Our Family Supper 2015 (#FamSup15)

The family Supper events are collaborative events run at either Nottingham Trent University (NTU) or the University of Nottingham. They run between March and May and in 2015 saw over 750 people consisting of Year 10 pupils and their families from across Nottingham City and County. The aim of the event is to provide those Year 10 pupils and their families with information about higher education as well as allow them an opportunity to ask questions of current students at both institutions. #FamSup15 was used throughout the events to capture questions from families, some are answered below in the summary of the information given at the event. 
What is Higher education? 
Higher education (HE) is the next step in education after college or VI Form study. It is optional and students can come into HE at any age. See video:

What are entry requirements?
There are entry requirements to access certain courses that may be flexible depending on an applicant’s background but generally all courses require the standard grade C or above at GCSE in English and Maths with some courses asking for that grade in Science as well. Entry requirements for courses will vary across different universities and courses. Some courses will be very explicit on the type of qualification, subject and grade needed to get onto a course while others will convert all qualification grades to UCAS points and ask for a certain number of those rather than be so prescriptive.
Not all universities offer the same courses, each decides their own offer and curriculum for each course.  We host a variety of workshops to help you prepare for university, some of our events are geared towards helping you meet the entry requirements. Visit our events page to book yourself a place!
One family asked;What health based studies do you offer, and are any combined?

The answer to that is that the University of Nottingham has a medical school and so offers a wide variety of health based courses from Medicine through to Nursing and Physiotherapy most of which lead onto careers in health. NTU however does not have a medical school so offers courses less specialised like Health and Social Care and Biomedical Science that may be a stepping stone to careers in health or transferred to other disciplines. Some of these can be combined with other subjects, languages for example. Overall students have in excess of 45,000 courses to choose from in the UK but their options in Year 9 and at Post-16 will have narrowed this number down before they come to make HE choices. 
How much might it cost?

HE is not free. Currently universities are able to charge up to £9,000 per year for tuition. Each university sets their own tuition fee based on the cost of educating students. On top of that students will also have the cost of living. The cost of living will vary depending on where a student chooses to study as well as the cost associated with their course – an Art and Design student is likely to spend more on resources than a History student who is able to borrow books from the library for instance and a student living at home may not have to pay as much in rent than one living away from home.

Young Tyler, the youngest attendee to our Family supper
Will I get any help?

To aid the student with these costs there is a tuition fee loan available to all UK students. This covers the full cost of tuition each year of study and goes directly to the university. There is also a maintenance loan to help towards the students living cost that comes into the student bank account in three instalments. Some students will also qualify for a maintenance grant depending on their circumstances that they will not have to pay back. Some courses or universities also have bursaries available to students (again depending on circumstances) that will also not have to be paid back. 

Keep an eye out for part 2, we will be answering your questions on how the university spends your money.Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Author(s): Natasha Neale 
Edited by: Siba Munsanje

No comments