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Have you considered a career in music, dance, or drama? If so, check out what’s on offer with UCAS Conservatoires.
But how do you know which is the right course for you? Our tips will make sure you choose the course that best suits you.
1.Research courses in our search tool.
The first place to start will be our search tool. Once you’ve found a course and conservatoire that’s taken your interest, find out more about the course, the conservatoire, the entry requirements and the audition fees by clicking on the course in question.
2.Attend open days
Open days will give you the opportunity to check out the facilities, meet current students and staff and give you the chance to ask them questions. Search for open days by conservatoire on our...
With GCSE results day just around the corner, it’s not too late to look at the options available to you afterwards. You might start thinking about changing your course or, if your results aren’t what you were expecting, looking at other options. There are lots of courses and programmes to choose from, everything from A levels and BTECs, to apprenticeships and traineeships.
Need a different option?
So what happens if you don’t get the grades you need to do your chosen course? It doesn’t mean you can’t progress as you’d hoped. Speak to the school or...
We spoke to some past students that found themselves in these situations after exam results day.
Got the grades but no offers
Tanya found herself in a position she didn’t expect when she got the grades she needed to study Medicine but no offers from any Universities. After speaking to one of our advisers she decided to take a gap year to gain some work experience.
See Tanya’s story here:
Don’t panic and considering Clearing
Ollie didn’t get the grades he was expecting and panicked until he spoke to one of our advisers who talked him through the options and guided him through the Clearing process:
Recently I have discussed the transition from GCSE to A level, and also what to consider when aiming for your degree - what to choose then, so I figured it was only fair to write about the in between stage which is, if anything, one of the more important aspects of the transition. The whole two years of sixth form is intense studying which in the end can be seen for how brief it really is, so it is important to make the most of it in the subjects you choose. When choosing your A levels, remember that they are probably going to affect what it is that you are able to apply for and study at university. When I was choosing my A levels, I knew that I wanted to study music and knew which subjects I needed to do and which others I wanted to choose because I already held an interest in them and had some level of knowledge maintained from GCSE level. Remember this when you are choosing, and choose wisely:
1. Find a college which has a good reputation
If you know your chosen...
Moving from a school where you have been for a considerable amount of time can be quite intimidating on it's own, but this can be made much easier by visiting and getting to know the new area and environment you are going to be studying in. This, of course, will be how you decide on your new school. But if you want to know more about what it is like in terms of the change in work load, in the long term, this post might provide a little more information. When moving from GCSE to A level, some of the things you should be aware of are...
The amount of time you are going to have to put into your studies now is like revision for GCSE's on a regular basis, except on only three or four subjects. It might sound like a lot, but the reason you will have less subjects is because the content is so specialist and detailed that you need to have as much time to balance your life with your work and the work can be really hard at times. I have studied History, Music and...
1. First off, we need to make it clear that we are not student finance! We don’t arrange funding, but we can point you in the right direction and help you to understand the process.
2. There are two types of loans:
A Tuition Fee Loan – this covers the cost of course fees. Your university or college will charge the tuition fee and your loan is paid directly to them. The amount unis charge varies – it can be up to £9,000 per year for a full-time course. Use oursearch tool to find courses and then use the ‘Fees and finance’ tab to check out how much they cost.
A Maintenance Loan – this helps cover living costs while you’re studying. How much you’ll get depends on your household income, where you’ll be studying, where you currently live and...
This week is National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. There are over 100,000 employers who offer apprenticeships and so far, we’ve received over 8,500 applications through UCAS Progress. This figure is increasing every year!
To get a better understanding of the journey you go through on an apprenticeship, we asked Amanda Dorsett from Resource Productions and Sadie Hawkins from IBM to share their experiences.
“Hello! My name's Sadie Hawkins and I'm an IBMer*.
A 21 year old apprentice on a mission – a mission to promote apprenticeships (and alternative career paths) and prove that apprentices really can 'get in and go far'!
With thanks to work experience back in 2010, I gained fantastic insight into IBM’s clients, culture, innovation and technology. From there, I was hooked! In August 2011 (at the grand old age of 18), I joined the IBM apprenticeship programme.
Since joining IBM, I've gained a broad range of experience in project, people and audit management, working with clients all across Europe. Currently, I'm a...
I was thinking today about the application process and how much there seemed to do! It also seemed like this was the first big thing my daughter wanted to do on her own, without my help! Scary times! Of course I still wanted to support her throughout the whole process but it's hard to know where to start.
UCAS will then send you useful reminders throughout the year, anything from application deadline date reminders, how to complete applications, open day dates and a really useful ‘what happens next?’ section! We are all so busy and these newsletters dropping into my inbox throughout the year were great for keeping my daughter and I on track