Many schools and colleges deliver an excellent advice and guidance service to their students, but some may feel that an external contribution will provide a different perspective and enhance the experience for their students.
University Guidance can deliver a variety of individual and groups sessions, depending upon the requirements of a school or college, as follows:
Presentation #1 – Choosing & Applying to University
This session introduces the factors that students need to consider when choosing their universities and courses, and then provides an overview of the main application processes. Alongside applications to UK universities, this session can also include applying to universities in the United States, mainland Europe and beyond.
Presentation #2 – Writing Successful Application Essays
This session introduces the various different application essays that are required to be written, including the UCAS Personal Statement for UK applications, the Common App general essay for many US applications, and supplementary essays that are required by some universities in both the UK and the US. European universities normally require a covering letter to be written, and this is also covered in the presentation.
Presentation #3 – Writing Supportive References
This session, for staff, focuses upon writing references or letters of recommendation to support university applications. It identifies the subtle differences that are required when writing to UK or US universities, and includes some of the common mistakes that should be avoided.
Presentation #4 – Confirmation & Coping With Clearing
This session prepares students and staff for the UCAS Confirmation and Clearing processes, and includes handy hints and tips for students to successfully secure the right university place for them in processes that barely last 3 days.
Workshop #1 – You’re An Admissions Tutor!
This workshop can be delivered to either a class of students or to staff involved in an advisory capacity, and highlights the difficulties that university admissions tutors face. The class is split up into four or five groups, and each group acts as an admissions tutor. A number of anonymised UCAS applications are provided and the ‘admissions tutor’ has to decide which applications receive an offer, and which get declined.
One-to-One or Small Group Sessions
Some schools and colleges prefer to hold smaller or one-to-one sessions with external advisers, and University Guidance is happy to discuss any individual requirements that a school or college has in order to provide the best service to its students and staff.