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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHi there. My name’s Mark Newman, I’m a team manager in the Customer Experience contact centre. This is the nerve centre of UCAS, where we answer thousands of student questions and queries every day. I’d like to warmly welcome you to this two week course. We have designed this course to help you better understand the study and training opportunities open you, and to help you make the decisions ahead with as much confidence as possible. Exploring your choices and making decisions can be pretty daunting - the range of subjects, study options and destinations available can be overwhelming. We’ve designed this course to help you make really informed choices about your next steps, and progression towards your careers and working life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsTo do this we want you to feel inspired and excited about the options available to you so you’re able to find the best one for you. In this first week, we’ll concentrate on exploring what’s available to you in the UK – course types, subject areas and everything you’ll need to consider before starting to consider your choices. It should take around two hours to complete the tasks this week. This includes watching videos, joining discussions, reading articles and completing any exercises. If you have more time, there are also links to other resources you might find useful. Next week, we have careers advisers and university admissions teams sharing their expertise and students will tell you about their experiences. expertise with you.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsYou will also hear about the how careers are changing in this country – all to help you get to grips with your decisions making. Throughout the course you’ll be able to share your thoughts and get interactive with everyone else so get social and help each other out! Hi there, my name’s Mary and I’m the Chief Executive of UCAS welcome to our MOOC and indeed to the UCAS process.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsI’m guessing that you’re thinking about this big decision about university – what to study, where to study and this MOOC is designed to help you with that because actually you’ll look back on this time in your life and realise that where you went to university and what you studied is kind of life defining, so it’s a huge big decision. Probably my first piece of advice is – until you’re sure, wait. There’s no problem with deciding to wait another year. We have loads of people even in their twenties, thirties and older who make the decision to go to university so there’s no rushing into this, it’s such a big decision.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 secondsI would encourage you to think about something that really catches your interest, that kind of makes your heart beat a bit faster when you’ve found something that really pricks your ears up. There’s something in the higher education catalogue of courses for everyone, whatever your interest is. I hope you enjoy the MOOC and I hope you enjoy the process, and most of all, I feel really envious because you’re about to embark on something which is going to change your life and I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy your years at university.

Welcome and introduction

Mark Newman, a team manager in the Customer Experience Centre at UCAS, welcomes you to the course and sets out the starting point and learning aims around the key question ‘how do I best explore higher education as an option?’

Whether you are living in the UK, Europe, or in an international setting, you need information and advice that is up-to-date, comprehensive, and impartial so you can understand the study and training opportunities open to you. Exploring your choices and making decisions can be quite daunting – the range of subjects, study options, and destinations available can be overwhelming. This two-week course is here to help.

In Week 1, you will be concentrating on enhancing and extending your awareness of all the available post-18 options and your knowledge of higher education in the UK. By considering all the options, you will be able to find the best way forward for you.

In Week 2, you will hear from experienced careers advisers and university admissions teams, and to help inform your thinking, you will also learn more about the changing careers landscape. All this will help you focus on how you can get to grips with your decision-making, reflect on your interests, motivations, learning styles, skills, abilities, and aspirations, to make the right choice for you.

This course will be facilitated by Mark Newman. You might want to ‘follow’ Mark and other UCAS mentors, to make it easy for you to find their contributions in the discussions and comments. There will also be careers advisers and higher education experts on hand to contribute.

Please make use of the ‘like’ feature in comments and discussions, if you see a comment you like or a question that you want to ask too. This will assist us to answer as many of your questions as possible, and the posts with the most ‘likes’ are more likely to receive a response.

The comments sections can be a little overwhelming if there are lots of responses, so we recommend reading the first page of most recent comments, then the first page of ‘most liked’ comments – this will help you keep up-to-date with the newest and most popular comments in the course.

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