Posted on Friday, 21 November 2014 at 9am
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
Whether you’re a student or you’re a staff member, the beginning of the academic year always seems to fly by. I can’t believe Christmas is only five weeks away! Not that I’m counting down or anything. The past few months have been a very busy time for me, I’ve been out and about in the Yorkshire and Humber area visiting different Further Education (FE) colleges and meeting hundreds of students who are thinking about coming to university.
As the Lifelong Learning Centre’s External Liaison Officer, a large part of my role is to promote communication with FE colleges in the region. I deliver sessions throughout the year to students to help with various aspects of the UCAS application process, such as making choices, personal statements, and HE finance. I most often meet students on BTEC National Diploma and Access to Higher Education courses who always represent such a diverse range of backgrounds. That’s what I love about this job, all the people I get to meet. No one session is ever the same and it’s wonderful to see so many driven students.
At this time of year, the focus has very much been on writing a good personal statement, but I’ve also been doing sessions with my colleague M.J. Morgan on having a ‘plan B’. Getting into university, regardless of where and what you’re studying, is a competitive and selective process and inevitably every year there will be students who are disappointed that they didn’t get in where they wanted or didn’t get in at all. Understandably this can be a time of panic and upset, and many may think that it’s all over, but it’s really not! We talk about the ways that you can enhance your application in the first instance and then we talk about having a ‘plan B’ just in case you don’t get an offer or you don’t meet the conditions of your offer. It may be you are better suited to studying an extended degree with a foundation year. You could benefit from part-time study or gaining more relevant experience to strengthen your application.
Whatever you decide to do, remember there are always far more open doors than you may think.