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Thinking about going to university?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk in the news over the summer regarding university education. Now that the government has replaced grants with loans, there’s much to think about. Many students worry about how to cover all their outgoings during a university course.

So with student debt on the rise, it helps to look at your options. Here are some facts about student finance for you right here.

What if you don’t do as well as you hoped?

If you’re waiting for your A level results this week, no doubt finance will be one consideration on your mind. Another worry that most students have is ‘Will I get enough points?’

Sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. Of course, if you achieve the grades you need this week, all you need to decide is which university place to take up – and then go and bag your place through UCAS.

If, however, your grades are down on what you expected, don’t lose heart. There are still plenty of options open to you – including a possible place at your first choice uni.

You can ring up your preferred university to ask their advice. Who knows, they might have a number of ‘changed course’ offers available, perhaps combining your initial course with another subject.

Don’t forget to check out Clearing if you’ve had no offers, or if you need to look for other courses…

Take a gap year

Don’t succumb to the pressure to go to uni at any cost just because your friends are going. There’s nothing stopping you from taking a gap year.

It might even be useful breathing space to get some work experience, re-evaluate your options and perhaps re-take an exam.

Remember, while this is the start of your adult life and career, your exams don’t define you as a person. You’re not a failure if you don’t scrape enough points for a specific course. It might even be an opportunity!

If you are dead set on retaking, or need application support, give our 121 Home Tutors team a buzz. With personal tutors across the Cheshire and Manchester areas, we can help.

What if your A level results are better than expected?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

A level results day!  The day you find out whether you’ll be off to your first choice university. For some of you, who haven’t quite made the grade, don’t panic. You can find an alternative place through Clearing.

But what if you smashed your predicted grades, achieving higher than you ever thought possible? It happens every year!

The great news is: you don’t have to accept your firm placement offer. You can shop around for other university places through Adjustment – a UCAS service – without affecting your secure offer.

Better still, because of changes in student number regulations, universities now offer more places than ever before. That means you could still go to that dream uni after all!

Where do you start?

1. From 14th-30th August, register for Adjustment online. Just check your conditional firm choice has changed to unconditional (UF) first. Note: you only have five days to use the service and switch.

2. Call the university you are interested in as soon as possible. Or check if you can contact the admissions team via an online form rather than be on hold all day…

Explain you are gathering information at this stage to see what is available. Remember to have your personal UCAS ID to hand!

3. Consider why you want to switch courses. And don’t verbally accept a firm offer unless you really want to.

You can find more information about Adjustment here.

Remember to…

As with any decision, go into it with your eyes open. Research the course/university carefully; always consider whether switching will affect student accommodation and student loans. Talk to a teacher at school… Or call the Exam Results Helpline: 0808 100 8000 

Good luck! In the meantime, get in touch with us at 121 Home Tutors if you are in the Manchester/Cheshire area and need A level resit tuition.

A Level Results week

Friday, August 16th, 2013

If you received your A Level results this week you might want to have a look at our blog posts on what to do if your grades aren’t what you expected and what happens if your grades are better than expected. We’re here to support you if you need additional tutoring for resits or exploring options.

Choosing A Level subjects

Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

It’s that time of the year when students in year 11 are deciding if they want to go onto sixth form or college and study A Levels. This is also the time when they have to decide what subjects they want to study. So if you are in this position how do you begin to pick the right subjects for you?

  • The first thing to do is not panic! Not many people have a good idea of what they want to do with the rest of their life at 15.
  • If you have a rough idea of a future degree or career then you’ll probably need subjects in that area. But it’s also worth considering a back up plan. So, for example, if you want to study Medicine and become a doctor you need specific science subject. You might also want to consider taking something that sits well alongside (such as psychology) to give you alternate career/degree choices or something entirely different (such as French) if you decide that career path isn’t for you half way through your A Levels.
  •  Always check university requirements in detail, if you have an idea of what you want to study at Uni thenyou need to check if they have any specific A Level requirements. Not all courses or universities do but make sure you know this before making A Level choices.
  • The Russell Group is an association of 24 UK Universities. These tend to be quite prestigious and they publish a list of “facilitating subjects”, the advice is to pick two of these as A Levels if you want to apply to a Russell Group Uni. http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices.aspx
  • Don’t be pressured into taking subjects you don’t like or don’t want to study – two years is a long time to stick at something you hate.

You can find more useful advice in this article. If you want to know more about one to one private tutoring at GCSE or A Level in Manchester or Cheshire you can contact us here.


A Level Results Day

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

It’s the night before the big day, Thursday 16th August  – AS and A2 Level results day. Last year we blogged about what to do if things don’t go according to plan or you don’t get the grades you expected.

Some of you might be in a position to need the opposite advice – what do you do if you grades are better than you expected? It sounds like a great position to be in (and it’s one our students who work with tutors find themselves in) but what should your next steps be?

–          Before we get into the serious stuff give yourself a massive pat on the back. You just exceeded all expectations and you should be very proud.

–          Now down to the nitty gritty. If you have a firm place at university but have exceeded the grades needed then you can use the UCAS Adjustment service.  This allows you to reconsider what you want to study and where you want to study it. You can apply for adjustment but still keep your original offer.

–          If you now have excellent grades but there are no places at the university or on the course you want then consider taking a year off (working or travelling is a great life experience) and then reapplying for a place next year.

At 121 Home Tutors we can help with private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire (Sale, Wilmslow and local areas) for those at GCSE, A Level and University. Call us today for a no-obligation chat. You can also call the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000.