Studying for a degree in Jersey: Careers Jersey

Jeremy Field, the Education Liaison Manager for Careers Jersey, and Ben Sandeman, Education Liaison Careers Advisor work in the Education Liaison Team. They are presenting on behalf of all the on island providers represented.

Amongst you, they have representatives from BBP, Institute of Law, Highlands College University Centre, Jersey Graduate Teacher Training Program, JIBS, One Study, Preregistration for Adult Nursing. They have a representative from Student Finance as well.

A little bit about Careers Jersey, they’re an independent information advice and guidance service. They’re basically split up into three teams. Jeremy and Ben are the Education Liaison Team. They very much concentrate on going into schools, liaising with schools, dealing with the careers teachers in the schools, resourcing them with appropriate information, going to schools doing presentations, actually linking with some of the providers here as well by doing insight into nursing, midwifery.

They organise medical workshops as well. They had just last week some teaching workshops as well. There is kind of a process to all of this. The adult Information Advice and Guidance Team. They mainly deal with adults so they have office based appointments for people from the age of 16 to 60, possibly some of those clientele might be looking to change their role within work.

They have their Work Related Learning Team that deal with Trident, the work experience, and deal with Institute of Directors, and different working programs as well.

Currently 235 students are studying degrees on island. I think that’s actually a really good figure. Three, four, five years ago that would have been significantly less, but because of a rise in university fees in the U.K. people are looking at different options, people do want what they perceive as value for money.

Studying on island is a very good option and a lot of students are grasping hold of this, and you may have seen it in the JEP yesterday a good article about that as well. So at the moment we’ve got over 16 degrees currently on offer, and that’s brilliant, for an island this size, that’s fantastic.

There’s a very broad range of degrees, finance, nursing etc. It’s good to keep developing those degrees, and there’s a sports management degree as the latest degree at Highlands University Centre as well. In years to come, that number will increase, as well, nine different accrediting universities.

It’s very important for on-island study to have that connection with universities and that attachment and so gives the study on the island, and something that’s really important that universities work in partnership with the islands agencies and providers as well.

With that, a bit of information the different on island providers and the universities that they’re working with and in partnership with. We’ve got Highlands College University Centre, which work closely with London South Bank University and in partnership with Plymouth University as well. With that, these on island providers work very closely to maintain good contact, people can visit from the university, come on-island as well.

JIBS, Jersey International Business School, work very closely with the University of Buckingham and Manchester University. University of Buckingham specialise in two year degrees, so if you are thinking of studying on-island. You can get a degree in two years and that’s very cost effective and you can be moving out, for students, into the world of work possibly a year ahead of your peers as well. So that’s a bonus about studying on island.

Institute of Law connected with the University of London, and connections with Barcelona as well. University of London have been doing degrees for over 100 years, they are very experienced and underwriting the Institute of Law’s work there.

They’ve got the Jersey Graduate Teacher Training Program as well, connected with the University of London, so that’s underwritten and have very strong connections there again. On island nursing with the university with the University of Chichester. Now, the University of Chichester is one of the leading nurse training providers in the U.K. Again, to be linked with Jersey.

They’ve got One Study there with Oxford Brookes University. So I felt that was actually quite important just to clarify that with these on island degrees it’s important that they have good connections, that they’re working in partnership, because Jeremy and Ben as careers advisors, have many different conversations with parents who question the value of an on-island degree and how it compares to a U.K. degree.

There’s many advantages, to dispel any myths that it may be a second class degree or anything like that. So it’s really important that this good work continues. The island providers do have that opportunity to keep developing work. With that as well, they’ve got great professors, tutors on island leading some of these degree courses, and there’s the connection and the opportunity for some of these university representatives to come over and deliver some modules as well.

It’s a very cohesive, joined up thinking approach. We’re very privileged to be able to have great people on island that can deliver some of this information, but also the input from the U.K. Some of the advantages you may have thought of already. It’s very reasonable entry requirements compared to the U.K. because by sheer volume of numbers, that’s good for students for staying on island locally.

It’s competitive on island but a different type of competition as compared to the U.K. Obviously no need to relocate, so staying on island has it’s benefits for parents in the room and for students, it can be a lot cheaper rather than looking at trying to travel and get across to the U.K.

There are great benefits to staying on island and continuing higher education in Jersey. An advantage as well is contact with local firms, very natural liaison with local firms and how students can connect with those opportunities. Great opportunities for students to get good internships with on island study with paid work whilst studying as well.

If you’re living on Jersey you’re kind of familiar with how that would work. Getting work experience as well while you’re studying and that’s invaluable and great to have on your CV that you got some good work experience, paid internships. As a student you’re developing your skills and having that good opportunity whichever on island provider you choose to keep developing your skills.

As I mentioned before the tutors are fantastic, a great variety of tutors with different skills and fantastic that they’ve got good academics over here on-island but also can get academics from the U.K. as well. With the costs, the tuition fees again are very reasonable.

And obviously living costs is a bit minimal, so parents if you have a student you might want to reduce their rent for monthly payments and that’s very cost effective. And also with the tuition fees. If it’s a two year degree or three year degree, you pay tuition fees for two years or three years as well. Again that can work out quite reasonable compared to some institutions in the U.K. One of the major things as well is smaller class sizes, possibly between 15-30 people in some of the classes on island.

Studying on island that’s a massive bonus. I would say tutors in a lot of cases are much more accessible and more straight forward access for students to chat to them about whatever they need to chat to them about. Reduced travel costs as well. Obviously staying in Jersey, you don’t necessarily have to be thinking about coming back for half term, summer holidays.

Some of the on island degrees and the providers there might be opportunity to travel and do a final year in the U.K. as well, but again generally speaking the reduced travel costs could be of benefit. They’re on a small island 9×5 so it’s great to be able to get to where you need to study very quickly.

A career in Jersey is one of the massive advantages. Going to the U.K. you take yourself out of the loop of business in the island for three years, possibly four, whilst you’re doing your degree. If you study on island and you’re doing internships with local companies, you’re doing work experience with local companies, those contacts you build during those experiences will stand you in good stead to gain employment once you finish your degree or possibly during your degree as well. It’s an important point that needs mentioning.

They explain briefly the different university providers on island, the courses they offer, entry requirements, and costs. A little bit about the entry requirements and UCAS points. Highlands College University Centre is the largest university centre on the island, over 150 degree students. So with that comes a HE culture and also a large amount of facilities up at Highlands College University Centre. They offer quite a wide variety of courses from Financial Services through to Childhood Studies through to Foundation Art degree.

Foundation Art degree is a prerequisite for going to do an Art degree for three years, so that could be the start of a four year Art placement. They also do Social Sciences as well. There’s two fee brackets at Highlands College, £5,689 or £6,663. And the entry requirements are quite similar across all the courses as well: 160 UCAS points or equivalent.

One thing which will pop up, not just at Highlands College, but at quite a number of institutions. They all ask for a grade C in Maths and English. So if you don’t have that, Highlands College do run on a Wednesday night, I think it’s on a Wednesday night, GCSE classes where in a year you can achieve a C or above in Maths and English, which is a prerequisite for most of these courses. It says there a minimum of 160 UCAS points, so UCAS is the University and Colleges Application Service, so it’s the body which governs all applications in the U.K. and it’s also, through the points system, got it’s own sort of tariff whereby entry criteria is measured.

So Jersey International Business School University Centre, based just down near the tunnel they offer a degree in International Financial Services. My colleague Jeremy before mentioned this is just a two year degree so Buckingham specialise in those fast track degrees. One think I do want to say is through their strong links, training up Jersey’s financial community, they do have a large number of firms they’re in contact with regarding work experience placements and internships.

If you go on that course there is a very high possibility that you will be able to go on work experience, internship and possibly employment may come from that if you make a good impression. Entry requirements for that is 260 UCAS points and again they’re asking for Maths and English grade C. Cost, £8,750 per annum, slightly more but you only have to pay that for two years rather than three or four perhaps if you look at going to the U.K. They also run part time degrees as well, but they’re for when people are in work.

One Study offer, accredited with Oxford Brookes University, a BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting. Slightly different enrolment to this, you have to be enrolled in their ACCA Accounting qualification or a Foundation in Accounting diploma. The cost is £11,633 for the full degree but as this is a flexible degree you can complete it in a minimum of 1.5 years, taking up to 10 years should you wish. So the study time with this degree is completely flexible for you to fit around work commitments and life commitments.

States of Jersey offer a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) degree. The cost is free, it’s covered by Health & Social Services and the entry requirements are 300 UCAS points and again GCSE Maths and English. Drawing out in the table of qualifications in your booklet it says diploma in Nursing, it should be degree in Nursing. It’s not a diploma, it’s a full honours degree, bear that in mind that they’ve got a little bit of a typo there.

From the nursing course they’ve had 100% employability so far. Everybody who’s gone through it has gone on to work in nursing which is quite an impressive statistic, and all the placements are arranged within Health & Social Services by Health & Social Services, so there is a guarantee every student will have a full range of placements throughout the Health & Social Services department.

The Jersey Graduate Teacher Training Program, which gives you Jersey Qualified Teacher status. Now it’s not a degree, it’s sort of a postgrad qualification, so you’d need a completed degree to go in and do that. Again GCSE grade C in Maths and English pops up again. And again that’s free and it is quite competitive to get on this and also your completed degree needs to be in the subject that you’ll go on to teach at secondary school as well. So if you did an English degree say, you could train with Jersey Graduate Teacher Training program to become an English teacher for instance.

Again, all placements are arranged by Education, Sport, and Culture. So all students will be guaranteed amble placements within the Jersey Education System. Institute of Law offer LLB Law Degree, entry requirements 260 UCAS points, and the cost just over £6000 per annum. One thing I do what to say about the Institute of Law, excellent links with Jersey’s law community, they have a lot of very experienced professors, not only from island but also off island coming over to deliver the course.

One thing special about it as well is degree tuition takes place at evenings and weekends. So you can work during the week as well as undertaking this degree. It gives you the opportunity to work as well as learn, to part fund your studies or just to support yourself. That’s a very good asset of that course. And then finally we have BPP as well who offer a BSc honours degree in Applied Accounting, again affiliated with Oxford Brookes University and the entry requirements for those are two A Levels and three GCSEs.

BPP have got over 20 years experience in teaching accounting qualifications. All their accounting tutors have worked for big 4 accounting companies so you can trust that all the tutors and mentors have the experience that is going to help students who enroll on those degrees get the best out of that degree. And that’s sort of a very brief round up of all the different degrees you can do in Jersey.

They’re independent from this so they just thought it would be good to highlight certain aspects of studying on island, but actually its quite important not just to take our word for it, but have a look at the slide, they’ve got some quotes from some of the students that have been linked in with some of the providers there.

And again, you can see from that the value of studying on island and what they’ve gained from currently studying or graduating as well. In fact, they do have representatives in a room from all of those areas mentioned.

The courses in Jersey you can apply for outside of the UCAS system, so you can still apply for your five different U.K. university options, then you can apply for a Jersey based course completely outside of that, without taking up one of your choices. Quite often as well you’ll be able to apply for those courses after the January deadline.

UCAS applications have a January deadline, if none of your five choices accept you or offer you a place on their degree, if you’ve looked into these options you may find that you can call them up and there might still be a place available for you in Jersey, so bear that in mind when you’re making your choices through UCAS.

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