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In-school activities Post-16

Available only for NCOP target schools

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Activity Description 
Interview Skills How to prepare learners for an interview?
With the growth of higher and degree apprenticeship pathways, which can be competitive and come with different types of assessment, it is beneficial to prepare learners for the possible demands of a selection process.
This workshop equips learners with techniques and best practice for both types of interview and assessment, as well as tips on how to perform to the best of their ability.
Managing your
UCAS Offers
What does the UCAS process involve?
This session looks at what happens after a UCAS application is submitted, from the perspective of both the student and the university or college, providing an insight into the different types of offers made to students and how best to make informed decisions. It concludes by looking ahead to Results Day and preparing for all possible scenarios.
On request, content can be split into two 20-minute presentations (on each theme).
Student Life What is it like being a university student?
Hear directly from Greater Manchester Higher student ambassadors who are studying for higher education qualifications in the region’s universities and colleges. Our ambassadors will pass on their advice on to how to ‘survive and thrive’ at university through tackling issues such as budgeting, adapting to the new learning environment, preparing for the workplace and making the most of the student experience.
Why HE? Researching your options What are the best ways to research HE options?
This session introduces learners to higher education and the lifelong benefits attending university can offer. It will also explore non-traditional routes, such as higher and degree apprenticeships, and the option to study a HE qualification in an FE setting. The session will empower learners to undertake their own research into different courses and options.
Degree or Apprenticeship? University or work-based alternative?
This question can be one of the main decisions faced by post-16 learners, with the introduction of higher and degree apprenticeships there is now the potential to have the ‘best of both worlds’, without the tuition fees.
The aim of the session is for learners to know how to make a more informed decision as to which pathway best suits them. It will specifically look at earn-while-you-learn pathways to a HE-level qualification and where to source and research such vacancies; along with the ‘pros vs cons’ of apprenticeship pathways and traditional routes.
Parents and Supporters Talks Where to get impartial advice?
Parents/carers and supporters have a big influence on learners’ decisions of what and where to study, but with so many changes going on in higher education, it pays to have an impartial insight into the science of making decisions and where best to source the information that matters.
Greater Manchester Higher’s IAG manager Ian McGarry has extensive experience working in recruitment and admissions, his insights will help both learners, parents/carers and supporters to make sense of the options available.
Content can be adapted to suit your event.
1-2-1 Higher Education IAG Interviews  Interested in interviews to assist with learner focus?
Greater Manchester Higher’s graduate advisors are based across the region and are trained to provide impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) about all things related to higher education.
Taking part in 1-2-1 interviews can help to increase learners focus on higher education options. We’re pleased to be offering this input in conjunction with the SACU Student platform:
From February 2018, the advisors will be able to offer 1-2-1 HEIAG interviews with learners from our target NCOP postcode areas. This can add value to your existing school/college post-16 progression activities and help to meet Ofsted requirements.
Preparing for university Open Days  How to prepare for an Open Day?
There are a range of university Open Days on offer regionally and nationally, providing various information to learners about courses and applications. This session looks specifically at how to get the best experience from a university Open Day and what sort of questions to ask.
We recommend that this content is delivered to Year 12 students from Spring 2018 onwards

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