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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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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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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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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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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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Thought about studying abroad?

Studying abroad in Europe or further afield can offer superb opportunities both academically and for personal development. The experience can add a string to your bow as it is often seen as a positive by employers. It may also open doors due to contacts and connections made whilst studying overseas. Some positives: Free or low-cost tuition for UK students in European countries (will change come Brexit but many countries are likely to be significantly lower than fees paid for universities in England. English-taught courses are available where English is not…

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Choosing a degree course

Choosing the right course is the first thing you need to consider before the university.  If you are unsure which course to study let’s start by trying to answer the below questions. What subject do you enjoy studying? Which subject(s) are you good at? Do you have a career in mind? Some careers may require a particular degree. What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies and interets may align to future careers. See the below list of courses for ideas.  Within each subject area there are…

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Key UCAS dates in 2018

15 January 2018 Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day (check course details in our search tool for the correct deadline). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to us. 25 February 2018 Extra starts for eligible applicants. 24 March 2018 Some art and design courses have a 24 March deadline; applications should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time). (Others have a 15 January deadline – check course details in our search tool to confirm the…

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