A Choices’ course adviser answers some common questions about applying through UCAS.
What happens when I make an application through UCAS?
When you submit an online application to UCAS, UCAS forward a copy of your application to the institution or institutions to whom you have applied. Once your application has been received by an institution they start processing it in accordance with their admissions policies.
For some courses, the institution may make an offer on the basis of the information provided within the application. Other courses may require further selection stages, such as interviews, tests or a portfolio review. Once the appropriate selection process for the course has been completed, the institution will communicate their decision to you. You can check progress of your application through the UCAS Track online system.
I’m no longer taking all of the qualifications I listed on my application form. What should I do?
You should put this in writing to the University as soon as your academic profile has changed. The University needs this information to ensure that any decision made on the application is made using the most accurate information provided by the applicant. Should the university make a decision based on information which subsequently changes, the Admissions Tutor will need to review the application in light of the new information. If the changes to the academic profile mean that the applicant will not be able to meet the minimum entry requirements (or specified academic conditions if an offer has already been made) this will be taken into account when reviewing the application. Continue reading Q&A: Applying for a full-time degree through UCAS
In the final part of our Parents’ Guide series, a Choices adviser looks at the initial period following your son or daughter starting their University course.
This is a time of adjustment for both you as a parent and your son or daughter. The silence at home will be an unusual sensation; the reduced need for ‘Dad’s/ Mum’s Cabs’ feels strange and you may be surprised at how much cheaper the weekly food shopping has suddenly become.
Your son or daughter may become homesick at some point. Being in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people can be very unsettling. This is a totally normal and natural reaction by some students when they first join university. Acknowledge any concerns they have and be supportive, but try not to reinforce homesickness by encouraging them to return home at weekends – this will only serve to make them feel more isolated from university life. Part of the transition to university life away from home is a journey of self discovery, development and independence and it takes time to establish.
Continue reading Parent’s Guide | Part 7: The first few weeks at university
So, you’ve got through the seemingly endless paperwork of university applications and student finance forms, you’ve done the rounds of university open days, you’ve experienced the nerve-wracking exam results day and now, quite possibly, feel as if you’ve spent a small fortune on kitting your son or daughter out in preparation for them starting their course. Without so much as a chance to catch your breath, the time’s suddenly here for your son or daughter to take the next step in their life.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 6: Arriving at University
If you graduated between 2007 and 2009 from any course at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design or a Performance, Media & English degree then the Insight Out course could be the springboard for managing and launching your career in the creative industries.
Times are tough for graduates at the moment, but if you have an amazing creative idea that you want to explore there should be nothing to stop you applying for this 5 week Insight Out: Managing a Portfolio Career programme, designed with fresh new entrepreneurs in mind.
The trend for graduates from creative degrees is to enter into ‘a job contract, self-employment and portfolio working, the choices for art and design graduates.’ (Source: gradireland.com, Art & Design graduates: what to expect after graduation) Portfolio working is essentially juggling a series of part time or freelance roles with full or part time paid work, that leaves little time to use your talents and skills to their maximum potential.
With some planning and the right knowledge of the available support when you first start out in your career, a balance between what you love and what you need to do to financially support yourself can be achieved. This course explores the benefits that can be achieved through tools such as mentoring, investigative thinking, the development of entrepreneurial skills and attributes such as confidence, developing a collaborative approach, creative problem solving, taking initiative, and the all important networking!
Successful applicants can receive up to £850 for attending and completing the course.
Further details can be found on the website http://www.mediacourses.com/insightout/portfolio.asp or you can call 0121 204 9887 to chat to the team.
Have you forgotten anything? Here are a few things you should act upon now if you’ve not already completed them:
- Student finance forms completed?
- Accommodation application completed?
- Place confirmed?
- Course commencement details received?
- Exam certificates/ results received?
- Accommodation confirmed?
- Student bank account?
- Insurance arranged?
- TV licence acquired?
- Basic living items purchased? (If living away from home)
- Area map?
- Student travel pass?
- Money to tide your son or daughter over in case of delays in receiving their financial support?
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 5: The Final Checklist
If you’re wondering where to begin with equipping your son or daughter with the basics, part four of our Parents’ Guide series provides some ideas about what students moving away from home may need.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 4: preparing your son or daughter to move away from home
Organised by Birmingham City University, the New Generation Arts Festival champions the independent cause of showcasing the brightest emerging graduate talent in the arts world today. Taking place from 12 – 27 June 2009, events taking place will cover acting, creative writing, design, music and the visual arts. With Birmingham City University graduates at the heart of the event, it’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in studying in one of the subject areas covered to see the high calibre of graduates we produce.
Find out more about this exciting event at the New Generation Arts Festival’s website.
One of the best ways to help you narrow down university choices is to attend university open days in advance of making your UCAS application. Open days provide the chance to talk with academic staff from courses which may interest you, see the facilities available to students and generally get a feel for where you could potentially be studying. Open days are a great opportunity to find out more information and ask any burning questions you may have that may not have been answered in the course literature, prospectus or website. It’s all about giving yourself the best chance of being in a position to make an informed decision when the time comes to complete your UCAS form.
Birmingham City University are holding open days on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June. If you’d like to come along and find out more about the wide range of exciting courses on offer here, please visit the main website for more information and to register in advance.
If you can’t make our June events, there will be more opportunities to visit us with further Open Days on 22 and 26 August 2009 (for clearing) and 9 and 10 October 2009.
Part three of our Parents’ Guide series looks at things you’ll need to arrange before your son or daughter starts university.
Open a student bank account
Do some research into the different options and deals on offer and consider which one can offer the most to your son or daughter in the long term. Some banks offer deals like discounted travel for students which can help to save money, but always look at the wider picture to make sure that you really are getting the best deal.
Insuring personal possessions is important in case of accidental loss, damage or theft, as the cost of replacing valuables can be considerable in some cases. Many insurers offer specific insurance for students, but some parents opt to take out student insurance as part of their own home insurance. Take time to find out whether this could be more cost effective than taking out separate cover.
Whichever option you choose, ensure that appropriate cover is arranged before your son or daughter joins university. Consider what valuables your son and daughter intend to bring and pay attention to any specific cover requirements or additional premiums for specific items.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 3: Before your son or daughter arrives
In the second part of our Parents’ Guide series, we look at some of the paperwork you’ll need to consider completing for your son or daughter’s course.
Student finance forms
Student finance forms for tuition fee loans and maintenance grants and loans are usually completed from March onwards but application forms for support can be submitted once an application for an undergraduate course has been made. It’s important to ensure that these are completed and submitted in good time. For continuing students the Local Authority will continue to process these and then confirm personal eligibility to financial support. This information is then passed to Student Finance England who will process your application for payment. New student applications must be made directly through Student Finance England. When your son or daughter enrols at university, the university confirms this with Student Finance England who will then release the payment.
Continue reading Parents’ Guide | Part 2: In advance – the paperwork