We Rise Youth Connect Blog Take Over!

…..read on to find out how the young people we work with break down misconceptions about the world of work and how to get there.

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of blogs young people have researched and written to help other young people.

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How does university work?

What is UCAS

Ucas is the universities and colleges admissions service, which is based in the UK and main purpose is to operate the application process for British universities and HESA (higher education application processing). Young people who want to apply to study an undergraduate degree in the UK will have to apply through Ucas. Its runs on an independent charity, funded by fees charged to applicants and universities.The application requires the student to register to the service, fill in personal details, write a personal statement and choose up to five courses to apply to, in no order of preference. They must obtain a reference before submitting their application online by the appropriate deadline. The application is then forwarded by UCAS to the universities and colleges that the students have applied to, who then decide whether to make students an offer of a place. Universities give students either an unconditional offer, where the student will receive a place regardless, or a conditional offer, where the student will receive a place subject to their grades being met.

Russell Group 

The Russell Group is a catch-all term for a group of university with a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement. The group includes six red brick universities, which are 6 Civic universities that were given charters in the late 19th Century in the big industrial cities of the UK, with its member universities usually spotted near the top of the university league tables. There is no specifically different entry requirements for a Russell group. There are currently 24 universities belonging to the Russell Group.

Where do you live?

Young people can live in an accommodation, or stay at home. First year undergraduates going away to university choose to live in university-managed accommodation if they can. Different types of accommodation are houses and halls, private sectors,shared student housing and home and other options. In the UNITE student experience report of where undergraduate students live: 36% live in university or private halls; 27% live in shared houses; 18% live at home and 19% live at other. It is believed that students who stay at home have a far cheaper living standards and great way to reduce student debt, less household chores, and seen to be easier to remain in close contact with old friends. However there are some negatives like less independence, missing out on uni life, and maybe and longer journey times to and from university. Students who live at university gain ultimate independence, uni lifestyle experience, and opportunities to make lasting friendships. The negatives are: accommodation is expensive; students have to look after themselves; and being in a place with people they haven't met before.  

Different kinds of lectures

The style of lecture will be different depending on the course the student does. Formal lectures are the most common teaching method. This is when a professor teaches in front of a large group of students, transferring information to them, while they take notes throughout the lecture. 

Another type is practical lectures, used more in creative courses. It does not focus on transfer of knowledge, but students are expected to be actively involved. Whether it is about exercises (tutorial), feedback on an assignment (seminar) or practising skills (practical), personal input will always be expected and often marked as well, (permanent evaluation). 

Another is group work, students are expected to carry out a large assignment together with other students. Lastly students can have report lectures, the aim of these assignments is students proving their skills at dealing with a subject independently. Normally students only have feedback with their promoter (professor, assistant) at the beginning and each time a major part is finished.

Abigail Melville