The exam results are out! Guide to confirmation and clearing 2010

It’s A-level results day and you finally found out what grades you’ve achieved! You’ll probably be eager to find out if you’ve got into your chosen university course. If you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to check your applicant status from today (19th August) via UCAS Track. Alternatively, you can telephone the university directly.

If you’ve met the conditions of your offer – great! If not, don’t panic, as in some circumstances the admissions tutor may still decide to confirm your offer if you have only narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. If you haven’t met the conditions and find that you are no longer holding an offer, be prepared to contact universities to find out about vacancies through clearing.

What if you haven’t got the grades you were hoping for? Here we look at potential scenarios for applicants who may not have met the conditions of their offers and explore what action they could consider taking.

Contact the University

First of all, try not to stress. If you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer, the university may still be able to offer you a place if the Admissions Tutor agrees to this. The Tutor’s final decision may be dependent upon how many other applicants holding conditional offers have met their conditions and whether any vacancies remain on the course.

If you’ve missed the conditions of your offer by a larger margin, there may still be a possibility of being accepted onto your chosen course or you may be offered an alternative course by the university. This is very much at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor and you should understand that there’s no guarantee that if you’ve not met the conditions of your offer that the university will still be able to accept you.

In either instance, once you know your results you can contact the university to discuss them. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you can find out what’s happening with your place. Continue reading The exam results are out! Guide to confirmation and clearing 2010

Clearing 2010: top tips to guide you through it

Here at Choices we’ve helped thousands of students to explore their options and make the right decision about higher education. We work alongside clearing helpline staff and admissions tutors to help students find their way through the Clearing process and secure a place at university.

Here are our top ten tips for surviving Clearing and finding the course that’s right for you.

1 Don’t Panic!
If your exam results are not quite as good as you expected remember to keep calm; the right course for you may still be out there. There’s a good chance that you will be able to secure a place at university through Clearing. Many students find university places through Clearing! You are certainly not alone and you have some excellent options awaiting you.

If you narrowly miss the grades you require you should check the status of your application on UCAS track before you start ringing universities to enquire about places on alternative courses through Clearing. In some cases if you are only a few UCAS tariff points short of the required grades the university may still be able to confirm your place, but this will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. Continue reading Clearing 2010: top tips to guide you through it

Clearing 2010: make sure you’re ready

Here at Birmingham City University’s course guidance centre, we’re already receiving a fair number of enquiries from prospective students asking about applying to the University for full-time undergraduate courses through UCAS Clearing! Demand for places in Clearing this year is likely to be fiercer than ever as a large number of unplaced applicants compete for places at institutions across the country.

Many prospective students who may be trying to gain places have already applied through the UCAS system, so should be ready with the necessary information they’ll need to approach institutions through Clearing from mid-July onwards. However, there are many prospective students who have not yet applied through UCAS but can do so now so that their application will automatically be held for Clearing, meaning that they will then also have the right information to approach institutions with.

Why do I need to apply to enter Clearing?

You need to apply through UCAS to enter Clearing if you have not aleady done so, as your Clearing Number helps to demonstrate to institutions you wish to consider you that you are not already holding an offer of a place elsewhere – and that you’re free to be considered by them.

How do I apply now that the late application deadline has passed?

You apply in the normal manner by submitting an online application via UCAS. You can apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply.

When can I approach institutions through Clearing?

Clearing starts from mid-July. You can approach universities and colleges once you have your exam results to see if they can consider you for any available places through Clearing. If you do not have your exam results, you should wait until you have them before approaching any universities or colleges.

What is the Clearing process itself?

See the Clearing section of the UCAS website for more details about the process of applying through Clearing.

Will all universities and colleges know if they have places now or will I have to wait?

Once universities have received exam results for applicants who are holding conditional offers of places they will then be in a position to determine whether enough applicants have achieved the grades they needed to confirm a place on their courses.  If not enough applicants have met the conditions of their offers then places can become available and that is when these places can be offered to others through the Clearing process. As exam results are received throughout the summer, not all universities and colleges will know whether places are available in Clearing until they have received A-level and/ or GCSE results in August. Find out which courses have vacancies by viewing the vacancy lists published on the UCAS website.

Additional Student Places Available on Selected Art and Design Courses

As a result of our ongoing commitment to excellence in the arts and successful employer/industry engagement, the government has recently awarded Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) additional student course places for full and part-time undergraduate study commencing September 2010.

For further details please contact BIAD on 0121 551 5800 or email biadadmissions@bcu.ac.uk.

Think to the future: gaining advantage through experience at university

There are a plethora of things to consider when looking at university course options. Amongst the questions of which subject to go for, which university to study at, whether to study full or part-time and how much is it all going to cost comes another incredibly important factor to consider: how exactly will this course help me with my future aspirations?

If you have a particular career in mind, you may well be looking at a degree which is directly related to that career or one which provides relevant skills and knowledge to enable you to prepare for entering a particular industry or field. If you’re more flexible in considering post-degree career options, you may still wish to consider transferable skills you could develop whilst at university that will make your CV shine.

Industrial placements, work experience, simulated situations and extra-curricular activities all have a part to play in helping students to develop their skills and knowledge and are all worthy of consideration when looking at university and course options. Continue reading Think to the future: gaining advantage through experience at university

New Era for Nurse Training Courses

BCU000000-572Back in September 2008, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ratified proposals to make nursing an all-graduate profession. As a result of their decision, universities who offer qualifications at diploma level will be phasing out these courses over the next couple of years. All nurse training courses will be offered at degree level from September 2013.

 

When is Birmingham City University phasing out its pre-registration nursing diploma?

Birmingham City University is already in the process of phasing out our nursing diploma qualifications. The children’s nursing branch of the diploma course will cease to be offered after April 2010, and the other branches (adult, mental health and learning disabilities nursing) will not be offered again after the final intake in April 2011.

 

Does Birmingham City University offer a pre-registration nursing degree?

Yes. The University already has a well-established nursing degree course  which offers training in all four branch specialisms and this course continues to go from strength to strength, providing students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to succeed in becoming a qualified nurse.

Continue reading New Era for Nurse Training Courses

Mature Students: An Overview of Applying for a University Course

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

Mid-UCAS Application Cycle Activities: Interviews, Offers and Late Applications

With competition for places on undergraduate courses fiercer than ever this year, it’s important that applicants are well-prepared for upcoming interviews and the subsequent decision making process once offers have been received from institutions. If you’ve not yet applied, you’ll need to think about doing so if you’d still like to be considered for a course commencing this Autumn.

Interviews and Offers

You may find the following articles we previously posted of help if you’re about to start attending interviews or are wondering about choosing which offers to accept:

Late Applications

If you’ve not yet applied and are thinking about studying at university in Autumn 2010, there may still be the chance to apply as a late applicant if there are still vacancies on the course or courses you are interested in. You can use the course search facility on the UCAS website to search for courses of interest. The search results returned will show you a list of courses (and the universities offering them) based on the search criteria you have specified. You will be able to tell whether a course is closed or not by whether or not the letter ‘C’ is shown against a particular course. Where the letter ‘C’ is shown against a course, this means that the course is closed to further applications at the time and you cannot, therefore, enter this particular course choice on your UCAS application form. If a course is available, you are free to add that course as a choice on your form.

Whatever stage of the process you’re at, action is key to ensuring that you optimise your chances of success in securing a university place.

For more information about courses available at Birmingham City University, please call Choices on 0121 331 5595 or email us.

Links Round-up 16-02-10

A brief round-up of news and events for prospective Higher Education students:

Discover the Springboard to a New Career in Law

If you have a degree but not in Law and you would like to pursue a career in the legal sector as a barrister or solicitor our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme will help you achieve your goal. The GDL also known as the Common Professional Examination (CPE) satisfied the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)for intending Solicitors and the General Council of the Bar (for Barristers) as completion of the academic stage of training. It can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

We are holding two open days designed to help you find out more about the GDL and about career opportunities in law. Come along and speak to staff and current students, experience a mini-teaching session, and pick up some literature about the course.

 

Wednesday 2nd December 2009

1-3pm and 6-8pm

Room D123 (Dawson Building)

City North Campus

 

Wednesday 10th March 2010

1-3pm and 6-8pm

Room C116 (Cox Building)

City North Campus

 

For more information, contact 0121 331 6248/5640 or law@bcu.ac.uk.