On Wednesday Sophia Mousoulides, Lead Partnership Officer at the University of East London came in to speak with our Year 8 pupils about further education and career prospects. She discussed University and student life with our pupils and spoke about notable Alumni members of UEL, including: musician Tinchy Stryder, British Sprinter Adam Gemili, Politicians Rupa Huq and Imran Khan.
Students learnt about the structure of a 3-year degree programme, a master’s degree (which can take 1- 2 years to complete) and a PHD. They were also informed about specific degrees which take longer, such as: dentistry, medicine and Architecture.
Sophia discussed the costs of studying at degree level, with the average yearly cost of tuition fees being £9,250 and extra costs including rent and living expenses. Sophia explained there are specific loans and grants (money given by universities and the government to support studying that doesn’t need to be repaid) that students can apply for to support their educational costs.
Students were advised on myths about university and were surprised to learn that universities not only take in account A Level results but also your GCSE results. They were also shown the array of extracurricular activities available at university and the importance of attending a selection to develop your communication skills and additional abilities.
Sophia also highlighted the importance of completing work by set deadlines and ensuring independent research is completed by pupils if they are to obtain a good degree level. Sophia linked this to importance of completing HW tasks at school, learning the skills to complete independent studying whilst at school supports your development needed to succeed at university.
We are very excited by the prospect of working closely with UEL and developing a partnership to support our pupils’ progression into Higher Education. Next term the Year 8 pupils will have the opportunity to visit University of East London Docklands campus for a University Taster day.