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University Transition Programme For Institutions - FREE
The Programme is designed to be flexibly delivered in-house by you, utilising your expertise as teachers and knowledge of your students, supported by comprehensive material, giving up to date advice on applying to university with interactive activities and workshops supporting UCAS applications, including:
Successful delivery of the Uni-CAP Programme will enhance and develop students’ progression to Higher Education and further more their career prospects.
Our Uni-CAP Programme was launched in 2013 to support students navigating the process of transition to university, by providing key information plus practical activities for the three core stages of choosing, applying and preparing for study within higher education and an independent life on campus.
Within a comprehensive pack of electronic resources for teachers and tutors, it offers a core syllabus of six workshops to be delivered flexibly in-house as per institutional commitments, including slide sets, student workbooks and tutor guides, alongside a full set of management and administrative resources.
The concept was developed through consultation with staff in schools, colleges and sixth forms, academic and support staff within universities and, most importantly, students, both those who have been through the process of transition over the past few years and those going through it at the moment.
Choose 1 – Researching Universities
Define the concept of university and discuss what universities offer for students; and discover what’s expected of students in choosing a course and university, and use resources to make decisions and start the choice process. Implement a model to help students set realistic and achievable goals for their future; and analyse their personal interests and aspirations to enable them to choose a course and a university.
Choose 2 – Open Day Preparation
Define the concept of open days and discuss why prospective students should attend; and discover what information is available at open days and what opportunities are available to explore courses and universities. Implement a plan for attending an open day including what questions to ask; and then analyse information gathered at an open day to enable students to make a decision on a course and university.
Apply 1 – Applying to University
Define the UCAS application system and relate the process of applying for a university course; and discover what UCAS Clearing and Adjustment systems are, and what happens after students have been accepted onto a university course. Create students’ UCAS application accounts and construct the initial stages of the application; and develop their UCAS application and discuss the latter stages of the application process.
Apply 2 – Personal Statements
Define the purpose of a personal statement, and select what information should be included and omitted; and discover where to start in creating each student’s personal statements, how to improve it and tailor it for more than one course. Create their personal statement by constructing and personalising key elements required; and develop their personal statement by discussing examples that the students will critique.
Prepare 1 – Personal Skills
Describe what university life is all about and recognise how to achieve a balance with regard to friends, work and life; and discover how to manage money whilst at university and factors to consider when choosing university accommodation. Classify students’ personality types, perform a role-play on making friends and assess how they currently use their time; and solve a budgeting case study, discuss any issues arising and then argue their position on action to be taken.
Prepare 2 – Academic Skills
Describe how students will be taught and assessed at university, and recognise where to start with assessments; and discover where to find academic resources, explain what referencing is and what happens after submitting assessments. Implement an academic skills task to establish their strongest and their weakest assessment format; and analyse examples of university assessment briefs and create a plan to undertake the assessments.
The content of the six workshops all follow the same structure with supportive material within the comprehensive pack of electronic resources. These six workshops all include three individual slide sets of a seminar, a tutorial and a plenary powerpoint. Also included for each workshop are student workbooks and tutor guides, alongside a full set of management and administrative resources.
A comprehensive guide to Edu-Eye’s innovative student transition programme – This handbook is designed to accompany the workshop materials contained within your programme, but more specifically to guide institutional staff in planning, managing, delivering, evaluating and supporting the range of sessions and activities they contain.
Uni-CAP Programme Planner
Primarily presented as a calendar covering the two-year span of the Uni-CAP Programme, and thus utilising an academic year format, the A3 planner allows for the scheduling of individual and paired workshops to take place in context of other institutional commitments and events.
Facilitator Workshop Guides
The guide is essentially the ‘how to’ of this workshop. It begins by outlining the content of the session, before presenting a planner detailing the learning outcomes, skills developed, resources required, tutorial activities, post-workshop tasks and the feedback process.
Throughout the workshop from seminar to tutorial to plenary, students can utilise an individual workbook which has been designed both to provide structure to their thoughts and activities, and to formally capture these, so enabling a tangible outcome to each workshop as per its specific focus.
Slide Sets (PowerPoints)
1. Seminar Slide Sets (PowerPoints)
Provides key input for students on the topic of the specific workshop.
2. Tutorial Slide Sets (PowerPoints)
An opportunity for tutorial activities to take place more effectively, this second presentation is designed to support this element, although in a simpler format. As such the focus shifts to the Student Workbooks, whilst a slide provides ongoing prompts on either the overall activity or the series of tasks to be undertaken within it.
3. Plenary Slide Sets (PowerPoints)
The plenary slide presentation supports an opportunity for students to reflect on their thoughts prompted by experiences within the workshop, thus utilising simple statements to review formal learning outcomes and also to consider their enjoyment of the activities and tasks undertaken.
Programme Register Template
As per any other educational activity, and probably in line with your school/college/centre’s policy, this is a register template to allow the facilitator(s) to keep a track of students’ attendance of workshops.
Programme Evaluation Template
To further reflect upon the entirety of the programme, and following delivery of the final workshop, Edu-Eye will contact the programme team for overall feedback.
Student Certificate Template
On completion of all six workshops within the programme, it is important that each student is awarded their Uni-CAP certificate, congratulating them on their success and wishing them well in their academic and professional future, which they can choose to display at home or ideally include within a portfolio of evidence of academic and personal achievements to date.