What happens when..(3 Posts)
The majority of both DD1 and DD2s personal statements were about why they wanted to study that subject. Excluding medicine and vet science, most academic courses aren't interested in DofE, grade 8 flute or county level rugby, they only want to know how much you love maths or history or whatever.
More vocational courses like to see some related extra-curricular, but generally that can be done as volunteering or museum visits. There are some courses for older DC which are subsidised (look at the Sutton Trust for sciences, also Villiers Park), plus lots of unis do access days/courses.
Trade journals/professional publications - school or public library can usually access these.
But, the school UCAS reference would cover where a DC has had particular hardships/struggles. Plus I believe (but may be wrong) that schools in less affluent areas get some kind of weighting when offers are made (may be called contextualised offers?).
Re funding - fees are paid via a repayable when the student earns over a certain amount - it's a flat rate percentage of salary. They're not paid directly or upfront.
Maintenance - this has changed slightly from 2016 entries (and i can't find official info as exactly how it's going to work) , but they get from approx £3k - approx £8 per year as a loan, again repayable once earning. That's calculated on parental income, so where parents earn more, they are expected to contribute. It's worth checking the costs at different unis quite early on in the choosing process - eg Bath is much more expensive than Sheffield, so perhaps you might like the Sheffield course better . LOts of students hold down part time jobs as well, obviously this depends on the course, but an arts course generally has fewer contact hours than a science course, so much more flexibility as to when you can fit in a couple of Tescos shifts.
DD1 managed perfectly well on around £6k per year (which was her maximum loan + grant) and then a Saturday job kept up her cinema habit. Helps if they don't drink much though .
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