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How do admissions processes work?

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How do admissions processes work?

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This strand provides information to help teachers and advisers understand how admissions processes work at leading universities, in particular Russell Group universities. 

It outlines the process and provides examples of different admissions models operated by some universities.

This strand currently includes a guidebook, a presentation, three quick reference sheets and a teacher reflection sheet.

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Useful links:

This website lists all approved university access agreements. An access agreement sets out a university or college’s fee limits and the access measures it intends to put in place, for example outreach work and financial support.

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This website offers a wide range of resources and information for anyone who works with carers. This includes Student Carers in Higher Education, a toolkit enabling those supporting young adult carers to gain a greater understanding of the challenges that this group of students face and how they can be better supported to access and succeed in higher education.

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This useful webpage answers some of the most commonly asked questions about results day and Clearing. 

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HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. They invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

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NNECL provides higher education activities and resources for care leavers, children in care and those who support them.

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The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) is the independent regulator of fair access to higher education in England.

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This interesting report by the Russell Group explores the root causes of under-representation of students from poorer backgrounds at leading universities.

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This website provides a guide for teachers to support them in encouraging care leavers to consider college or university as an option. 

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Standalone supports those who have been estranged from their family. Their website provides information about support, financing studies and accommodation options as an estranged student.

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Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) is the independent and objective voice on UK higher education admissions. SPA promotes professionalism, fair admissions and access to higher education by developing and leading on evidence-based good practice in the recruitment and selection of students.

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Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) has undertaken extensive research on the use of contextualised admissions. This webpage provides more information on this research.

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This is a useful UCAS webpage which provides advice on what to do if a student meets and exceeds the conditions of their firm choice and wishes to look for an alternative course.

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This useful UCAS webpage provides information on entering Clearing.

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This UCAS webpage offers information on their Extra service, for students who have received decisions from all five universities or colleges and weren't accepted, or if they declined the offers they received.

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This is a useful UCAS webpage summarising all the key dates relevant to university applications.

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This UCAS webpage provides useful advice for care leavers applying to higher education.

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UCAS Track allows applicants to follow the progress of their applications online. They will receive university decisions through this website.

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