Posted on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 4pm
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
As College Liaison Officer, my role is to promote communication between the University of Leeds and Further Education Colleges. To this end I provide sessions to students on UCAS applications, personal statements, making choices, and highlighting the progression routes for non-traditional students (students that have not gone through the standard A Level route at school). For many students the UCAS application is a daunting process, questions on where to go, how to apply, what to include in a personal statement all arise. With these in mind we recently hosted a UCAS Information Day for Further Education College students at the Lifelong Learning Centre.
The day involved sessions on the dos and don’ts of a personal statement, what universities are looking for in a statement and how to relate your course to your degree choice. Sessions from Social Science, Business, Healthcare and Arts & Humanities gave students an insight into the topics they will be studying at Higher Education. Feedback from the students on the day showed that the talks on finance and different routes into Higher Education were really useful and informative.
It was fantastic to see students asking questions about their different interests in Higher Education and wanting to get advice on their applications. What was really beneficial on the day was being able to highlight to students the whole UCAS cycle, that if a student does not get a place on their first attempt and in February/March they find they are without a place, it is not the end of their hopes. Raising awareness of UCAS Extra and Clearing allowed students to focus on their end goal of gaining access to Higher Education and keeping morale up.
The day was a fantastic success, as one participant said, “it was really good to know my options and focus now on my personal statement”. Thank you to all the students who took part on the day and fingers crossed for your applications.