Careers Health & Social Care 

Considering nursing: should you join a troubled NHS ?

On the 17th January 2018 the BBC had the following headline: “NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year“.  The BBC reports that leavers outnumbered joiners by 3,000 last year, the biggest gap over the five-year period. Nurses are leaving in a large part due to the pressures resulting from low staffing levels. The freeze on pay over the years certainly hasn’t helped as a higher salary may help.  It appears that nurses leaving the NHS are joining the private sector, such as agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and private hospitals. Some…

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Careers 

8 tips for choosing the right career for you

Don’t narrow your search. If you are currently at school, you may be studying a hand full of subjects and not been introduced to the many career routes out there. So, have an open mind and explore! This website offers overviews of careers, linking similar career routes where appropriate, and then delving deeper if you wish to find out more. It won’t take you long to have a look over several career options. What do you enjoy doing? A famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will…

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Careers Courses 

What are the downsides to your chosen career?

When considering a career it is important to understand what the job entails. The career you imagine may not be all you expect it to be. An article by the Guardian ‘Loved the teaching, hated the paperwork‘ highlights this point well. Your motivation for pursuing a career may have downsides which if you had been aware of may have caused you to evaluate the career focus. In pursuing a career you will first of all require the right qualifications. Studying is a major investment in time and financially. There is…

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Featured Study 

Next steps following the UCAS January application deadline

You’ve met the January 2018 UCAS deadline. Well done! The endless amends of the personal statement are behind you. The many decisions about which university and course are behind you. The exciting next chapter of your life is ahead of you. Now is the time to concentrate on your current study. If you have your A-levels or equivalent, also try not to check your UCAS Track too often. From 15 Jan to end of March Your application will be with the university or universities you have chosen. On average a…

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Study 

Part-time or full-time study?

Where are you with your education and what are your circumstances? These will be the main points that will steer your decision on studying on a full-time or part-time basis. Other steers will be on the availability of certain courses at part-time level, and whether the level is a professional course as many of these are taught on a part-time basis (usually in the evening). Due to visa restrictions, international students are unable to study on a part-time basis. Undergraduate study In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the majority of…

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Study 

Where in the UK to study?

The education systems across the four countries are similar but there are some differences.  This article will provide an overview of the universities and more in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Studying in England The majority of universities in the UK are in England with close to a 100. The highest concentration of universities is in London and the South East of England at around 40 universities. The breakdown of universities by region: London: 20 South East of England:  17 East of England: 6 South West of England: 12…

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Study 

Is university like a 9am to 5pm job? Study hours explained.

University study hours explained The average working week in the UK is 35 hours a week.  The amount of time an employee works is contracted and they are usually physically present per day in a working space such as an office, shop, factory etc.It is not as easy to calculate the working week for a student studying at university as being at university is not like being at school or work where you are present in an office or classroom for a dedicated number of hours a day. I will…

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Study 

UK university rankings – how useful are they?

Rankings vary on what they choose to assess and there are differences in what each ranking sees as being important and how the data is collected. Rankings will look at: Student satisfaction Teaching quality Employment ratio of graduates Student/staff ratios How much is spent on facilities How much is spent of research And more. The most prominent rankings are: The Complete University Guide   The Guardian University Guide The Times and the Sunday Times rankings The Guardian does not include a measure of research, rather focusing on student experience, including graduate…

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How UK Universities grade UG students

When you graduate employers will ask you the classification (e.g. 2.1) of your degree. This article will give you an overview of how UK universities mark you as it differs from the way your previous qualifications are graded. You are marked out of 100% with percentages being  grouped into a ‘class’. 70-100% = First class honours (1st) 60-69% = Upper second class honours (2:1) 54-59% = Lower second class honours (2:2) 42-53% = Third class ordinary degree (3rd) If you get 38-41% this is a pass and not part of…

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