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Your Guide to the March 17th Virtual Fair

There's only a few weeks to go until our March 17th UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair! We can't wait to welcome you along, you'll be able to speak to over 110 exhibitors, participate in 10 live webinars, and view virtual campus tours.

Please ensure that you have registered for the event online using the link below, on the day of the event you can log into the fair using the username and password you created when registering.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair - Wednesday March 17th - 12:00-18:00

How Does The Event Work?

The UK University & Apprenticeship Fair consists of two areas, an Exhibition Hall and an Auditorium. In the Exhibition Hall you can visit stands for different universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. At each stand, you can view information about the exhibitor, download documents, view videos, visit their website, and chat to their representatives or ambassadors live to receive answers to any questions you have. Each university will also have links on their stand to virtual campus tours so you can explore campuses all over the UK from your computer.

In the Auditorium, you can view 10 live webinars on a range of subjects, presented by different universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. To see the webinar timetable, please click “Webinar Timetable” at the top of the event page, each webinar runs for 25 minutes followed by a short Q&A session. During the live webinar you can ask questions in the chat and receive answers from the presenter, you do not need a webcam or a microphone. All of our webinars will be recorded, so if you miss one you can view the recording in the Auditorium for two weeks after the event until Wednesday 1st April Midday.

For more information about logging in and for our safeguarding policy please see here.

Event Video

If you’d like to find out more about how the event works please watch the video from our Autumn events, which explains how you can navigate the event, speak to exhibitors, and search for specific universities and exhibitors.

How To Make The Most Of Your Exhibitor Interactions

The main purpose of your visit is to speak to directly with representatives from universities (Russell Group, red brick, modern, and specialist), colleges, and apprenticeship providers, and ask them any questions you have. As current restrictions mean you can’t visit universities or colleges in person it’s really important that you take advantage of the live chats to get all the information you need to make informed decisions about your post-18 options.

Before the virtual event, have a think about which exhibitors you’d like to speak to, you can view the full list here. Then make a list of questions to ask to make sure you don’t forget to ask anything important. You can find lots of information about exhibitors online, but asking questions can give you an insight that you can't quite get from a website.

We’ve put together a list of example questions you can ask representatives to find out if the university, college or apprenticeship is right for you. Try to ask some specific questions about your own circumstances, where you can't find the answer online.

Examples of Questions You Can Ask Universities:

University Life

You’re not going to spend all of your time at university studying, it’s important to ask questions about accommodation, facilities, and university life.

  • 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?

Course Specific

You’re going to be spending at least three years of your life studying your subject so you need to make sure you pick the right course, and make sure you’re interested in your classes.

Entry Requirements & Applications

You can find out most information about courses and entry requirements by visiting the universities' websites, try to use the virtual events 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?

General Course

  • When are your virtual open days?
  • Are you running any application webinars?
  • 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 helps students get internships during their studies?
  • Does the university have connections with employers?

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?
  • When is your equal consideration deadline?

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 to 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?

Examples of Questions You Can Ask Apprenticeship Providers (Companies, Colleges, and Universities)

Apprenticeship providers at the event will include a mixture of national and regional firms, 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

  • What programmes do you offer?
  • 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 defered 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?

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?

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