Now that the academic year has ended for many of us, we have a long summer ahead. I for one have been looking forward to this particularly long summer break between Sixth Form and uni for a LONGtime. The last thing I want to do is waste it, knowing that if I do, I’ll no doubt regret missing an opportunity for all the things I was dying to do earlier in the year when I was drowning in revision! I’m already a few weeks in, and beginning to feel myself slip into a habit of doing next to nothing with my time, so here’s how I’m planning the rest of my break:
Making the most of festival season is often high on the priority list once Uni ends for the summer. With so many festivals to choose from at home and abroad it can become pretty pricey to see your favourite artists. Here’s a few money saving tips to help you cut the cost of your festival fun.
Get in for free
Of course this is the dream - getting to see all your favourite bands but not having to pay a penny for the privilege. It’s possible but you’ll have to do a bit of work. Some charities attend festivals to raise awareness and money. Many advertise for volunteers to come along and help them. You’ll have to work the hours they...
Before you know it, it’ll be time to pack and get on your way to uni. Here’s a quick guide on what to pack.
Clothes – there’s no need to pack your entire wardrobe, especially if you’re going to head home at the end of term!
Bedroom bits and pieces – duvet, sheets, pillows, hangers, and towels. You might want to think about ear plugs if you’re going to be in a lively area, or a mini fridge for your room if you’ll be in shared accommodation.
From the bathroom cabinet – toiletries, glasses, contact lenses, medication, and a small first aid kit.
Laundry – washing products, laundry bag, and drying rack.
Electronics – laptop, tablet, printer, extension leads, and chargers. You may need an adaptor if you’re coming from outside the UK.
Kitchen essentials – check what is included at your accommodation. As a minimum, you’ll need enough cutlery, crockery, glasses, pots...
My name is Kirsty Hall and I have just completed my second year at the University of Hull, where I am studying for an Undergraduate Degree in Education Studies.
I had always planned to go to university after college, but life threw me a curveball and I became a mum instead. After my partner completed his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and postgraduate diploma, and after we had another baby, the time finally felt right for me to return to studying! I had some good life experience, and my previous jobs helped me to develop and confirm I wanted to pursue a career in education. I think this is the biggest benefit to being a mature student – you really know what you what to do.
During the application process I was extremely nervous at how I would manage running a home, looking after my children, and studying. The university helped to calm my nerves by putting on two mature student days over the summer...
Make friends with older students! When it comes to university, you are left in the dark with a lot of things and aren’t given an awful lot of direction as you’re left to discover a lot of things for yourself.
The greatest help to get through first year is definitely second year students. Just think, they’ve been through everything that you’re about to: they’ve had to figure out how to adjust, what to learn, they’ve already sat and passed that exam you’ll have to do at the end of the year.
2. Understanding a little is better than learning everything
One of the things that took me a while to adjust to is how different the learning is from A-Levels. You don’t have a specification, so you have to decide what you think is important to know, and what not so much.
I began my BA (Hons) Photography at University Centre St Helens (UCSH) in September last year. I am the only mature student in my class, and at 57 years old, had been out of education for almost 40 years. My only qualifications prior to this were Scottish O Grades in arithmetic and
woodwork from 1977 and a GCSE in English from 2013.
I have been taking pictures since about 1980, but never really took it seriously until about four years ago. When I turned 55 I decided I didn't want to...
What is Clearing?
Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS Undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers. Running from 5 July to mid-September, you’ll be eligible for Clearing if:
you apply after 30 June
you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
your place is not confirmed after exam results are published
Last year, thousands of places were available through Clearing, such as English and law, with over 64,300 applicants obtaining places.
Courses in Clearing aren’t just the ones nobody wants – there are many reasons why courses are still available. It’s an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions, or had a last minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study.
How do you use Clearing?
Well, the first place to start is to search for vacancies in...
The Exam Results Helpline is preparing for another busy August helping stressed-out students and their families as 2018’s major exam announcements approach. The team of career advice experts provide free, specialised information, help and guidance to students who have higher or lower exam results than expected and want to know what to do next.
The helpline number 0808 100 8000 opens in Scotland first on August 7, when Higher, Advanced Higher, National and Scottish Baccalaureate results are announced and closes North of the Border on August 15.
The helpline number 0800 100 900 will then open for students in the rest of the UK on August 16, the day A Level results are issued and closes on August 30 following GCSE results day. Follow on advice will be available from The National Careers Service to anyone that requires it after the 30 August.
Students make the bulk of the calls, but a third are...
Well, for starters, what is a mature student? Universities define this as anyone over the age of 21... not much help when you are over 40!
So, I am a real, 46 year old woman, who woke up quite literally one morning disillusioned with my career choice in education and decided I need to make a change!
So, I sat down, pulled all my certificates out, wrote down my strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes of careers, looked at the pathway to social work and family intervention, and thought right, put your big girl pants on and go get a degree!
Applying to UCAS is the easy part, and selecting the right uni is easy – the distance to my home, children juggling, school runs, and life is the hardest part!
My acceptance email from uni came and I whooped my head off in excitement, then it dawned on me...
Oh, my goodness... I’m 46 and going to be a full-time student!...