The student money manual is a great guide for those going off to Uni; helping you to plan your finances, giving you ideas etc.
Please find below a link to the online version which is well worth printing off.
Make your Oxbridge application super savvy
If you’ve got excellent grades, passion for your subject and a love of learning, Oxford or Cambridge could be the perfect place to study for your degree – and nothing should stop you from applying by Sunday 15th October.
Check out our guide to boosting your chances by making a savvy application. We start by busting some Oxbridge myths.
Some myths you might have heard about Oxbridge and why they’re wrong:
- “It’s not for me, I won’t fit in” – 63% of Cambridge undergrads starting a course in 2016 came from a state school, and 58% for Oxford.
- “I won’t get in, there’s no point in applying” – Over a quarter of UK undergraduate applicants were offered a place at Cambridge for 2016-17, and 20% of Oxford applicants.
- “I’m no good at interviews” – You should certainly practice interviewingat school and home and make sure you’re prepared, but interviewers know how to see through the nerves to recognise potential and passion.
- “Interviewers like to throw rugby balls at candidates” – No they don’t.
If you’re not convinced, you can take a look in detail at Oxford’s andCambridge’s admissions stats to see figures for gender, ethnicity, region, disability and more.
Be savvy to boost your chances of getting in:
You can improve your chances of getting a place by being savvy – here’s how to do it.
- Choosing a university: You can apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. Cambridge has a better overall success rate for applicants.
- Choosing a college: Cambridge and Oxford are made up of different colleges, and you can apply to one or submit an open application to any. Look at application numbers and success rates for each college to boost your chance of getting an offer.
- Choosing a course: If you’re still deciding which subject to study, you can see the number of applicants who apply for individual courses to see how competitive each subject is.
Always do your own research before applying, and think carefully about your personal priorities. Never choose a subject you’re not that interested in just because you think you might get a place.
Making your application:
- Apply through UCAS: Include your college on your UCAS application as normal. Make sure you apply by the Oxbridge deadline of 15th October.
- Extra tests or applications: You might need to do an extra test or fill in a separate application form depending on your subject – check your department’s website to find out. Cambridge will email you a link to a questionnaire after you apply through UCAS.
- Interviews: Your college will write to let you know whether or not they’d like to interview you. Interviews usually take place in the first few weeks of December.
- Pooling: If you’re not accepted by the college where you interviewed, you may be “pooled”. That means other colleges get the chance to look at your application and invite you to another interview after Christmas.
Manchester Access Programme 2017 Cohort Recruitment (Year 12)
The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is The University of Manchester’s flagship Widening Participation scheme for local post-16 students. The aim of the Programme is to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills.
The MAP application form is available on the MAP website: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/map
The MAP team will be able to visit local schools and colleges to give a MAP talk between mid-October and the start of December 2016. The application deadline is Monday 19th December 2016.
Potential MAP students need to be in Year 12 and reside or study in Greater Manchester.
Further information and the application form can be found on our website. Please get in touch with the MAP team if you have any questions. email@example.com