Progression Hub

Welcome! Here's your dedicated Progression Hub.

This hub if here to provide you with information, advice and guidance on everything from research to results, giving you easy access to the resources you need to prepare, apply and progress to higher education or university.

How to choose a degree

Choosing a degree when there are so many options available can seem a little daunting, especially as you want to make the right decision on what you’ll be studying for the next few years.

If you are heading into higher education but are not sure what to study, here are a few top tips to help you seal the deal.

  • Identify your learning preference
  • Assessment style
  • Start with your career aspirations

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Why attend an Open Day

Part of your research into higher education providers and universities should include visiting Open Events, whether these are taking place online or on-campus.

Open Days are an excellent opportunity to ask questions, see the best of student work, meet potential tutors and find out more about student life.

We've compiled the top questions to ask at Open Days, including:

  • How practical is the course?
  • How will the course be assessed?
  • What sort of student support is there?

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How to make a UCAS Application

How to apply

It's time. You've done your research, attended open days, you've made a shortlist and you're ready to start your applications.

If you've not started this yet, here's our timeline of what you should be doing ahead of making an application.

Read our step by step guide

1. September - Research

2. October - Attend Open Days and start your application

3. November - Write your Personal Statement

4. December - Complete and proofread your application

5. January - Submit your application using UCAS

How to write a personal statement

Personal statements, where to begin...

Writing about yourself can feel really challenging, especially when you're not used to it.

So to help you out, we've outlined exactly how to approach writing a personal statement and what you should cover to make it as amazing as you are.

Get the step by step guide to writing your personal statement.

  • Give yourself plenty of time
  • Plan the structure
  • Make it all about you
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Proof, proof and proof again

How student finance works

Student finance can be confusing but the thought of taking out a student loan shouldn't be a daunting thought.

Student loans are very different from a personal loan, and are set up so that you only begin to pay your loan back when you're earning over the current threshold, this year that's £26,575 per year.

While it's still a loan, the benefit of studying a degree's include: higher earning potential, access to specailist industry roles as well as transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, independance and many more.

Read more about how student finance works

How to prepare for an audition or interview

University interviews can be a daunting prospect but they are nothing to be worried about. Whether they take place face-to-face or virtually this year, follow these three simple steps and you’re sure to make a good impression, while also finding out if the course is right for you!

  • Plan ahead
  • Be yourself
  • Ask questions

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Join a Progression Talk

To join one of our UCAS Application support sessions, please click the relevant event.

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More about UCEN Manchester

Congratulations! You are about to embark on an important stage in your journey. This is an exciting time for you and at UCEN Manchester we are here to support you as you take your next steps, helping you to build the skills you need and to achieve the qualification that will shape your future career...

Find out more about UCEN Manchester.

Find out more & download one of our study area brochures

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Why Choose UCEN Manchester

TEF Silver status for teaching excellence
Multi-million pound campus developments

graduates progress to work or study within 6 months of graduating

Catch up on the UCEN Manchester Open Events

You can now catch up on our October season of Online Open Events by watching the recordings.

Each session looks at a different topic, giving you an insight into what you'd study.

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What else can we help with?

Before you apply

Everything you need to know ahead of making an application. Explore key information on how to apply, what courses we offer, support available, entry criteria and more.

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Apply now for 2020

There's still time to join us this year, whether you've started elsewhere and found it's not for you, or your personal circumstances have changed, our close-knit community is ready to welcome you. Secure your place now.

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Returning to campus

Find out more about our plans for blended learning and see what campus looks like.

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