HOW TO DEVELOP UNIVERSITY DEGREE COURSE IDEAS

Students are committing at least 3 years to their degree, so they should choose something they are going to enjoy.

Consider the following 7 questions:

1. Do they want to study one or more subjects they are currently doing?

2. Do they want to study a subject they are currently studying with something new?

3. Do they want to study something related to one of their current subjects, but not that subject? For example, if studying sport, related courses include sports studies, sports science, PE, sports coaching, sports management, sports marketing, sports therapy, exercise science and teaching.

4. Does your daughter/son want to see where their current subjects can take them? Use the following 2 websites to get degree ideas based on the subjects they are currently studying:

SACU: https://sacu-student.com/?page_id=5203 Students need to create an account and then use the “Match your A levels” to get degree subject ideas.

Informed Choices: https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/ Russell Group universities guide that helps you explore how A level choices link to future degree options, particularly at Russell Group universities.

5. Do they have a career in mind and wish to take a specific degree? Examples include primary teaching, social work, speech & language therapy, audiology, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, radiography, optometry, physiotherapy, sport therapy and architecture.

6. Do they want to study a health related degree? A good starting point is the NHS Careers Quiz: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/findyourcareer There are more than 350 different careers in the NHS. Many work with patients while others work behind the scenes. What they all have in common is that they make a difference to people’s lives. To find the NHS careers that best suits them, all they need to do is answer some simple questions.

7. Do they want to study a general vocational course? Examples include art & design; business/finance; computing/IT; education; engineering; health & social and sport.

Did you know?

A large number of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any degree discipline and specialist training for many careers starts once you have your degree.

Brian Heap writes (in his University Degree Course Offers book) that a degree course is not always a training path for a career; its purpose is also to teach students skills that can easily be adapted to different careers. That is why it is not unusual, for example, to find students who have degrees in history or languages going on to train as accountants and lawyers and many other non-scientific careers.

RESREARCHING YOUR DEGREE IDEAS AND WHERE TO STUDY

Research is needed to make informed choices:

There are over 37,000 courses and 370 higher education institutions, so research is the key to making an informed decision about what to study and where.

Students need to complete this research by the end of Year 12 so that they are ready to apply at the start of Year 13.

Students can choose up to five courses. However, they can only choose a maximum of four medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science courses (the fifth choice course must be something different).

 Encourage your daughter or son to follow these 4 research steps:

 

  1. Start with the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/ The course search informs you about all the universities that do a particular course.
  2. Then go to university websites for more in-depth course research, including grades needed, course details, how it is taught/assessed, academic facilities, reputation and graduate destinations to see what careers the students go into after their degree.
  3. Attend university open days: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/university-open-days Ideally, students shouldn’t apply anywhere they’ve not visited.
  4. Then use the following useful websites for further research.
UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS: 2023 LEAVERS

The top 4 most popular university destinations for Moseley School students were:

  1. Birmingham City University.
  2. Aston University.
  3. Birmingham University.
  4. Coventry University.

 Other universities chosen included:

  • Warwick University.
  • Oxford University.
  • Keele University.
  • Leicester University.
  • Manchester University.
  • Wolverhampton University.
  • University College Birmingham.

University courses chosen:

The 5 most popular course types for Moseley School students in 2023 were health/medical; science/engineering; business; law and computer science.

Further details for the top 5 course types:

  1. Health/medical included:
  • Child nursing.
  • Medicine.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Diagnostic radiography.
  • Therapeutic radiography.
  • Adult nursing.
  • Speech and language therapy.
  • Sports therapy.
  • Dentistry.
  • Midwifery.
  1. Engineering/science included:
  • Biomedical science.
  • Mechanical engineering.
  • Engineering and science foundation.
  • Physics.
  • Biological sciences.
  • Engineering.
  1. Business included:
  • Business.
  • Accounts and finance.
  • HR and business management.
  • Business management and marketing.
  1. Law included:
  • Law.
  • Law with business law.
  • International law and globalisation.
  1. Computer science.

 Other degree subjects students chose were:

  • Psychology.
  • Primary education with QTS.
  • Early childhood studies.
  • Professional policing.
  • Sports coaching and PE.
  • Education and sociology.
  • Sociology.
  • Health education and well-being.
    Degree apprenticeships

    Degree Apprenticeships were launched by the government in 2015 and have been developed by businesses, universities and colleges.

    More and more opportunities are being offered each year.

    Apprentices gain a degree from a university while earning a wage and they don’t have to pay university tuition fees, saving them £9,250 a year!

    Apprentices get real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession and split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout.

    Examples of degree apprenticeships include:

    • Paramedic.
    • Nurse.
    • Software developer.
    • Police officer.
    • Radiographer.
    • Engineer.
    • Solicitor.
    • Business management.

      The UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/apprenticeships/what-you-need-know-about-apprenticeships/degree-apprenticeships-0 has lots of useful information about degree apprenticeships.

      Your daughter or son can search and apply for degree apprenticeships when they are in Year 13 by using the National Apprenticeship Service website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

      They can also check out employer websites if they have a particular employer in mind.

      Students could additionally apply for higher and advanced level apprenticeships.

      Other useful apprenticeship websites are:

      Student Finance

      Please note, the student finance system has changed for students from England. The new “Plan 5” loans were launched in September 2023.

      Students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for university tuition fees (currently up-to £9,250 for full-time courses).

      Students can also apply for a Maintenance Loan, which helps to pay for living costs while studying at university, such as accommodation, food, travel and clothes. The amount you get depends on where you are living (you get more in London) and whether you are living at home. Some of the loan is available to all eligible students and part of it is means-tested, so this part is dependent on household income.

      Further information is available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students 

      For details of how much loan you daughter or son could get, use the Student finance calculator: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

      Did you know?

      Martin Lewis, from the ITV programme “The Martin Lewis Money Show”, advises that:

      • Student finance works like a “graduate tax” and what you repay each month depends solely on what you earn.
      • Students only repay when they earn over £25,000 a year. Earn less and they don’t pay anything.
      • Students repay 9% of everything earned above the threshold (currently £25,000). So, for example, someone earning £26,000 per year would repay £90 a year (£7.50 a month). Someone earing £35,000 a year would repay £900 (£75 a month).
      • Students only start repaying in the April after they leave university (this is done automatically via the payroll, just like income tax).
      • The loan is automatically wiped after 40 years.
      Taking a Gap year

      Did you know?

      For Moseley School students, this option has increased in popularity in recent years.

      The reasons for students taking a gap year vary and include:

      • Using the time to review future plans.
      • To go travelling.
      • To do work experience (possibly linked to their chosen course or future career plans).
      • To develop new skills (such as IT skills).
      • To earn money to fund their university place.
      • To volunteer in the UK or abroad.
      • To retake A levels to improve grades.

      For more information, check out the Prospects website: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year

      WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK, JULY 2024

      We are expecting all Year 12 level 3 students to take part in work experience week (15 July to 19 July 2024).

      Students should look for opportunities that will enhance and strengthen their UCAS and/or apprenticeship applications.

      Work experience will help them to develop skills, such as communication, organisation and team-working skills. They can then highlight these on their UCAS/apprenticeship applications in Year 13.

      Also, some university courses will expect relevant work experience – for example, nursing and medicine (this doesn’t have to be in a hospital, could be a care home, hospice etc.).

      Students are expected to find their own placement and have been given advice about how to do this. Any opportunities the school has will be promoted directly to students (such as the GP Medical Programme that was launched to students on 16 January 2024).

      Finding a good placement takes time. Students should not leave it to the last minute!

      YEAR 12 AND 13 CAREERS SUPPORT

      The school provides lots of support during Year 12 and Year 13 to help your daughter or son make an informed post-18 decision. Examples include:

      • An opportunity for a careers meeting with the school’s qualified careers adviser, Mr Silgram.
      • A presentation from the school’s careers adviser about post-18 options.
      • Mentoring and development opportunities, such as The Access Project and the Birmingham University A2B Scheme.
      • University talks and presentations, including information about student finance.
      • Visit to the UCAS Convention to meet universities.
      • Visit to a university.
      • A school UCAS Day to help students start planning what to study at university and where to study.
      • Support to write their UCAS personal statement.
      • Talks from employers to raise awareness of careers and apprenticeship opportunities.
      • The opportunity to attend an apprenticeship talk/event.
      • Work experience week.
      • Careers advice and support on A level results day.
      • The careers section of the school website.
      MOSELEY SCHOOL CAREERS WEBSITE

      Students and parents/carers can also use the careers section of the school website to help make an informed decision about what to do after Year 13.

      It includes further information about all the topics in this newsletter. There are 13 sections; you may find it helpful to check-out the following ones:

      • Post-18 options.
      • Apprenticeships and traineeships.
      • Jobs and voluntary work.
      • University applications.
      • Useful websites and information.

      Click here to link to these sections

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