Many students who enter Higher Education do so at a later stage in their lives. There are many reasons why they didn’t enter HE study after they finished their education – they chose a different career path, they may not have had the financial means to study at the time, they may have had other commitments or raised a family or they may not have thought that studying at university was for them at the time. However, it’s never too late to take up an undergraduate course.
It can feel like a minefield when setting out on the path to applying for a course. Whilst prospective students who may be studying for A-levels tend to receive a lot of support for applying to university from their college, mature students don’t always have the same level of access to information and advice. Many universities, like Birmingham City University, have dedicated staff who can help with any questions mature students have about applying for their courses – our Choices department has a dedicated adviser who can help with queries made in person, by email or by phone.
We’ve put together a few key points for mature students to consider to help try and make sense of the process and what sort of things to consider if you’re a mature prospective student and are thinking about applying for a university course. Continue reading Mature Students: An Overview of Applying for a University Course
A brief round-up of news and events for prospective Higher Education students:
If you’re thinking about studying for a degree but have been out of education for some time then it can be difficult to know where to start and who to turn to for advice. You may be worried that you don’t yet have the right qualifications to gain a place at university. Our advisers here at Choices can provide information on a wide range of routes into Higher Education. One of the routes most commonly recommended for mature students is an Access to Higher Education course.
Access courses are specifically designed for mature students. As well as offering an introduction to the subjects which can be studied at degree level, an Access course will introduce you to the study skills you’ll need at university, such as taking notes, writing essays and researching topics in the library or on the internet.
By the end of the course you’ll have gained all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed in Higher Education as well as a recognised qualification equivalent to A level standard. Continue reading Access to Higher Education courses
In the current climate of economic uncertaintly teaching is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for all kinds of people. Many people come to teaching later in life looking for a more satisfying career, whether it be in primary or secondary schools, or in colleges of further education. Teaching maths in secondary schools is a particularly important and challenging role and it is a subject area that attracts career changers from a number of different professions. At Birmingham City University we have trained former accountants, financial advisors, banking clerks and engineers to become successfully qualified maths teachers. Continue reading Teaching Maths – it adds up to a rewarding career
The Open College Network West Midlands Region will be holding an Access to Higher Education fair at Birmingham City University on Monday 13th October. The event is aimed at adult learners who are thinking about entering Higher Education.
This is your chance to collect information and prospectuses from HE institutions, talk to course tutors, ask questions about courses and services and find out about how to apply to university. There’ll also be the opportunity to obtain information about fees and finance and the support offered to learners.
The event is free but visitors will need to book through the OCN West Midlands Region office. For further information contact John Wilkins, the Access to HE Development Adviser, on (01902) 824212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org