View - Allerton Grange High School

lovethreewayAI and Robotics

Oct 20, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

66 views

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

1




Name: ____________________


Username: _____________


Password: _____________


UCAS


STUDENT

INFORMATION

PACK

2012
-
13








C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

2



UCAS

STUDENT

INFORMATION

PACK

Contents




Important dates/deadlines



Page 3



‘Your Progress’ sheet




Page 4



Overview of
UCAS System



Page 5



Researching Courses




Page 6



Application process




Page 7
-
8



Sending your application to UCAS

Page 9


Writin
g your personal statement

Page 10
-
13



Examples of personal statemen
ts

Page 14
-
19








UCAS APPLICATIONS 2012
DEADLINES

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

3




WEEK

IMPORTANT DATES

1

Tuesday 4
th


-

Friday
7
th

September

Year 13 return on Tue
sday

2
nd

September

(this is a review day
)

2

Monday
10
th
-

Friday
14
th

September

1
st

tutorial session dedicated to UCAS
applications.

3

Monday

17
th

-

Friday
21
st

Septem
ber


4

Monday
24
th

-

Friday
28
th

September


Fri
day
28
th

Septemb
er internal deadline

for
applications to Oxbridge, Medicine and
Dentistry including references to
HOY/DHOY.

5

Monday
1
st


-
Friday
5
th

October


6

Monday
8
th

-
Friday
12
th

October


7

Monday 1
5
th
-

Friday

19
th

October


8

Monday
22
nd

-

Friday

26
th

October

2
6
th

October internal deadline

for
applications to Form Tutors.

HALF TERM

HALF TERM

1

Monday
5
th


-
Friday
10
th



November


2

Monday
12
th
-
Friday
16
th

November


3

Monday 1
9
th
-
Friday
23
rd

November


4

Monday
26
th


-
Friday
30
th

November


5

Monday
3
rd


-
Friday
7
th

Dec
ember


6

Monday
10
th


-
Friday 1
4
th

December

Wednesday
12
th

December

all UCAS
applications deadline

7

Monday 1
7
th
-
Friday
21
st

December









UCAS
STUDENT PROGRESS

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

4




Students name:
_____________

Form:
______




Discussed course choices with student

(advised to speak to careers advisor

if appropriate)




Student has made 5

choices




Student has given reference requests

to subject
teachers




Student has written a rough draft of

their personal statement




Tutor has checked draft personal statement




Student has completed on
-
line details

(E.g. education, examination grades, etc.)




Student has selected an appropriate email address




Student has given completed subject teacher references




Tutor has checked students on
-
line application

and approves it if correct or returns it to students

(
Includes checking examination grades are correct
)




Application re
-
checked if necessary




Tutor
has written reference for student


and given to 6
th

Form admin to put on form




Once tutor reference checked by HOY/DHOY,

students print copy, rechecks reference

and pays before sent to UCAS


UCAS SYSTEM OVERVIEW

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

5




ALLERTON GRANGE BUZZ WORD


Allerton
grangeschool12


PERSONAL PASSWORD

Both staff and students should
choose to
use the same password that they use


for the school network.



Student researches courses


Student writes draft of personal statement (in
W
ord so that they can use spell
check).


Prints copy for tutor approval


Student completes form on
-
line


Student takes reference forms to subject teachers



Subject teachers

complete references

Student takes completed references

to form tutor


Tutor writes

reference




Tutor checks

students
application online,
(
in Word)







corrections made if necessary.




















Tutor gives reference






When tutor approves application,

to 6
th

form admin







student pays UCAS on line











and sends to referee









(HOY/DHOY)






Sends to HOY/DHOY


Checked: altered if necessary

(by sending back to student)


HOY/DHOY PRINT COPY, HOY/DHOY & STUDENT RECHECK
WHOLE APPLICATION AND REFERENCE



Sends to UCAS



C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

6


UCAS Website
-

Researching Courses


1.


Go to
www.ucas.co.uk


2.

Then click on the box course search
.


3.

Click on sea
rch for courses starting in 2012.


4.

Click on search by subject
.


5.

Students then find the name of the course they

might be interested in
studying e.g. Architecture
.


6.

When the click on this subject it will give them the option of selecting all
courses relating to this subject or the subject by itself or the subject
with a specified other subject once they select an op
tion it will give them
a list of all the Unis offering their chosen course.


7.

Students can then look down this list and click on any of the courses at
specific Unis to find out more info e.g. about entry requirements.


8.

Students can then also go the specific

Uni

s website to find out more.













C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

7



UCAS


How to apply


If you can buy a book from the internet you can do this too....


1.

Log on
to
www.ucas.com

2.

Enter the ‘Apply’ area

From the first screen, you can access
ucas apply information, which
includes user guides offering useful advice for completing your
application
.


3.

Registering

If you are using ucas apply for the first time you m ust first register
using the register link

Use the school buzz work


allertongrang
eschool12


4.

Email.

Most of the firest section is straight forward, just make sure
that you have an e mail address that sounds suitable for professional
use!

5.

Reference



you don’t need to complete this section

6.

Funding.

When you get to the question about fu
nding:

Student Support

FEE CODE


02LA,SAAS,NIBd,EU,ChI,IoM

Student support arrangements


Leeds

7.

Mailings from UCAS

Text


yes

Email


yes

Post


no (this question is set funnily to make sure that you don’t say you
don’t want post.....)

8.

Nominated access
.
Only put someone else in here if you really want
them to be able to access your account e.g. Mum or Dad if you are going
to be abroad on results day.

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

8



9.

All the rest of this section is straightforward


10.

Choic
es. Y
ou can chose up to 5 but only 4 for
medicine/dentistry.
You need to know the course codes and make sure you select the right
year to start your course. 2013 if you intend to go straight from sixth
form or 2014 if you intend to defer your entry.


11.


Education.

At this point you need to know
exactly what you have got
for each of the GCSEs that you have taken and everything else as well
like ballet exams, music exams, Duke of Edinburgh and even swimming
badges if relevant.... You need to put in the date that you took the exam,
the board and the

grade obtained.

You also need to put in all the exams that you are going to take in the
AS and the A2 year. Don’t forget to put in the exams at GCSE that you
might be retaking.


12.

Personal Statement
. Th
ere

is lots of guidance on the following
pages but UC
AS also has their own guide online that you can use.





C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

9





Sending your application to UCAS




Once you have completed all the sections of your UCAS application

you will need to complete
and send it.




1.

You will need to click on pay and send
-

(UCAS
charges an administration fee). To pay
online you will need a debit card.

£23 for 5 choices

£12 for 1 choice



2.

Once you have paid then your completed application is sent to MIr/LBr (not to UCAS
yet). At this stage we will then do a final check of your form
-

if there are any
mistakes we can send it back to you to make changes
-

you then click on the same box
to pay and send but you won’t have to pay again.


3.

Once your application form has been checked for the final time by MIr or LBr and
yourself you will then

read through your reference. Once you are happy with your
application MIr/LBr will then send it off to UCAS.


4.

UCAS will then contact you to inform you that they have received it.


5.

Once you are on the UCAS system they will send you information so that you
can log on
to TRACK


and this allows you to track the progress of any offers.






C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

10



Writing a Personal Statement



Paragraph 1:

Writing about your subject choice


You have to prove to the reader that you want to study ********





Paragraph 2:

Writing
about your school experience/what you have enjoyed whilst studying
your subjects






Paragraph 3:

Writing about work experience


This can include both paid and voluntary work






Paragraph 4:

Writing about interests and experiences







Paragraph 5:

Writing a concluding statement








Maximum number of lines is about 40 on the computer. You must use 12 point font. Type it in WORD
before putting it onto your application form because there is no spell check in “UCAS apply”. This
works out as being
about 500 words or less and so you need to be fairly concise. Make sure that you
give your draft to your form tutor and we would encourage you to ask as many people as possible to
read it, so that they can point out mistakes or make suggestions for other
things to be included.


C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

11





Ideas to Help You Write Your Personal Statement



Paragraph 1


State your reasons for your choice of course


Write out the reasons why you are applying for your chosen degree/HND. Some suggestions have
been made to help you get

started.


Reason




Explanation




Enjoy the subject




Enjoy particular aspects of the
subject




Look forward to studying in
greater depth




Work experience confirmed
interest




Look forward to putting theory
into practice




Possess the skills required for
the

course




Post
-
degree aim e.g. particular
career in mind




Any other reason/s?




Any other reason/s?







State why




State which aspects





State specific interests





How did work experience help?





Anything in particular?





Which skills?





Which career and
why?





Explanation




Explanation




Paragraph 2


Here you need to talk about the subjects you have taken and how they relate to your course choice/s.


C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

12





P
aragraph 3


State the skills you gained and match them to the duties you carried out on your work
experience.


Skills Developed




Duties Carried Out Which
Developed the Skill


e.g. Communication




Listening



Speaking



Working independently



Computer literacy



Team work



Managing others



Working to deadlines



Diplomacy



Problem solving



Using initiatives

etc.





e.g. Dealing with customers or
working in a team



Paragraph 4


State the experiences you have gained within school or college. Write out your experiences and
responsibilities in school or college. Below are some suggestions that have been provided
to help you
get started.


Experience




What Have You Gained?

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

13



e.g. Form Representative




Drama production



Musical instrument



Musical concerts



Library assistant



Voluntary work



Helping staff



Prefect



Computer responsibilities



Charity work



Debating society



Events organiser



Any other experiences?





e.g. Communication skills, trust,
independence



Paragraph 4 (continued)


Identify and outline the key activities or experiences which you have gained in a non
-
educational
environment.


Some suggestions have
been provided to help you get started. Consider each suggestion and then add
some of your own if they do not appear on the list below. In no more than a sentence or two outline
some specific details about the pursuits and then state why the experience is

relevant to your
application.


Suggested Pursuits

Outline

Relevance

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

14



e.g. Reading Novels




Hobby



Holiday



Reading plays



Reading a specialist
area



Theatre



Part time work



Dancing



Concerts



Music



Mechanics



Films



Cooking



Martial arts



Using internet



Cycling and
sports of
all sorts



Museums



Painting


e.g. Science fiction e.g.
Asimov


Enjoy a wide range of
literature


Paragraph 5


Choose one or two areas which link to your degree/HND course or general university life.

Read your Personal Statement written so far.
Now do one of the following:


a)

think of an experience which you have not already mentioned which relates to the
degree/HND course or;

b)

think of an experience which you have not already mentioned which relates to your
suitability for university, or finally;

c)

i
dentify an area which you have already mentioned and find a way of building on it for a
concluding comment about your cours
e or suitability for university


Example one

Physics holds answers to the most fundamental questions of science; no one with an inqui
ring mind
could fail to want to study such a subject. It is this aspect of the subject that leads to my
fascination with it. My particular interest lies in Cosmology and the progression of the Universe
since its creation. I have read several books aroun
d this area, including ‘Wrinkles in Time’ by George
Smoot, and have also undertaken an Open University short course in the subject and gained a Pass
grade with 95%.

Following my degree, my ambition is to enter research work, enabling me to stay at the fore
front of
my

chosen speciality, constantly providing me with answers whilst unearthing more complex and
intricate problems.

C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

15


My AS level courses to date have been both stimulating and challenging.
Physics

contains theories
and ideas that are often contradictory to common conceptions and at times put a huge strain on your
brain, which, for me, makes the challenge of expanding my knowledge of the subject more fascinating.
Maths provides me with the
techniqu
es

needed to approach problems within Physics. In chemistry
and biology I like the sense of achievement
gained

in understanding and applying difficult concepts. I
achieved the highest marks in my year for biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Relevant work exp
erience I have organised has included a week spent at the Research and
Development department at Rolls
-
Royce. I shadowed a Senior Research Manager, attending meetings
and spending time in the research facilities and the week culminated in the
launch

event

for the EFE
programme. Having spent some time in research facilities, I found the sense of teamwork and the
opportunity to work with like minded individuals highly motivating. Since February 2005, I have
worked at a busy local Italian cafe. The nature
of the work brings me in to constant contact with a
variety of people, enhancing my interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure during
busy times.

As a Sixth Form committee member with the role of Common Room Officer, I am
responsible

for
s
ocial activities within the common room. Over the past year I volunteered to assist in a Year 9
science class which I thoroughly
enjoyed

as it allowed me to work with others and pass on my
enthusiasm for the subject. I represented the school at rugby whi
ch allowed me to develop my
teamwork and social skills. This year the board of governors has selected me from a wild field of
applicants as one of 12 pupils to represent the school on a study trip to Japan.

I am a keen mountain biker and am in the process

of building up a new bike. I have been an active
member of the Scouting movement from Beaver Scouts and now attend Explorer Scouts. As
chairperson of the committee I have helped organise, and taken part in, annual week
-
long camps,
including trips to Hol
land and Iceland,. I have recently completed my Chief Scout Platinum and Duke
of Edinburgh Silver awards and am now nearing completion of my Gold award.

Whilst giving me a greater sense of independence and freedom, the successful achievement of these
awar
ds has allowed me to expand my organisational, problem
-
solving and communications skills and
instilled in me a huge sense of pride and personal achievement. Having attended the Sutton Trust
Oxford summer school for Physics, I gained a brief insight into u
niversity life, in both academic and
social areas. This experience was challenging but reinforced my desire to study Physics in the
university environment as it allowed me to meet a variety of students and stretch my capabilities to
meet the high demands
and expectations of the tutors and lecturers.

I am a dedicated and hard working student and always strive to do everything within my abilities to
achieve my goals. I am a well rounded person with the ability to adapt to most situations and look
forward to

gaining a degree and, ultimately, aspiring to a career in a field about which I am
passionate.




Example two


I have for many years been drawn to a career in nursing. I am fully committed to becoming a nurse.
I like to take up a challenge and enjoy working with and meeting new people.
The

role itself appeals
to me, as it is a satisfying, interesting and challen
ging career. I am a confident and caring person. I
take responsibility for all my actions and consistently meet deadlines.


At present I am studying and AVCE in Health and Social Care. This allows me to gain knowledge of
the effectiveness of the care an
d services in both health and social
environments
, both being
relevant to Nursing. At present I am developing my knowledge
within

the different areas involved in
C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

16


this course, which is interesting. I have also
completed an
d

AS Level in Psychology. Psycho
logy
involves answering moral question, learning the
theories

and applying knowledge that has helped in
developing my knowledge and confidence.


I benefited from
organising

my own placements for work
experience
, which made me feel
independent and gave me a

feeling of satisfaction. Four weeks work experience
within

Allerton
Medical Centre and Leafield clinic working alongside district nurses, pharmacists, practice nurses,
health visitors, doctors and chiropodists helped me gain a good understanding of Nursi
ng. It enabled
me to develop invaluable life skills, such as listening, speaking and teamwork skills. Work experience
was astonishing. The whole experience was amazing because of the people and
caring

atmosphere.


I have just secured a voluntary positio
n at St James Hospital where I will experience a ward setting
first hand, build on relationships with the elderly and develop my interpersonal skills.


I am a current member of St John’s Ambulance Cades, which I find equally enjoyable and rewarding.
I was

a member

of Leeds Lifesaving Club. Both of the hobbies enabled me to achieve modules in CPR,
First Aid and
Casualty

Simulation
.


I thoroughly enjoy being part of a sixth form. I was given the opportunity to be a peer mentor. This
involved helping child
ren in the lower school read and write, helping them to achieve new skills, which
made me proud and gave me a sense of satisfaction. I also took part in the
high

school open evenings
for 3 years. Initially I performed in a musical performance, which help
ed me gain confidence and
become people friendly. In the last open
evening

I volunteered to be a guide and support newcomers
around the school. This enabled me to promote as an individual and work

as an individual with people
to boost my confidence.


Wit
hin my social circle I am respected, reliable and a caring person. I enjoy experiencing new and
exciting opportunities all of which feed my interest in being part of a career, which works with
people. I feel Nursing will offer me a wide range of opportun
ities on which to build on strengths and
develop many other skills. I would welcome the opportunity to develop my career in the field of
Nursing.


I am looking forward to the new experience of going to university. I would welcome the opportunity
to widen

my horizon and aspire to the range of challenges Nursing will offer me.






Example three

I possess a fascination with science and human biology, but also an active interest in people, and a
desire to work closely with them. I feel that medicine as a
career will allow the integration of these
interests, whilst continuing to challenge my intellectual capabilities and hold my interest. I have
embraced every opportunity to the experience of being a woman in medicine. Whilst attending a
Medlink conferenc
e I expanded my independence through living university life and was fascinated by
all that I was exposed to. My reading around medicine has included ‘Learning Medicine’ by Richards
and Stockhill. I also read medically related articles in the news and the

BMJ wherever possible as I
feel this helps me to expand my awareness. I involve myself in a mentor programme in association
with Leeds University, in which my assigned mentor is available for consultation in relation to any
C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

17


queries I have about medical s
chool. This has taught me a great deal about the reality of life in
training to be a doctor.

Relevant work experience I have organised includes 2 weeks spent at St James’ hospital, working
alongside doctors in a variety of specialities from
Pathology

to A
&E. Attending MDT meetings and
going on ward rounds furthered my vocational knowledge. Time spent at a GPs surgery offered me
the chance to observe consultations with the GP, nurse, midwife and

health visitor, along with work
in
g

in
the reception. Work e
xperience was invaluable. It provided me with realistic insight
into

t
he wide
variety
within

medicine.

Voluntarily I helped at a summer camp for handicapped children where I developed strong
relationships with those I cared for and was able to challenge m
yself with a variety of tasks and
responsibilities. Working with the St John’s Ambulance is equally rewarding and enjoyable.

My A level courses so far have been challenging and satisfying. In Chemistry and Biology I like the
sense of achievement in graspi
ng a difficult concept and putting it in to practice. Psychology requires
me to confront moral questions with no definite answer. English Language at AS level helped me to
balance my subject choices by providing me with a further chance of expressions.

I

pride myself on being a sociable and fully active member of my school community. Representing the
school at netball and taking main roles in school productions allow me to develop skills both socially
and in
these

areas of interest. The school council a
nd currently the sixth form committee are
integral in y school life
. Through the latter I have taken many responsibilities including the
organisation of a large welcome party for Year 12. Some friend and I took the initiative to instigate
the formation of

a mentoring programme within school, where older pupils acted as a counselling
service for younger ones. Sitting on the Young People’s Police Authority in the West Yorkshire Police
was largely a team effort involving discussion and compromise.

Within my
social circle I am outgoing, empathetic and trusted. As a member of a medical
school and
university I intend to continue to work hard academically as well as participating socially and being
active in the university community. Spending time with friends
and family and experiencing a wide
variety of cinema occupy me along with my academic studies and help me to relax. I relish
opportunities to experience new and exciting things.

I am applying for deferred entry to medical school and will take a gap year.

In this time I plan to
travel abroad and work either in a home for the disable d or elderly people or within a school in a
caring role. All of this I plan to organise myself and undertake independently. This will develop my
independence and awareness an
d I will go to medical school with a fresh appetite for learning and the
confidence to succeed. I also enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures. To fund this
independently, I am employed at Gap clothing store. My year will be rewarding as I buil
d my
confidence and abilities through interactional situations.

I live a full life academically, socially and through employment and feel I strike the balance between
these elements well. Every experience I have had in preparation for my future career has

made me
more passionate about my decision to study medicine.


Example four

When I was much younger, I wasn’t allowed computers or games consoles. To my parents they were
dangerous and expensive. Finding the ones I did come across so intriguing I began t
o improvise using
a pen and paper. When a real computer finally did find itself in my home, I believed it could do
anything, just like I believed my pen
-
and
-
paper algorithms could.


This experience gave me a lifel
ong fascination with technology.

As a chi
ld I would read books about
robotics and deep space travel and wonder why aren’t these things a reality? These experiences have
lead me to become extremely passionate about
Computer

Science and I hope to take my studies to
the highest level possible, idea
lly working in a research position in the future. My critical attitude
C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

18


and love of problem solving gives me a voracious drive to improve upon things; designs, ideas or
systems. As a forward thinking individual this area also appeals to me as it is cuttin
g edge; there are
rapid developments in the field and there will always be something new to learn. Most importantly, I
have a genuine love of the subject which goes beyond any desire for money or prestige.


Artificial intelligence is a particular interest
. I want to animate and automate everything possible, to
see agents that not only interact with their surroundings, but also have a desire to improve them. I
want to see artificial neural networks whose learning is affected by curiosity, pride or fear.
To me,
AI is the proactive way we can guarantee never being alone as an intelligent race.


Having read ‘The Emperors New Mind’ by Penrose, the problem of consciousness in AI is clearly
illustrated by the
analogy

of an algorithm of Einstein’s brain, execute
d on paper. The intriguing
prospect of executing an
algorithm

on paper, identical in function to one programmed into a computer
and therefore possibly evoking a sentient being existing on a different level from us, this is one of
many philosophical problem
s I would love to study further.


My current subjects at A level are Maths, Physics and Applied ICT as well as Further maths at AS.
These make an excellent foundation for any technical course, which bring together several academic
disciplines. Decision M
aths is particularly exciting, as I get a childish pleasure out of algorithms,
especially when finding one that is simple and accurate. Completing work experience at a software
development company gave me an insight into the workings of bespoke software d
evelopment. In
addition it gave me the opportunity to use the facilities (in particular Visual Studio. NET) to gain
some experience in languages such as C#and MySQL.


Being especially intrigued by AI, I
have

a fascination with behaviour and psychology whi
ch stems from
(among other things) training rats and my dog, who has won awards for his schooling! Camping and
fishing are my preferred activities when outside. I also have an interest in animation. The
rewarding, painstaking and precise skills I demons
trated when I produced a stop
-
motion film myself
are very similar to the skills needed by successful programmers. My intense curiosity and desire for
knowledge, couple with my sociable personality and adventurous spirit
, make me perfectly suited to
univer
sity life. In particular I look forward to working alongside and sharing ideas with people who
are just as passionate about Computer Science as I am.








Example five


My fascination with business has deepened and having studied Applied Business at adv
anced level
I
have

broadened my understanding of the various facets of the business world. During the course I
particularly enjoyed two components; management and finance and would now like to further my
understanding to degree level. I feel this would present me with fur
ther opportunities in the future
and help reach my career aspirations.


C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

19


The applied business course allowed me to study the subject as a whole and its individual parts. The
various components I have studied include production, finance, human resources and

business
planning. The subject also provided me with plenty of opportunities to apply my knowledge to various
businesses and make recommendations. There have been two particular areas, management and
finance, that when combined helped us to set up our o
wn business selling ice pops during sports days
for different year groups. This was done to complete the ‘running and enterprise’ unit. As a team we
carried out both primary and secondary research and used the information to produce a business plan
which

included the promotional plan, financial forecast and we held several meetings to discuss all
areas of the business venture. The profits made were contributed to Cancer Research. By running
an enterprise I felt I was able to put into practice what I had

learnt and approach the venture from
a business point of view.


My career
aspirations

include setting up a business selling boutique clothing and I feel that by
persevering

with the subject will allow me to develop my knowledge and skills which can be applied to
my future business and remain successful in a competitive business environment. My recent
attendance to a conference at the royal Armouries affirmed my decision to
become a business leader.
The guest speaker, Julia Clerdon, who is considered to be one of the
fifty

most influential
business

leaders in
Britain,

spoke of women in leadership roles and how to lead
change in a well established
business.


I have organised
voluntary placements at Roundhay St John’s Primary School where I worked with
young children and helped them to improve their computer skills, reading and playing educational
games. My second placement was at Alders as a sales assistant with the Shoe Stud
io Group. This
placement provided me with an opportunity to observe customer buying behaviour, liaise with other
employees and to deal with enquiries which improved my customer service skills.


I currently work for BT as part of an Openreach programme as
a Wholesale Line Rental sales
representative. I operate various databases to install BT telephone lines (business and residential)
for our customers via the company databases and to send out an engineer to install the line. I feel
working part
-
time as we
ll as studying

has further improved my ability to organise my workload.


I have many interests and hobbies which include reading books and I also like to read magazines. In
my spare time I like listening to music, shopping, going out with friends, cinema
and meeting new
people but I always make time for my work, my family and my friends.


I am a very responsible and co
-
operative individual and I am known as very energetic, spontaneous and
encouraging. I now hope to make the most of the opportunities prese
nted to me whilst in higher
education.




Example six


Just as everyone has a part to play in moulding the future, individuals have been

central in creating
the past.
The more

powerful and influential the individual, the greater their impact. Winston
Chur
chill famously state
d
, ‘it would be better for all parties to leave the past to history,
especially

as
I propose to write that history myself’. I have always been fascinated with the legacies of historical
world figures. Some have led honestly and with i
ntegrity, whilst others have selfishly manipulated
C:
\
Program Files
\
neevia.com
\
docConverterPro
\
temp
\
NVDC
\
48DE7FBE
-
613A
-
4F0F
-
B5FC
-
1415DD57E0E9
\
lovethreeway_b600b022
-
b4c4
-
49dd
-
b22f
-
326f01f2db5c.docx

20


their circumstances with destructive consequences. Reading ‘The State of Africa’ by martin
Meredith has enlightened and shocked me as to how a continent so rich with natural resources and
with so much pot
ential, has been open to corruption by so many leaders and left stagnant in poverty,
war and bitterness. In my European studies it has been enlightening to explore how Hitler, with such
poisonous and publicised views was entrusted with such power under th
e Third Reich. Personally,
nothing is more interesting than delving into the past, analysing firm evidence, identifying decisions in
their context, and making connections with the present.


I have always embraced opportunities, taking part in anything whi
ch might enhance my studies or
personal development.
Recently

I learnt that I have been selected to partake in a study tour of
Japan, where one of the highlights will be a trip to Hiroshima, to talk to survivors. This experience
will not only provide me
with factual evidence of events, but will allow me to see the impact of history
empirically on a
person’s

life.


Different cultures fascinate me, which is why I have continued to study French at A2 level. I believe
that
communicating

in another language a
nd attempting to
integrate

provides a more rewarding
experience. I love to travel and this year I have been on historical trips with my school to Berlin and
Paris. My historical understanding has been enhanced by these visits, and the events brought to l
ife.
For my work experience I took part in a Swiss exchange where I worked as a language assistant in my
partner’s

school. Although challenging, I loved comparing my views with
students

from a

neutral
country on subjects such as the Iraq war and popular
culture.


I also have experience of working for Sheffield city council, and a local primary school. Although
both very different, I had to think more independently in the workplace, and learn not to rely on
others to solve problems. Studying Philosophy a
nd Ethics has allowed me to be more open minded to
different ideas, and to be able to put forward coherently my own beliefs and arguments.


Holding the position of Sixth Form Committee Secretary has improved my organisational skills and
made me adept at co
operating with others in the school community. I have shown initiative through
arranging welcome events and charity actions such as ‘Operation Christmas Child’. I was also involved
in a peer mentoring scheme with students of ethnic minorities, helping wi
th homework or school
worries, and in turn gaining insight from someone who had a different background from myself.


I am a hardworking and committed student and I was pleased to receive the School’s Outstanding
student award in recognition of my AS result
s. I also attained subject awards for History, French
and Art. Outside school I play the clarinet in the Leeds Schools Wind Orchestra and being involved
in concerts locally and abroad in Holland have been very enjoyable. I take pleasure in anything
creat
ive, taking Art at A2 level, and I work part
-
time at my local florist. Being part of a close
workforce, I have to be trusted and very reliable. I am employed by the school to put up displays,
allowing me another creative outlet, I also enjoy swimming, pl
aying the saxophone, and going to youth
activities with friends at my Church. I relish the opportunity to explore different historical periods
at my university which I have not been able to study in the sixth form.