The past few weeks have been extremely busy for the AS students, and their schedule has included two UCAS related talks, which are designed to make them better informed when making university choices and understanding student finance.
Choosing Universities and Degrees
On 26th April, Birmingham University came to talk to both the AS students and their parents in two separate talks. This has become an annual fixture in the Brampton College diary, as we have a close relationship with Birmingham and send on average around 8–10% of our students there each year.
Katherine Pagett is a senior Student Recruitment Manager at Birmingham University, and her talk was engaging and served to enlighten both students and parents about how to choose universities and degrees. Most AS students have already had a chat with one of our careers advisers about their career ideas and possible degrees. Katherine’s talk served to consolidate some of the information they already have, and to put it into context from the university’s point of view.
On 4th May, Surrey University came to talk to the AS students at lunch time. The talk was very helpful for those who wish to understand more about how student finance works and how to repay their student loans. Lizzy Dungworth who works with student recruitment for Surrey University also had some good tips for budgeting at university, as well as information about entitlements to maintenance loans which is dependent on household income.
GOV.uk student finance information
University decisions and AS exams
Sarah Galea, our careers adviser has surveyed ten of our top universities to find out what their approach will be to students who take the AS. They are unified in their response and say that they will not take AS exam results into consideration when making an offer for a place at university. This is because they make their decisions on the basic qualification taken by ALL sixth form students across the UK which is 3 A levels (or the IB / Pre-U – which are equivalent in academic merit to A levels).
Fourth A level subject taken to AS or EPQ
A fourth A level taken to AS only or an EPQ might be considered by admissions tutors at universities, but ONLY when deciding between remaining students for a space on a course. UCL no longer asks for a fourth AS, but King’s College London do list it as an entry requirement for Medicine.