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Activity 1
Chapter 1 | Activity 2
Getting Started
Ice Breaker Ideas
1. You will need a small ball or bean bag for this game. As learners are throwing the ball between themselves,
the Aimhigher Associate shouts a subject, and each time a learner catches the ball, they have to shout
their favourite of that item. For example, if the Aimhigher Associate shouts food, the learners shout their
favourite food when they catch the ball. The Aimhigher Associate then changes the topic. For example,
colour, pop group, holiday destination etc...
2. On separate sheets of A4 paper write AGREE, STRONGLY AGREE, DISAGREE and STRONGLY
DISAGREE. Put the signs in different corners of the room. Then read the learners a series of statements.
After each statement they have to move to the corner which reects how they feel. You could do fun
ones such as David Beckham is the best footballer in the world etc..., or you could use this activity as
part of the session. For example, when discussing the benets of progressing onto college and university.
3. Ask the learners to line up in order of their birthdays (date and month). The learners are NOT allowed to
talk.
4. Go around the group and ask each learner to state his/her name and attach an adjective that describes
one of their characteristics and also starts with the same letter of his/her name e.g. Wonderful Warren,
Anxious Annabel. As you move around the group the learners have to say their own name and adjective
followed by the name and adjective of all the learners before them.
5. Each learner has to write on one piece of paper the answers to ve same questions. For example, What is
your favourite colour?, What is your favourite vegetable? etc... The learners then all fold up their answers
and put them into a hat. Each learner then picks one piece of paper and as a group, the learners have to
decide whose it is.
6. You will need a piece of string for this game. Share the piece of string between the learners so they are
each holding part of it. Then ask the learners to make different shapes, e.g., square, triangle. You can
make this gradually harder by then asking them to make different objects.
7. This works best if the learners sit in a circle. Write some if statements on some cards e.g. If I won the
lottery I would... or If I could go anywhere in the world I would... The learners take turns to pick the
cards and then have to nish the statement.
8. Lay a piece of string on the oor. Ask the learners to put one foot on either side of the string. Then read
out Would you rather...? The learner has to jump to the left or the right as indicated by the Associate
depending on what they would rather e.g. Would you rather eat carrots or peas? Would you rather
watch TV or listen to the radio?
9. This works best if the learners sit in a circle. The Associate can start be saying I went to the supermarket
to buy an apple (or any other object you can buy in a supermarket that begins with an A). The next player
repeats the sentence, including the A word and adds a B word. The next learner must repeat what he /
she has heard before him/her and then add their own item starting with the correct letter in the alphabet.
10. This is more effective played in pairs. Create a game of SNAP from FE and HE Jargon.
11. Pictionary. One learner has to draw an object on the board or ip chart. The learners have to guess what
they are drawing (you could ask learners to draw something about themselves).
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Activity 2a Pre 16 Learners
Chapter 1 | Activity 3
Getting Started
Statements
Cut out the statements and ask the learners to identify which are true and which are false.
There are 6 true statements and 6 false statements.

False Statements:
My Aimhigher Associate will tell me what to do after school.
I will learn more during my sessions if I listen and do not talk.
The sessions will be like lessons and I will have lots of homework to do.
My Aimhigher Associate will decide what I do each week whether I want to or not.
I will know exactly what I want to do in the future at the end of the sessions.
I will be judged about what I do or do not know and what I feel.

True:
My Aimhigher Associate will help me learn more about my options for after school.
I can get involved in the sessions and talk about how I feel and ask lots of questions.
I will do lots of fun activities in the sessions and will decide on what extra research I do after the sessions
myself.
I will be able to help decide what we do in the sessions so I can get the most out of working with my Aimhigher
Associate.
I may not know exactly what I want to do at the end of the sessions but I will have more information about the
things I can do.
My opinions and feelings will be respected by everyone in the group.
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Activity 2b Post 16 Learners
Chapter 1 | Activity 3
Getting Started
Statements
Cut out the statements and ask the students to identify which are true and false. There are 6 true statements
and 6 false statements.

False Statements:
The Aimhigher Associate will tell me what to do after college.
I will learn more during my sessions if I listen and do not talk.
The amount of work from the sessions is going to interfere with my studies and exam preparation.
The Aimhigher Associate will decide what I do each week whether I want to or not.
I will know exactly what I want to do in the future at the end of the sessions.
I will be judged about what I do or do not know and what I feel.

True:
The Aimhigher Associate will help me learn more about my options for after college.
I can get involved in the sessions and talk about how I feel and ask lots of questions.
I will decide on what extra research I do after the sessions myself.
I will be able to help decide what we do in the sessions so I can get the most out of working with the Aimhigher
Associate.
I may not know exactly what I want to do at the end of the sessions but I will have more information about the
things I can do.
My opinions and feelings will be respected by everyone in the group.
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Activity 3a
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Dream Cloud
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Activity 3b
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Accomodation Options
Mansion = 10,000 per month
3 Bedroom detached house = 800 per month
2 Bedroom penthouse
apartment = 650 per month
2 Bedroom terraced house = 500 per month
1 Bedroom at = 400 per month
Living with parents = 100 per month [board]
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Activity 3c
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Transport Options
Range Rover 4x4 = 900 per month
Small Car = 300 per month
Train Travel = 200 per month
Old Banger = 50 per month
Walking = Free
Sports Car = 1000 per month
Family Estate = 600 per month Public Transport = 40 per month
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Sky TV = 50 per month
Activity 3d - Additional Items
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Additional Items
LCD TV = 40 per month
Motorbike = 500 per month
Games Console
20 per month
Eating Out
150 per month
Luxury Holidays
100 per month
Yacht = 2000 per month
Normal Phone
30 per month
Quad Bike
80 per month
Pets = 50 per month
iPhone = 50 per month
Designer Clothes
400 per month
Takeaways
40 per month
Holiday Home
350 per month
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Activity 4a
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 2
Your job is... Secondary School Teacher
Qualications needed: GCSEs grades A*- C in Maths, English and Science. 3 or more A Levels. A Degree
preferably in the subject you would like to teach, and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certicate in Education).
Working hours: 37 hours a week full time, plus extra hours marking assignments and planning lessons.
Average annual salary = 24,000 per year
Monthly wage = 1,600 per month after tax
Your job is... Hotel Receptionist
Qualications needed: No set qualications but 6 GCSEs graded A*-C would be an advantage, as well as a
tourism or hospitality qualication.
Working hours: Can be in excess of 40 hours per week, sometimes including unsociable hours e.g. night shifts.
Average annual salary = 14,000
Monthly wage = 820 per month after tax
Your job is... Graphic designer
Qualications needed: Either an A Level / BTEC in an Art / Design related subject, plus a degree or HND in
graphic design. A strong portfolio will be needed to showcase your work to employers.
Working hours: Graphic designers often work freelance so can choose the hours that they work. If working
for a company then you will typically work 37 hours a week, with some exibility around start and nish times.
Extra hours are likely when deadlines are approaching, and this may involve working into the early hours to get
a job nished.
Average annual salary = 22,000
Monthly wage = 1400 per month after tax
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Activity 4b
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 2
Your job is... Care worker
Qualications needed: No set qualications but 6 or more GCSEs graded A*-C would be an advantage, as well
as a qualication in health and social care.
Working hours: Shifts can often be long and you may work in excess of 40 hours per week. It may also include
unsociable hours such as early starts and night shifts.
Average annual salary = 12,500
Monthly wage = 780 per month
Your job is... Hospital Doctor
Qualications needed: You will need very good GCSE and A Level results. Often you will require at least 3 A
grades at A Level, including a science subject. You will then need to complete a medical degree which can
take 6 years or more to complete.
Working hours: Doctors often work very long and unsociable hours, including weekends, evenings and nights.
You may work in excess of 45 hours a week.
Average annual salary = 40,000
Monthly wage = 2500 per month after tax
Your job is. Electrical Engineer
Qualications needed: You will need strong GCSE and A Level results, including a science subject. You will
also need a good degree in wither a science subject or engineering itself. You can then do a post graduate
qualication to become an accredited engineer.
Working hours: A 40-hour week is typical. However, the commercial pressures associated with electronic
design mean that extra hours during evenings and weekends may be required at busy times in order to meet
deadlines.
Average annual salary = 35,000
Monthly wage = 2,200 per month
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Activity 5
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 5
Case Study A
I always knew I wanted to work with children but I wasnt sure exactly what it was I wanted to do. Whilst in
school I researched my Year 10 work experience options with a Connexions advisor and managed to spend 2
weeks in a nursery working with pre school age children. Although I enjoyed my 2 weeks I quickly found out
that working with young children wasnt easy and that maybe working with a different age range might be a
better option. I worked hard throughout Year 11 and revised a lot even though sometimes it meant I had to
miss out on nights out with friends and work at the weekends. My hard work paid off and I managed to achieve
decent grades in my exams.
I enrolled at college and spoke to the course advisor about my options. They were really helpful and because
I wasnt too sure what I wanted to do they advised that I should study subjects I enjoyed and that I could
progress well in. This allowed me to keep my options open. I chose English Literature and History which
Id always enjoyed and tried Law and Psychology as new subjects. Although I really enjoyed Law I found
Psychology a little boring and dropped it in the second year. During the summer holidays I managed to secure
some work experience with older children on a summer camp. My exam results at college were good enough
to get me into university and I studied History for 3 years. During my summer breaks I did volunteer work with
youth groups and soon found out that I enjoyed working with older young people. After graduating I researched
gap year options and taught English in Japan for 6 months. I really enjoyed teaching and when I returned home
I enrolled on a PGCE (Postgraduate Certicate in Education). I now teach history at a local college and my
teaching qualication allows me to teach anywhere in the world!
Case Study B
I never really knew what I wanted to do when I was younger and I found it hard to motivate myself whilst at
school. I attended all my classes but whilst my friends spent hours revising for GCSEs I got distracted easily
and subsequently I got poor exam results. In particular my Maths and English results were well below average.
One day at school we were given a talk about Connexions and it was good to know that there was someone
there to talk to. However, I kept forgetting to make appointments with the Connexions Personal Advisor and
then as the end of school approached there didnt seem to be much point. During Year 10 I did 2 weeks work
experience with school but I didnt sort a placement out quick enough and ended up accompanying my dad
at his work. He works in an IT company and although sometimes the work was quite interesting I didnt pay
much attention. When I enquired about a course at college they said my poor English and Maths GCSEs may
restrict what I was able to study. There was a course advisor at the college who advised students on courses.
I arranged an appointment to speak to them but on the way I met a friend and we went for lunch instead. I
missed my appointment, ended up picking a course which I thought looked interesting and which I could easily
get on to with the grades I had. I ended up really hating it and dropped out of college. Im now looking for a job
but theres not much around at the moment and many of the jobs I have seen require decent grades in English
and Maths.
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Activity 6
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 6
Case Study C
I didnt realise until the start of college that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. This was relatively late
compared to most other people who probably knew by the age of 14. Luckily for me my GCSE grades were
decent enough to allow me to get onto science courses at college. In the summer holidays I managed to get
2 days work shadowing my GP and I really enjoyed my time at the surgery. In my second year of college I
applied to medical school. After researching medicine online I knew getting into medical school was incredibly
competitive and that I would have to submit an exceptional application and get excellent results in my exams.
If I was successful then I had to go through the interview process to secure a place.
Unfortunately, my application wasnt strong enough and I didnt have enough work experience. When doing my
nal college exams I ended up running out of time and I missed out a couple of questions. As a result I ended
up dropping a grade.
Luckily for me I found a job down south with a clinical research company. I started as an apprentice. I worked
my way up and I enjoyed what I did but as time went by I realised I wasnt fullled and my mind began
wandering back to medicine. One day I realised that my education had nished and now I had a job I was
unhappy with. I had 2 options. Look for a new job which I was qualied to do but which wouldnt make me
happy or start from scratch.
I decided to pursue Medicine once again. I made some big sacrices. I quit my well paid job and got a part
time job as a health care assistant. I enrolled on an Access to Higher Education diploma in Medicine. It took
2 years part time and cost a considerable amount of money. During my work holidays I arranged unpaid work
experience in hospitals and after completing my course I reapplied to Medical school. My second application
was much better and now Im 3 years through a 5 Year Medical degree. I quit my job and now I have quite a
large amount of student debt. Its hard work and even though Ill be nearly 30 before Im a qualied doctor Im
really enjoying it. It took a while but now Im on course to achieve my dream. As for the student debt I should
be able to clear this quite quickly on my doctors salary.
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Activity 7
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Fun
Family
House
Independence
Friends
Travel
Enjoyable Job Fame
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Activity 7
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Holidays
Promotion
Health
Happiness
Luxury Goods
Money
Success Car
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Activity 7
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 7
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Activity 8
Chapter 2 | Session 1 | Activity 8
Can you think of 2 further
steps you could take in
the future?
Can you think of 2 further
steps you could take in
the future?
Can you think of 2 further
steps you could take in
the future?
What step to achieving
this could you take in the
next year?
What step to achieving
this could you take in the
next year?
What step to achieving
this could you take in the
next year?
Why is this important to
you?
Why is this important to
you?
Why is this important to
you?
Ambition 1 Ambition 2 Ambition 3
3 3
2 2
1 1
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Activity 9
Chapter 2 | Session 2 | Activity 1
Pursuing your interests
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Activity 10
Chapter 2 | Session 2 | Activity 4
Example jobs and salaries
Job Title: Dietician and Nutritionist
Job Description and Credentials: Dieticians and nutritionists will need at least a bachelors degree in dietetics,
foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area to apply for this post.
Pay Per Annum: 25,472 - 34,189
Job Title: Kitchen Fitter
Job Description and Credentials: This is a fantastic opportunity for candidates who have gained an
apprenticeship in joinery or carpentry and/or gained at least 3 years experience in kitchen tting.
Preferred Skills: An apprenticeship in joinery/carpentry and/or some practical work experience whether in the
relevant apprenticeship or within kitchen tting.
Pay Per Annum: 25,000
Job Title: Shop Floor Assistant
Job Description and Credentials: Out there on the shop oor youre in the front line of our business, providing
great service to the very highest standards. You also have an important part to play in helping us meet our
sales targets, whether its by recommending a product to a customer or making sure the shelves are stocked
with the things they want to buy.
Pay Per Annum: 12,000 - 13,000
Job Title: Financial Accountant
Job Description and Credentials: The successful candidate must be a qualied (ACCA/ACA/CIMA) accountant
with demonstrable experience of nancial accounting and have a high degree of IT literacy.
Financial accounting focused including ad hoc* project work.
Pay Per Annum: 30,000 - 40,000
*Unplanned or unexpected
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Activity 11
Chapter 2 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Pursuing your interests into higher education
Film studies and marketing
Scriptwriting
Costume Design
Film Studies and Journalism
Film music and Soundtrack Production
Film production and Cinematography
Make-up for Media and Performance Performing Arts
FILM
Sports Coaching
Equipment Design
Sport Journalism
Physiotherapy
Sports Promotion and Marketing
Football Studies
Sports Management
SPORT
Turfgrass Science
Textiles for Fashion
Fashion Marketing
Fashion Design
Fashion Styling and Photography Fashion Retail Management
Fashion Journalism Retail Buying
FASHION
Fashion Brand Management
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Activity 12
Chapter 2 | Session 2 | Activity 6
Career Prole
Name:
Job title:
What is your salary?
What do you do?
Who do you work with?
Which qualications do you need?
Do you need to have any work experience?
Do you need to have any specic skills or knowledge?
Give the name of three organisations that you could work for in this role:
What are the positive aspects of this role?
What are the negative aspects of this role?
Are you going to accept the job? YES / NO
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Activity 13
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 2
Myth Buster
Its too expensive. University is only for rich people.
University is just like school.
You can choose whether you want to live at university or live at home.
There is no point going to university as you wont be able to get a job after anyway.
I am too shy and will never make friends.
University is for everyone who wants it.
You have to live at university and I dont want to leave my family and friends.
University is not like school at all. You have more freedom and responsibility. You are treated like an adult!
Going to university will increase your job prospects and youll earn more too!
Id never ft in at university. I dont come from a posh school or a posh area.
University will be too hard for me. Im not clever enough.
There is more choice of course than you can imagine at university.
Having lots of debt scares me. It will be too diffcult to pay back all the money when I fnish my studies.
You can choose to study what you enjoy and what you are good at.
There will be nothing to do in my spare time but study.
All students get drunk all the time and I dont like drinking.
You will have debt but you can repay your loans when you are earning a good wage.
And you can take a repayment holiday if necessary.
You will make lots of new friends through your course, clubs, socialising and societies.
I can work part time at university to earn extra money.
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Activity 14
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 4
Benets of Continuing in Higher Education
1. A university graduate will earn, on average, around 120,000 more over a lifetime than those who do not
have a degree.
2. Youll also start earning more money sooner. The average starting salary for a university graduate is around
22,000.
3. Youll meet new people and make new friends through your course, clubs and societies.
4. Youll specialise in something you really enjoy and are good at.
5. Its NOT like school! Youre treated like an adult, are more independent and have more freedom.
6. It will open up a whole new range of opportunities and broaden your horizons (ever fancied studying
Animal Behaviour, or joining a Break-dance Club?!)
7. Youll improve your career prospects and increase your opportunities.
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Activity 15a
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 5
Whats HE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
1. What does HE stand for?
2. Do you have to study an HE course full time?
3. Where can you study an HE course?
4. What is a degree?
5. What do BA and BSc stand for?
6. What is a lecture?
7. What is an undergraduate?
8. What levels of classications of degree can you achieve?
9. How long would you normally study for a degree?
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Activity 15b
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 5
Whats HE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
Multiple Choice Version
1. What does HE stand for?
a) Higher Education b) Healthy Education c) Hard Education
2. Do you have to study an HE course full time? YES | NO
3. Where can you study an HE course?
a) At College or University b) In the workplace c) At home d) All of the above
4. What is a degree?
a) A measure of temperature b) A higher level qualication c) A type of tutor at university
5. What do BA and BSc stand for?
a) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sport
b) Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Science
c) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
6. What is a lecture?
a) A type of specialist book used at university
b) A type of lesson delivered at university
c) A telling-off from a parent or teacher
7. What is an undergraduate?
a) Someone studying for a degree
b) Someone who has got behind with their work
c) Someone who has nished their degree
8. What levels of classications of degree can you achieve?
a) Grades A-E b) Pass or Merit or Distinction c) Pass or 3rd or 2:2 or 2:1 or 1st
9. How long would you normally study for a degree?
a) 3+ years b) 2 years c) 6 months
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Activity 15 - Answers
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 5
Whats HE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
Answers
1. What does HE stand for?
Higher Education (a)
2. Do you have to study an HE course full time?
No
3. Where can you study an HE course?
At college or university, in the workplace, at home (d)
4. What is a degree?
A higher level qualication (awarded by a university after 3+ years study) (b)
5. What do BA and BSc stand for?
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (c)
6. What is a lecture?
A type of lesson at university usually delivered to a large number of students (up to 500) (b)
7. What is an undergraduate?
Someone studying for a degree (a)
8. What levels of classications of degree can you achieve?
Pass, 3rd, 2:2, 2:1, 1st (c)
9. How long would you normally study for a degree?
3years + (a)
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Activity 16
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 6
Jargon Buster
Higher Education Terminology
Photocopy this sheet and cut out the jargon and the description, then ask learners to match them up.
Admissions Tutors
These are people who are responsible for application forms and other enquiries about getting into the
university.
Alumni
These are people who have completed a course and gained a qualication from a particular university, and
have left to go into employment.
Bachelors Degree
This is the qualication you receive after successfully completing a three (or four) year programme of degree-
level study at university, or college.
Clearing
This is the system operated by UCAS to allocate students places on courses that still have vacancies after the
publication of the A level results. Although it is often for those who have not made the grades required by their
chosen universities, it can also allow last minute applications to new institutions.
Deans
These people are senior members of university staff who are responsible for all matters concerning the
operation of a faculty, including teaching.
Diploma of Higher Education
This is a qualication that may be awarded by some universities, after 2 years of study.
Graduates
These are people who have been awarded a degree from a university or college.
Freshers
This refers to students beginning their time at a university. A special week may be organised to introduce them
to university life. This can include social events as well as introductions to libraries and other resources.
Prospectus
This is a booklet (or CD-ROM or website) which gives the details of courses, activities and student life at
a university or college. It is normally designed to give information to anyone who wishes to study with that
university and can be obtained from the Admissions Ofce.
Redbrick
This is a term that is often applied to city universities usually established before 1992. The Universities of
Manchester, Liverpool, Shefeld, Leeds, Newcastle and Birmingham are some of the universities that would be
included in this group of universities.
Undergraduates
These are people studying either full or part time for a rst degree including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of
Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (Bed), LLB (Law) etc.
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Activity 17a
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 7
What do these people have in common?
Names
Natalie Portman Actress
Harry Hill Comedian
Kate Beckinsdale - Actress
Judge Jules - DJ
Shobna Gulati (played Sunita in Coronation Street) - Actress

Kevin Scare (Jake Dean in Hollyoaks) Actor
Ricky Gervais Comedian
Will Young Singer
Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat and Bruno!) Comedian and Actor
Frank Skinner TV Presenter and Comedian
David Cameron Politician
Chris Martin Lead Singer Cold Play
Alex Kapranos Lead Singer Franz Ferdinand
Peter Kay Comedian
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Activity 17b
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 7
What do these people have in common?
Universities and Courses
Brasenose College, Oxford University Philosophy, Politics and Economics
University of Manchester Arabic and Middle Eastern Politics
St Georges Medical School, University of London Medicine
Oxford University French and Russian Literature
University College London Ancient World Studies (Greek and Latin)
Harvard University Psychology Degree
Middlesex University - Performing Arts
London School of Economics - Law
London University Politics
University of Salford HND in Media Performance
University of Essex Politics
University of Warwick - Masters Degree in English Literature
Christ College, Cambridge University History
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) Catering and Hotel Management
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Activity 17 - Answers
Chapter 2 | Session 3 | Activity 7
What do these people have in common?
Answers
Natalie Portman Actress Harvard University Psychology Degree
Harry Hill Comedian St Georges Medical School, University of London Medicine
Kate Beckinsdale Actress Oxford University French and Russian Literature
Judge Jules DJ London School of Economics - Law
Shobna Gulati
(played Sunita in Coronation Street) University of Manchester Arabic and Middle Eastern Politics
Kevin Scare (Jake Dean in Hollyoaks) Middlesex University - Performing Arts
Ricky Gervais Comedian London University - Politics
Will Young Singer University of Essex - Politics
Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat and Bruno!)
Comedian and Actor Christ College, Cambridge University History
Frank Skinner TV Presenter University of Warwick - Masters Degree in English Literature
David Cameron Politician Brasenose College, Oxford University
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Chris Martin
Lead Singer Cold Play University College London Ancient World Studies (Greek and Latin)
Alex Kapranos
Lead singer of Franz Ferdinand University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) Catering and Hotel Management
Peter Kay Comedian University of Salford HND in Media Performance
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Activity 18
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 2
SWOT
STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
LIKES DISLIKES
OPPORTUNITIES THREATS
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Activity 19
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 2
Example of SWOT
STRENGTHS
Good at writing
Creative
Good imagination
Good with children
Caring
Friendly
Sociable
Quite practical (but only with arty things)
WEAKNESSES
Find Maths difcult
Get distracted when working alone
Not very practical at xing things
LIKES
Being with people both at college and socially
Being around children
Fashion and shopping
Really like English at college love reading and
writing
Really like Art
DISLIKES
Aggressive people
Football
Maths which is why I dropped it!
OPPORTUNITIES
Supportive family
Got a part time job to earn a bit of extra money
Got a lot of friends
THREATS
Dont drive
Dont like travelling alone
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Activity 20a
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 3
Case Study 1
Name: Zack
Age: 17
Currently studying 3 A Levels in PE, Biology and Media Studies at a sixth form college.
STRENGTHS
Good at sport
On college and town football team
Outgoing
Friendly
When I set my mind to something I carry it through -
dont let people down
Can work under pressure
Enjoy a challenge (if its in something I like doing)
I am good at practical things
WEAKNESSES
I only really try at things if I enjoy doing them
I get bored by things that dont interest me and I
switch off
Im not very good at exams or theory
I cant concentrate on theory work for too long
LIKES
Helping others I manage the under 9s football
team
Being busy and doing things hands-on
Being part of a team
DISLIKES
Being on my own too much
Too much reading and writing
Biology its too hard!
OPPORTUNITIES
I am quite well known in football circles so get to
do extra things such as Sports Leaders, Coaching
Courses and First Aid
I earn money doing something I really enjoy
I have started driving lessons and am saving up to
buy a car
THREATS
My parents support my love of sport but only as a
hobby they dont think it is a proper route for a job
None of my school friends have come to sixth form
college and they all work now
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Activity 20b
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 3
Case Study 2
Name: Charlotte
Age: 17
Currently studying a BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism at an FE college.
STRENGTHS
Hard working
Doing course work which is why I took a BTEC
Bubbly personality
Good organisational skills
Good communication skills
Patient and caring
Loyal
WEAKNESSES
Im not very good at exams- I never do very well
I am not very assertive
I like everything to be just right so can get stressed
out when under pressure
I was never very good at Science
Im not very sporty (but like the gym)
LIKES
Travelling not on my own though
Meeting new people
Learning new languages I was good at Spanish at
school
Going shopping and socialising with friends

DISLIKES
Staying in on my own
Any kind of exam
OPPORTUNITIES
I have a part time job in a restaurant so earn a bit of
money
I am doing really well on my course at the moment
My mum and dad are really supportive of everything
I do
THREATS
I dont think I could ever leave my family and friends
My dad has just lost his job
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Activity 20c
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 3
Case Study 3
Name: Amreen
Age: 17
Currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development
STRENGTHS
Hard working
Very patient
Good with people
Non judgmental
Caring
WEAKNESSES
Very quiet sometimes a bit too quiet (not very
condent)
Struggle with exams
LIKES
Helping others do voluntary work at the local
community centre
My course its really interesting and I love the
healthcare aspects
Being with and helping family and friends (especially
my sister who has a baby!)
DISLIKES
Exams!
Sitting at a desk too much I like the practical side
of my course and work experience
OPPORTUNITIES
I am doing really well on my course
I have a lot of experience from my voluntary work
and helping out at home I also hope to get a part
time job to earn some money
THREATS
I need to be near to my family
Im not sure I could afford to go to university
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Activity 21
Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 4
Joshs Story
Josh is 17 and currently in his rst year of a two year BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. He has always
been passionate about acting and dreams of working in this industry.
Joshs parents have always been supportive of his love of acting, but they are concerned that he will not nd
a stable and well paid job in this eld. His dad would have liked Josh to follow in his footsteps and eventually
join the family construction business. He didnt want to upset Josh by objecting to his college course, but
now Josh is considering applying to do a degree in Drama & Theatre Studies, he has let Josh know he doesnt
agree with his decision. Josh is upset by this as he has always got along very well with his parents.
Joshs best friend, Marcus, is also disappointed to learn that Josh wants to go away to university. Marcus
wants Josh to do well but they have been friends for many years and have always talked about getting a at
together when they were both working. Marcus left school at 16 and has been waiting for Josh to nish college
and get a job so that they can start looking for somewhere to live.
Josh really doesnt know what to do. His tutor at college thinks he has massive potential and feels he should
follow his dream and go to university to study drama and theatre. Josh would love to do this but the thought of
upsetting his dad and Marcus is unbearable.
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Activity 22a
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 1
What is FE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
1. What does FE stand for?
2. Where can you do your further education?
3. Do you have to travel far to go into further education?
4. What types of qualications can you do after school?
5. How many different further education courses can you choose from after school?
6. Do you need to get 5 A* - Cs to go to college?
7. How long would you normally stay on at college?
8. College is just like school. True or false?
9. At college you will have lessons from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. True or false?
10. You get longer holidays at college. True or false?
11. You may receive some money to go to college. True or false?
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Activity 22b
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 1
What is FE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
Multiple Choice Version
1. What does FE stand for?
a) Funky Education b) Further Education c) Formal Education
2. Where can you do your further education?
a) At school b) At college c) In the workplace d) All of the above
3. Do you have to travel far to go into further education? YES | NO
4. What types of qualications can you do after school?
a) AS / A Levels b) BTEC c) NVQs and Apprenticeships d) All of the above
5. How many different further education courses can you choose from after school?
a) Between 10 and 20 b) Between 20 and 40 c) Over 50
6. Do you need to get 5 A* - Cs to go to college? YES | NO
7. How long would you normally stay on at college?
a) Usually 2 to 3 years b) Usually 4 to 5 years d) Usually 5 to 6 years
8. College is just like school. TRUE | FALSE
9. At college you will have lessons from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. TRUE | FALSE
10. You get longer holidays at college. TRUE | FALSE
11. You may receive some money to go to college. TRUE | FALSE
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Activity 22 - Answers
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 1
What is FE all about Quick Fire Quiz?
1. What does FE stand for? Further Education (b)
2. Where can you do your further education? School, college or in the workplace (d)
3. Do you have to travel far to go into further education? No
4. What types of qualications can you do after school? AS/A Levels, BTECs, NVQs, Apprenticeships (d)
5. How many different further education courses can you choose from after school? over 50 (c)
6. Do you need to get 5 A* - Cs to go to college? No
7. How long would you normally stay on at college? 2 to 3 years (a)
8. College is just like school. False
9. At college you will have lessons from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. False
10. You get longer holidays at college. True
11. You may receive some money to go to college. True
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Activity 23
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 2
True or False
Benets of Going to College
1. Freedom! For possibly the rst time ever you will start to be treated like an adult. You will be more
responsible for you your time and your studies.
2. You get to make decisions for you you choose where you want to study and what you want to study.
3. Its the opportunity to have a fresh start. You can leave behind problems you may have had at school.
4. Youll make lots of new friends and its easy to do! Youll have a more active social life.
5. Youll get cheaper travel with your student card.
6. Youll increase your job prospects and earning potential.
7. It will be easier to progress onto university after college.
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Activity 24
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 3
Whats it like?
Instructions: Cut out the descriptions and mix them up. The learners then have to match the description to the
institution.
Please note that the descriptions are very general and may not be exact for every single institution. The
activity is intended to give the learners a general avour of the main differences of the following types of FE
institutions. The learners will need to research thoroughly specic schools / colleges they are considering
before making a nal decision.
School Sixth Form
Often quite small numbers of students with between 100 to 400, but in some cases less than 100.
There may be a limited choice of subjects on offer and often more traditional subjects are offered.
The environment will feel more familiar but will probably be quite formal.
Sixth Form College
These are bigger than School Sixth Forms but not as big as FE Colleges.
There will be a wide range of courses available most will probably specialise in AS / A Level courses with
some vocational courses on offer.
The environment will be more informal. You will have more independence and be expected to manage your
own workload with support from tutors.
FE Colleges
These are often the biggest type of colleges.
Depending on what other schools / colleges offer in the area, these colleges may focus more on vocational
qualications linked to commerce and industry.
Some may have different sites for different subject areas and some may have sixth form centres.
The environment will be more informal. You will have more independence and be expected to manage your
own workload with support from tutors.
Specialist Colleges
These offer you the chance to study specialist subjects which may not be on offer in your area such as
agriculture, horticulture, dance etc...
You may need to travel further to get to these colleges or you may consider living in the college
accommodation (residential bursaries are available).
Work Based Learning
This offers you the opportunity to earn as you learn.
You will spend most of your time with your employer but also go to college to complete your qualication.
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Activity 25
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Prompt Questions to Support Individual Research Task
Before beginning the research task, you could ask your learners to consider the questions below and see if
there are any more questions they would like to add.
1. What type of institution is the college?
2. Who is the Principal at the college?
3. What type of qualications does the college offer?
4. Can you give some examples of the courses they offer?
5. Is there any information about the facilities at the college?
6. What other opportunities are available to students at the college in addition to the courses?
For example, are there any sporting or enrichment opportunities?
7. Is there any information about why this is a good place to study?
8. When are the Open Days for prospective students?
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Activity 26
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 5
Which is Which?
Cut out the qualications and the denitions. Give the learners the qualications in one pile and the denitions
in another. The learners then have to match the description to the correct qualication.
GCSEs
You will usually choose your subject choices for these in year 9, and study towards them through year 10 and
11. Youll receive your nal results in August of year 11. They are graded from A* to G.
GNVQs
These will help you develop your knowledge and skills in more vocational areas. You can sometimes study
these at school depending on your school curriculum or you can study them at college.
NVQs
These are work related qualications that you can study on a full time basis (usually at an FE college) or in a job
which offers training.
Apprenticeships
These are training programmes which lead to a recognized qualication. They give you the opportunity to work,
learn on the job, develop your work related knowledge and skills whilst earning some money at the same time!
The Diploma
This qualication started in 2008. You can start this at school in year 10 and continue studying it at college.
It focuses on helping you develop the skills you need to either enter the workplace or progress onto higher
education.
AS/A Levels
These enable you to study your preferred subjects at a higher level than GCSEs and in much more detail.
These are generally more traditionally academic subjects.
Applied AS/A Levels
These enable you to study your preferred subjects at a higher level than GCSEs and in much more detail. They
are designed to build your knowledge and skills in more vocational areas.
BTEC
This can be taken as an alternative to GCSEs (BTEC First) or A-Levels (BTEC National) and aims to prepare
you for a specic area of industry.
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Activity 27
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 7

The Qualication Tower (Blank)
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
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Activity 28
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 7

Qualication Tower Blocks
(Cut out the individual blocks so learners can nd the right place for them on the tower.)
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
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Activity 29
Chapter 3 | Session 1 | Activity 7

The Qualication Tower (Complete)
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
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Activity 30
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 1
Courses
Do these courses really exist?
(True or False)
1. Society, Health and Development (True Diploma)
2. Carpentry and Joinery (True Apprenticeship or NVQ)
3. Domestic Natural Gas Installation and Maintenance (True Apprenticeship)
4. PVC Window Frame Installation (False)
5. Veterinary Nursing (True NVQ)
6. Business, Retail and Administration (True BTEC)
7. Business and Relaxation (False)
8. Accounting (True NVQ or A-Level)
9. Disney World Studies (False)
10. Archaeology (True A Level)
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Activity 31
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 2
Qualication and Course Match
Cut out the course name and the qualications. The learners then have to match which course name goes with
which type of qualication. These are all level 3 courses.
Hairdressing NVQ and Apprenticeship
Music A Level and BTEC
Forensic and Medical Sciences (Applied Science) BTEC
Painting and Decorating NVQ and Apprenticeship
Biology A Level
Film Studies A Level
Creative and Media Diploma
Health & Social Care Applied A Level (and others)
Childrens Care, Learning and Development BTEC (and others)
Society, Health and Development Diploma
Travel & Tourism Applied A Level and BTEC
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Activity 32
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 4 and Chapter 2 | Session 4 | Activity 1
How sure are you about your future?
Feelings Thermometer
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Activity 33
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Personal Fact File
1. What subjects do I like and why? (e.g., maybe you like English because you like reading)
2. What subjects do I like less and why?
(e.g., maybe you dont like Maths because you nd working with numbers difcult)
3. What subjects am I good at and why?
4. What are my skills? (e.g., I am a good communicator)
5. What are my qualities? (e.g., I am caring and friendly)
6. What do I like doing outside of school?
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Activity 34a
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 6
My Fact File
Name: Romana
Age: 15
1. What subjects do I like and why? (e.g., maybe you like English because you like reading)
I like most of my subjects, but my favourites are English, Geography and Art. I think I like these because you learn
a lot but you can be creative too.
2. What subjects do I like less and why? (e.g., maybe you dont like Maths because you nd working with
numbers difcult)
I quite like Maths but I dont like that there is only one correct answer. I prefer to be able to talk about different
opinions and views.
3. What subjects am I good at and why?
I would say I am good at English because I am good with words and I enjoy reading. I also like creative writing
too. And I am quite good at Art because I can use my imagination.
4. What are my skills? (e.g., I am a good communicator)
I am a good communicator and have good communication skills. I am also very organised and creative.
5. What are my qualities? (e.g., I am caring and friendly)
I am very patient and really like helping people. I love children and I really enjoy helping children to learn. I am very
caring.
6. What do I like doing outside of school?
I do voluntary work at a local childrens centre which I love. The children are brilliant! I also like reading and meeting
friends.
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Activity 34b
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 6
My Fact File
Name: Reece
Age: 15
1. What subjects do I like and why? (e.g., maybe you like English because you like reading)
I like ICT because I love working on computers (I am always on my computer at home) I also really enjoy Art and
my teacher says I am really good and have good ideas.
2. What subjects do I like less and why? (e.g., maybe you dont like Maths because you nd working with
numbers difcult)
I dont really like English and History I fnd it diffcult to write long essays and read complicated poems.
3. What subjects am I good at and why?
I always get top grades in Art (and Im not too bad at Maths!)
4. What are my skills? (e.g., I am a good communicator)
I would say I am creative and like trying out new things. I can work well on my own too.
5. What are my qualities? (e.g., I am caring and friendly)
I am friendly and I work hard if I enjoy something
6. What do I like doing outside of school?
I love playing games on my computer in fact anything on my computer! I also enjoy drawing for pleasure. I like
playing football and going out with friends.
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Activity 34c
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 6
My Fact File
Name: Josh
Age: 15
1. What subjects do I like and why? (e.g., maybe you like English because you like reading)
Im not really that keen on many subjects as I dont like sitting behind a desk. I prefer subjects where I can move
about and do things. I do like PE and I enjoyed the Catering course I did in year 9.
2. What subjects do I like less and why? (e.g., maybe you dont like Maths because you nd working with
numbers difcult)
I fnd English quite hard because I dont enjoy some of the books we read. I quite like reading but prefer sport
magazines and watching television.
3. What subjects am I good at and why?
I was really good at the Catering course as I enjoy cooking and learning about that industry. I am good at sport and
am on the school football and swimming team.
4. What are my skills? (e.g., I am a good communicator)
I am a good team player and a good leader (I am captain of the football team).
5. What are my qualities? (e.g., I am caring and friendly)
I am friendly and outgoing. People seem to like me because I am fair and work hard when I enjoy something.
6. What do I like doing outside of school?
I play for the local football club and I also like going running with friends. My mum works long hours so I do a lot
of cooking at home which I enjoy too.
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Activity 35
Chapter 3 | Session 2 | Activity 7
Robs Story
Extract taken from www.connexions-direct.com
It can be found in the Careers Section under Ask yourself this Choosing the right career.
Rob is 15 and will soon be taking his GCSEs but he is unsure what to do after that. His predicted grades are
mostly Ds, except for Art, in which he is predicted to get a B.
He has been thinking about following his interest in art and applying to do an art course at his local college,
which could eventually lead on to university. Rob doesnt know what hell go on to do after that, but knows he
really enjoys studying the subject.
Robs parents have different ideas however. They think that an art course wont necessarily lead to a decent
job for Rob. They have said that he can still express his arty side whilst working in a job that offers him nancial
stability and security. They also think it would be a good idea for him to start earning sooner rather than later
so that he can start paying more board and eventually move out of home.
Robs uncle runs his own construction company and has offered Rob a job, with an Apprenticeship, at a good
rate of pay. His parents think he should accept this job offer, but Rob isnt so sure.
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Activity 36
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 1
What do I need?
Cut out the qualication and the entry requirements. The learners then need to match the correct entry
requirement to the qualication.
Please note that the entry requirements listed are all for entry to level 3 courses. The college where the
qualication is taken from is listed for the Associates information only.
Beauty Therapy NVQ 3 (The Manchester College)
NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy or ve GCSEs at grade C or four at grade B, including Maths and English, plus
salon experience.
BTEC National Childrens Care, Learning and Development (Ashton Sixth Form College)
At least 5 GCSEs at grade C at or equivalent.
Accounting A Level (The Manchester College)
5 GCSEs at grade C or four at grade B, including Maths and English.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality Supervision (Tameside College)
5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English or Maths or an Intermediate GNVQ qualication in a related subject
or a BTEC First Certicate or Diploma in a related subject.
Creative and Media Diploma Level 3 (The Oldham College)
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths.
Edexcel National Diploma in Construction (The Manchester College)
4 GCSEs at grade C or B, including Maths and English.
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Activity 37a
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 4
Example 1
Surname Johnson
First name(s) KARLY
Date of Birth 15 April 1993
Address 23, Broad Street, Chadderton, Oldham
Tel. Number 0161 823 6895
Email Address Not sure
Current School Lime Croft School
Address Lime Croft Street
Qualications Subject Qualication Predicted Grade
(e.g. GCSE, GNVQ, BTEC...)

English GCSE C
Maths GCSE D
Science
PE BTEC Merit
ICT GCSE
Business Studies
Courses Applying For 1st Choice AS Level ICT
2nd Choice AS Level PE
3rd Choice AS Level Psychology
4th Choice
Personal Information
(please list your interests, qualities, skills, why you have chosen these courses etc...)
I like school and work hard. I am really good at PE and would like to become a Sports Psychologist. I dont
really know much about the Psychology course but it sounds good. I like going out with my friends at the
weekend and I play for the school netball team.
Date 31/01/09
Signature Karly xx
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Activity 37b
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 4
Example 2
Surname Rahman
First name(s) Mohammed
Date of Birth 12th February 1993
Address 32, Lilac Street, Ashton, OL3 5DP
Tel. Number 0161 966 5423
Email Address mrahman@associatescheme.com
Current School Ashton High
Address Lower Ashton Road, Ashton, OL5 6ZX
Qualications Subject Qualication Predicted Grade
(e.g. GCSE, GNVQ, BTEC...)
English GCSE C
Maths GCSE C
Core Science + GCSE D D
Additional Science
ICT GCSE B
Business Studies GCSE B
Art GCSE B
History GCSE C
Courses Applying For 1st Choice BTEC National Business Studies
2nd Choice AS Level Applied ICT
3rd Choice
4th Choice
Personal Information
(please list your interests, qualities, skills, why you have chosen these courses etc...)

I really want to come to this college as I know it has a fantastic reputation and the results are outstanding. I
came to the open evening and spoke to the Business and ICT tutors and am sure these are the best courses
for me. I really enjoy both of these courses and nd that these are my strongest subjects at school. They will
also help me achieve my long term ambition of working in business management, hopefully within a company
in the IT industry. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and socialising with friends. I am a hard working
and committed person and would love to be a student at your college.
Date 12/12/08
Signature M Rahman
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Activity 38
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 5
Practice FE Application Form
Surname
First name(s)
Date of Birth
Address
Tel. Number
Email Address
Current School
Address
Qualications Subject Qualication Predicted Grade
(e.g. GCSE, GNVQ, BTEC...)



Courses Applying For 1st Choice
2nd Choice
3rd Choice
4th Choice
Personal Information
(please list your interests, qualities, skills, why you have chosen these courses etc...)
Date
Signature
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Activity 39
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 6
Possible Questions
Below are listed some possible questions an admissions tutor may ask during an interview for a college place.
1. Why were you attracted to this college?
2. Why have you selected these courses?
3. What research have you done about these courses?
4. What would you like to do in the future; what are your ambitions?
5. What do you hope to do after college?
6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
7. Do you have any work experience, part time jobs or placements arranged through school?
8. What do you like doing out of school?
9. How do you think your friends would describe you?
10. Do you have any questions?
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Activity 40a
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 8
A Day in the Life of a College Student
Name: Keeley Jones
Age: 17
Course: BTEC National Certicate in Health and Social Care
What Keeley says:
I enjoyed school but was ready for a change so I decided to come to a Further
Education College and do a BTEC course. I wasnt sure about a BTEC course at frst because I had heard it wasnt
as good as A Levels. However, I spoke to tutors at my college at the open day and they reassured me that this was
an excellent qualifcation especially for someone like me who preferred more course work and was scared of exams! I
have really enjoyed every aspect of the course so far. Nearly everything we do is based on realistic workplace situations
so I know what I am learning will really help me in my future career. After college I want to go to university and
pursue a career in midwifery.
My timetable at college looks like this:
9:15-10:45 11:00-12:30 12:30-13:10 13:10-14:40 15:00-16:30
Monday Psychology Health & Lunch Health &
Social Care Social Care
Tuesday Psychology Lunch Health &
Social Care
Wednesday Health & Lunch
Social Care
Thursday Psychology Lunch Health & Health &
Social Care Social Care
Friday Health & Lunch
Social Care
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Activity 40b
Chapter 3 | Session 3 | Activity 8
A Day in the Life of a College Student
Name: Jamie Gregson
Age: 17
Course: A Levels in Media Studies, Film Studies and English Language.
What Jamie says:
Although I quite liked school, I really didnt like spending time doing lessons I
didnt enjoy and wasnt very good at mainly Maths! I had to really work hard to get decent grades in Maths and
Science but I knew I needed the good grades to get into College and do the subjects I really enjoyed. I am really
passionate about flm and would love a job in the flm industry or flm related journalism. I know this is quite
competitive but now I am doing subjects I really like, I am doing quite well. I also get to do loads of extras in my
free time to help me get into this career such as a short course in digital photography and creative writing.
My timetable at college looks like this:
9:15-10:45 11:00-12:30 12:30-13:10 13:10-14:40 15:00-16:30
Monday Media Studies Lunch Film Studies
Tuesday Film Studies Lunch - English
Creative Language
Writing
Wednesday Lunch Media Studies Digital
Photography
Thursday Film Studies Lunch English
Language
Friday Media Studies English Lunch
Language
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Activity 41a
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Pre 16
LEVEL 3
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
LEVEL 2
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
LEVEL 1
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
LEVEL 4 & 5
LEVEL 6+
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Activity 41b
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Pre 16
Cut out the blocks on level 4, 5 and 6
Foundation
Degree
NVQ 4
&
NVQ 5
Diplomas in HE
LEVEL 3
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
LEVEL 2
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
LEVEL 1
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
LEVEL 6+
HNC / HND
LEVEL 4 & 5
HONOURS DEGREE
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Activity 42a
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 2
Post 16
Qualication Tower (Blank)
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
LEVEL 6+
LEVEL 4 & 5
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Activity 42b
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 2
Post 16
Cut out the blocks.
Foundation
Degree
NVQ 4
&
NVQ 5
Diplomas in HE
LEVEL 3
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
LEVEL 2
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
LEVEL 1
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
LEVEL 6+
HNC / HND
LEVEL 4 & 5
HONOURS DEGREE
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GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
HONOURS DEGREE
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
Activity 43
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 1 & 2
Qualication Tower (Complete)
Foundation
Degree
NVQ 4
&
NVQ 5
Diplomas in HE
LEVEL 3
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
LEVEL 6+
HNC / HND
LEVEL 4 & 5
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Activity 44a
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Whats Missing
Learners need to complete the table using the information in Activity 34 b
Type of Qualication What is it? How long does it take? What can it lead to?
Honours Degree
Can progress to further
study professional
qualications or a
Masters / PhD or
into a career.
Vocationally focused -
integrating academic
and work-based learning
Full time - 2 years full
time study. Flexible
learning also possible.
Higher National
Certicate / Diploma
(HNC/HND)
HNCs - 1 year full time
study or 2 years part time.
HNDs - 2 years full time
study (can also take
part time)
National Vocational
Qualication
NVQ
Work-related,
competence based
qualication. NVQs
are available in most
jobs and industries.
Progress onto
a higher level.
Very similar to an
Honours Degree but
with less content
Two year course
You can convert this
to a degree with an
extra year of study
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A subject-based qualication.
It is the most common higher
education qualication.
Foundation Degree Diploma of HE (DipHE)
Job related qualications
available in a wide range
of subjects.
Can progress to a
professional qualication or a
related Honours Degree.
Can progress onto
an Honours Degree.
Full-time 3 to 5 years
full time study. Can also
study part time.
Depends on level of the
qualication. Most are taken
in the work place.
Activity 44b
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Whats Missing
Cut out the blocks so that the learners can t the blocks onto the table.
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Activity 45
Chapter 4 | Session 1 | Activity 6
Courses: Do these courses really exist?
(True or False!)
1. Sportsturf and Golf Course Management (T - at Myerscough College)
2. Contemporary Jewellery (T - at the University for the Creative Arts)
3. Spanish and World Cinemas (T at the University of Leeds)
4. Netball Development (F)
5. Active Sportswear ( T - University of the Arts London)
6. Crime and Investigation (T- University of Teeside)
7. Talent Show Studies (F)
8. Fast Food Restaurant Management (F - but you can do Restaurant Management)
9. Beauty Therapy Management (T - Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education)
10. Biblical Studies and Linguistics (T - The University of Shefeld)
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Activity 46
Chapter 4 | Session 2 | Activity 2
What Type?
Using Learner Handout 12, the learners have to decide what type of university the institutions listed below are.
Most universities will fall into at least 2 categories.
The University of Manchester
The University of Salford
Manchester Metropolitan University
The University of Bolton
The Royal Northern College of Music
Hudderseld University
The University of Leeds
Leeds Metropolitan University
Edge Hill University
Lancaster University
Aimhigher Greater Manchester . Associates Scheme Activity Booklet | Page 69
I am not worried but my
parents/carers are
I havent really thought
about it yet
Activity 47
Chapter 5 | Session 1 | Activity 1
Feelings about Finance
Ask your learners to circle which description they feel applies to them. They can choose more than one.
How do you Feel about the Cost of Going to University?
It is putting me off
going to university
I am really worried
but think I will go
anyway
I am not worried at all
I would love to go
to uni but dont think
I can afford it
I feel I need to know
more about the costs
Everyone says
Ill have big debts but
I am just not sure
at the moment
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Activity 48
Chapter 5 | Session 1 | Activity 3
How Far Will Your Money Go?
As a surprise for your 16th / 18th birthday*, you have been given 575 to spend on a weekend away in
Blackpool for you and 3 friends.
You will need to plan and draw up a budget for your trip using the costings below.**
You cannot spend over the budget.
Bed & Breakfast
The Comfort Inn
55 per room
Includes Breakfast
Located in the centre
of Blackpool
Accommodation
Options
4* Hotel
The Sea View
Weekend Offer:
150 per night per
double room
Includes Breakfast
and Evening Meal
Indoor Heated
Swimming Pool
and Evening
Entertainment
Located in the heart
of Blackpool
3* Hotel
The Tower Hotel
75 per double room
Includes Breakfast
and Evening Meal
Located in the centre
of Blackpool
Highlights
Caravan Park
6 berth caravan
55 per night
(incl. of electricity
and water)
On site restaurant,
swimming pool,
bar, entertainment
5 minute bus ride
from centre of
Blackpool
Transport Options Train from Manchester
30 return
(Trains running
throughout the day)
National Express Coach
14.40 return
Times:
Leaving Manchester Friday
at 17:15 arriving at 20:13
Leaving Blackpool Sunday
at 08:15 arriving at 11:40
* Choose age as appropriate ** All the costings are estimated
Other Costs to Consider:
Food Transport around Blackpool Gifts
The Tower Circus
13.95
Day Entertainment
Entry costs:
The Sandcastle
9.76 (excl Hyper Zone)
12.78 (incl Hyper Zone)
Pleasure Beach
25 for all day pass
Sea Life Centre
13.50
A show at
The Opera House
22.50
Evening Entertainment
Entry Costs:
Cinema
6.00
Blackpool Opera House
Ghost Tour
10.00
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Activity 49
Chapter 5 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Example List of Student Expenditure
Expenditure Estimated Cost s
Tuition fee
Rent
Utility bills (gas, electricity, water)
Food (eating in and out)
Travel costs (public transport during term time and to and from home)
Study costs (books, course materials, photocopying, library costs, etc)
Mobile phone and Internet
Insurance (contents and possessions)
Socialising
Toiletries
Laundry
Clothes and shoes
Home entertainment (DVDs, CDs, etc) and presents
Sports and leisure
Costs during the vacations
Special costs, e.g. travel (and travel insurance), eld trip, etc
Emergencies
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Activity 50
Chapter 5 | Session 1 | Activity 5
Example List of Student Expenditure
(Based on a 2010 entry to university)
Expenditure Estimated Cost s
Tuition fee 3,290
Rent 2,350
Electricity, gas, water 250
Mobile/internet 375
Insurance 100
Food and drink 1,500
Toiletries 250
Laundry 150
Books and stationery 350
Course costs 200
Clothes and shoes 450
Travel and transport 400
Going out 600
Home entertainment 250
Sports and leisure 200
Holidays and presents 400
Emergencies 500
Total expenses 11,615
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Activity 51
Chapter 5 | Session 2 | Activity 2
Grants and Loans
Maintenance Grant
Maintenance Loan
Tuition Fees Loan
Special Support Grant
Support with Childcare Grants
Disabled Learning Allowances
Access To Learning Fund
Adult Dependent Grant
Repayable Non Repayable
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Activity 52
Chapter 5 | Session 2 | Activity 6
Examples of Part Time Jobs for Students
Company name
Type of work
Basis
Hours of Work
Rate of Pay
Where is it based?
Role & Duties
Additional Information
How to apply
Closing date
CC Clothing Company
Sales
Casual
20 hours per week
Above national minimum wage
Manchester City Centre
Assist in selling our products to established cliental and prospective
customers over the phone and face to face
Must have full UK driving license
Complete application form and attach CV
Wednesday 23rd September 2010
Sales Representative
Company name
Type of work
Basis
Hours of Work
Rate of Pay
Where is it based?
Role & Duties
How to apply
Closing
Time Restaurant
Restaurant
Part time
Flexible, dependant on your availability & our needs!
5.73 ph plus gratuities
Trafford Centre
You will be serving customers in a busy fast paced restaurant, whilst
delivering the highest standards of service. You will be responsible for a full
section - taking orders, ensuring all customer needs are met and handling
payments. You will need to be hard working, full of initiative and have a
positive, mature attitude at all times. Most of all, you will have a great,
outgoing personality, loads of condence and experience as a waiter.
CV
Wednesday 2nd September 2010
Waiter / Waitress
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Activity 53
Chapter 5 | Session 2 | Activity 6
Example of Possible Income and Expenditure
The income is based on the student living away from home and receiving the full maintenance grant of 2906
and then applying for the maximum maintenance loan they can receive. The student also works 10 hours a
week for 40 weeks of the year earning the minimum wage of 4.92.
Income
Tuition fee loan
Maintenance grant
Maintenance loan
Bursary
Term time/vacation work
Total income

3,290
2,906
3,497
329
1,968
11,990

3,290
2,350
250
375
100
1,500
250
150
350
200
450
400
600
250
200
400
500
11,615
Expenditure
Tuition fee
Rent
Electricity, gas, water
Mobile/internet
Insurance
Food and drink
Toiletries
Laundry
Books and stationery
Course costs
Clothes and shoes
Travel and transport
Going out
Home entertainment
Sports and leisure
Holidays and presents
Emergencies
Total expenses
The expenditure is taken from the previously used example on The Complete University Guide.
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Activity 54
Chapter 6 | Session 1 | Activity 3
University Accommodation
Structured Research
(This information has been taken and adapted from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher
Greater Manchester)
1. How many accommodation sites are available at the University of Salford?
2. Is accommodation available for rst year students?
3. What is included in the general cost of accommodation? (Other benets will depend on the individual site)
4. How many study bedrooms are available at the University of Salford?
5. Which accommodation site is reserved for postgraduate students only?
6. The Pavilion bar, caf and nightclub are located at which site?
7. Which two sites offer en-suite accommodation?
8. What is the price range for all the accommodation available at the University of Salford for 2008/09
(cheapest to the most expensive)?
9. What will you need to bring with you when you arrive at the start of term?
10. Are there any other questions you need to ask to help you make a decision about living in student
accommodation? Where can you nd the answers to these questions?
On the University of Salford accommodation website you will be able to take virtual tours
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Activity 55a
Chapter 6 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Examples of Private Lettings
Example 1
Student Accommodation Rent From 1040 per month - (240.00 per week)
4 Bedrooms - Semi Detached, Yew Tree Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 3FR
Hello, newly decorated lovely 4 bed house in Withington now available for rent. Ideal for young professionals or
post-grads looking for a clean and tidy place. House is available to rent now as we have just had renovations
done to bring house up to HMO standards. House is alarmed and has re alarms and re doors, combi boiler
for 24/7 hot water, central heating and double glazing. Council Tax Band A (cheapest band). 1 minute from
supermarket, sports centre/gym, shops, bars and pubs. On Number 111 bus route taking you directly to
universities and city centre. 3mins walk to oxford road main bus route. Less than 5 mins walk to Christies
hospital. Upstairs: 2 double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom, bathroom and separate toilet. Downstairs: 3rd
double bedroom, lounge, kitchen and under stairs closet containing washing machine. Front garden. Large
side garden with lawn and ower beds. Parking on driveway for up to 3 large cars. Enclosed and gated rear
garden with secure shed for bikes etc... and secluded patio area - ideal for BBQs and entertaining! Nice clean
house. Good neighbours. Friendly landlords. Wont be free for long so contact me asap if you are interested
and I can arrange a viewing. Mary.
Internal
Cooker 4
Freezer 4
Fridge 4
Internet Cabling provided 4
Burglar/Intruder Alarm 4
Fire Alarm System 4
Smoke Detectors 4
Shower 4
Bath 4
Central Heating 4
Washing Machine 4
External
Double Glazing 4
Private Yard 4
Private Garden 4
Certicates
Gas Safety Certicate 4
Electric Safety Certicate 4
Bedroom 1
Rent 260.00 per month
(60.00 per week)
Large Double
Availability: Room Available
Room Facilities
TV Point 4
Double Bed 4
Bedroom 2
Rent 260.00 per month
(60.00 per week)
Double room
Availability: Room Available
Room Facilities
TV Point 4
Double Bed 4
Bedroom 3
Rent 260.00 per month
(60.00 per week)
Single bedroom. Nice light and
warm room.
Availability: Room Available
Room Facilities
TV Point 4
Bedroom 4
Rent 260.00 per month
(60.00 per week)
Double room on ground oor
Availability: Room Available
Room Facilities
TV Point 4
Double Bed 4
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Activity 55b
Chapter 6 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Examples of Private Lettings
Example 2
Student Accommodation Rent From 700 per month - (161.54 per week)
4 Bedrooms - Semi Detached, 9 Lindleywood Road, Falloweld, Manchester, M14 6GL
Semi detached house in popular student area of Manchester. 4 Bedrooms, 3 of which doubles. Lounge,
separate kitchen, low maintenance gardens, fully double glazed, alarmed and centrally heated.
Internal
Internet Cabling provided 4
TV included 4
Burglar/Intruder Alarm 4
Smoke Detectors 4
Shower 4
Central Heating 4
Washing Machine 4
Microwave 4
Cooker 4
Freezer 4
Fridge 4
External
Private Garden 4
Certicates
Gas Safety Certicate 4
Electric Safety Certicate 4
Registered with University 4
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Activity 55c
Chapter 6 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Examples of Privately owned Student Accommodation Blocks
Wilmslow Park, Manchester
All the Universities are within walking distance from Wilmslow Park
student accommodation in Manchester and the bus service to the City
Centre stops outside.
3/4/5 bedroom apartments
Luxury double rooms available
Oxford Court, Manchester
Leased through Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Court
student accommodation includes:
4 bedroom apartments
2 bedroom luxury apartments also available
Lambert & Faireld, Manchester
Leased through Manchester University.
Lambert and Faireld Hall is one of the most popular halls of residence
on the University of Manchester City Campus. Lambert and Faireld Hall
offers en-suite student accommodation to over 350 undergraduate and
postgraduate students.
Weston Hall, Manchester
Weston Hall student accommodation in Manchester comprises 529
en-suite bedrooms with a mixture of 7 & 8 bedroom ats.
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Activity 56
Chapter 6 | Session 2 | Activity 4
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Mary
Worthington
Sheavyn 1 Lees Sheavyn 2 Ward Sheavyn 3
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Ten Pin
Bowling
FREE
Meet at reception
@ 7.15pm
2 games
8-10pm
Ten Pin
Bowling
FREE
Meet at reception
@ 7.15pm
2 games
8-10pm
Ten Pin
Bowling
FREE
Meet at reception
@ 7.15pm
2 games
8-10pm
Ten Pin
Bowling
FREE
Meet at reception
@ 7.15pm
2 games
8-10pm
Cinema Trip
Meet at reception
@ 7.30pm
Approx 7
(inc bus fare)
Cinema Trip
Meet at reception
@ 7.30pm
Approx 7
(inc bus fare)
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Cinema Trip
Meet at reception
@ 7.30pm
Approx 7
(inc bus fare)
Cinema Trip
Meet at reception
@ 7.30pm
Approx 7
(inc bus fare)
Quiz Night
In the dining
room with
nibbles (bring
your own drinks)
@ 8.45pm
Quiz Night
In the dining
room with
nibbles (bring
your own drinks)
@ 8.45pm
Quiz Night
In the dining
room with
nibbles (bring
your own drinks)
@ 8.45pm
Quiz Night
In the dining
room with
nibbles (bring
your own drinks)
@ 8.45pm
Welcome
Reception
7.30-9pm
Welcome talk in
Dining Room,
drinks & nibbles
in B House
Compulsory Fire & Police Meeting - Owens Park, 7.30pm
Meet at reception / front door of Sheavyn Block
Any questions? Meet your tutors - 7pm, Glass of wine and nibbles
In the following Common Rooms; Sheavyn / Mary Worthington Wing / Ward / Lees Green
Pub Crawl - when meeting ends
A night at Slems - (St. Anslem Hall)
City Centre / Trafford Centre Shopping Trip plus Laser Quest
Meet at reception at 11.30am
5-a-side Football - Meet at reception at 1.30pm, sign up during the week
Wing/Block
Thursday 13th
Friday 14th
Saturday 15th
Sunday 16th
Monday 17th
Tuesday 18th
Wednesday 19th
Thursday 20th
Friday 21st
Saturday 22nd
Sunday 23rd BBQ - in grounds with inatables
Movie Night in Ashburne Green Common Room with drinks and popcorn @ 7.30pm
Movie Night in Sheavyn Common Room with drinks and popcorn @ 7.30pm
Curry Night (a trip to the curry mile) - meet at Ashburne reception @ 8pm (approx 10)
Pizza Night - MW, Green and Sheavyn Common Rooms @ 8pm
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Activity 57
Chapter 6 | Session 2 | Activity 8
Societies
ACS
Action Palestine
AIESEC
Anime (The Beyond Anime Knowledge Association)
Architecture
Bangladeshi Soc
Bhangra Society
Book Club
Breakdance Society
Christian Union
Circus Skills
Combined Honours Society
Film Soc
Gilbert & Sullivan
Hindu Soc
Islamic Society
Jewish Society
LGBT
Motorsports
Pakistani Soc
People and Planet
Performing Arts Society
Popping & Locking
Radio Society
Real Ale
Rock Soc
Role playing society (Vague)
SAMEEM
Sci - Fi
Scripture Focus Group
Sikh Society
Socialist Worker Student Society
Somali Society
Stop the War Coalition
Street Arts Society
Student Enterprise Society
Student Respect
TENTELENI
Thai Soc
Tree Planting Soc
Unite Against Facism
Video Game Soc
Yoga
Clubs
American Football
Badminton
Basketball Men
Canoe
Ching Wu
Cricket
Cricket Society
Cross Country
Cycling
Football Men
Gaelic Football
Golf
Hiking
Hockey
Horse Riding
Ice Hockey
Jui Jitsu
Lacrosse
Mountaineering
Netball
Octo-Push
Rugby League
Rugby Union
Ski & Snowboard
Skydive
Squash
Sub Aqua
Surf
Swimming
Taekwondo
Tennis
Ultimate Frisbee
Waterpolo
Wing Tsun
Womens Basketball
Womens Football
Womens Gaelic Football
Womens Rugby
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Activity 58
Chapter 6 | Session 3 | Activity 1
Academic Epidemic... Jargon Buster
Dissertation
This is a long report, which can be anything from 5,000 to 40,000 words.
Essays
This is a written piece of work usually around 2000 words.
Finals
These are the exams taken by students at the end of their course.
Lecturers
These are members of university staff who are responsible for the teaching of university courses and in helping
students to learn.
Faculty
This is a grouping of academic departments that are grouped together for teaching, research and
administrative purposes.
Lecture
This is usually a formal presentation of ideas and information by a member of the academic staff to a fairly
large number of students. Many are accompanied with student handouts, although you will generally be
encouraged to make your own notes too.
Modular Courses
Some courses are divided into modules and students are required to pass a number of modules to complete
a degree programme. To achieve a degree you will usually have to study a number of compulsory and optional
modules.
Periodicals
Many students spend time in the university library reading and researching for essays. These are like specialist
journals which are published on a regular basis and contain articles written mainly by university researchers.
These are a useful and important source of information.
Professor
This is usually one of the senior academic staff within a department who has undertaken signicant specialist
research and teaching. Some large departments will have more than one with their own subject specialism.
Reading week
A period during a semester or term when students can concentrate on their individual learning and research.
During these weeks there are usually no formal teaching sessions.
Research
This is a key feature of most university courses. This involves collecting information about a subject from a
variety of sources including books, journals and the Internet or by carrying out experiments or talking to people
and analysis of this information.
Seminar
A group of students meet to discuss a subject with a tutor; usually someone (or a group) prepares a paper
for discussion and shares the research they have done and their opinions on the subject. These are more
interactive than a lecture and are often student led.
Tutorial
A small group meets to discuss with each other and their tutor the work they are doing and more general
course issues. These can also be on an individual basis with a student discussing their work with a tutor.
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Activity 59
Chapter 7 | Session 1 | Activity 1
U...What?
1. What does UCAS stand for?
2. Approximately how many HE courses does UCAS contain information on?
3. And from approximately how many universities?
4. How many different courses and universities can you apply to via UCAS?
5. Can you submit a hand written application to UCAS?
6. What is considered to be the most important part of the UCAS form?
7. What do the following terms mean?
a. Conditional Offer
b. Unconditional Offer
c. Firm Offer
d. Insurance Offer
8. What is UCAS Extra?
9. What is clearing?
10. When can you start preparing your UCAS application form?
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Activity 60a
Chapter 7 | Session 1 | Activity 2
UCAS Flowchart
Cut up the blocks below. Learners need to place the blocks on the blank owchart in Activity 51b.
School or college adds reference,
sends application to UCAS
UCAS sends copies of application
to all universities
Each university or college makes a
decision on application
Offer is made
Unconditional
Offer
Conditional
Offer
All offers received
from institutions
Choose 1 firm
& 1 insurance offer
Receive
exam results
College or university
confirms place
Applicant accepts
September 2010 - January 2011
Application completed with
up to 5 choices
Unsuccessful
Application
Aimhigher Greater Manchester . Associates Scheme Activity Booklet | Page 85
Activity 60b
Chapter 7 | Session 1 | Activity 2
UCAS Flowchart
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Activity 60 - Answers
Chapter 7 | Session 1 | Activity 2
UCAS Flowchart
All offers received
from institutions
Choose 1 firm
& 1 insurance offer
Receive
exam results
Applicant accepts
College or university
confirms place
School or college adds reference,
sends application to UCAS
UCAS sends copies of application
to all universities
Each university or college makes a
decision on application
Offer is made
Unconditional
Offer
Conditional
Offer
September 2010 - January 2011
Application completed with
up to 5 choices
Unsuccessful
Application
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Activity 61
Chapter 7 | Session 2 | Activity 2
Example Structure for a Personal Statement
Course Choice
Career Aim
Personal Skills and Qualities
Relevant Experience for the Course
Positions of Responsibility
Hobbies and Interests
Concluding Statement
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Activity 62a
Chapter 7 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Personal Statement Example 1
(This information has been taken and adapted from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher
Greater Manchester)
This statement is written by a student studying for a BTEC National in Public Services and applying for a BA/
BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Studies and Environmental Studies.
I have applied for a degree in outdoor studies because I have always enjoyed a wide range of sports and
physical exercise of all kinds. I have my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and am currently working towards
my silver award. From these studies I have gained considerable skills in leadership, camp craft rst aid, map
reading and also the ability to work well in a team. I look forward to learning more about Environmental Science
and Conservation, some of which I have studied at college. I have gained a lot of knowledge from my BTEC
National Diploma in Public services, and I have learnt much about political affairs, world events and human
behaviour. I feel I have a lot of enthusiasm for my studies, and I think I can gain value from an Outdoor studies
degree. I believe that my range of skills will be relevant and useful and I have also learnt other skills, through
my part time work as a sales assistant. Working with the public has enhanced my communication skills and
I feel that all of these factors and my choice of degree will help me to full my ambition to join the RAF as a
junior ying ofcer. I am already a member of the RAF training corps, and hold the rank of corporal. I have also
been recently awarded Best Junior NCO for the squadron.
In my spare time I enjoy water sports - especially kayaking, windsurng, jet skiing and swimming. I am lucky to
have a good circle of friends, and I enjoy spending time with them when I can. I look forward to being a part of
university life. I feel that the experience will greatly improve my condence.
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Activity 62b
Chapter 7 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Entry Prole Example 1
BSc (Hons) Outdoor Studies
Entry Prole
Does this describe you?
Are you a Good Communicator?
You will need to be condent in your communication of ideas. You will be making presentations to small
groups of people, and will have to effectively demonstrate your technical and practical skills through effective
communication
Are you Condent with Numbers?
Although high levels of numeracy are not essential for this course, it would be useful to you if you had some
ability to work with gures.
Are you Comfortable with Information Technology?
It is not essential to have Information Technology skills to start an Outdoor Studies degree at this University.
There will be plenty of opportunity to develop your skills whilst on the course, especially in the areas of word-
processing and the use of the internet as a research resource.
Are you Open Minded?
Open-mindedness is important in Outdoor Studies, as you need to realise the breadth and depth of Outdoor
Studies and to appreciate the variety of teaching and learning strategies employed on the programme.
Do you work well as part of a team?
We are looking for students who are prepared to get involved when working in a group or team, whether its in
discussion groups, on a skills based session in the outdoors or on an expedition.
Are you Analytical and Reective?
The ability to analyse, reect on and think about the learning which takes place in the outdoors, and the
ramications of this for individuals, groups and professional development, is an important skill we would like to
see in all of our students.
Have you got some Get up and Go?
Students should be enthusiastic about the outdoors and preferably should have had experience in that
environment (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Expeditions, Environmental Work, work in an Outdoor
Centre, or with a client group using the outdoors as a medium). If this hasnt been possible, students should
have made the most of the opportunities available to them: our students have some Get up and Go!
Other things WE are looking for...
We like our students to be willing and enthusiastic about participating in activities, including those activities
and situations in which they have no previous experience.
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Activity 63a
Chapter 7 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Personal Statement Example 2
This statement was written by a student who has returned to study after a year out. The student is studying
AVCE travel and tourism (double award) and a 3 unit AVCE in ICT. The student is applying for a BA (Hons)
degree in Business Management.
I am currently studying AVCE Travel and tourism (double award) and AVCE ICT (3 unit award). I chose a course
in travel and tourism as I nd it very interesting and also enjoy travel and experiencing other countries and
cultures. Areas of the course I have enjoyed most have been the business related units: marketing, business
systems and human resources. This year I have also decided to take AVCE ICT as an additional subject as I
feel that the skills and knowledge it will develop are vital in every aspect of the business world. I also have a
keen interest in computers. I feel that during my AVCE studies I have learnt many additional skills, including
Internet research, problem solving, decision making, working with others and delivering presentations. I
have chosen to study a business related course at university as I wish to progress to a career in business
management after university. I have a keen interest in business and this has developed further since I worked
full time for Tesco, during a gap year, taken after my GCSEs. I enjoy working with other people, as part of
a team and also on my own initiative. I also get great satisfaction from giving excellent customer service. I
have taken part in a Tesco training programme to become a qualied green grocer and also had training in
other aspects of the business, such as customer service, business law and stock loss. This has given me a
greater insight and relevant knowledge of the business world and supervisory experience as I was regularly
left in charge when the supervisor was absent. In year 11, I participated in a Young Enterprise company,
which produced and sold photo frames. I was elected by the other members to take on the role of managing
director in the company. This role gave me experience of managing other people and coordinating their roles.
Additionally I had to ensure that the team met strict deadlines. I achieved a pass in the young enterprise
examination. Also I planned and delivered a drugs education lesson to year 7 students when I was in year 11.
I have participated in rst aid training with St Johns Ambulance and achieved the young lifesavers award.
During my time at high school I took part in school productions and had a leading role in two of the
productions.
Out of school I still work part time for JJB sports and this is constantly adding to my knowledge of the
business world. I have recently been nominated for a customer service excellence award for helping a disabled
shopper with her shopping, when no one else in the store noticed her. I have further employment experience,
working as a kitchen supervisor at a cricket club, where I was responsible for managing a small team of staff. I
also completed work experience at a local primary school.
In my spare time I play football and enjoy golf. I also listen to music. I am a willing and keen student who is
eager to learn more. I feel that I am able to communicate well with people of all ages and at all levels and I love
meeting new people. I am determined to complete my education and become a business manager and look
forward to studying business management at university.
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Activity 63b
Chapter 7 | Session 2 | Activity 5
Entry Prole Example 2
BSc (Hons) Business Management
Entry Prole
Does this describe you?
Do you have commitment?
As with any honours degree course, your personal commitment is crucial to the level of success you achieve.
There is no doubt that in this case, the more you put in the more you will get out.
Are you career minded?
Because the business and management studies degree covers many aspects of business and organisational
operations, the skills and knowledge will help you focus and develop your career aspirations.
Do you like working and communicating with others?
As well as being able to work on your own you will also be involved in group activities such as presentations
and preparing group reports. The interpersonal skills you build up here are so important in developing
successful working and business relationships in organisations.
Are you condent when solving problems?
If you feel you are already good at problem solving then you will have ample opportunity to develop this skill
further. Problem solving is a key skill for anyone working in business organisations. This course will help
develop your existing skill level by presenting you with problem solving activities and tasks.
Are you well organised?
If you are then your organisational skills will serve you well in dealing with the various aspects of learning
in higher education. If not, then we will show you how to become more organised, how to more effectively
manage your time and how to deal with the demands of the course.
Do you have a questioning outlook?
Successful managers question the status quo and seek to identify new opportunities. We aim to develop skills
such as critical analysis, reection and problem solving during your time here. If you already have an inquisitive
mind, this is a good start.
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Activity 64
Chapter 8 | Activity 5
Planning Ahead
To plan ahead it is a good idea to think about the end goal and work backwards. The learners may need
guidance on how they can structure their action plan, but creating a structure that they can use and like will
make the document much more user friendly for them. Some learners may prefer to use a table format; others
may prefer a mind map or owchart. It depends on how they work best.
1. Encourage the learner to think about where they want to be ultimately (either a job, on a specic course, or
even just at university?)
2. You can then ask them to begin planning backwards what they can be doing at each step.
a. If you are working with a younger year group, you can plan backwards using full academic years.
For example: Year 13 making nal university choices, researching and completing UCAS application
form, studying for my nal exams, taking on any additional work experience necessary etc.
Year 12 begin researching my options for university, settle into college and start taking advantage of all
the opportunities available to me (be more specic) etc.
b. If you are working with a year 12 group, you can make the time line shorter.
For example, nal term of year 13, spring term, winter term etc.
3. You could also ask them to consider who may be able to support and help them at each step
Connexions Personal Adviser, Tutor, Financial Advisor etc.
4. Also encourage the learners to include a facility for acknowledging when they have completed something.
This can give the learners a boost and sense of achievement, as well as feeling like they are progressing
nearer to their goal.
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Activity 65
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 2
Shade in on the map of Greater Manchester the boroughs you think have colleges and universities which offer
part-time higher education courses.
1. How many universities do you think offer part-time higher education courses in Greater Manchester?
2. How many colleges do you think offer part-time higher education courses in Greater Manchester?
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Activity 66a
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 3
Part Time Higher Education Quiz
1. What types of higher education qualications can you study part-time?
2. Can you study for an honours degree part-time?
3. How long would it take to study a higher education qualication part-time?
4. What qualications do you need to get onto a part-time higher education course?
5. Where can you nd out more information about part-time higher education courses?
6. Do employers prefer students who have studied full-time?
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Activity 66b
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 3
Part Time Higher Education Quiz
Multiple Choice Version
1. What types of higher education qualications can you study part-time?
a. HNC / HND only
b. Foundation Degree only
c. NVQ Level 4 + only
d. All of the above
2. Can you study for an honours degree part-time?
YES / NO
3. How long would it take to study for a higher education qualication part-time?
a. Same as full time because you do less work
b. Usually between 2 and 6 years
c. Usually between 6 and 10 years
d. Usually more than 10 years
4. What qualications do you need to get onto a part-time higher education course?
a. Part time HE is easier so no qualications are needed
b. Part time HE is harder so you need more qualications
c. Usually the same as the full time course (it depends on the course)
5. Where can you nd out more information about part-time higher education courses?
a. Mostly through the College or University offering the course
b. Through UCAS
c. Nowhere offers information
6. Do employers prefer students who have qualications from full time study?
YES / NO
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Activity 66c
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 3
Part Time Higher Education Quiz
Multiple Choice Version
Answers
1. What types of higher education qualications can you study part-time?
A: All of the above
2. Can you study for an honours degree part-time?
A: YES
3. How long would it take to study for a higher education qualication part-time?
A: Usually between 2 and 6 years
4. What qualications do you need to get onto a part-time higher education course?
A: Usually the same as the full time course (it depends on the course)
5. Where can you nd out more information about part-time higher education courses?
A: Mostly through the College or University offering the course
6. Do employers prefer students who have qualications from full time study?
A: NO, not necessarily. This varies greatly.
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Activity 67a
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Part Time Courses True or False
Ask learners to indicate whether they think this course can be studied part-time or not. Ask them also to
estimate how long they think it would take to study the course part time.
1. Architectural Technology and Interior Design (Foundation Degree)
True / False
2. Construction (HNC)
True / False
3. Criminology and Politics (BSc Honours)
True / False
4. Biomedical Science (BSc Honours)
True / False
5. Sport and Leisure Event Management (BA Honours)
True / False
6. Animation & Illustration (BA Honours)
True / False
7. Business Information Systems (HND)
True / False
8. Accountancy (BA Honours)
True / False
9. Creative Writing (BA Honours)
True / False
10. Criminological & Forensic Psychology (BSc Honours)
True / False
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Activity 67b
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 4
Part Time Courses True or False
All of the courses listed below can be studied part time at one or more institutions in Greater Manchester. In
addition, those that are not honours degree level can be topped up to honours degree level.
Architectural Technology and Interior Design (Foundation Degree) (3 years)
Construction (HNC) (2 years plus a 2 year top up to become a BSc Honours)
Criminology and Politics (BSc Honours) (4.5 years)
Biomedical Science (BSc Honours) (up to 6 years)
Sport and Leisure Event Management (BA Honours) (up to 6 years)
Animation & Illustration (BA Honours) (up to 6 years)
Business Information Systems (HND) (3 years)
Accountancy (BA Honours) (4.5 years)
Creative Writing (BA Honours) (4.5 years)
Criminological & Forensic Psychology (BSc Honours) (5 years)
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Activity 68
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 5
Case studies of part time students
Name: Mark Johnson
Age: 20
Course: Part time BSc Honours in Construction Project Management
I did a BTEC National Diploma in Construction and although I really enjoyed the course, I couldnt wait to
get a job and start working in the industry. I was looking forward to no longer being a student and earning
some decent money too! When I was offered a job in quite a big, local construction company, I jumped at the
chance. I did enjoy the work but I soon felt that I wanted to be learning more and aiming for a management
position. I knew this would take a very long time without any higher level qualications. I started to do a bit
research into Construction courses but I also knew that I didnt want to leave a secure job that I really enjoyed.
I was lucky to have a good manager who suggested that I look at studying for a degree part-time. The course
I really wanted to do was taught one day a week at university and after a few meetings with Personnel, it was
agreed that I would continue with my job and study for the qualication. I was so happy! I have to admit that it
is very challenging juggling my job and a demanding course, but I know that it will be worth it in the end.
Name: Aysha Begum
Age: 20
Course: Part time Diploma in Childrens Nursing
I have always wanted to work with children so I did a BTEC National Diploma in Health & Social Care to leave
my options open. I had my heart set on going to university but for personal reasons, I wasnt able to take up
my place at the last minute. I decided to get a job whilst waiting to re-apply. I managed to get a temporary
job on the reception of a busy hospital through an agency. Being in a hospital environment really made me
determined to become a nurse and full my dream of working with children. I built up the courage to go
and see one of the senior nurses on the childrens ward and she advised me on what courses I could look
into studying part-time. She also agreed to let me do some voluntary work on the ward. After quite a lot of
research, I applied to do a part-time diploma at university. So now I am busy juggling my job, voluntary work
and a part-time diploma. Its hectic but I know it will be worthwhile and I love every minute! I am hoping to top
up my diploma to an honours degree in Nursing in the future.
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Activity 69a
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Distance Learning
Fact or Fiction
Ask learners to decide if they think the following phrases are true or false.
1. You dont get much support from tutors and have to work through problems on your own.
True / False
2. The difculty and duration of the distance learning course depends on the course itself.
True / False
3. Students learning through distance learning do not receive nancial support.
True / False
4. Online student communities mean you never feel alone. Many courses have regular tutorials, day schools or
residential schools where you have the opportunity to meet other students.
True / False
5. Distance learning courses are not marked in the same way as other college or university courses so dont
count as much.
True / False
6. Employers dont really recognise or value distance learning courses as much as the more traditional
courses.
True / False
7. Students on distance learning courses receive as much (if not more) support than students studying in
colleges and universities.
True / False
8. Students learning through distance learning are entitled to nancial support.
True / False
9. Distance learning courses are easier and quicker to complete than other courses.
True / False
10. You may feel quite alone on a distance learning course as you will not meet other students on your course.
True / False
11. Employers really value the commitment, drive and motivation demonstrated by students who take on a
course via distance learning.
True / False
12. You have to be over 25 to enrol onto a distance learning course.
True / False
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Activity 69b - Answers
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 7
Distance Learning
Fact or Fiction?
True
The difculty and duration of the distance learning course depends on the course itself.
Online student communities mean you never feel alone. Many courses have day schools or residential schools
where you have the opportunity to meet other students.
Students on distance learning courses receive as much (if not more) support than students studying in colleges
and universities.
Students learning through distance learning are entitled to nancial support.
Employers really value the commitment, drive and motivation demonstrated by students who take on a course
via distance learning.
False
Students learning through distance learning do not receive nancial support.
Distance learning courses are not marked in the same way as other college or university courses so dont
count as much.
Employers dont really recognise or value distance learning courses as much as the more traditional courses.
Distance learning courses are easier and quicker to complete than other courses.
You may feel quite alone on a distance learning course as you will not meet other students on your course.
You dont get much support from tutors and have to work through problems on your own.
You have to be over 25 to enrol onto a distance learning course.
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Activity 70a
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 8
The Open University Quiz
1. Which is the largest university in the UK?
a. The University of London b. The University of Oxford
c. The University of Manchester d. The Open University
2. How many students are registered with The OU?
a. 10,000 b. 50,000 c. 100,000 d. 200,000
3. How many OU national and regional centres are there in the UK?
a. 3 b. 5 c. 13 d. 10
4. How many OU students are earning and learning at the same time?
a. 70% b. 50% c. 30% d. 10%
5. How many OU students receive help with their fees?
a. 5,000 b. 15,000 c. 25,000 d. Over 35,000
6. At what age can you start studying with The OU?
a. 25 b. 16 c. 18 d. 21
7. What higher level qualications does the OU offer?
a. Diploma of HE b. Foundation Degree
c. Degree d. All of the above
8. How can you study for a qualication with the OU?
a. Work full time and study part time b. Work part time and study part time
c. Study full time d. All of the above
9. What do you think the role of a tutor is on the course?
10. How are you supported with your fees?
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Activity 70b - Answers
Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 8
The Open University Quiz
1. Which is the largest university in the UK?
d. The Open University
The Open University is the UKs largest university, teaching 35% of all part-time undergraduate students in the
UK each year.
2. How many students are registered with The OU?
d. 200,000
15,000 of those students are under 21
3. How many OU national and regional centres are there in the UK?
c. 13
4. How many students are earning and learning at the same time?
a. 70%
5. How many OU students receive help with their fees?
d. Over 35,000
6. At what age can you start studying with The OU?
b. 16
The OU insists that students under 18 receive advice and guidance from a Student Services Manager Adviser
before they commit to study.
7. What higher level qualications does the OU offer?
d. All of the above
8. How can you study for a qualication with the OU?
d. All of the above
9. What do you think the role of a tutor is on the course?
To be the rst point of contact for any academic queries on a course. To support and guide students through
the course materials, to mark and assess written assignments, and provide developmental feedback to their
students.
10. How are you supported with your fees?
The support you receive is assessed on your income alone not that of your parents. Many students are
able to study for free (Learner Handout 30 focuses on the nancial support available).
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Chapter 10 | Session 1 | Activity 10
The following two case studies have been taken from www.openuniversity.co.uk/under21
No debt, no travel, no having to give up my job
Charlotte Webdale
Psychology Student
I was coming to the end of the Psychology Foundation course at my local college and I was feeling pretty
gutted. It had been an amazing year and Id loved every single bit of what Id studied. I really wanted to stay on
and continue studying but they didnt offer any other Psychology courses... Id got as far as I could go.
Some of my friends had gone off to uni to study and I knew that this was an option but I didnt fancy getting
into loads of debt and having to move. I also had a part-time job that I really loved and I didnt want to have to
give that up.
I started to think that I might have to put the idea of more study on hold. It was my college tutor that rst got
me thinking about The Open University. She spoke very highly of their courses and was pretty sure that Id be
able to transfer on to one of their Psychology degrees with the study that Id done so far.
I went online to see what it was all about and I loved what I saw. Really well respected degrees with loads of
exibility and no massive scary fees - it looked ideal. The fact that I wasnt going to have to move or face a
long journey to lectures every day was also very tempting.
With a bit of help from some of the student advisers at the OU, I was able to transfer the credit from the study
Id already done at college and put it towards my degree. It was great not to waste any of the study that Id
already done and the process of transferring was really easy.
To start with I wasnt sure how Id handle the freedom - choosing when, where and how I studied - it was
completely new to me. But there was so much help available from my new tutor and from the chatrooms and
online community. I never felt like I was on my own for a second.
Since nishing my OU degree Ive started training to become a paramedic. Im really excited because it means
I get to study again and I get to use my knowledge of psychology to help people.
I honestly dont think Id be doing what Im doing now without the OU, Id completely recommend it to anyone
who wants a bright future.
There are three more case studies available at www.openuniversity.co.uk/under21
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Learner Handouts
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Learner Handout 1
Jargon Buster
Higher Education Terminology
Admissions Tutors
These are people who are responsible for application forms and other enquiries about getting into the
university.
Alumni
These are people who have completed a course and gained a qualication from a particular university, and
have left to go into employment.
Bachelors degree
This is the qualication you receive after successfully completing a three (or four) year programme of degree-
level study at university, or college.
Clearing
This is the system operated by UCAS to allocate students places on courses that still have vacancies after the
publication of the A level results. Although it is often for those who have not made the grades required by their
chosen universities, it can also allow last minute applications to new institutions.
Deans
These people are senior members of university staff who are responsible for all matters concerning the
operation of a faculty, including teaching.
Diploma of Higher Education
This is a qualication that may be awarded by some universities, after 2 years of study.
Graduates
These are people who have been awarded a degree from a university or college.
Freshers
This refers to students beginning their time at a university. A special week may be organised to introduce them
to university life. This can include social events as well as introductions to libraries and other resources.
Prospectus
This is a booklet (or CD-ROM or website) which gives the details of courses, activities and student life at
a university or college. It is normally designed to give information to anyone who wishes to study with that
university and can be obtained from the Admissions Ofce.
Redbrick
This is a term that is often applied to city universities usually established before 1992. The Universities of
Manchester, Liverpool, Shefeld, Leeds, Newcastle and Birmingham are some of the universities that would be
included in this group of universities.
Undergraduates
These are people studying either full or part time for a rst degree including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of
Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (Bed), LLB (Law) etc.
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Learner Handout 2
Benets of Going to College
1. Freedom! For possibly the rst time ever you will start to be treated like an adult.
You will be more responsible for you your time and your studies.
2. You get to make decisions for you you choose where you want to study and what you want to study.
3. Its the opportunity to have a fresh start. You can leave behind problems you may have had at school.
4. Youll make lots of new friends and its easy to do! Youll have a more active social life.
5. Youll get cheaper travel with your student card.
6. Youll increase your job prospects and earning potential.
7. It will be easier to progress onto university after college.
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Learner Handout 3
Further Education Institutions in Greater Manchester
Bolton
Bolton College
Tel: 01204 907000 - Course Enquiries
www.boltoncollege.ac.uk
Bolton Sixth Form College
Tel: 0800 052 1460
www.bolton-sfc.ac.uk
Bury
Bury College
Tel: 0161 280 8280
www.burycollege.ac.uk
Holy Cross College
Tel: 0161 762 4500
www.holycross.ac.uk
Manchester
Loreto College
Tel: 0161 226 5156
www.loreto.ac.uk
The Manchester College
Tel: 0800 068 8585
www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk
Xaverian College
Tel: 0161 224 1781
www.xaverian.ac.uk
Oldham
Oldham Sixth Form College
Tel: 0161 287 8000
www.osfc.ac.uk
The Oldham College
Tel: 0161 624 5214
www.oldham.ac.uk
Rochdale
Hopwood Hall College
Tel: 01706 345 346 - Rochdale Campus
Tel: 0161 643 7560 - Middleton Campus
www.hopwood.ac.uk
Rochdale Sixth Form College
(Open September 2010)
Tel: 01706 515 771
www.rochdalesixthformcollege.co.uk
Salford
Salford City College:
Tel: 0161 631 5001 - Course Enquiries
www.salfordcitycollege.ac.uk
City Campus:
Tel: 0161 211 5316
De La Salle Centre:
Tel: 0161 631 5702
Eccles Centre:
Tel: 0161 631 5701
Pendleton Centre:
Tel: 0161 631 5200
Walkden Centre:
Tel: 0161 631 5001

Stockport
Aquinas College
Tel: 0161 483 3237
www.aquinas.ac.uk
Stockport College
Tel: 0161 958 3100 - Switchboard
Tel: 0845 230 3102 - Course Enquiries
www.stockport.ac.uk
Tameside
Ashton Sixth Form College
Tel: 0161 330 2330
www.asfc.ac.uk
Tameside College
Tel: 0161 908 6789
www.tameside.ac.uk
Trafford
Trafford College
Tel: 0161 886 7000 - General Enquiries
Tel: 0845 886 7070 - Course Enquiries
www.trafford.ac.uk
Wigan
Wigan-Leigh College
Tel: 01942 761 600 - General Enquiries
Tel: 01942 761 111 - Course Enquiries
www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk
You can also visit www.college4us.com for more information about further education in Greater Manchester.
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Learner Handout 4
The Different Types of Qualications
From Level 1 to Level 3
GCSEs:
You will usually choose your subject choices for your GCSEs in year 9, and study towards them through years
10 and 11. Youll receive your nal results in August of year 11. GCSEs are graded from A* to G.
GNVQs:
GNVQs will help you develop your knowledge and skills in more vocational areas. You can sometimes study
these at school depending on your school curriculum or you can study them at college.
NVQs:
NVQs are work related qualications that you can study on a full time basis (usually at an FE college) or in a job
which offers training.
Apprenticeships:
Apprenticeships are training programmes which lead to a recognized qualication. They give you the
opportunity to work, learn on the job, develop your work related knowledge and skills whilst earning some
money at the same time!
The Diploma:
Is a new qualication which started in 2008. You can start this at school in year 10 and continue studying it at
college. It focuses on helping you develop the skills you need to enter into the workplace in a specic eld of
work.
AS/A Levels:
These enable you to study your preferred subjects at a higher level than GCSEs and in much more detail.
These are generally more traditionally academic subjects.
Applied AS/A Levels:
These enable you to study your preferred subjects at a higher level than GCSEs and in much more detail. They
are designed to build your knowledge and skills in more vocational areas.
BTEC:
A BTEC can be taken as an alternative to GCSEs (BTEC First) or A-Levels (BTEC National) and aims to prepare
you for a specic area of industry.
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The Qualication Tower
Level 1 to Level 3
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 1
AS/A
&
Applied
A Levels
NVQ 3
BTEC
National
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Advanced
GCSEs
&
GNVQ
(equivalent A*- Cs)
NVQ 2
BTEC
First
Apprenticeship
Diploma
Foundation
or
Higher
GCSEs
+
GNVQ
(equivalent D-G)
NVQ 1
BTEC
Foundation
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14-19 On-line Prospectuses
Web Addresses
Bolton
www.futures4me-bolton.com
Bury
www.14-19inbury.co.uk
Manchester
www.prospectus.manchester14-19.co.uk
Oldham
www.yourchoice14plus.co.uk
Rochdale
www.rochdalebp.org.uk
Salford
www.salford.futures4me.co.uk
Stockport
http://stockport.futures4me.co.uk
Tameside
www.yourchoiceintameside.co.uk
Trafford
www.trafford14-19.co.uk
Wigan
www.wiganprospectus.net
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Facts about Further Education Finance
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
If you decide to go on to a full time further education course (at a college or a school), you may be eligible for
EMA. This is a means tested grant which could provide you with a non repayable weekly income of 10, 20 or
30 depending on your situation. This is paid directly into your bank account. This grant is not affected by any
part time work that you undertake during your course.
To receive the grant you need to be on a course which is one of the following:
a full-time further education course at a college or school.
a Diploma funded by the Young Peoples Learning Agency (where available) or a course that leads
to an Apprenticeship.
a Young Peoples Learning Agency funded Foundation Learning Programme.
Discretionary Support Funds
Discretionary Support Funds are available to students in colleges and school sixth forms (who are studying
a programme of learning funded by the Young Persons Learning Agency), who may be facing nancial
difculties, to help with costs such as books, travel expenses, childcare etc The amount and method of
payment is set by each individual college or school. To nd out more, you need to speak to someone in your
college or schools student support team. This does NOT affect EMA or other grants.
Care to Learn
If you are a young parent and want to continue studying, Care to Learn can help pay for childcare and travel
costs. This grant is available for any course taken at a college or school sixth form, or through work. To speak
to someone for more information, students can contact the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989 or
speak to a Connexions Personal Adviser.
Dance and Drama Awards
Dance and Drama Awards are for students over the age of 16 who want to work in the performing arts. They
are available from some of Englands leading private dance and drama schools; theyll help you pay for a place
on a prestigious and well-respected course - whatever your nancial circumstances.
You can only get a Dance and Drama Award if you take the Trinity College London qualication at one of the 22
accredited providers.
For more information on any of the above grants and awards go to http://moneytolearn.direct.gov.uk
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Types of Higher Education Qualications
Type of Qualication What is it? How long does it take? What can it lead to?
Honours Degree
A subject-based
qualication. It is the
most common higher
education qualication.
Full-time
3 to 5 years full time study.
Can also study part time.
Can progress to further
study professional
qualications or a
Masters / PhD or
into a career.
Foundation Degree
Vocationally focused -
integrating academic
and work-based learning
Full time - 2 years full
time study. Flexible
learning also possible.
Can progress to a
professional qualication
or a related
Honours Degree.
Higher National
Certicate / Diploma
(HNC/HND)
Job related qualication
available in a wide range
of subjects.
HNCs - 1 year full time
study or 2 years part time.
HNDs - 2 years full time
study (can also take
part time)
Can progress onto an
Honours Degree.
National Vocational
Qualication
NVQ
Work-related,
competence based
qualication. NVQs
are available in most
jobs and industries.
Depends on level of the
qualication. Most are
taken in the work place.
Progress onto
a higher level.
Diploma of HE (DipHE)
Very similar to an
Honours Degree but
with less content
Two year course
You can convert this
to a degree with an
extra year of study
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The Different Types of Degrees
BA - Bachelor of Arts
BSc - Bachelor of Science
BEd - Bachelor of Education
BEng - Bachelor of Engineering
Joint Honours Degree
On a Joint Honours degree programme your time is divided between two main subject areas - rather than one.
For example, BA Joint Honours in History and Music, BA Joint Honours in English and French.
Combined Studies Degree
Combined Studies Degrees are based on areas of study rather than single subjects. For example, BA
Honours Film Studies and Applied English Language Studies, BA Honours Social Science and Built & Natural
Environment.
Sandwich Course
A Sandwich Course degree incorporates a year (usually the third) in industry before returning to university for a
nal year. For example, BSc Honours Zoology with Industrial/Professional Experience.
Major / Minor Degree
Major / Minor degrees are for those who want to study two subject areas with a greater emphasis on one (the
major) than the other (the minor). For example, BSc Honours Sociology with Cultural Studies.
Opportunities also exist for you to spend part of your degree course studying in another country. To nd out
more about the Erasmus programme go to www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus
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Personal Checklist
1. If you are unsure of a specic course you would like, think about the broader area of study and then look
at what courses exist within this area.
2. If you have a specic career in mind, be sure to check what courses are suitable for this career.
Will the course you want to do allow you to progress onto this career?
3. What are the entry requirements? Do you have the right qualications?
4. If you would like to combine your main subject with another one, is this possible?
5. What about the course content? Do you think you will enjoy the different modules?
Does the course cover what you expected it to cover?
6. How is the course assessed? Is it mostly coursework or exams or a mixture? What about your strengths?
7. What about job prospects?
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The UCAS Tariff Tables
AS/A Level and BTEC National Qualications
AS / A Levels
Grade Tariff points
GCE & AVCE A level with GCE A level GCE AS GCE AS &
Double Award additional AS and AVCE Double Award AS VCE
(9 units)
A*A* 280
A*A 260
AA 240
AB 220
BB A*A 200
BC AA 180
AB 170
CC 160
BB 150
CD BC A* 140
DD CC A AA 120
CD AB 110
DE B BB 100
DD BC 90
EE DE C CC 80
CD 70
EE D DD A 60
DE B 50
E EE C 40
D 30
E 20
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The UCAS Tariff Tables
AS/A Level and BTEC National Qualications
BTEC National Qualications
Grade Tariff points
Diploma Certicate Award
DDD 360
DDM 320
DMM 280
MMM DD 240
MMP DM 200
MPP MM 160
PPP MP D 120
PP M 80
P 40
If you are studying other qualications and wish to know the UCAS Tariff
equivalent, go to www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/
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The Different Types of Universities
This list is not exhaustive but it should give you a avour of the different types of universities you can choose
from. Remember that most universities will fall into at least two of the categories below.
An Old University
Some universities have been in existence for many years and are steeped in tradition. The University of
Cambridge was founded in 1209! Most universities which are classed as old were established before 1992.
A New University
The newer universities are generally those who have not existed for as long and mostly started as a college or
polytechnic and have developed into universities. Most of these universities were established after 1992. Like
Leeds Metropolitan University.
A Campus University
This is when the university and all its buildings are in one small area. This usually includes student
accommodation, libraries, tutor rooms, lecture halls, student union etc... Like the University of Lancaster.
A City University
A city or town university can have all its buildings spread out across the town or city. You may need to walk
or take public transport to get to the different buildings. You may also need to take public transport from your
student accommodation to get to your lectures and tutorials. Like The University of Leeds, or the University of
Birmingham.
A Big University
Universities are bigger than schools and colleges and some of the biggest universities have over 20,000
students enrolled such as the University of Shefeld which has 23,000 students in total.
A Small University
Smaller universities tend to have less than 10,000 students studying there. Specialist universities usually have
much smaller numbers of students; sometimes less than 1000.
Redbrick / Russell Group University
Russell Group universities are sometimes referred to as redbrick universities. These are a group of 20 major
research intensive universities such as The University of Nottingham and The University of Leeds.
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Checklist for HE Open Days
(This information has been taken and adapted from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher
Greater Manchester)
Course:

How many students are on the course?
What are the student support and welfare services like?
Do you need to contact them before you start the course if you have study support needs or a disability?
What do current students think of the course?
Are there opportunities to undertake work experience/study abroad?
What do students do at the end of the course?
Where will you be studying? What are the facilities and equipment like?
Are applicants interviewed?
Are there part time/distance learning opportunities?
Is the course modular? What do the modules cover? Is there a choice of modules?
What grades/UCAS tariff points are required?
Are your qualifcations & experience acceptable?
What jobs/careers have past students gone on to do? What links are there with industry?
Is the course accredited/recognised by professional bodies?
General Impression of the Institution:
Do you like the place itself?
What is the student accommodation like? How much does it cost? Is it guaranteed for frst year students?
Is the accommodation far from the institution?
What is the transport system like? How much will it cost to travel?
What is the student population like? What is the mix of mature students, younger students and
international students?
What are the bars, canteen and other social facilities like?
If appropriate look at the child care facilities. What time does the day start/end, can you ft child care
around this?
Activities:
What societies and clubs are there? Is your particular interest catered for?
Are there good sport facilities?
What is the students union like?
What other non academic activities can you get involved in?
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Facts about Higher Education Finance
If you do decide to go into higher education you will have two main types of expense: tuition fees and living
costs.
The rst main cost is the tuition fees.
Most universities will be able to charge fees up to a maximum of 3290 a year. Some may charge less. But
you shouldnt panic; you do not have to pay these fees up front or whilst you are studying. You can access a
Student Loan for your tuition fees which you do not start repaying until you are earning more than 15,000 a
year. You dont even need to worry about paying your university. The money is paid directly to the university for
you.
The second main expense will be living costs.
This will include accommodation, food, bills, socialising, study materials, transport and other costs like that.
You may be able to access the Maintenance Grant to help you with your living costs. This is a means tested
(this means it depends on your parents nances) non repayable grant of up to 2906 a year. To subsidise the
Maintenance and Special Support Grants, you can also apply for a Maintenance Loan. You can apply for the
full Maintenance Loan if you receive the Special Support Grant. You cannot apply for the full Maintenance Loan
if you receive the full Maintenance Grant (you could be eligible to apply for up to 3,453 of the total 4950).
Bursaries
In addition to maintenance grants there are also non repayable bursaries from the university or college. If you
get the full maintenance grant and are charged the full tuition fee, you will be entitled to a minimum bursary
of 329 per year. A typical bursary is around 800. Many institutions are paying bursaries to a wide range of
students, so you should make enquiries at your university of choice.
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More Loans and Grants
Support with Childcare (non repayable)
If you are a young parent a range of grants are available, such as the Childcare Grant and the Parents Learning
Allowance.
Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) (non repayable)
The DSA can provide extra nancial support if you have a disability, mental health issues or specic learning
difculties.
Access to Learning Fund (non repayable)
The Access to Learning Fund can provide extra help if you need more nancial support. Eligibility is assessed
through your college or university.
Adult Dependent Grant (non repayable)
If you are a young carer you may be eligible for this grant.
For more information go to: www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/
StudentFinance/
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Repayment
If you take out loans for fees and maintenance, these loans will be combined so you do not need to worry
about managing two loans. Plus:
You do not need to start repaying loans until you are earning more than 15,000.
You will repay the loans at a rate linked to your income. So the more money you earn, the more you will
have to pay back and vice versa. For example:
If your annual salary is... 15,000 25,000 30,000
Approx monthly salary in your pocket. 875 1,460 1,750
Approx monthly repayment 0 75 112.50
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Academic Jargon Buster
Dissertation
This is a long report, which can be anything from 5,000 to 40,000 words.
Essays
This is a written piece of work usually around 2,000 words.
Finals
These are the exams taken by students at the end of their course.
Lecturers
These are members of university staff who are responsible for the teaching of university courses and in helping
students to learn.
Faculty
This is a grouping of academic departments that are grouped together for teaching, research and
administrative purposes.
Lecture
This is usually a formal presentation of ideas and information by a member of the academic staff to a fairly
large number of students. Many are accompanied with student handouts, although you will generally be
encouraged to make your own notes too.
Modular Courses
Some courses are divided into modules and students are required to pass a number of modules to complete
a degree programme. To achieve a degree, students will usually have to study a number of compulsory and
optional modules.
Periodicals
Many students spend time in the university library reading and researching for essays. These are like specialist
journals which are published on a regular basis and contain articles written mainly by university researchers.
These are a useful and important source of information.
Professor
This is usually one of the senior academic staff within a department who has undertaken signicant specialist
research and teaching. Some large departments will have more than one with their own subject specialism.
Reading week
A period during a semester or term when students can concentrate on their individual learning and research.
During these weeks there are usually no formal teaching sessions.
Research
This is a key feature of most university courses. This involves collecting information about a subject from a
variety of sources including books, journals and the Internet or by carrying out experiments or talking to people
and analysis of this information.
Seminar
A group of students meet to discuss a subject with a tutor; usually someone (or a group) prepares a paper
for discussion and shares the research they have done and their opinions on the subject. These are more
interactive than a lecture and are often student led.

Tutorial
A small group meets to discuss with each other and their tutor the work they are doing and more general
course issues. These can also be on an individual basis with a student discussing their work with a tutor.
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U...What?
General Information on UCAS
UCAS stand for the University and Colleges Admissions Service.
Most students applying to university will have to do so through the UCAS system.
UCAS contains information on more than 50,000 HE courses available in more than 300 colleges and
universities.
Information on the UCAS website is updated hourly so students can almost guarantee that the information
is as accurate as possible.
You can apply to a maximum of 5 courses and universities on the application form. This means you may
apply for the same course at 5 different universities, or you may apply for 3 different courses at one
university and then 2 courses at 2 different universities.
All applications to UCAS must be made on-line. You can no longer submit a handwritten application. You
will need to register with UCAS and then you will be issued with a username and you can create your own
password. (There may be a fee to register and apply through UCAS but this will depend on your school or
college).
The Personal Statement section is considered the most important part of the UCAS form.
When you submit your applications you will begin to receive replies from institutions. The replies can be
one of the following:
H A Conditional Offer: this is an offer made by a university or college, whereby you must full certain
criteria before you can be accepted on the relevant course.
H An Unconditional Offer: this is an offer given to you by a university or college if you have satised the
criteria and can attend the course.
H Unsuccessful: you have not been accepted by the university or college concerned.
You must then decide which offers you would like to accept. You can choose two. These are referred to as:
H A Firm Offer: the offer that you have accepted as your rst choice.
H An Insurance Offer: the offer that you have accepted as your second choice, in case you do not meet
the requirements for your rm offer.
UCAS Extra gives you the opportunity to apply for one more course at one university if you have not been
successful in securing a place with your rst ve choices.
Clearing is a system used towards the end of the academic cycle, after the AS / A Level results are
published. If you have not secured a place with your rm or insurance offer, it enables you to apply for
course vacancies.
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Ideas for the Content of the Personal Statement
(This information has been taken and adapted from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher
Greater Manchester)
Course Choice:
Why do you enjoy the subject?
How did you frst become interested in the subject?
Which parts of the subject are you particularly interested in and why?
Which areas of the subject are you particularly looking forward to studying in greater depth?
Any relevant modules / essays / topics previously studied.
Any additional reading you have done around the subject outside of your studies at college.
Any involvement in master classes, summer schools, Gifted and Talented programmes or other enrichment
or extension activities.
What particular subject related skills you have and how you got them.
How the course will build upon what you are studying at college.
Career Aim:
What career do you have in mind?
What has made you want to follow this career?
How does your course choice ft with your career aim?
If you do not have a clear career aim, you should focus your statement on your course choice.
Personal Skills and Qualities
Its important that you mention the personal skills you have that are relevant to the course and/or your intended
career. These need to be backed up by solid examples. It is not enough to just describe, you must justify with
examples.
Relevant Experience for the Course
You should mention any relevant work experience you have. This is particularly important if you are applying
for professions such as nursing, physiotherapy, teaching, social work, medicine, performing arts, art & design.
You should explain what you did, skills learned/used, and say what insights you gained into your particular area
of study or your chosen career.
How has any relevant work experience confrmed your interest in this subject/career?
What did you do for work experience and what skills did you gain from it?
What skills have you gained which show that you have the skills for university life? E.g. self motivation, self
discipline and social skills etc.
Positions of Responsibility
You should mention any recent positions of responsibility you have held, such as prefect, student governor,
member of school or college council, as well as any part time work and responsibilities that you have
undertaken. You should say what transferable skills you have gained from these positions such as problem
solving, working with people, organisation or team working.
Hobbies and Interests
These help to give an impression of you as a person. You should point out how your hobbies and interests
have contributed to the development of your skills or personal qualities and how these relate to your course
choice or likely success at higher education. You should stress any successes such as Duke of Edinburgh
awards, representing the school in sport, taking part in school productions, music exams or community work.
Concluding Statement
The personal statement should end with a concluding statement to bring the admissions tutors attention back
to your course choice and your ability to succeed at higher education.
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Dos and Donts to consider when writing your Personal Statement
(This information has been taken and adapted from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher
Greater Manchester)
Do:
Consult the UCAS Entry Profles of the institutions you are applying to.
Set time aside to complete your statement. This may mean making several drafts before getting it right.
Make the statement unique to you.
Make the most of what you have done, drawing on genuine examples of relevant experience. You need to
be honest and not make things up.
Check for spelling and grammar mistakes and print out a copy of your completed form in case you are
called for interview.
Read the prospectus for specifc details of the course you are applying for.
Seek help and guidance from tutors and/or careers guidance staff if needed.
Meet deadlines set by your school/college for drafting and approving personal statements.
Do not:
Repeat information that already appears on the application form.
Talk about personal qualities and skills without giving examples or supporting evidence.
Waffe, just to fll in the space as fewer, well-chosen words are more effective than a lot of irrelevant
information.
Make spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes.
Copy/plagiarise another persons personal statement.
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Tips on How You Can Best Prepare for Your Interview
(This information has been taken from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher Greater
Manchester)
Look at a copy of your application to remind yourself about what you put in your personal statement.
Re-read the prospectus and the course details.
Plan how to get there and arrive in good time.
Consider what to wear. It will help you to relax and give the best impression if you have obviously gone
to some trouble, without being over dressed or uncomfortable. It is not necessary to dress in a manner
that is unusual for you, but you should give the impression that you realise that an interview is a signicant
occasion.
Refect on your experiences and qualifcations to date. You will give a very poor impression if you cannot
remember exam results or employment history.
Write down why you want to study the particular subject and what you like about that particular course
and what skills, attributes and experience you feel you have, which will contribute to your success.
Decide what you want to fnd out about the course or institution and write down the questions that you
want to ask.
Look at the UCAS Entry Profle to remind you of the skills and qualities needed for the course.
Get a good nights sleep!
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Example Questions which may be asked during an HE Interview
(This information has been taken from the Vocational Tutors HE Resource Pack, Aimhigher Greater
Manchester)
1. Why did you choose your present BTEC, AVCE, Access, A-level courses?
2. What do you hope to get out of this degree course?
3. Why did you choose this college/university?
4. What aspects of the course particularly interest you?
5. What can you contribute to this course?
6. What work experience have you done that is relevant to the course?
7. What are your plans following this course?
If you have applied for a specic vocational course, the interviewer may ask some more searching questions e.g.
Nursing
1. Why do you want to be a nurse?
2. What branch of nursing interests you most? Why?
3. What experience do you have of nursing?
4. What are your views on emergency department waiting times, MRSA etc?
(Or questions on other topical issues in the National Health Service)
Teaching
1. Why do you want to become a teacher?
2. In your opinion what makes a good (subject) teacher?
3. What do you understand by equal opportunities?
4. What motivates you to teach early years/primary children?
5. How could you use your interests and hobbies in the classroom?
6. What are your views on bullying in the classroom?
(Or questions on other education topics in the news)
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Useful Contacts
Connexions provide advice on careers, learning, health, housing and money until you are 19 (or older if you
have a disability). Connexions advisers are usually available in schools, colleges and at local Connexions
centres. Go to www.gmconnexions.co.uk or call 0800 032 2727.
Learndirect offers information and advice on a variety of learning opportunities over the phone. To speak to a
qualied adviser call freephone 0800 101 901 or go to: www.learndirect.com
Aimhigher offers information about higher education. Go to www.aimhigher.ac.uk or call freephone 0800 587
8500 to order any of the free guides to further and higher education.
Uni4me provides information on all aspects of university from courses to student life. Go to www.uni4me.com
UCAS provides information on all courses and institutions including entry requirements and contact details.
It also gives advice and guidance on the application process and nance. Go to www.ucas.com
Hot Courses can help students nd any course, college or university they may be looking for. It also includes
student reviews. Go to www.hotcourses.com
Directgov provides information on all government grants available when studying in further and higher
education. Go to http://moneytolearn.direct.gov.uk
The Aimhigher learner website provides information on Aimhigher. Learners can comment on Aimhigher
activities and contact a Graduate Ofcer with any queries. Go to www.aimhigherlearner.co.uk and log in using
the password aimhigher.
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Universities in Greater Manchester Offering Part Time Higher Education Courses
*
The University of Bolton
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
The University of Salford
University Centre Oldham
The Open University in the North West
Colleges in Greater Manchester Offering Part Time Higher Education Courses
*
Ashton Sixth Form College
Bolton College
Bolton Sixth Form College
Bury College
Holy Cross Sixth Form College
Hopwood Hall College
The Manchester College
Salford City College
Stockport College
Tameside College
Trafford College
Wigan and Leigh College
*The number of universities and colleges offering part time higher education courses can be subject to change.
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Part Time Education
General Information
You can study all types of higher education qualifcations part-time; Honours Degree, Foundation Degree,
Higher National Certicate / Diploma (HNC / HND), National Vocational Qualication (NVQ), Diploma of HE
(DipHE). Not all institutions offering part-time higher education courses offer all qualications. You will need
to contact the institution directly to nd out or look at their website.
On some courses you can build up credits by studying different modules. So, you may complete an HND
and then decide to top up and work towards an Honours Degree by studying additional modules.
It usually takes between 2 and 6 years to complete your qualifcation part-time but how long it takes depends
on what type of qualication you are studying towards. Certicate and diploma courses are quicker to
complete than honours degrees.
The entry requirements for part-time courses are usually the same as those for full time courses, but will
depend on where and what you want to study. You would need to check with the college or university
directly.
To fnd out more about part-time higher education courses you can go to the Directgov website and use the
course search; http://careersadvice-ndacourse1.direct.gov.uk/, go to www.hotcourses.com or alternatively,
contact the college or university offering the course you are interested in directly. (UCAS does not provide
information on part-time courses).
There is no evidence to suggest that employers prefer to recruit students who have studied for a higher
education qualication full time. On the contrary, employers are aware of the commitment, motivation and
self discipline required to complete a higher education qualication part-time. To nd out more about job
prospects from part-time courses you can go to www.unistats.com
Learner Handout 25
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Distance Learning
General Information
Distance learning courses are not easier than courses delivered in colleges and universities. The diffculty
and duration of the distance learning course depends on the course itself. Distance learning requires
commitment, hard work and motivation.
Students on distance learning courses receive as much (if not more) support than students studying in
colleges and universities.
Students learning through distance learning are entitled to fnancial support for both full and part-time
courses (Learner Handout 30 focuses on the nancial support available).
Employers really value the commitment, drive and motivation demonstrated by students who take on a
course via distance learning (Employer comments are available at www.openuniversity.co.uk/under21).
Online student communities mean students never feel alone. It is not the same as meeting other students
face to face on a daily basis but some courses have day schools, regular tutorials or residential schools
where there is the opportunity to meet other students.
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Facts about The Open University
The Open University is the UKs largest university, teaching 35% of all part-time undergraduate students in
the UK each year.
Over 200,000 are registered with The Open University. 15,000 of those students are under 21.
70% of OU students are earning and learning.
50,000 employers have sponsored OU courses.
38,000 students receive help with their fees.
Financial support for students is assessed on their income (not that of parents). Many younger students are
able to study for free. (Learner Handout 30 focuses on the nancial support available).
6% of students have a disability. (The specialist Disabilities and Additional Requirements (DAR) team can
discuss the support a student might need before and during their studies and are responsible for ensuring
that support is put in place.)
You can choose to study your course on a full or part-time basis.
The course materials and teaching methods are renowned internationally and are of the highest quality.
Materials include specially written textbooks, online teaching materials, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, audio and
visual recordings and specialised equipment loaned for practical work.
You can start studying with the OU from 16. However, the OU insists that students under 18 receive advice
and guidance from a Student Services Adviser before they commit to study.
Applicants have to apply directly to the OU for undergraduate courses and qualifcations not through
UCAS.
The OU offers extensive support to students. Learner Support Services is a team of Learner Support
Assistants and Educational Advisers which exists to deal with any queries, crises or concerns students may
have, to ensure that their studies are as little affected as possible. This may include: study skills support,
advice on progress through a course, managing and giving information on exams, tutorial dates and venues,
support for disabled students. It is important that all students feel condent in contacting Learner Support
over any concerns they may have. Students can also contact Educational Advisers for guidance on choosing
courses and qualications, degree classication, credit transfer, changing direction etc. There is also a
careers service which offers careers advice and guidance at any stage in a students OU career.
An OU tutors role (also known as Associate Lecturer) is to be the frst point of contact for any academic
queries on a course. To support and guide students through the course materials, to mark and assess
written assignments, and provide developmental feedback to their students.
To fnd out more about studying with the OU, use the website www.openuniversity.co.uk/under21 or contact
an adviser on 0845 300 6090 to request a prospectus.
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The Open Programme
An Open degree is a BA or BSc degree where you choose the courses and subjects that you study.
As an alternative to a degree in a named subject, such as Computing or History, the Open degree lets you
create a degree thats tailored to your own requirements. You have over 300 courses to choose from - plenty
of degree-building material and each course is designed to stretch your mind and re your imagination. The
Open degree is highly regarded by employers as a programme of study that equips individuals with a wide
range of expertise, skills and capabilities.
If youre uncertain right now about which subject appeals the most, the Open degree is perfect: you can mould
an Open degree to suit your own changing needs or circumstances. You can keep an open mind throughout,
follow your interests and maybe study courses that are completely different to anything youve ever done
before. And if you eventually decide to specialise in a particular subject it is usually possible to change to a
named degree in your chosen subject.
If, on the other hand, you know precisely what subjects you want to combine then the Open degree also meets
your needs. You can steer your studies to focus on or combine personal interests or career needs in more than
one subject area. So, if you want to develop both your Information Technology and your Spanish language
skills, or combine Humanities with Psychology and management, you can.
You can gain a BSc that includes several arts courses or a BA that includes some science courses. And if you
have already successfully completed some higher education study you may be able to count that towards your
Open degree.
This extract is taken from The Open University website: www.open.ac.uk
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Facts about Finance Part Time and Distance Learning
Financial support is available for students starting a part-time or distance learning course in higher
education through the Fee Grant, Course Grant and other sources depending on the students personal
circumstances.
The Fee Grant is aimed at helping you with your tuition fees.
The Course Grant is aimed at helping you with study costs such as travel, resources, materials etc.
Accessing these grants depends on:
V How intensive your course is
V Your household income
V Other personal circumstances
Your part-time course must:
V Last at least one year
V Lead to a higher education qualication
V Not take more than twice as long to complete as the equivalent full time course
You can look in detail at how much support you would receive on the Directgov website;
www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/
Applyingforthersttime
You can also download an application form for nance from this website.
You can consult The Open University website for more details if you are interested in a distance learning
course. The OU deals with its own applications so application forms would need to be obtained directly from
them;
www.open.ac.uk/nancialsupport
Other sources of support
Additional Fee Support Scheme
Check if your college or university operate the Additional Fee Support Scheme. This could provide you with
extra support.
Access to Learning Fund
Eligibility for this grant is assessed through your college or university.
Disabled Student Allowance
If you have a disability, mental health condition or specifc learning diffculty, you can apply for extra help
through Disabled Students Allowance.
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Money Matters with the Open University
*
The cost of an Open University course depends on:
V what course you choose to study
V your household income
If you still live with your parents, it is NOT their earnings that count but your OWN earnings if you earn less
than 16,510 per year then you may be able to study for free! (You can even receive nancial help if you are
earning up to 30,000)
You may also be eligible for support with your course costs such as books, resources, travel etc. through the
Course Grant.
Here is an example of a route through an Open University degree (BA (Hons) English Language and Literature)*
2
Fees are based on 2010/2011 gures for a student eligible to pay UK course fees.
3
Remember, if you live with your parents, their income is not taken into account.
You can check how much support you may be able to access by using the Open Universitys eligibility
checker. This easy-to-use tool can be found at www.open.ac.uk/nancialsupport
For more information about nancial support and the costs of studying at the Open University visit
www.open.ac.uk/nancialsupport
*The information and footnotes have been adapted from www.openuniversity.co.uk/under21 and the Open University Undergraduate Prospectus (University Study for under 21s)
resources. The table has been taken directly from the Open University Undergraduate Prospectus (University Study for under 21s).
Learner Handout 30
BA (Hons) English Language
and Literature (B39)
Household income
3
16,845 - 30,000
4
p.a.
Household income
3
up to 16,845 p.a.
Year 1
Year 2
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Total Cost
120
650
650
650
650
650
650
3900
2
(or 4020 if
you decide to include
the Openings course)
120
Between 0 & 40
Between 0 & 450
Between 0 & 450
Between 0 & 450
Between 0 & 450
Between 0 & 450
0 - 2700 (or 2820
if you decide to include
the Openings course)
Between 0 & 120
0
0
0
0
0
0
0 - 120
If youre new to study you could start
with this optional Openings course:
Making sense of the arts (Y160)
10 credit points.
The arts past and present (AA100)
60 credit points.
Introducing the social sciences (DD101)
60 credit points.
Year 3
Exploring the English language (U211)
60 credit points.
English grammar in context (E303)
60 credit points.
Childrens literature (EA300)
60 credit points.
Full course fee
2
Approaching literature (A210)
60 credit points.