Here at Richmond Park Academy, we are already connected with various Russell Group universities giving our students an experience of University life to prepare them for further and higher education. Richmond Park Academy has run activities with a variety of universities, including: -
Massive Open Online Courses - extracurricular learning for freeIn support of your learning, applications, and broader interests, there are thousands of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which you can work through, as well as accessing lectures or course materials.
Use the links below to access a vast and varied knowledge base to expand your areas of interest.
For students who want to gain real insight into university, you can browse the OpenDays website, the UCAS Find Open Days page and Taster Courses. These are an ideal way to gain a real insight into studying a course at a particular university. My Student Events website shows various events across the UK, relevant to both GCSE and A Level students.Times Higher Education website collates all the latest news and discussion relating to higher education.
The Guardian has produced its 2017 University League tables for universities in the United Kingdom. The Times has produced its Best Universities in Europe 2016 results and the Top Universities in the USA.
Getting In is a multi-functional website with useful functions, such as Personal Statements, Apprenticeship search facility, University open day booking and much more. Pure Potential is an online resource, written by graduates, for 6th form students looking to find support for their next steps to university, or into working life.
Students can browse the latest printed edition of Heap which is kept for reference in the 6th Form office. In addition, the Heap online website gives pointers to students looking to discover degree course entry requirements for courses across the UK.
Alternative Routes into Higher Education, such as Higher Apprenticeships and other work-based routes. Many of these options are discussed on the AllAboutSchoolLeavers website. Others may be considering a break before university and want to see what else is out there. The notgoingtouni website has links to live apprenticeship opportunities, gap year information and is a great tool for students to access.
Sponsored Degrees & Degree ApprenticeshipsSponsored Degrees and Student Sponsorship. Aren't they all the same thing? Find your answers in this handy little article on the AllAboutCareers website. The UCAS website has a page dedicated to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships where students can search to gain a direct industry experience whilst studying for a degree.
Examples of current Employer-sponsored Degree Programmes
• Airbus @ Bristol UWE (Engineering); £13K
• Barclays @ Anglia Ruskin/Nottingham Trent (Retail Banking); £16K
• CGI @ Winchester (Business Management); £13K
• Environment Agency @ Bristol UWE (River & Coastal Engineering)
• Experian @ Nottingham Trent (Management & Leadership)
• EY Scholarship @ Bath, Lancaster, Warwick (4-year Acc & Fin); A*AA-AAB/£5K annually
• George at Asda @ Manchester Metropolitan/Leicester HQ (The George Degree, Retail)
• Harrods @ Anglia Ruskin (Retail School Leaver programme, London)
• KPMG @ Birmingham/Durham (5-yr Audit prog); 22 locations; ABB/up to £20K + all fees
• Merchant Navy Cadets @ Warsash/Fleetwood/S.Tyneside; £120pw sea/£175pw college
• Morrisons @ Bradford (Management); £15K
• National Grid @ Aston (Electrical Power Engineering); £24K + car
• Nestlé @ Sheffield Hallam (Gatwick/York; HR/Sales/Marketing/Buying); £17K + all fees
• PwC @ Reading/Newcastle/Nottingham (4-year FlyingStart programme); AAB
If you are wondering how your salary might look after a particular degree or the type of career you might get into, visit the Prospects site Options with your subject for an overview of degree sectors and what graduates can go to to after course completion.
Additionally, you can visit What do graduates do? for the Autumn 2016 report with up to date statistics about graduate employment, six months after leaving university.
For useful advice, check out the University of London's Careers Group with ideas about future employability.
Want some light-hearted fun? Download the UCAS UniLeap App onto your phone to join the game.
Budgeting and applying for Student FinanceYou can use the UCAS Budgeting tool to plan your monthly budget for university. Money Saving Expert has a Mythbuster for students.
Apply for student finance through the Student Finance England website before 31st May for courses starting between August-December.
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Scholarships & BursariesCheck out TheScholarshipHub for UK scholarships, grants or bursaries available for UK/EU students. Scholarships available based on a wide range of eligibility criteria, such as academic merit, financial need, special skills and abilities, what your parents do, where you live and more. Read the Scholarships Fact Sheet.
The Guardian have produced a list of universities which offer some of the best scholarships (published in 2015) and the BBC published an article in August 2016 about 10 Alternative Ways to fund your degree.
Local organisations who offer bursaries or scholarships are: Barnes Workhouse Fund (SW13 residents) and Richmond Parish Lands Charity (TW9, TW10, SW14 and SW13 residents).
For disabled students (Physical health, mental health, specific learning difficulty), the Government offers information for financial support.
Repayment of loansYou can use the Student Finance Calculator to see how much you will really pay as a result of university tuition fees.
This table shows what your repayments could look like, once you are earning. Whether your course costs £6,000 or £9,000, you'll repay the same amount each month, as that purely depends on what you earn (9% above £21,000). In other words, whatever your tuition fees (and maintenance loan) if you earn £22,000, and haven't cleared the debt, you repay £90 a year.
This 3:44mins animation puts tuition fees into context and explains the rate at which they are paid back.
The BBC discusses tuition fees for American universities and asks the question: Is it really worth it?This video is 37:30 minutes long.
The Getting-In and Roehampton University websites have tips for writing a personal statement for UCAS.
The Personal Statement Builder, the UCAS personal statement worksheet, and UCAS online tool are all online tools to help students write a statement to support their application.
UCAS Tariff Points for 2017 and beyond