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Your Guide To UK University & Apprenticeship Search’s Virtual Fair

Lockdown and studying at home doesn’t mean you can’t explore your post-18 options, we’re delighted to be running interactive and engaging virtual fairs that will allow you to speak directly with universities, colleges, and apprenticeship providers from all around the UK from the comfort of your own home, as well as participating in live webinars.

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 January 27th - 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. You can also view a list of attending exhibitors and search for specific ones.

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.

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 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

During the event you will be able to speak to directly with representatives from universities (Russell Group, red brick, modern, and specialist), colleges, and apprenticeship providers from around the UK.

What Can I Ask Universities?

Deciding where to go to university and what course to study is a big decision, you will be able to speak with current students and representatives from universities all around the UK to find out more about the courses they offer and life at each university.

As current restrictions mean you can’t visit universities in person it’s important that you take advantage of the live chats to get all the information you need to make informed decisions about your university options. Before the event, have a think about which universities you’d like to speak to and make a list of questions to ask to make sure you don’t forget to ask anything important, you can view the list of exhibitors here.

We’ve put together a list of example questions you can ask exhibitors to find out if the university is right for you

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 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?

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

  • Do you have interviews for the course?
  • What types of things do you look for in a personal statement?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • 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?
  • 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 this course perform in UK and global rankings?

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?

What Can I 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?

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 support is available?

Posted in Advice, UCAS & Application on Jan 11, 2021 by

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