A – Yes you can and depending on how much your parents charge you for rent (most don’t expect rent but do expect a contribution to food and living costs) it is very generous. So if you are ok with living at home then it’s a very affordable option.
No and yes. It used to be horrendous but now it’s much more user friendly as long as you read the information carefully. I can complete a student’s SFE form in about 30 minutes only because I know what I’m looking for and know the usual problems that occur. I have also helped many parents fill their sections in which are usually a bit more complex.
It can vary considerably. It is always more costly in the first year when in Halls where prices usually vary according the room you choose and the city where you are living. London Universities are the most expensive. Up to £200 per week - with some private halls at over £300 per week! Northern Universities as little as £50 per week - with everything in between. This shows that early, careful research and good advice is a must.
It is easier to do this at the same university. It gets more complicated trying to switch to another one unless it’s within the ‘clearing period’. You need to have really good reasons. “I’m missing my cat” won’t really be enough. Again, speak to an expert. You may have to start afresh with a new UCAS application for the following year.
Yes you can, though the UCAS process needs you follow certain protocols. I have successfully managed to help people who have been in this situation.
As the government has removed the recruitment cap, clearing is no longer the manic dash to phone uni’s on results day in the scramble to ‘take anything you can get’. Now it’s a process which can last a few more weeks giving you more time to talk to an expert and make ‘wise choices’. You may have better grades than were predicted and want to try for better Uni’s and courses. HOWEVER, the chances are you won’t have visited the university you are now considering - the main reason for students dropping out. The university, city, accommodation, the feel of the place will be unfamiliar to you.
Discussion and research about career and university goals should not mutually exclusive but in the hectic rush to get the best university entry qualifications there is a tendency to concentrate more on degree choice and less on career direction, and in the more extreme cases dismiss career thinking altogether.
It really is never too early to start. Many schools leave it until the 6th form. By which time ‘A’ level subjects have been chosen. So if you have done minimal research prior to 6th form and more importantly had no impartial advice from an expert then you may end up not being able to pursue the career you decide is the one for you.
Sandwich courses allow you to experience an additional year with an employer related to the course you are studying. So normally associated with vocational degrees. The main point being that at the end of your degree you will bring ‘added value and employability’ which will help your search for graduate employment.
An impossible question to answer as many graduate jobs are not linked to degree choice. Better to look at which jobs/careers give best salaries over lifetime. Well take your pick out of: CEO’s and Company Owners; Brokers; Medicine and Medical Practitioners; Dentists; Veterinarians; Legal Professions; Airline Pilots & Flight Engineers; Air Traffic Control; Operational Professionals in Engineering, Mining and Energy; Food Scientists; Architects; Senior Police; Senior Educators; Actuaries; Financial Managers; IT Professional; Marketing Directors; Health Professionals and many, many more.
My view is that it should be providing a remarkable service to it’s customers. That’s you by the way. Remember you are paying a lot of money. Think of it as going shopping. There’s a wealth of ‘products’ (Degrees) and ‘companies’ (Uni’s) all wanting you to go to their ‘shop’. You must sit down and ask yourself “what am I looking for form this experience” then ask an expert who knows about the ‘products’ and the ‘shops’ to go to. Face to face discussion with someone impartial is the only way to explore fully this question and establish the right answer for YOU.
The ones that will give you the experience you are looking for. This answer could go on to become a short novel but with brevity in mind: Establish what you want from your time at Uni. Does best mean:- best teaching and learning experience; best chances of employment in a specific job or career; type of university:- city, small walled campus, large walled campus; proximity to institutions and places that will enhance and enrich your Uni experience. . . . and so on. You notice I didn’t immediately revert to the standard response of “The Russell Group of course”.
Career and university choice – there are thousands of web-sites offering helpful tips and advice. Never before has information about Higher Education opportunities been so easily accessible. It takes only 0.3 of a second to find over 3 million web pages on careers guidance.
A – Career and university choice – there are thousands of web-sites offering helpful tips and advice. Never before has information about Higher Education opportunities been so easily accessible. It takes only 0.3 of a second to find over 3 million web pages on careers guidance. However it may then take you several hours to find the sort of help you are looking for, and even longer for you to come up with right choices.