UCAS applications

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mumblechum1 Fri 12-Oct-12 09:24:31

When are people's DCs planning on finalising their personal statements, with a view to getting the UCAS applns sent off?

DS's school have done the grade predictions but as far as I know haven't done the reference bit yet.

DS has done the first draft of his PS, has feedback from his tutor and is aiming to polish it up this weekend.

<<prays everyone isn't going to post that their DCs applicacations were submitted to UCAS last month and have already got their offers>> wink

MariscallRoad Wed 06-Feb-13 19:08:19

Mabs, so sorry to hear. wishes and prayers to get well x

MABS Sat 09-Feb-13 16:28:30

Thx all, just home x

MABS Mon 11-Feb-13 16:55:20

any more replies guys? smile

MariscallRoad Tue 12-Feb-13 18:10:38

Nice to have your DS home! smile

mumeeee Wed 13-Feb-13 00:02:12

I'm glad your DS is home Mabs. DD3 has been turned down by University of West London,which she is disappointed about as she fancied going there. She now seems to be gearing towards Bolton and has just booked an open day there. She is still waiting for Kingston.

ISingSoprano Wed 13-Feb-13 08:41:16

Ds had his interview at Swansea last week so is still waiting to hear from them about an offer (or rejection!). We have one more applicant visit day to go to on Saturday and then it's decision time!

ISingSoprano Wed 13-Feb-13 18:11:35

Last offer now received - hurrah! Time for some decisions....

MABS Wed 13-Feb-13 18:13:23

glad he heard! sorry mummee... but dd said Boltin is good , has friend there.

ISingSoprano Wed 13-Feb-13 19:22:34

Have to say the applicant visit days we have been to have been really good - lots of opportunity to talk to lecturers and students.

Milliways Wed 13-Feb-13 21:44:50

Yes, visits are good but DS has liked them all so final decisions are hard. He has his final offer visit next week to Nottingham, so will see if that moves Manchester from its place as his probable favourite. (Why are all his choices SO far up the country!)

mumeeee Wed 13-Feb-13 21:53:37

IThanks Mabs. I'm very nervous about DD3 going to Bolton as she has learning difficulties and it's a long way from us. She has booked a post applicant visit in April and we are going up for the weekend to look round. I'm sure she'll be fine it's just me worying.

MariscallRoad Thu 14-Feb-13 11:38:33

mummeeee some students might be entitled to mentors at the uni if they have entitlements to DSA. DD would have to contact student services regards her condition when she enrolls. She would need to make an application to studentfinance for DSA submitting evidence from a doc or specialist. When the ap is approved she will see a needs assessor. DD might wish to contact student services now to see what preparations she needs.

MABS Thu 14-Feb-13 17:05:21

totally understand mummee, will be like that with ds in 6 years i know..

eatyourveg Thu 14-Feb-13 19:09:09

One of my supported students is heading for Canterbury next year and they have been really helpful, he seems to have sorted out a support package tailored to his particular difficulties. Bolton will no doubt also have some sort of support package available. See here

goinggetstough Fri 15-Feb-13 09:02:01

Mumee congratulations to your DD. Do apply for disability student allowance as soon as possible. I know you mentioned your DD has learning difficulties so to apply you will need an educational psychologist's report that was written after her 16th birthday and depending on her issues maybe a letter written by a her Doctor or Consultant. IME these things can take time. The DSA process is straightforward but it takes longer the closer you get to September.

It is a centralised process and the assistance that your DD will get will be the same wherever she goes to University. i make this point as some previosu posters mig make it seem that it depends on the University, it doesnt!

The DSA (part of student finance) will receive the application and say yes or no to her entitlement. Then she has to arrange what is called an Needs Assessment. Here she has an interview at a centre( these are all over the country) and the Needs Assessor will decide what assistance would help. It is not a pass or fail interview as by now DSA will have been authorised. They will decide what equipment would be useful and what softeware might help her. Plus they will allocate the number of hours for a mentor/ study support tutor. Your DD is allowed to take someone to the interview with her. I went with my DC. At the interview there are often bits of kit for her to try out eg naturally speaking ( voice recognition software) or inspiration ( mind map software). Shortly after the interview you will get a list of items to help your daughter, they put the equipment out to tender and then you will be told what she will receive.

Some Univerisities actually arrange meetings prior to the course starting. We found this very useful. When you go to the Open Day at Bolton it may be worth asking about numbers in lectures, seminars especially if this will affect your DD as the Needs Assessor will ask.

Overall it is really is a straightforward process. My only real tip is start applying now!

mumeeee Fri 15-Feb-13 11:49:14

Thanks everyone. When we went to an open day at UWE we spoke to the disability person there and showed her an asessment she had done when she was 19 and they said that that would be fine but to get a letter from our GP as well. She has a genetic condition/dyspraxia ( actually they think her condition actually caused the dyspraxia) and the doctor has a letter from the specalist, but this was from when she was about 7 or 8. I have got all the reports from the educational phsycholagists. So do you think it would be a good idea to send those? I'm going to get back in touch with the genetic speccalist. We were waiting to apply when she's had all her offers but may look into it now if people think it's a good idea.

MariscallRoad Fri 15-Feb-13 12:31:49

mumeeee The diagnosis on SLDs is written by a qualified person: a registered Ed Ps or an approved specialist such as Patoss and is written in a format in accordance with 2005 DfES guidelines and should say so. It can be a long document. This report is attached to the application for DSA of the student to StudentFinance and all emailed or posted to them. NHS does not fund Ed Ps. The appointment and diagnostic report takes time. Students would need to find ways to finance this diagnosis. Certain universities do have an in-house student screening service which then makes arrangements with a registered Ed Ps outside to carry out the diagnostic report and these student services do pay for the largest part or the whole of the diagnosis costs whereas the student contributes to a small %. This has a really been great help for students I know.

DD should then receive (do follow up with phone calls though) from her application a letter from Student Finance saying whether tshe is entitled tthe DSA and that she is required to see a needs assessor for her entitlements. The needs assessor might recommend to the studentfinance several entitlements. One of them would/could be a mentor provided from the university at the cost of Student finance. A mentor is a really great support we have found.

Now, all this takes time, and best to start asap, for example in some cases I know, it has taken long for entitlements and you need to speak to the student services there. I am sure that the university will take the best of care smile

mumeeee Fri 15-Feb-13 15:49:44

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mumeeee Fri 15-Feb-13 16:04:22

Thanks. We have an assessment done in January 2011 done by a qualified and approved person.,This is the assessment we showed the disability support person at UWE, DD also had a diagnosis of 18p deletion syndrome which basically means she has part of her number 18 chromosome missing. This was found out at a genetic clinic and documented properly. I have spoken to the clinic today and the consultant who tested her is still at the clinic. His secretary told me that our GP would have a copy of the letter and this is what the disability support person said would be okay. We are in Wales and there is a shortage of Educational Phsycholagists. I'll get her to talk to her tutor at college on Monday. .

MariscallRoad Fri 15-Feb-13 16:49:04

Also PATOSS, they are teachers specialist who have licence can diagnose SLDs. you can search this page for nearest in Wales Try and collect all diagnoses asap so you are ready because DSA approval does takes some time. The university will provide good care for DD. DD needs to try and get a good suitable student accommodation and make enquiries from now. I hope you will get a mentor, it is v good thing smile

creamteas Sat 16-Feb-13 12:55:22

I'm sure someone mentioned applying to UWE for politics and international relations. Might have been Mumble might not.

I have heard on the grapevine that there is a consultation about the future of this course at UWE. You might want to look into this before accepting an offer.

When a course closes, usually they stop new admissions and just finish teaching the existing students. Staff that are at risk of losing their jobs obviously start looking immediately, so students can be left in a dept with either demoralised existing staff or people on temporary contracts brought in to replace the ones that have left.

creamteas Sat 16-Feb-13 13:19:55

Should have said, threatened closure says nothing about the quality, popularity or success of a course.

In the new brave world of marketized higher education sad sometimes senior management decide that certain courses are outside of the 'brand image' or 'strategic focus'. Because obviously this is far more important than good education hmm

goinggetstough Sat 16-Feb-13 20:00:11

Oh that's interesting creamteas we went to a post offer open day for the IR course a few weeks ago. It was very impressive. That will be a shame if my DC has to cross that one off the list.
Thanks for the info!

minsmum Germany Sun 17-Feb-13 13:14:18

So after getting offers from Lancaster, Exeter, 2 from Uea & brighton my dd had decided that her 1st choice is going to be UEA with Brighton as her back up.

Anyone else had decisions made yet?

MABS Sun 17-Feb-13 13:44:06

Manchester for dd with Northumbria as back up here.

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