How to prepare for university, UCAS and personal statement tips and how to pick courses with Liverpool John Moores University, the University of East Anglia and the University of Southampton.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays who touches upon the guidance and help provided to students to help them make good choices when considering university. This is followed by three guest speakers who each talk about different aspects of university.

Session 1: Top tips for picking university courses

The first guest speaker is Megan Broughton who is the Higher Education Advisor at the University of East Anglia. She provides top tips for picking the right course at university, which can seem like an overwhelming process considering that there are currently 35,600+ courses to choose from on UCAS. Not only that, but within specific subject courses there are many options to choose from and it is vital to pick the right one for you. Megan highlights the importance of picking courses which are similar in nature, but also to study a subject which you are passionate about. Not all courses are the same and Megan explores other options available such as joint-honours, year abroad, year in industry and a foundation year. There are benefits to all the available options and it is important to see which works best for you and your career plans. It is very important to research the different courses in detail, Megan explains, and she shares the best ways to do this to get the greatest insight into a course. She finally touches upon why it is important to look at different modules at different universities for the same course which can differ greatly.

Session 2: Preparing for UCAS and your personal statement

The second guest speaker is Andrew Cooper, who is the Schools and Colleges Account Manager at Liverpool John Moores University. He speaks about the ways you can prepare for UCAS and your personal statement. He firstly touches on what UCAS is, and something which not many people explore is the advice and guidance available on their website. With university applications there is a deadline and Andrew explains the benefits of starting an application early. With UCAS you can submit five applications to different universities, but it is important that these are simultaneous, and the speaker highlights the effective ways this can be done. Personal statements are the only chance for admission tutors to get to know you, so it is very important that you make them very good. Andrew explains the broad structure of a personal statement and provides advice on what will make yours strong. To prepare for this, he clarifies what admission tutors are looking for and emphasises the significance of drafting to keep improving. He finally touches upon the things you should avoid in your personal statement.

Session 3: Preparing yourself academically for university

The third guest speaker is Dr Emma Thompson who is the Learn with US Transition Leader at the University of Southampton. She speaks about the ways you can prepare yourself academically for university. It is important to demonstrate that you have the skills set that is applicable for university and highlights the ways in which this can be developed. One of the critical things to understand is the difference in teaching at college and university – with the latter requiring a lot more independent study. Emma provides information on the useful ways to build on current skills so you can reach that level of independence. One of the ways to prepare for university is through the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).Emma explains what this is, the benefits it provides in helping you prepare for university and why universities make offers to students who undertake this qualification. She finally explains the importance of developing your reading for university, the benefits of online courses whilst stuck at home which will help you to get an understanding for university learning.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

There were 489 registrations for the live event from students, teachers and school groups.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:00

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