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How To Make The Most Of In-Person Events

If you are beginning to look into options post year 13, and wondering what the best route for you is, or narrowing down your final choices, our UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fairs are perfect for you. With a huge range of exhibitors and informative seminars taking place throughout the day you can learn all you need to know about your next steps.

We've put together an article to help you make the most of in-person events.

Arrivals & Getting There

Before the event plan your route to the venue. You can find the address for each event here. If you have any special requirements please get in contact with a member of our team on info@ukuniversitysearch.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

When you arrive at the venue you will need to present your e-ticket, this can be shown screenshotted on a phone or printed out. Your e-ticket can be found on your registration email, you will also receive a reminder ticket the day before the event. If you have not signed up for your event yet, please sign up here..

Catering Options

At each event there will be a catering area where you can buy lunch or eat your packed lunches. The food tends to be typical stadium food such as sandwiches, chips, burgers, and hotdogs, the menu will vary depending on the venue.

Seminars

If you are struggling with your Personal Statement, or trying to understand the world of Student Finance better then be sure to check out one of our live seminars running throughout the day. Each seminar will run for 20 minutes and includes a Q&A with experts.

Seminar Timetable:

  • 9:50 – 10:10 Student Finance – Includes loan, scholarship and bursary information
  • 10:20 – 10:40 UCAS Personal Statement and Application Advice
  • 10:50 – 11:10 Why Take an Apprenticeship?
  • 11:20 – 11:40 Choosing a university course
  • 11:50 – 12:10 Russell Group University Seminar
  • 12:20 – 12:40 Careers and Employability
  • 12:50 – 13:10 UCAS Personal Statement and Application Advice
  • 13:20 – 13:40 Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • 13:50 -14:10 Life at University – Inspirational talk about the benefits of a university education

Staying Safe

For some of you this may be your first in-person event since spring 2020. Please make sure you have read the Staying Safe documents created for each event to familiarise yourself with the current Covid-19 measures in place.

Speaking to Exhibitors

A wide range of universities, colleges, and apprenticeship providers will be waiting to answer all of your questions in the exhibition hall(s) at each event. You can speak with any exhibitors that interest you, if you would like to receive further details from an exhibitor your ticket will be scanned and the information will be shared.

One of the main benefits of attending this event is the ease of access to exhibitors from across the UK. You do not need to head all the way across the country to speak to a student ambassador at their open day. At the event you will be able to speak directly with different university and apprenticeship representatives and student ambassadors.They will be available throughout the day to answer any and every question you may have.

You might have an idea of where you're interested in studying before attending the event, but use this as an opportunity to explore a wide range of options you might not have considered before.

So, what should you ask?

It’s important to prepare before the day, to ensure that every concern or question you had about your prospective universities is answered. You don’t want to leave the fair wishing you had asked better questions. To help you compile your list of key questions to ask, we have included a selection below. Be sure to tailor every question to your specific needs and concerns. If the answer is not online, then it’s a good indicator that that is a great question to ask.

Remember there's no such thing as a wrong or silly question. All of our exhibitors will be waiting to answer all of your questions, no matter how unimportant you think it is. They are there to give you all the information you need and to help you work out if that particular university, college, or apprenticeship is for you.

Examples of Questions You Can Ask Universities and Colleges

Course Specific

Picking a university course is no easy decision. This is something that you will dedicate 3-4 years of your life to. It’s important to find out as much as you can about any prospective courses, and what makes them stand apart from other universities.

Entry Requirements & Applications

You can find out most information about courses and entry requirements by visiting the universities' websites, try to use this event to discover information that isn't widely available online.

  • What types of things do you look for in a personal statement?
  • What weight is given to predicted grades, work experience and UCAS personal statement?
  • Do students need to have work experience?
  • How lenient are you if students miss a grade?
  • What can I do to make my application stand out?
  • Do you offer a wide range of courses via Clearing?
  • How likely is it to be accepted onto a course via Adjustment?

General Course

  • When are your open days?
  • Are you running any application webinars/sessions?
  • What types of modules are available?
  • What’s the split between lectures and independent studying?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • How will I be assessed?
  • Is there an opportunity to study abroad or take a placement year?
  • How does the university perform in UK and global rankings?
  • What are graduates from this course doing now?
  • What kind of careers guidance is available to help students get internships during their studies?
  • Does the university have connections with employers?

University Life

You have a whole life outside of your degree! It’s important to ask questions about accommodation, facilities, and university life to know which university experience will be best suited to you.

  • What bursaries and scholarships do you offer?
  • Can I bring a car?
  • Is first year accommodation guaranteed?
  • How many people do you have to share a flat with?
  • How are flatmates assigned?
  • How expensive is the university town?
  • Where can I live in my second year?
  • What clubs can I join?
  • What’s the nightlife like in town?
  • What facilities do you have on campus? (banks, doctors, shops, etc.)
  • What type of events does the Student Union run?
  • What support is available to students?
  • Are part-time jobs in town easy to get?
  • What is public transport like?
  • Is it easy to make friends if you’re a commuter student?
  • What mental health support does the university offer?

Admissions

  • Whilst universities ask for specific grades or UCAS points, not all universities accept certain subjects, and can sometimes offer lower grade requirements depending on the applicant’s circumstances.
  • Do you offer Access To University programmes?
  • Do you offer Contextual Offers?
  • How do I prepare for my interview?
  • Do you offer Masterclasses for extra UCAS points?
  • Do you accept General Studies?
  • If I miss my predicted grades, what are the chances of being accepted?

Covid-19

  • Will you take into account how Covid-19 has made getting work experience difficult?
  • Do you have any tips for getting work experience during Covid-19?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grades due to exams being cancelled?
  • How have you supported your students throughout the pandemic?
  • Are you planning on resuming in person teaching next Autumn?
  • Can I defer my course/how can I do so?

Specialist / Russell Group Universities

  • What are the benefits of studying law at say, the University of Law, rather than a non-specialist university that offers law?
  • How do Russell Group universities differ from non Russell Group universities?
  • Why should I consider a Russell Group University over other universities?

Questions to ask Current Students

Current university students are the best people to speak to find out information you can't get from a prospectus. They were once in your shoes so will be able to offer helpful advice and insights into the university.

  • What’s your favourite & least favourite thing about the university?
  • Why did you pick this university?
  • What do you wish you knew before you applied to the university?
  • What support have you received from your lecturers?
  • Which halls would you recommend?
  • How easy is it to find second-year accommodation?
  • Do you have any advice for writing a personal statement?
  • What’s your monthly budget?
  • On average, how many contact hours do you have?
Examples of Questions You Can Ask Apprenticeship Providers (The National Apprenticeship Service, Colleges, and Universities)

Apprenticeship providers at the event will include the National Apprenticeship Service, along with universities offering degree apprenticeship, and colleges who run apprenticeships in partnership with companies.

If you’re new to apprenticeships head over to Apprenticeship Finder to find out more about how apprenticeships work and read stories from apprentices.

Coming to the event with some prepared questions will help you make the most of exhibitor interactions. Think about if there’s anything about apprenticeships that you don’t understand, or would like to find out more about. Here’s some examples of questions you can ask exhibitors:

General

  • How long is the apprenticeship?
  • What job can I get after the apprenticeship finishes?
  • Can I do a higher-level apprenticeship after I finish the programme?
  • How many apprentices do you take each year?
  • Where would I be working?
  • What kinds of mentoring and support do you offer employees?
  • Why should I choose your programme over another company?
  • What would my day to day responsibilities be?
  • What opportunities are there for progression?
  • What is your favourite thing about the company?
  • What can I expect to earn during the apprenticeship and after?
  • How the day-to-day activities of the role changed during the pandemic?

Covid-19

  • Do you take deferred applications?
  • Do you have any tips for getting work experience during Covid-19?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grades due to exams being cancelled?
  • Is it harder to get an apprenticeship now due to the impact of the pandemic?

Applications

  • How does your recruitment process work?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • What are the application timelines?
  • Do you recruit on a rolling basis or wait until the closing deadline?
  • What do you look for in a candidate?
  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • Do I need to have work experience?

Studying

  • What qualification can I get?
  • How many days a week do I spend studying?
  • Where is the training provided?
  • What academic and pastoral support is available?

Posted in Advice on Mar 07, 2022 by

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