30 Sources Of Advice Connexions Service Each local Connexions Service will have its own centres or contact points providing access to information and advice on further and higher education, student finance, employment and training. Connexions advisers will be on hand with guidance or may refer you to resources for your own research if you prefer. Some Connexions Services make special arrangements around exam results time for those who may require urgent assistance. Refer to your local Connexions Service for details. Schools and colleges Many schools and colleges have a designated tutor to assist students with higher education applications, finance, job seeking, or planning a gap year. They are likely to offer a programme of events to raise awareness of careers/ higher education options. Make sure you take full advantage of these and any individual guidance opportunities. Student support services Most colleges have a team of staff with experience in providing information, advice and guidance on a diverse range of issues. Many of these services have been established to support current students but are an invaluable source of advice to prospective students as well. They can provide help and information with: . decisions concerning course options and career choice . application procedures . student finance and budgeting . general benefits advice . accommodation . referral to more specialist counselling services e. g. debt, health, relationships, welfare, etc. Some students, particularly those with disabilities, may require more specific support for learning. This might include: . making special arrangements for physical access . providing a learning support assistant . assessing individual learner needs . additional funding applications . providing special equipment or arranging transport . arranging access to other more specialist services e. g. therapy. Inform student services teams as soon as possible if you think you have additional learning needs as this will greatly assist planning. Also refer to Skill - The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, for expert advice ( see below). Universities and colleges Admissions staff and tutors welcome enquiries from all prospective students. Take advantage of open days to look round institutions and surrounding areas. Remember also the regional higher education conventions organised in partnership with UCAS ( see page 7). Your local Connexions Service, school or college will have further details of all these events. Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities ( including dyslexia) Skill is a national organisation that advises and supports students with learning difficulties or a disability, that are considering further and higher education or training. Increasing numbers of students with physical, sensory or specific learning difficulties ( for example dyslexia) are gaining access to higher education as institutions become more responsive to individual needs. If you have a learning difficulty or disability you should get early advice from your Tutor and/ or Connexions Adviser and contact Skill, long before making applications. Skill: National Bureau for Students With Disabilities Unit 3, Floor 3, Radisson Court, 219 Long Lane, London SE1 4PR Telephone and Textphone: 020 7450 0620 Fax: 020 7450 0650 Email: skill@ skill. org. uk Skill Information Service Telephone: 0800 328 5050 Textphone: 0800 068 2422 Email: info@ skill. org. uk Careers Advice Service and nextstep If you are older than the 13- 19 age group normally supported by Connexions you can access impartial information and advice about careers and courses through the Careers Advice Service ( www. careersadvice. direct. gov. uk) or nextstep ( www. nextstepsouthwest. org. uk). The Careers Advice Service offers telephone and web based help and can be contacted free on 0800 100 900 seven days a week between 8am and 10pm. The service is confidential and you will not have to pay. If you prefer face to face advice you can also contact nextstep. For more information about the services they offer telephone 0845 850 5070 ( local rate call).
Finding Out More The following resources are a cross section of those usually available through Connexions. Alternatively, refer to your tutor who will direct you to a similar resource area at sixth form or college. General careers information Careers 2010 ( Trotman)- a directory of general careers information containing everything you could wish to know about specific jobs and occupations. Kudos ( Cascaid)- multi- media interest guide and careers matching programme. Careerscape ( Cascaid) - comprehensive multi- media occupational database. jobs4u ( Connexions Direct) - online database of careers information aimed at 13- 19 year olds - www. connexions- direct. com/ jobs4u Employment and funding Jobs and Careers After A Levels and equivalent advanced qualifications ( Lifetime Careers Publishing)- job market opportunities at age 18- 19 with real life examples. What Do Graduates Do?( UCAS) - an overview of the destination of graduates by subject studied. Undergraduate Courses and Funding Guide ( Hotcourses/ UCAS) - comprehensive information on undergraduate scholarships, bursaries and awards. University Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries ( Trotman)- sources of funding for higher education. Higher education Higher Ideas ( Careersoft)- searchable HE information database for generating subject ideas. Stamford Test ( COA/ UCAS) - online interest guide linking personal interests, abilities and skills to subject areas. Sixth Former's Guide ( Trotman)- dates and contacts for higher education open days. Big Guide ( UCAS)- profiles all universities and colleges in the UCAS system, lists courses subject by subject and gives tariff entry requirements. Student Life: A Survival Guide ( Trotman)- down- to- earth practical advice on managing student life. Directory of Teacher Training Courses ( Trotman)- lists first degree and postgraduate teacher training programmes in the UK, and financial support available. How to Complete Your UCAS Application ( Trotman)- a guide to making the most of a UCAS application with tips for the personal statement. Degree Course Offers ( Trotman)- includes estimates of entry requirements, overview of admissions policies, hints for UCAS personal statements and interviews, and placement information. Into Higher Education ( Skill)- guide for disabled people considering application to HE; includes funding, support, benefits, grants, advice agencies and student experiences. Getting In, Getting On ( UCAS)- a guide to getting into higher education with up- to- date articles and student exercises. Time out See page 27 for a list of useful resources. Many websites exist giving information on careers, higher education and time- out issues ( see page 33). 31