Candidates for those courses having an interview as part of the selection process can make arrangements for one-to-one interviews with the Head of Department. To aid candidates’ preparation for interview, a series of group preparation after school meetings, beginning in October, focussing on applications to nursing and midwifery, teaching, art and social work are arranged.
November of Year 14. The talk focuses on the role of parents/guardians during an application to Student Finance for university study and SWC Omagh for students attending a college of further education.
UCAS responses. Students are made aware of how to use Track and Respond to university offers. Students who hold no offers are guided how to use UCAS Extra.
Living away from home. Accommodation options are discussed. The pros and cons of private and university accommodation are provided.
Student Finance application forms are distributed to students. The Student Finance application process is explained to students in class. Students are also made aware of the many scholarships and bursaries available for higher education study. Credit Action, a local charity, delivers a workshop on personal budgeting. Local banks are also invited to attend this workshop. Students having a disability are reminded of the support available at university to meet their needs.
Responding to university decisions.
Discussion of post 18 choices to reinforce and remind students of those non-university options to career progression as a viable route for able and motivated students.
The Head of Careers for Southern Regional College Armagh visits the school and delivers a presentation on course availability to students. Application forms are distributed and the importance of early application for competitive courses is stressed.
Students are encouraged to attend further education open days. The Head of Department ensures that non-university applications are in hand.
Students are supported in their application to part-time study at Ulster University.