Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Not Too Late to Get on the Right Course

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Not Too Late to Get on the Right Course

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WHILE your head might be full of A-level coursework, this is the termwhen it pays to make some big decisions about your future - particularly ifyou're thinking about going to university next year.

Universities and colleges guarantee to consider your application if theUniversities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) receives it by 15 January2008 (or 24 March 2008 for Route B courses). If it receives your applicationafter the deadline but before 30 June 2008, it may be considered - but there isno obligation to do so. If UCAS receives your application on or after 1 July2008, you will be sent details about Clearing. It will not send it touniversities and colleges at this stage, and you will have to contact itdirectly..

Now you just have to make the lifechanging decision of which course anduniversity or college is right for you.

Buckinghamshire New University, England's newest university, specialises indegree courses with graduate employment in mind. Its three faculties arefocused on distinct employment markets: the creative and cultural industries;the management and information management sectors; and the public sector. Manycourses offer professional accreditations leading directly to employment inindustry.

The university has developed a unique course search tool that allows you tosearch for courses by career aspiration. Sometimes, choosing a higher educationcourse can be difficult in that you don't know what sort of employmentopportunities it can lead to; the search tool is designed to help you choosethe best course for your chosen career, and demonstrates the university'scommitment to delivering a new and positive approach to the whole universityexperience.

The section of the UCAS form which students often find the most challenging isthe personal statement - your chance to tell universities and colleges why theyshould want you as a student.

Admissions officers will want to know why you are interested in the coursesthat you have applied for and what you hope to do after your studies. …

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