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  Education UK e-newsletter
October 2014
 
 
9.10 Seminar: The benefits of studying at a UK school by the British Councill

 

19.10 Exhibition: Education UK Schools and Colleges Exhibition
9.10 Event: Studying GCSEs and A' Levels at a top UK Boarding School by Stamford Endowed Schools
24.10 Seminar: Seminar for 2015 Entry by Dulwich College
27.10 Seminar: Information session for senior staff and head teachers of international schools in Hong Kong
27.10 Seminar: Study and Careers in Biosciences by Sheffield Hallam University
31.10 Seminar: Study in England: How to Access Top Class Universities
10.11 Seminar: Studying in a top UK school by Norwich School
  Online Guide to Study in the UK now available
 

Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong 2014-15

  UK Visa application centre has moved
  Top tips for applying for a UK student visa in Hong Kong
   

Thursday 9 October
19.00 - 20.30

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Seminar: The benefits of studying at a UK school by the British Council

Venue:

Meeting Room S421, Level 4, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Enquiries:

Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk

Registration: Click here
Website:

http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/events/information-seminarthe-benefits-studying-uk-school

Independent Schools Council represents over 1,250 independent day and boarding schools in the UK educating more than 500,000 pupils, including more than 35,000 overseas pupils - it is the largest and most representative organisation in the independent sector.

Invited by the British Council, Education expert, Mr Matthew Burgess, General Secretary of Independent Schools Council, will give practical advice on how to choose a suitable independent school for your child and tell you the benefits of a UK school education. This seminar will cover the following topics:

- an introduction to the UK's education landscape
- why choose to study at a UK independent school
- the independent school experience
- progression to Higher Education
- visas and other practical issues.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.


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Sunday 19 October
13.00 - 18.00

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Exhibition: Education UK Schools and Colleges Exhibition

Venue:

Langham Place Ballroom, 7/F, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Kowloon, HK

Enquiries:

Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk

Website:

www.educationuk.org/hongkong

Online
pre-registration:
https://hk.edukexhibition.org

Expanding your horizons!
Visit our exhibition and find out all you need to know about schooling in the UK. Representatives from over 40 schools and colleges will provide face-to-face advice on UK education opportunities and lead a series of seminars to help you choose the most suitable school, college and academic programme.

Free admission.

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Thursday 9 October
18.30 - 20.30

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Event: Studying GCSEs and A-levels at a top UK Boarding School by Stamford Endowed Schools

Venue:

3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Registration:

Register through admissions@ses.lincs.sch.uk

Website: http://www.educationuk.org.hk/siem/e-mail_shot/SES_Oct2014.html

Students who are interested in studying in a successful UK Boarding School and their parents are invited to hear the Headmaster's presentation at the British Council and to meet current parents.

This is an opportunity to learn about how your child will benefit from education in a safe, stimulating and inspiring environment with excellent prospects for progressing to a first class university. The presentation will cover the following topics
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- why Stamford Schools
- why excellence abounds at Stamford Schools
- what you can expect for your child's future
- why the School's offer excellent value for money and affordable fees.

Refreshments will be provided.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.


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Friday 24 October
19.30 - 20.30

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Seminar: Seminar for 2015 Entry by Dulwich College

Venue:
Room 307, 3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Call 3521 0688 or email friends@cistour.com
Website: www.dulwich.org.uk

Dulwich College is a leading UK boy's independent school, situated just 10 minutes from Central London, with an international reputation for academic excellence. We offer first rate boarding accommodation, with single study bedrooms and en-suite facilities for all boys in years 12 and 13.

Academically strong candidates for 2015 entry into Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 are invited to register for Dulwich College Examination on 26 October 2014.

Come and join us on 24 October in the seminar we will be presenting an overview of Dulwich College and will be available to answer any questions you may have.


To be conducted in English (Supplemented in Cantonese). By reservation only.


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Monday 27 October
19.00 - 21.00

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Seminar: Information session for senior staff and head teachers of international schools in Hong Kong

* This event is cancelled. (as of 10.10.2014)

Venue:
Room 501, 5/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries: Contact Dominic Greenfield through email d.greenfield@hull.ac.uk
Registration: Register here

Led by Dina Lewis, Dean of Faculty and Catherine Montgomery, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Hull, UK.

This interactive discussion will be underpinned by cutting edge international educational research led by experts in the field. The Dean and Associate Dean of one of the most successful university faculties of education in the UK will lead a discussion on interactive and transformative pedagogies in internationalised learning contexts.

The session will focus on exploring the University of Hull Faculty of Education's perspectives on interactive and transformative pedagogies and placing this in the context of international schools' approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. There will be a particular focus on the needs and distinctiveness of the cultural third space of the international school. This session will be underpinned by recent research carried out in Denmark on independent and autonomous teaching, learning and assessment.

The session will conclude with a discussion of routes to qualified teacher status for teaching staff of international schools and further research and CPD opportunities with the University of Hull for senior staff in Hong Kong's international schools.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.


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Monday 27 October
19.30 - 21.30

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Seminar: Study and Careers in Biosciences by Sheffield Hallam University

Venue:
Room 309, 3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Register here
Website: http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/departments/bioscience/

Dr Susan Laird is Head of Department of Biosciences at Sheffield Hallam University. She has worked in Higher Education for 25 years carrying out both research and teaching. She has extensive experience of interaction with Biosciences Industry and has overseen the introduction of courses which provide students with the skills they need for careers in research and industry.

This seminar will show the range of different types of Biosciences and Chemistry courses available in the UK. It will include case studies of students who have completed various different courses at Sheffield Hallam University and the jobs that this has led to.

Attendance at the seminar will show you the range of careers in the Biosciences area and what you should look for in a course to maximise your chances of success.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.


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Friday 31 October
19.00 - 21.00

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Seminar: Study in England: How to Access Top Class Universities

Venue:

Room 402, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & registration:

Email headmaster@qehbristol.co.uk

Website:

QEH Boys' School
Redland High School

This event is an opportunity to learn how Sixth Form study at a top Independent School in England can help your child achieve a place at a first class university.

The Headmaster of QEH Boys' School and the Headmistress of Redland High School for Girls, both based in Bristol, will discuss the benefits of affordable homestay boarding at their schools, covering topics such as:

- their excellent academic results, with Mathematics and Sciences a particular strength;
- their ethos, including outstanding pastoral care;
- their extensive UCAS support and track record of getting students to top universities;
- the advantages of living with English families in a safe and secure environment.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Monday 10 November
17.00 - 19.15

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Seminar: Studying in a top UK school by Norwich School

Venue:

Room 501, 5/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & registration:

Call 3426 8000 or email info@chamberlain-edu.com

Speaker:

Peter Goddard (Assistant Head of Norwich School)

The rundown of seminar and admission interview is as follows.

Time Descriptions
17:00 – 17:15 Registration
17:15 – 17:45 Introduction of Norwich School
17:45 – 17:55 Q & A session
17:55 – 19:15 Admission interviews

The seminar will give you the opportunity to understand Norwich School, as well as the UK education system as a whole. You will definitely find the seminar useful for planning your children's studies in the UK.

Norwich School is located in the eastern part of England. It is a co-educational, independent school for pupils aged 7 to 18. It ranks as one of the top UK schools in different league tables. Norwich School is a traditional, yet lively place where boys and girls enjoy a rounded and stimulating education.

- GCSE results 2014 - nearly three quarters of all grades at A*- A.
- A-level results 2014 - More than a quarter of all grades at A*. And 64.4% of student score A to A* on average.
- According to Daily Telegraph league table 2013, Norwich School is ranked 55th at A-level and 46th at GCSE.
- The school aims to develop character and skills, while instilling courtesy and graciousness, to help pupils make a telling contribution in later life.
- A wide range of 26 subjects are offered at A-level.
- The school has an independent co-educational history and is one of the oldest schools in the world.
- Students benefit from specialised facilities and a broad curriculum, with opportunities to study exotic languages and philosophy alongside traditional subjects.
- Oxbridge Success in 2014: 13 students were offered a place at University of Cambridge and 9 students at University of Oxford.
- Excellent in Music - Norwich School has a strong reputation for its range and achievement; 65% of pupils playing instruments and singing regularly.
- Excellent in sports - All boys and girls take regular exercise and gain experience of team games as well as individual events; Norwich School competes against other schools in 21 different sports.

Admission interviews can be arranged for students with school transcripts and related documents.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong

Online Guide to Study in the UK now available

Students who are investigating options for study in the UK, are already planning their departure to the UK or would just like to understand more about UK education can read the Study in the UK Guide available here. The Guide includes an introduction to the learning and education in the UK, pathways through the UK’s education system for prospective students from Hong Kong, advice from current Hong Kong students studying in the UK and practical tips on choosing a course, how to apply, adjusting to life in the UK and what to prepare before you go.

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Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong 2014-15

Staying close to friends and family, flexibility, work commitments and career development are all reasons why in Hong Kong might be the right choice for you.

With over 700 UK courses offered in Hong Kong, ranging from postgraduate, undergraduate degree, sub-degree and vocational, there is an offering available for everyone.

The British Council Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong is a convenient reference that includes a course directory, institution profiles, and other useful information such as explaining what studying non-local courses involves, and how to fund your study.

Click here to read the Guide.


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Top tips for applying for a UK student visa in Hong Kong

If you are heading to the UK to study this year, read the top tips given by the British Consulate-General Hong Kong on making a Tier 4 student visa application.

www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/top-tips-for-applying-for-a-uk-student-visa-in-hong-kong


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UK Visa application centre has moved

From 21 March 2014, VFS Global will take over the operation of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.

All UK visas, including student visas, will be processed at the new VAC located on 15/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. The new VAC will operate extended opening hours from 08.00 to 15.00 (08.00 to 18.00 during the summer peak season).

For details, please visit www.gov.uk/world/hong-kong
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Friday 10 October
18.30 - 19.30

 

Seminar: Popular Subject - Psychology

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 18 October
11.00 - 12.00 / 15.00 - 16.00

 

Seminar: Popular Subjects & UCAS 2015

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 25 October
15.00 - 16.00

 

Workshop: Writing An Outstanding Personal Statement

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   



   
 

Top Tips for your IELTS test

Each month we bring you Top Tips to help you prepare for the IELTS test - your passport to studying overseas. You can find more learning resources at http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/exam/ielts, as well as test dates and online registration. Here are this month¡¦s tips:

Reading
Do:
Look carefully at the title of the passage and any subtitles and illustrations it may have. You can get a quick idea of what the passage is about from these.
Don't: Don't go back to the beginning of the passage for each question when you know from the task type that the answers will come in the order of the information in the passage.

Writing
Do: Remember that Writing Task 2 carries more marks, so you need plenty of time to answer it.

Don't: Don't use note form or bullet points.

Listening
Do: Write all your answers as you listen. Remember, you won't hear the recording a second time.
Don't: Don't write more than the maximum number of words or letters allowed for each answer.

Speaking
Do: Practise speaking for two minutes for the long turn in Part 2.
Don't: Don't worry if the examiner stops you in Part 2. It means you have spoken enough, and s/he has to keep to the timing of the test.
 

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