Your son or daughter will be beginning to research the programmes and careers they are interested in, with the help of the Guidance Teachers at their school. At this stage you should encourage them to think about the universities they are interested in and to find out about Open Days.
August through to October is the time when Regional Careers Conventions are held throughout Scotland. Your son or daughter will be taken to their local event as part of their school party. University representatives will be on hand to answer questions, and your son or daughter should be encouraged to talk to staff and gather information on all the universities and programmes they are interested in.
September - Open Day
During September and the following few months, your son or daughter should be attending the Open Days of the universities they are interested in applying to. Only by visiting campuses they will get a real ‘feel’ for the university, and at the end of the day, the university and the city has to be just as right for them as the programme of study. We hold our annual Open Day on the second Wednesday in September.
Most schools will have their students well on the way to completing their application forms at this stage. The deadline for applications is January 15th of the year of entry, although for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and applications to Oxford and Cambridge, the deadline is October 15th of the year before entry. The school sends the applications to UCAS on your son or daughter’s behalf, so they only have to conform to the deadlines imposed by their Guidance Teachers.
Throughout the spring months, your son or daughter will receive replies from all of the universities they have applied to. Each one will state if the application has been successful or rejected, or what additional exam results may be required to secure a place. They may also be invited to attend an Information Session at the university (which parents are also usually welcome to attend), to find out a bit more about what’s involved in their chosen programmes. It’s always a good idea to go along to these sessions since applicants will have to narrow down their original choices to just two and decline any other offers. UCAS will issue them with a deadline by which time they must make this choice.
Your son or daughter will be preparing to sit their exams and wait for their results, which are distributed in August.
Your son or daughter will receive their exam results by post and UCAS will inform the universities of their grades on their behalf. If they don’t get the results required for entry to their preferred choices, UCAS will issue them with information and an application form for the Clearing process, which matches students up with university programmes still available.
Clearing @ Glasgow Caledonian University
We run a Helpline from the day the results are distributed - 0800 027 9171, and operate a website which gives details of programmes still accepting applications: www.timeforclearthinking.com
Your son or daughter will start Semester A of their programme of study at the end of September!