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  1. Higher Education Getting into competitive Universities and courses Angela Milln Academic Registrar

  2. Preparing Students for the Most Competitive Universities and Subjects • What do we mean by competitive universities and subjects? • Sizing up the competition • Application tactics • Questions

  3. Most Popular Universities 2009 Entry

  4. Most Popular Subjects 2009 Entry

  5. Admissions at Bristol – subject variations

  6. Male, aged 18 on entry. Good profile of GCSEs. Predicted 3 As at A-level & Extended project. Head Boy at School Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award Work experience in local GP surgery Female, aged 19 on entry. Good profile of GCSEs. Predicted 36 points in IB Young Leader with Brownies Gap year through Operation Raleigh Work experience in local hospital Imagine…you’re an admissions tutor

  7. Female, aged 21 on entry. Lives within 3 miles of the University, with childcare needs. Good profile of GCSEs. Recently completed access course with glowing reference from college. Personal statement full of life experience. What about…

  8. Selecting for High demand courses - Taken as read! • That you will • Submit a legible UCAS form • Apply by the specified closing date • Have an appropriate subject background • Have predicted grades matching the stated requirements • Provide evidence of appropriate skills &/or relevant work experience • Demonstrate a range of extra-curricular interests & responsibilities

  9. Applying for High Demand courses - Going the extra mile… • Qualifications • Can you add value e.g through the extended project? • Research • The market • The course • The selection criteria(not just the standard grades • Actual grades of successful applicants

  10. Applying for High Demand courses - Going the extra mile… NOT “I am an avid reader” BUT “I have recently been reading (giveexamples….. which interested me greatly because (give reasons)”NOT “I am really, really enthusiastic about...” BUT “In May, I attended a conference on.... • Read around the subject • Tailor your application • EVIDENCE of close fit with selection criteria • Motivation and commitment

  11. Supporting applications to High Demand courses • Personal Statements • ARE important • Should be the student’s own work! • Originality can – but may not – help! • References • Make sure you are aware of any potential conflicts with the rest of your application!

  12. Supporting applications to High Demand courses • Be realistic • Is your application a non-starter? • Do you have a back-up plan in place? • Be prepared for disappointment • And finally… Have a go!

  13. Higher Education Getting into competitive Universities and courses Angela Milln Academic Registrar