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Saving the crop – why England needs National Careers Week

Guest blogger Janet Colledge explains the need for cross pollination: For those of us in the sphere of careers education and advice, it’s been a very rough ride into the 21st century. In the past 16 years, we’ve moved from local authorities having careers service departments via Connexions to the school-driven ‘patchy service’ that the… Read more »


Putting the final polish on your personal statement

A great personal statement is a work of art, not a hastily written paragraph or two. It takes time to research, plan, draft and then re-draft. Do not be afraid to re-draft many times. You can enter between 1,000 and 4,000 characters or a maximum of 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)… Read more »


What should work experience in schools look like in 2017?

Experience of work in schools has changed: five years ago it was all about a fixed week of work experience; today, it’s all about multiple encounters with employers. However schools decide to approach the issue, work-related experiences are essential for students’ self-awareness and understanding of the world of work. Working out what you do (or… Read more »


Preparing for a university admissions interview

Brian Heap’s advice for students getting ready for their university interview: University interviews may be arranged simply to give you a chance to see the institution and the department and to meet the staff and students. Alternatively, interviews may be an important part of the selection procedure for specific courses such as Law, Medicine and… Read more »


What you need to know about UCAS applications and the points tariff

The UCAS application process can seem a daunting prospect, however, if you are organised and thorough then you should be able to navigate through it with ease. What is included in the UCAS application process? Applications to UK higher education courses are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applications have to be completed… Read more »


Countdown to the Oxbridge application deadline

With the 15 October deadline for Oxbridge applications not far away, here’s a handy checklist of key dates to keep in mind: September Finalise your personal statement with your teachers. Visit the UCAS website and register. Fill in the UCAS form – UCAS applications may be submitted from mid-September, see the UCAS website for key dates…. Read more »


What makes a good UCAS personal statement?

A good personal statement is one that is written at the end of an exhaustive research process. Students who are right for the course, who have understood the demands of the subject and are ready to take on the challenge, write winning personal statements. Weak personal statements are under-prepared, written in a hurry and without… Read more »


Fresher’s Week Tips: How to survive – and thrive – in your first week away from home

Starting uni is a huge change, and so understandably the excitement is tinged with more than a little apprehension. The prospect of having to feed yourself, create an entirely new network of friends and adjust to the demands of higher education can seem overwhelming, but with the right attitude and some preparation you can easily… Read more »


Missed your uni offer? Don’t panic!

If your exam results surprised you – and not in a good way – and mean you’ve missed your uni offer, then you might feel like escaping to a desert island where the word ‘UCAS’ is not in the vocabulary. And you can: dress it up as a gap year, re-take a few exams and… Read more »


What to do on A Level results day … and after

Read Brian Heap’s advice from HEAP University Degree Course Offers on what to do on A Level results day … and after: Be at home! Do not arrange to be away when your results are published. If you do not achieve the grades you require, you will need to follow an alternative course of action and… Read more »