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  1. UCAS Presentation Peter Mulligan Professional Development

  2. Session Outline • Application process • UCAS tariff • Admissions tests • League tables • UCAS updates • Questions

  3. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF UCAS MAY 2010

  4. When did UCAS come into existence? 2002 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 1993 2003 PCAS UCCA MAY 2010

  5. UCAS IS MORE THAN JUST UCAS All these admissions services are run from UCAS HQ in Cheltenham Our one and only office! • UKPASS = UK Postgraduate Application & Statistical Service • 8,500 applicants • 19 institutions • UCAS = Universities & Colleges Admissions Service • 600,000 applicants • 300 institutions • 50,000 courses • GTTR = Graduate Teacher Training Registry • 50,000 applicants • 137 institutions • CUKAS = Conservatoires UK Admissions Service • 3,500 applicants • 7 conservatoires MAY 2010

  6. Over the last 16 academic cycles how many applications has UCAS processed ? 12,345,678 ? 99,999 c. 30,000,000 ! 452,981 MAY 2010

  7. In that time we’ve placed > 5 MILLION actual people on to HE courses That’s more than the whole population of Norway! MAY 2010

  8. Each year we speak to > 250,000 prospective studentsat > 50 regionalHE events MAY 2010

  9. 2009 was a record breaking year for UCAS 639,860 Applicants Equivalent to 7 full Wembley Stadia MAY 2010

  10. 2009 was a record breaking year for UCAS 481,854 Applicants accepted onto a course Roughly equivalent to the whole city of Edinburgh MAY 2010

  11. 2009 was a record breaking year for UCAS 481,854 Applicants accepted onto a course MAY 2010

  12. 2009 was a record breaking year for UCAS QUESTION What was the most popular degree subject by accepted applicants? LAW MAY 2010

  13. 2009 was a record breaking year for UCAS … and the top ten? 1. Law 2. Design studies 3. Psychology 4. Computer science 5. Business studies 6. Management studies 7. English studies 8. Business / admin 9. Sports studies 10. Social studies 1. Law 2. Design studies 3. Psychology 4. Computer science 5. Business studies 6. Management studies 7. English studies 8. Business / admin 9. Sports studies 10. Social studies Green = % rising Red = % falling MAY 2010

  14. 2010 WHAT WILL LOOK LIKE . . . MAY 2010

  15. 2010 cycle figures • Total applicants 570,556 22.9%  • 20 and under 447,342 16.5%  • 21 and over 123,214 53.7%  • UK domiciled 499,451 22.1%  • 20 and under 390,826 15.3%  • 21 and over 108,625 55.6% As of 31 May 2010 there were 640,760 applicants, a rise of 77,758 or 13.8% over 2009

  16. 2010 cycle figures • Top 10 subjects – UK domiciled Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  17. The UCAS journey • Potential applicant researches and finds a course 1 • Registers online with UCAS Apply 2 • Completes form and processes payment 3 • Academic reference added by school / college 4 • School / college sends form electronically to UCAS 5 • UCAS processes form and forwards to chosen HEIs 6 • HEIs submit decisions (offer or unsuccessful) 7 • Applicant views decisions on Track 8 • Applicant replies to offers on Track (Firm / Insurance) 9 • HEIs confirm places when results are released 10

  18. Key features of admissions scheme • Maximum of 5 choices • Some choice restrictions: • Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry – max 4 choices • Oxford or Cambridge • Simultaneous consideration • ‘Invisibility’

  19. Mid June Early September 15 October 15 January 24 March 30 June Release of Apply software First day for receipt of applications Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry Oxford or Cambridge ‘On time’ applications Various Art & Design Courses Applications after this date held for Clearing Key dates

  20. Factors for successful applications • Research • Application • Consideration

  21. Research • Paper • On-line • Experiential

  22. Course Search Post-it

  23. Post-it is…or Post-it isn’t Glass Quantum Science & Lasers Tournament Golf Ballistic Engineering Edinburgh College of Art University of Exeter Duchy College University of Abertay Dundee Southampton Solent University University of Nottingham Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures Yacht & Powercraft Design Perfumery Viking Studies Bovine Management Viticulture & Oenology Motorsport Design Engineering Football Studies & Music University of Brighton University of the West of Scotland Liverpool Hope University

  24. Possible Chemistry HE courses • Medicinal Chemistry • Chemical Physics • Environmental Chemistry • Chemical Engineering • Biochemistry • Chemistry with Patent Law • Chemistry with Nanotechnology • Chemistry with Oceanography • Chemistry for Forensic Science • Chemistry for Drug Discovery

  25. Edit, edit, edit!

  26. Similarity Detection Service • Personal statements are checked against a library of those already in the system, and from a variety of websites and paper publications • Each new statement is added to the library after processing

  27. Common errors in APPLY • Missed Qualifications (GCSE’s) • Non-existent criminal convictions • Poor choice of email address • Choices too broad • Weak personal statement • Ref / PS mentions one institution by name • Weak vocational references

  28. UCAS Tariff • The Tariff came into practice for 2002 entry and originally encompassed the following qualifications: • Curriculum 2000 • Scottish Qualifications • It enables you to make offers and specify entry requirements under a single numerical score • To be within the UCAS tariff a qualification would normally have been accredited at the English NQF level 3

  29. Tariff statistics Use of Tariff for 2010 entry requirements: • 81% of institutions using the Tariff • 65% of courses using the Tariff

  30. Diplomas in the UCAS Tariff • Progression Diploma (Principal and Generic Learning) • Maximum 350 points • Additional & Specialist Learning (ASL) • Maximum 140 points • Advanced Diploma = Progression Diploma plus ASL • Maximum 490 points

  31. Diplomas in the UCAS Tariff • 1,265 level 3 qualifications on ASL catalogue • 49% of these attract UCAS Tariff points

  32. Tariff points

  33. Example 1 • A student has failed their Advanced Diploma due to the failure to achieve a maths functional skill • However they have achieved: • A grade B in Principal Learning = 150 tariff points • A grade C in their Extended Project = 40 tariff points • Functional Skills in English and IT = 20 tariff points • An A level in Maths at grade C = 80 tariff points • In total this student has achieved 290 UCAS tariff points

  34. Example 2 • A student had not received and Advanced Diploma because they did not pass the extended project and some functional skills • However they have achieved: • A grade C in Principal Learning = 120 tariff points • A functional skill in English = 10 tariff points • An A level in Spanish at grade B = 100 tariff points • In total this student has achieved 240 UCAS tariff points

  35. Vocational Routes to HE • BTEC • OCR • NVQ

  36. Question1: BMAT A farmer has an underground water tank which he decided to calibrate by adding known volumes of water and measuring the depth using a dip-stick. His calibration graph is shown below. The horizontal cross section of the tank is circular at all points.

  37. Question 4: LNAT Essay question