Guidance and useful links for your Post-18 options
Apprenticeships, work and training:
https://careermap.co.uk/ Careermap™ is a directory website that lists apprenticeship opportunities, training opportunities and college courses.
https://www.careersbox.co.uk/ Careersbox™ is a directory website that hosts videos with information on thousands of professionals and job roles.
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/ Careerpilot™ is a directory website that gives information for the types of post-18 that are available in great detail.
Useful websites for searching for Apprenticeship, work and training opportunities:
In researching and choosing courses and universities, you should:
- Attend higher education and careers fairs – https://www.ukunifair.co.uk/
- Preferences and priorities. Work backwards from the career you want to have and what is needed to access it.
- Visit non-term time open days (see a directory of them here https://www.opendays.com/ and narrow down which institutions to apply to.
- The UCAS open day checklist provides information about getting the most out your visit. (https://www.ucas.com/file/126696/download?token=FmWgm9Oj)
- Discuss your predicted grades and plans for higher education with your teachers, tutors and Heads of Year to help support a suitable decision.
- Use the Guardian University Guide website https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2018/may/29/university-league-tables-2019 to search for the performance of universities.
- https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203 is a great tool for looking at what university courses are linked to your A Level and BTEC courses – please refer to it when choosing.
The UCAS application:
- You will choose a maximum of 5 courses
- Some choice restrictions:
- Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry – max of 4 choices
- Oxford or Cambridge – usually you can only apply for one course at one or the other.
- UCAS operates an invisibility policy. This means that each university that you apply to can’t see which other institutions has also received an application from you.
- Payment of £24 to apply – made online by card.
- You can only send one UCAS application in each year’s cycle.
The UCAS tariff points system
Student finance: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance
New Home students – PN1 form.
New EU students – EU19N form.
https://www.savethestudent.org/ ways to find that extra money for university