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  • UCAS Extra

    by Caroline Cox

    Caroline Cox

    Caroline is our School and College Liaison Officer, who works with schools to help support students in their higher education choices

    UCAS Extra is a great opportunity to apply for an additional course that still has vacancies, however, to be eligible for UCAS Extra you must meet the criteria below;

    You have used all 5 of your choices and you are currently holding no offers because:

    You have been unsuccessful in all 5 choices or
    You have declined all the offers you received or
    You have cancelled all your choices

    What can you do?

    Get in touch with the university individually and explain what’s happened. In the case of Pearson College London, give us a call on 0203 441 1303 and we’ll chat through your options.

    If you’re eligible for UCAS Extra, you should act quickly as places are offered on a first come first serve basis after the 25th February, when UCAS extra opens. Equally, you should give careful thought to the following points;

    If you were unsuccessful in your other choices, look into why this might be. You can request feedback at many universities, or sometimes getting another opinion on your application from a subject teacher or family member can help you spot gaps in your personal statement.  

    Question "is this new choice a good match for me?" If you’re changing your course choice, what has made you change your mind? You were happy with your first 5 choices before January 15th, so what has changed? At Pearson College we interview every candidate to ensure you are right for us and also we are right for you.

    Have you researched all the options available to you through UCAS Extra? You can only apply for one, if you don’t receive a response after 21 days, you can apply for another one. However, your second Extra application will cancel your first, so you have to be certain you want to cancel it. Our Admissions Manager recommends that you call the University or College first, speak to the Admissions team and if possible visit them. At Pearson College London we offer personal visits and can usually arrange for you to speak to a current student to find out what being a student here is like.

    Some universities may allow you to send a new or amended personal statement. Contact the Admissions team to find out how you can submit it.

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  • How and why Sixth Formers should start using LinkedIn

    by Caroline Cox

    PCL Employabiltiy workshop

    Caroline, Student Liaison Officer at Pearson College provides an insight into why she thinks LinkedIn is a beneficial network for Sixth Form students

    Over the last year I have been bravely showing Sixth formers my LinkedIn profile as part of our employability workshops. It’s been great to see them open up to the benefits of getting on LinkedIn early and the realisation that there’s so much information at their finger tips.

    I believe it’s helpful for Sixth Formers for 2 main reasons;

    To research their own career options

    · A simple search of LinkedIn members who went to their school can open their eyes to the wide range of job titles available beyond what online careers guidance questionnaire results. It also makes it more real to read about professionals from the same school as them.

    · They can search the longer term career prospects of a course. Universities graduate destinations data only looks at the first 6 months after university, but that is not really the measure of a successful and satisfying career. Sixth form students should look much boarder when making their course choices.

    · Searching through job vacancies is also a useful exercise to have an early understanding of what employers are looking for.

    To start building a profile

    · The competition in the graduate jobs market means that those with internships and work experience get ahead. Students should start having a presence on LinkedIn to help them in applying for these opportunities early.

    · Joining groups and forums related to their career interests should help them develop their understanding of a profession and provide juicy examples in an interview.

    · They could take it a step further and start to contribute to groups and presenting their thoughts to get the attention of universities and hiring managers.

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  • A brief list of do’s and don’ts for Sixth Formers on LinkedIn

    by Caroline Cox

    Pearson College London Students

    Caroline, Student Liaison Officer at Pearson College provides an insight into the Do's and Don'ts for Sixth Formers when using LinkedIn

    If you're not already familiar with LinkedIn, it is essentially like Facebook for professionals, and is an opportunity for you to present your CV to employers and make connections with people in the world of work. It's a great way for you to research your career options and to start getting the attention of employers and universities.


    · Have a smart and sensible photo. Preferably dressed in a suit, in front of a light and neutral background.

    · Highlight all the voluntary and extra-curricular activities you’ve been involved in.

    · Describe the activities you’ve done on work experience or work shadowing.

    · List the skills you have to offer. For example, if you were on the ‘leavers ball committee’ you could demonstrate team working skills, planning and organising, managing a budget and working to deadlines.

    · Start following interesting bloggers and join a small number of relevant groups.


    · Add people you’ve never met and have no connection with (unlike facebook, LinkedIn may stop you adding people if you get a lot of rejected requests). If you find someone you have a loose connection with, send them a message before adding them.

    · Click ‘Endorse’ for people’s skills when you don’t have any connection to them in that role. E.g. Don’t endorse your Dad for project management skills, because it will be better that he’s endorsed by colleagues who have worked with him. (It’s likely your name will give away that you’re his son or daughter and not a colleague!)

    · Worry if you don’t have many connections to start with, LinkedIn connections develop over time as you gather professional experience. Start with fellow students and people you’ve met through work experience and voluntary activities.

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