SACU Newsletter – Autumn 2020

We hope you and your family are all keeping well and that you will find our latest newsletter useful…packed with the latest SACU news, advice & tips with features from some of the best universities.

A huge thank you from SACU!

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Advice & Tips

Top Tips

Year 11

First top tip – concentrate on your GCSEs. The most important thing right now is to do well in what you’re currently studying. Focus on revision, taking past papers and understanding why the answers are what they are. Second top tip – don’t drift into what comes next. Take the time to research your options and see where it could take you. Take a look at your Career Cloud and see what routes there are into your dream job. Then get back to your GCSEs!

You may think that it’s too early to be thinking about university – you haven’t even finished your GCSEs yet. But the choices you make next can have an enormous impact on what degree you can study later. Look at the A level match tool and see how the cloud changes with your choice of subjects – do this even if you’re not going to take A levels. Then click on the results and see what the popular subjects were for any degree course.

Year 12

As you finish the first term of your new studies, it’s not too early to be thinking about what comes next. There are literally thousands of options open to you. Have another go on the Career Quiz. See what your personalised cloud results suggest. Then start clicking and bookmarking anything that looks interesting, and you can come back to it later.

Your journey into university starts now! There are many things needed to get your place on your dream course. Your qualifications are just the start. The right experience, evidence of your skills set and what your teachers think of you all count too! Year 12 is the perfect time to start doing things and getting involved in activities that will boost your application.

Year 13

Whether you’re looking to start a degree next year, find a job or study and work in an apprenticeship, the most important thing you can do is research your options thoroughly. Make a list of what you want to do and then find out everything you can about it. Start with your personalised clouds and get clicking!

If you’re applying to UCAS this year, remember that you don’t have to apply for all 5 of your choices at once. If you’ve only found 4 courses you want to do, you can send the form off and always add another choice later through Track. And if right now you don’t feel like going at all, don’t forget that you can always apply after you get your grades in the summer through UCAS Clearing. Last year over 70,000 students got a place in Clearing

Did you know?

University Spotlight

Cardiff Met

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a positive, friendly and global University with a strong reputation for our links with industry and the professions. We offer over 250 practice-focused and professionally recognised degrees across our five academic Schools of Art & Design, Education & Social Policy, Management, Sport & Health Sciences and Technologies.

All our courses are delivered by experts in their fields, who bring research-informed specialist knowledge to the classroom. From robotics labs to world-class sporting facilities, you will have access to purpose-built teaching spaces, small class sizes, and a well-resourced student support system to make the most of student life. You can see why The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide named us Welsh University of the Year 2021.

Become one of our highly skilled graduates, ready to join the leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs of the future.

Find out more

University of Surrey Business school

Choosing the right university has never been more important. With a degree from Surrey Business school, you’ll leave university prepared for an outstanding career, as our academics are producing research that is having an impact on the business world today. These will be your teachers.

We are a global community, partnered with 47 universities around the world and working with a network of companies so our students can gain hands-on experience. Discover what else makes Surrey Business School stand out from the crowd and why our graduates go on to do great things

Find out more

University of Surrey Business school

Cardiff University

Secure your future @ Cardiff Uni

Study for accredited degrees amongst leading Earth scientists involved in internationally recognised research programmes. The School is committed to achieving the highest standards in research and education and to providing a rich and varied research-led environment. Through our teaching, research and public events, we are tackling crucial environmental issues and producing the next generation of Earth and geographical scientists.

Learn how our research addresses some of the most significant areas in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Take the leap with Cardiff University!

Find out more about Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Research shows that eight of the ten fastest growing sectors in the UK employ more arts, humanities and social sciences graduates than any other disciplines*. The critical and creative skills you gain will be in high demand now and into the future, enabling you to build flexible and resilient careers and to move across different roles and areas of employment.

So, whether you know what you want to do in the future or you’re not quite sure yet, follow your passions and choose a subject you love. It’s a great start to any journey and you can be confident a world of possibilities awaits. Take the leap with Cardiff University!

Find out more about Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The Cardiff Business School is a world-leading, research intensive business and management school with a proven track record of excellence, and it is committed to delivering economic and social improvement.

We are a Business School with a purpose, and our mission is clear – to make a positive impact on the world. Now is the time to stand up and be recognised for your contribution to society. We value more than just economic success. We want to bring humanity, sustainability, generosity and innovation to the business sector. It’s our collective duty to help sustain our local and global economies, for future as well as current generations. Take the leap with Cardiff University!

Find out more about Business and Management

SACU Workbook

SACU Workbook
Getting the most out of the SACU Career Quiz

This small workbook will help you:

  • Share your clouds with friends and family
  • Make the most of your Career, Degree and Apprenticeship clouds
  • Bookmark your favourite careers and courses
  • Link to the best university and career websites
Download the free Workbook


Looking after yourself
Looking after yourself

Here’s a useful website if you’re looking for tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during these challenging times.

Visit the YoungMinds website
I am me
It’s time to feel comfortable in your own skin.

The free positive mental health app, created by young people, for young people. Designed to educate, enable and empower you to better cope with life’s challenges.

Download it today