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How do I help my students make the right choices for post-16 study?

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How do I help my students make the right choices for post-16 study?

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How do I help my students make the right choices for post-16 study?

This strand provides teachers and advisers with information about the pathways available to students wishing to study at leading universities, in particular Russell Group universities. 

It includes information on the qualifications that facilitate progression to highly selective universities and courses, and the factors students should consider when making their choices for post-16 study.

The strand currently includes a guidebook, a presentation, three quick reference sheets, a teacher reflection sheet, resources for learners and several case study videos.

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Bright Knowledge is a guide to careers, education and student life. Bright Knowledge aims to help students work out what they want to achieve and how they can get there. The website is updated with the latest news and new resources every day.

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‘Core maths’ refers to a group of mathematics qualifications available in England.

Leading universities value mathematics skills for many different degree courses and most have GCSE or equivalent requirements. Mathematical and statistical problem-solving, data-analysis and interpretation skills are useful for a wide variety of undergraduate degrees. A core maths qualification may help your students improve and maintain these skills, especially if they are not taking AS- or A-level mathematics or further mathematics.

STEM Learning provides a range of free resources to support teachers with students undertaking a Core Maths qualification.

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Informed Choices is produced by the Russell Group. It includes advice from admissions professionals on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses, as well as the best choices for students who want to keep their options open.

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A series of 'postcards' outlining the work Ofqual is doing, with an emphasis on current reforms to qualifications in England.

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Prospects offers useful information on career pathways, including job profiles detailing typical salaries and the qualifications and skills required by role type. There is a section on careers relevant to different degrees and a career planner and quiz.

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The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to conducting the very best research and to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience.

This page provides further information on how these universities view the AS-level. Several universities have also produced statements on qualification reform, which are available under 'Useful links'.

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Total Professions gives guidance for careers advisers working with school, college and university students considering a career in the professions. The site aims to provide a unique portal that will link careers advisers with professional bodies.

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This useful UCAS blog provides FAQs on entering AS- and A-level qualifications on the UCAS application form.

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This useful Which? University webpage provides tools, advice and guidance for students considering their study options.

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