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The majority of our students aim to go to University in the UK and there are thousands of courses at hundreds of different universities. Students also apply through the CAO system for the Republic of Ireland. Recently, some our students have accepted offers for competitive courses at European Universities. It is important to start researching well in advance of making an application. Students are advised to supplement their on-line research by attending carefully selected university open days or taster courses.

UCAS, the official site for all UK universities and colleges offering Higher education courses, is a good starting point for course research. The site offers guidance on choosing the right course and has links to the websites of all the higher education providers. Applications are made on-line through UCAS Apply and there is a step by step guide on how to apply and track an application There is information for parents on how to support students to research and apply for courses and the option to sign up for regular newsletters. 

University prospectuses can be viewed on-line. Students can also access prospectuses in the careers library.

IT3Sixty Apprenticeship Opportunities

Social Media and Digital Marketing

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There are a number of exciting open positions for IT Apprenticeships with Northern Ireland Employers and we would be grateful if you can promote these opportunities to your students.  Apprentices will gain full time employment with a salary and study for a Level 4 apprenticeship with one day per week day release.

Digital marketing and the use of social and digital media is a key part of business marketing and practice today. Businesses are looking for more digital marketing capability and capacity, which is increasing the demand for skilled people.  

For an overview of the qualification structure you can view our flyer by clicking here>>
We have four current opportunities within the companies below working in dynamic marketing teams:




Application Process
We are looking for students who will be completing A-Level or equivalent type qualifications this year. They will benefit from full time employment while completing a Level 4 Higher Level Apprenticeship programme with Belfast Metropolitan College.
We are asking students that are interested to complete an on-line Application Form and submit it by Thursday 23rd June.
  • All Applications received will be processed and students will be contacted within 14 days of the closing date to let them know if their application has been successful in getting through to the next stage.
  • Successful candidates will then be advised of the next stages of the recruitment process.
  • All positions will commence in September 2016
Places are limited; therefore we encourage students to select more than one Employer on the Application Form.  
If you have any queries please contact me directly.

Kate E Wilson
028 9092 3396

Letter to Parents

Dear Parent,

The UCAS Application process for applying for 2017 is now active. This means your son/daughter can begin their applications now. However, they will not be able to submit their application to UCAS until 6 September – but they have plenty of time to register. They can begin researching courses in the search tool located on the UCAS website. There are 37,000 courses to choose from, so taking their time to find the right course is of paramount importance. The personal statement tool will also help them to think about what to include in their personal statement, and how to structure it. It also counts how many characters they’ve used, so it’s easy to see when they’re close to the 4,000 character limit

Pupils can now download the free app for regular updates about the application process, alongside information about unusual careers and how to get into them. There is also a parent information tool guide which will guide you through the application process, so you  can stay up- to date with what your  son/daughter needs to do when.

Your son/daughter should now register with UCAS, where they will receive their own usernames and passwords. Once this happens, they can begin to start their applications. To register they will need to use this buzzword just once. The buzzword is ERGS17. I would encourage your son/daughter to expedite this process as soon as possible.

On receiving examination results in August and successfully moving into Y14, pupils will spend a day with the career team at the end of August going through the UCAS process in readiness for the new term.

If you require any assistance, please contact me during school hours on 02866 322658.


Yours Sincerely


Damian K Dempster

Career Co-Coordinator

UCAS Advisers' Newsletter

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June 2016 
 This month’s newsletter includes everything you need in the lead up to results day, as well as latest news on the new UCAS Postgraduate search tool. There’s still time to register for our conference on Competitive Admissions in Sheffield, 5 July 2016. 
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Due to planned maintenance ahead of Confirmation and Clearing, the following services will be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday 10 June until 23:59 on Sunday 12 June:
  • Apply and Track for applicants
  • Apply for advisers and Adviser Track
Our Schools Team will be unavailable to take calls from 14:00 - 16:00 on Friday 10 June due to staff training.
Training and events
Training and events
  • Sharpen your students’ competitive edge and find out how a wide range of universities select for their most competitive subjects at Competitive Admissions, on 5 July at Mercure St Paul’s Hotel and Spa, Sheffield.
  • Following the success of our first, free online course for advisers, our next massive open online course (MOOC) is now open for registrations. Smart choices: broadening your horizons – the course for learners, starts 26 September 2016 and runs for two weeks.

UK Clinical Aptitude Tests for Medicine and Dentistry

UKCAT: Students should register & book now

Thinking of applying to study medicine or dentistry?

Most UK universities require applicants to sit an admissions test in addition to their other entry requirements.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required by the majority of University Medical and Dental schools in the UK and must be sat in the summer of 2016 by candidates who want to apply to member universities for entry in 2017 (or deferred entry in 2018).


What is the UKCAT?

The UKCAT helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants to medical and dental programmes.

It is used in conjunction with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications.

The UKCAT is a computer-based test. It does not contain any curriculum or science content but instead focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals.

Who should sit the test?

A full list of universities / courses that require the UKCAT is available on our website.

Where can candidates sit the test?

The test is delivered via computer in partnership with Pearson VUE at over 150 UK authorised test centres and in around 100 countries worldwide.

Candidates are encouraged to register and book early to ensure they get a test slot at their chosen test centre.

Key Dates



Registration & booking opens


Tues 3rd May 2016

Testing begins


Fri 1st July 2016

Registration closes


Wed 21st September 2016 – 5pm

Bursary deadline


Wed 21st September 2016 – 5pm

Booking/rescheduling closes


Tues 4th October 2016 – midday

Last testing date


Wed 5th October 2016

UCAS application deadline


Sat 15th October 2016

UCAS choice notification deadline


Fri 21st October 2016

Useful Resources

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We have created a Candidate Preparation Toolkit to help students prepare for the test. This includes an Official Guide, Practice Tests, a Practice App (for iPhone and Android) and a selection of videos on our YouTube channel.


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We have also produced an Adviser Toolkit for schools and colleges. This contains the UKCAT Official Guide, a poster and leaflet plus a presentation and two tutorials to help advise and prepare students who might be sitting the test.

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We will send important information out monthly during the UKCAT testing cycle. If you find this useful, please add the ukcat@pearson.com email address to your 'Safe senders' list to ensure it does not get filtered as spam.

For further information visit: www.ukcat.ac.uk


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OLC Computer Programming and Engineering Summer Courses

Click here for details of the Engineering Summer Course on 29th June that is now open to Students from the Fermanagh Area. Note that if travelling from Fermanagh students will be time enough until 9.30am.

UCAS Advisers' Newsletter

To read the latest UCAS Advisers newsletter, click here.

PwC Information Evening

On Wednesday 25 May, 6pm-8pm PwC are hosting an information evening for students interested in an alternative to university and starting their career.  PwC offer a range of programmes aimed at students post A levels allowing students to kick start their career in Professional Services and gain a Professional qualification.  It's by no means career limiting by not going to uni, here's what our students have to say:  

The information evening will be held in the Google lab in our Belfast office.  The event will kick off at 6pm and is open to Year 12's interested in our Year 13 work experience week and Year 13/14's interested in understanding what school leaver opportunities we offer.  We also welcome students who have finished school and are still unsure what they want to do.  Teachers and parents welcome!!

To register for the event click here.

UCAS Advisers' Newsletter

Get a head start on applications for 2017
The UCAS Undergraduate search tool is now live! Your Year 12 students can now start researching higher education courses, universities, and colleges. They can investigate the kinds of opportunities they’re interested in, before UCAS Undergraduate Apply 2017 opens on 24 May 2016. (Completed applications can then be submitted to us from September 2016.)  UCAS exhibitions are also a great way of stimulating their interest in post-18 education options. It’s not too late to join us this year. We have 15 exhibitions taking place in June – including Birmingham, Sheffield, Essex, and West and North Yorkshire. To find out more and book, visit our exhibitions website. We've had some great feedback from schools and colleges who have attended so far:·         'Fantastic day @ucasevents. Very informative and lots of exciting plans being made for the future.'·         'Having a great time going round the @ucasevents exhibition.'
  • 'At a #ucasexhibition. Superb thank you @UCAS.'
UCAS' upcoming conferences
Inspiring choices and progression to HE conference: keynote speaker announced
We’re pleased to announce that careers and higher education adviser, Penny Longman, will deliver the keynote presentation at our conference next month. Penny’s session, ‘Inspiring your learners to make smart choices in the current environment’, will highlight the need for advisers to help students make post-18 choices that are both aspirational and well suited to their individual skillsets and personal preferences. She’ll join a host of experienced professionals from across the education and employment sectors at the event, on 8 June at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel. Find out more and book your place. 
Discover how universities select for their most popular subjects
Join us in Sheffield on 5 July for our Competitive Admissions conference, and you'll get a unique insight into how admissions professionals select students. As well as the chance to hear from leading education experts, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in a number of breakout sessions, including: 'Writing an effective UCAS reference and supporting your students' applications', 'Qualification reform and the impact on HE', and 'The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)'. Book today for an early bird discount!



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The UCAS Events Team
Telephone: 01242 544 808
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 Cambridge College Computing and Systems Development

Cambridge Regional College Clearing 2015
HNC/HND in Computing & Systems Development Are you considering studying Computing as a degree? Why pay £9,000 a year to study IT at university – when you can study a higher education course in Cambridge for just £4,000 a year. Cambridge Regional College’s great low cost Higher National Certificate and Diploma will teach you the essential high level IT skills employers in this region want. We can teach you the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the computing sector and offer you the opportunity to specialise in areas such as Object Oriented Programming, Business Skills for e-Commerce, Computer Systems, Database Design and Network Security. We offer excellent teaching by industry experts in outstanding facilities, and as part of your course you will carry out practical work-based assignments, giving you the real job skills valued by employers. Businesses report huge demand for skilled IT practitioners, with the IT sector outstripping the rest of the economy threefold when it comes to job creation – it’s a great time to get into the industry! We still have places available for this September! Apply direct to the college or find us on UCAS.   Click here to find out more or call our Enquiry Team on tel. 01223 226315
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Entry Requirements


When choosing suitable courses it is important to understand the UCAS tariff system which for AS and A2 is as follows:

AS                                                                     A2

                                                                          A*  140 UCAS points

A 60 UCAS points                                          A    120 UCAS points

B 50 UCAS points                                          B    100 UCAS points

C 40 UCAS points                                          C     80  UCAS points

D 30 UCAS points                                          D     60 UCAS points

E  20 UCAS points                                         E      40 UCAS points

The AS points only apply to those subjects  which are NOT being continued to A2 level as they are included in the final A2 grade if the subject is continued beyond AS

In addition to A level entry requirements, students should check well in advance of their application whether they will need to fulfil additional requirements. Medical and Dental schools require applicants to take the UK Clinical Test or Biomedical Admissions Test as part of the admissions procedure; Oxford, Cambridge and an increasing number of other universities have their own admission tests; some law schools require students to take the National Admissions Test for Law; students applying for music and performing arts courses may need to prepare for auditions; and those applying for art and design courses may be asked to produce a portfolio of work if they are selected for interview.

Choosing the Right Course at the Right University for You

Students should do a considerable amount of individual research, as each student will have a different set of criteria when finding the right course for them as an individual. It is important to start by considering what these criteria are by asking questions such as the following:

*Which subjects really interest me?

* What grades will I realistically achieve? (Use the Grade Card system to assist you)

* Would I like to combine subjects or concentrate on one subject?

* Would I like to undertake a period of study abroad as part of my studies?

* Would I like a vocational course to prepare me for a particular course?

* Do I want to live at home or away from home?

* Do I want to live on a campus, in a big city or a rural location?

* How much will it cost- tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses, travel?

* Which Universities are good for my subject?

* What are the facilities like?

* What are my career goals?

After considering the above questions, you will begin to get a better idea of what and where you want to study and be happy and successful. There is no university that is “best” for everyone.

We would encourage our students to talk through their career choices with family, friends, teachers, careers advisers and university admission tutors in order to get a better sense of the course before making the “big” decision.


Writing Your Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is your opportunity to “sell” yourself to the University. Outside, of doing public examinations, it is the single most important piece of writing you will undertake at post-primary education. You will be required to provide evidence of enthusiasm, commitment, and demonstrate how you are different to other students applying to the same course. Students begin work on personal statements during Y13 and receive on-going support from careers teachers. The UCAS website also contains plenty of helpful information. In the careers resource room, there are books on writing “successful” personal statements.


Financing Your Degree

Information on the latest position regarding tuition fees, grants and loans is provided by Student Finance Northern Ireland. Bursaries and scholarships are also available from universities and other organisations such as charities and businesses for students who meet specific criteria.  Details of university funded bursaries and scholarships are available on individual university websites. The Scholarship Hub contains a useful database of scholarships based on a range of eligibility criteria such as academic merit, financial need and special skills.

Sponsored Degrees

A number of companies offer sponsored degrees which involve a combination of study and periods of employment with the company. There is no official register of these sponsored degrees, as they are generally displayed on individual company websites. Details of current schemes are available in the careers resource room.

Sponsored degrees can be very attractive option for those students who know what career they would like to pursue as they often provide full degree funding, work experience, and a graduate role on completion.

Applications are usually made directly to the company rather than through UCAS. Students can apply for these schemes in addition to their five UCAS choices. The application procedure will often involve online-tests, assessment centres and interviews.

Useful Websites

Students are advised to regularly check individual websites for the most up-to date information on course and entry requirements. The following websites are useful sources of information for students as they progress through the process of researching choices and making an application. There are also some excellent subject specific websites listed in the Careers Information section of our website.

www.ucas.com    The official universities and colleges admissions website. Students use Apply & Track to make their online applications and monitor progress.

www.ukcoursefinder.com     A questionnaire to help identify courses linked to a student’s interests & ability.

www.prospects.ac.uk     This graduate website is also an excellent resource for 6th form students considering university courses. Start with the options with your subject section to research the types of careers that different degrees can lead to.

www.which.co.uk/university     An independent site from Which to help students make informed choices. You can refine searches by subjects, location, interests etc. and it includes data on e.g. graduate salaries, number of applications receiving offers and much more.

www.applytouni.com     includes information on university choices and applications, league tables, student finance and examples of personal statements.

www.whatuni.com     A comprehensive university search site with the option to sign up for monthly newsletters.

www.bestcourse4me.co.uk     An independent site which demonstrates the links between what people study and their jobs and earnings afterwards.

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk     Independent UK university league tables and advice on university and subject choices.

www.unistats.com     The official website for comparing higher education and courses.

www.prospectusfinder.co.uk     provides a quick way to order printed prospectuses or view on-line versions

www.opendays.com     A calendar of university open days.

www.unitasterdays.com     A database of university taster days.

www.headstartcourses.org.uk     Details of residential taster courses in, science, technology, maths & engineering subjects.

www.futurelearn.com     Free online courses from leading UK and international universities

www.gov.uk/studentfinance     Information about tuition fees and student finance

www.moneysavingexpert.com/students     A 6th Formers Guide explaining how student finance works

www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk     Search for UK scholarships, grants, or bursaries on this database.

www.unoffical-guides.com     University guides written by students

www.push.co.uk     Independent guide to UK universities, open days, gap years, student life & finance

www.thestudentroom.co.uk    The Student Room is where students can ask other students advice

www.ukcat.ac.uk     Details of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test for Admission to some dental & medical schools

www.admissionstestingservice.org     Details of the Biomedical Admission Test required for some medical, biomedical and veterinary courses and other admission tests for specified courses at several universities

www.lnat.ac.uk     Details of the national admissions test required by some law schools

www.thefaculities.org     includes podcast of university lecturers speaking on topics related to the A level curriculum & information on careers related to subject areas.

www.parentfinder.co.uk     Advice for parents on the range of post 18 options

www.russelgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices     Guidance from the Russell Group of UK universities aimed at year 12 students making appropriate post -16 subject choices for a wide range of university courses.

www.nidirect.go.uk/careers     A useful website for getting ideas on career pathways