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It’s Uni Open Day season, but why should I bother?

With local Open Days at the University of Bristol on Saturday 9th September, at the University of Bath on 16th, at UWE on 30th and two at Bath Spa University next month, this is an important time for those of you in years 11, 12 and 13 to be investigating the fantastic choice of higher education courses and Unis right here on our doorstep. University Open [...]

September 5th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Events & Open Days|

How do I apply to Uni in Year 13?

If you know that you would like to go to Uni after sixth form – or even after a planned gap year – you’ll have heard of UCAS and know that this is how you apply.  You’ll probably also realise that your school or college completely understand the process and that you are unlikely to have to start any of it until year 13.  However, we’ve [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - UCAS|

Student Finance – the headlines for healthcare

There have been lots of presentations on the imminent changes to funding for certain undergraduate, pre-registration healthcare courses in England - including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiotherapy - amongst others. If you are a new student starting one of these relevant degree courses after 1st August 2017, we’ve tried to capture the headlines for you and provide signposting to the detail on the relevant [...]

April 25th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - Student Finance|

Anyone for tennis?

When it comes to academic courses you’d be forgiven for thinking that they are all based in a classroom.  But what if you love sport and want to turn your passion for tennis into a qualification which could lead on to a future career in the industry? Look no further than Ashton Gate and the Bristol City Community Trust (BCCT) Education Department where the L3 Extended [...]

March 28th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Sport & Fitness|

University accommodation and how to pay for it

Last week we looked at Student Loans to help pay for your Tuition Fees when you go to Uni, but what about paying for your living costs and accommodation? Aside from the lucky few who will be in flats or houses bought by their parents, the only realistic alternative to living at home is to rent.  To pay the rent and other living costs, you may [...]

March 14th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - Student Finance|

Student Finance is now open!

If you plan to study for a degree, you will most likely be expected to pay for your tuition and to help with this, you may be entitled to borrow the money from Student Finance England (SFE).  Any amount you borrow in this way to cover your tuition fees is called a Student Loan, any amount you borrow to help you with your living costs (mainly [...]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - Student Finance|

Year 12: How to find out more about Uni

Year 12 and thinking about Uni? We want you to take advantage of every opportunity available so you can make an informed decision about what you do after sixth form and, at the same time, fill your CV and Personal Statement with plenty of great evidence of your enthusiasm. Here are just some of the many opportunities available right here on the doorstep… Summer Schools These [...]

February 28th, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 12 - Higher Education|

What’s happening with my higher education applications?

Having applied for up to five higher education courses via UCAS, you’ll now be starting to receive the Uni decisions and considering how you will reply.  The decisions (hopefully offers) will reach you via UCAS Track online.  Chances are that you will be checking your mobile daily for the latest info, but try not to compare the speed of your Uni decisions – or the deadline [...]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - UCAS|

Transferable skills – what skills do I have and where can I find more?

We're continuing our theme of Transferable Skills to help with your personal statement and at interview. In an earlier website Blog, we talked about matching your skills to the ones valued by the Uni that you are applying to. This makes your skills ‘transferable’ and, in simple sales terms, will increase your chances of success. Simplify them into categories However, it can help if you first [...]

November 29th, 2016|Categories: > Academic Paths, Transferable Skills|

An interview at Uni is a chance for you to ask questions as well

If you’ve got an interview coming up, you’ve been shortlisted along with others of similar ability, most likely because the course has been over-subscribed! To now choose between you all, the interviewer wants to know if you are likely to be able to complete the degree course. They’ll also be looking to see how you’ll fit in with the culture of the university and what value [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Categories: > Academic Paths, Interview Tips|
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