS - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support
- Oxbridge - There are many guides available online but these two guides will provide a starting point: https://howtogetintooxbridge.wordpress.com/https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Applying_to_Oxford_or_Cambridge_(aka_Oxbridge)
- Russell Group Universities - if you wish to apply to a Russell Group university informed choices, published by the Russell Group, is a very good guide to which post 16 subjects will help applications: http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices.aspx
- Guides to Student Finance: The Government - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
Gap year support and guidance
There are many organisations that you can organise a gap year through, (at a cost). Some of the organisations you can find out more from are: