There are few periods of life that are as financially tight as when you’re attending university. Tuition, food, and textbooks eat up your budget while attending classes leaves you little time to bring in a reasonable income.
Of course, one of the biggest costs to uni life, whether you’re a fresher or about to graduate, is paying rent. Even if you’ve opted to live off-campus to save some cash, writing that monthly check for rent may have you thinking you should pick up a roommate in a flash.
This is a perfectly reasonable idea, but it should be handled with care. Instead of casting about for anyone and everyone who’s willing to split that rent with you, it’s important to take your time choosing a living companion.
This has been a year like no other for young people receiving their results. As always, Skills Development Scotland’s Results Helpline will provide dedicated support when it opens on Tuesday 4th August.
Our Results Helpline offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents and carers from 8am on Results day.
Around 138,000 candidates across Scotland will receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results from SQA. SDS’s expert advisers will be on hand to discuss options and next steps including:
University and college courses
Confirmation and Clearing
Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships
The number to call is 0808 100 8000 and the Helpline is open on August 4th and 5th from 8am to 8pm, August 6th and 7th from 9am-5pm and August 10th to 12th from 9am-5pm....
We know that this year is different for those people receiving exam results so the National Careers Service’s Exam Results Helpline is available to help young people (and their parents or carers) that are receiving exam results in August. The helpline has professional careers advisers available to provide free, impartial advice and guidance on the different choices available which includes:
Skills, qualifications and subject choices
Re-sits and re-marks
Post-16 and Post-18 options, including gap years and re-sits/re-marks
1. What are the key features and aptitudes of successful applicants?
Willingness to work hard, because you will be studying and doing a full-time job, as well as confident and mature to handle their responsibilities in the workplace. Academically, they can have different types of qualifications.
2. What are the biggest challenges for young people doing an Apprenticeship?
Just making enough time to do everything in the day calls for great time management skills.
As an apprentice, you are expected to work hard, and are given real responsibilities, a contract of employment, holiday, and sick pay – exactly the same as any other member of staff! You will also gain a qualification, and valuable skills and experience.
2. You will work towards a qualification.
You will be supported by a training provider (a university or college), that will help you achieve your qualification and make sure you complete your apprenticeship.
Fraudsters can take advantage of you when you’re at uni – learn how to help protect yourself with our handy podcast below! Whether it’s via your smartphone, laptop or other digital device, you’re always connected, for the serious work (study and revision!) as well as your social activity and for the most part, it’s great!
Unfortunately, it also exposes you to the threat of fraud and scams. From phishing to smishing, this podcast provides hints and tips of things to watch out for and how to protect yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Gaia and I’m about to start my third year studying Psychology with Criminology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Alongside my studies I regularly post university content on my YouTube channel – ‘Gaia Rose’. Ever since I started my channel back in September 2019, I have been helping thousands of students get to know not only NTU better, but also offer a realistic insight into student life at university. My channel covers a variety of different areas, from day in the life university vlogs to NTU-specific advice videos. I have also taken over NTU’s Instagram twice for their student takeovers.
In the recent months, I’ve been balancing my time revising for my second-year exams and filming videos for my channel. The current COVID-19 situation has already proven to be difficult for UK students such as myself, due to the vague government guidelines. Therefore, I cannot imagine how...
Graduation! This is something every student looks forward to from the day they start the degree! It isn’t just about the certificate and the qualification, but it is about celebrating your achievements, celebrations with the friends that became family, making lifelong memories in the form of pictures, and most importantly – throwing your cap in the air! Being an international student, I was very excited for my family to come over for my graduation celebration and they were equally excited to make their trip here just to know it was not happening this year. Many universities have cancelled their graduation ceremonies and some have organised virtual celebrations, but I am glad Swansea University is still hoping to have a graduation ceremony for every student who was to graduate this year, be it this year or the next and I am very excited for that time to come! Something very unique that Swansea University is designing for its graduates year is a digital year book to keep as a memento...
For lots of students, the deadline for replying to offers is just a few days away. Together with BBC Bitesize we’ve pulled together what you need to know and do before the 18 June deadline…
Make a decision!
It sounds obvious, right?!… If your reply deadline is on 18 June, you need to make your replies in Track by 18:00 on 18 June. If you don’t, they’ll be declined for you.
To help you make an informed decision about what and where you’ll study, head to university and college websites to find out how courses will run next term. Most have updated their sites in the last month, so take a look at the latest information.
Get answers to questions before you reply
If you’re worried about any part of uni life, reach out to unis and get your questions answered before you make your replies. Admissions offices up and down the country are ready to help and give...
A placement year may be an essential part of your degree or optional. Current placement student, Emily Fox from De Montfort University, recently completed her year in industry and details four reasons why you should consider one too.
Placement years usually occur between your second and final year of study at university and at many institutions, count towards your overall degree. Often, they can help you to explore potential career paths and provide you with valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.