Students inspired at UCAS exhibition

Year 12 BTS students recently visited the NEC in Birmingham for a fantastic UCAS exhibition about options for when they leave school. Students Victoria Wallace and David Lambert have written the following account of their experience:

On Tuesday 13 June our year group took a trip to the NEC in Birmingham to visit a UCAS exhibition about our options for post-19 studies.

Whilst there we had the chance to visit over 170 university, apprenticeship and careers stands to gain a further understanding about what the future holds for us. Stands included Russell group, Oxbridge and other universities, as well as apprenticeships such as those from UCAS themselves. We also had access to various seminars in order to get further information about university courses and how to apply to them: this included being given the chance to talk to some of the students and teachers who attend and work at the universities.

Many students have told us that they found the experience useful. One student said: “It was interesting to see people from the university rather than just reading about them online”. The fact that so many representatives attend this event and exhibit their institutions played a large role in what we got out of the event, and as stated by the student above, “it was a great opportunity to get to know some people from the university and hear personally from them what their opinions are, rather than having to get your information from their websites”.

UCAS organised talks in four separate seminar rooms. These talks were on everything from budgeting at university to helping choose which course you would like to study. Two of us attended a talk from a professor at Birmingham City University about studying business at university, which we found extremely helpful as it gave an insight into what the course would be like for the majority of university business schools. We also thought that it was very helpful that they had many talks specifically on the subjects that we may want to study at university.

Overall we as students feel we have had an informative experience about where we would like to go in the future and what objectives we need to meet to allow us to move forward into our new phase after leaving Bicester Technology Studio.