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  Education UK e-newsletter
May 2015
 
 
4.5 Event: UK Summer School Competition 2015

5.5 Seminar: Careers in Physiotherapy talk by Sheffield Hallam University

6.5 Seminar: Last call for DSE students to enter top 10 UK universities by EF Education First
8.5 Seminar: Pathways options – a guaranteed option to get into UK universities by Navitas
14.5 Seminar: Study opportunities at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
14.5 Seminar: Clinical Psychology training for international students in the UK; the UEA model
new Immigration Health Surcharge effective on 6 April 2015
new Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) being issued from 15 April 2015
new New Secure English Language Tests (SELT) providers from 6 April 2015
  UK Visa application centre has moved
 

Online Guide to Study in the UK now available

 

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

   

Monday 4 May

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Event: UK Summer School Competition 2015

Have you always dreamed of studying abroad? Here is your chance to experience life at a top UK institution!

Eligibility:

- A full time student at a secondary school or college in Hong Kong
- Aged 16 or over (at the time of application)
- Permanent Hong Kong resident

Participating UK institutions include Aberystwyth University, Bath Spa University, Concord College, University of East Anglia, Swansea University, and University of Worcester. Flights sponsored by British Airways.

To enter the competition, please tell us 'What would you do if you could spend a day in the life of your favourite UK celebrity, icon, historical figure or fictional character?' in the form of essay writing or other creative forms. Application is open now until Monday 4 May 2015. Visit here for more details.


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Tuesday 5 May
18.30 - 19.30
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Seminar: Careers in Physiotherapy talk by Sheffield Hallam University

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Website: www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/departments/allied-health/
Speaker:

Dr Kate Grafton, Deputy Head of Department of Allied Health Professions

The physiotherapy profession in the UK is dynamic and constantly evolving. Through the use of case study examples you will be able to explore the exciting range of work and job roles for physiotherapists.

You will be able to find out more about our BSc Physiotherapy which achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.

We particularly welcome students already holding an offer to study UG Physiotherapy at SHU. You may bring a parent or guardian with you.

By reservation only. To be conducted in English.


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Wednesday 6 May
19.00 - 20.00
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Seminar: Last call for DSE students to enter top 10 UK universities by EF Education First

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & Registration: Call 2111 2388 or email Joyce Wong at wong.joyce@ef.com
Website: www.ef.com.hk/upa/
Speaker:

Joyce Wong, Head of Admissions Hong Kong and Macau, EF Education First

All parents want the best university pathway for their children. Entry into top universities is becoming harder and harder year by year. A guaranteed pathway is definitely the key to success. Ms Joyce Wong, our Head of Admissions Hong Kong and Macau is going to share with you:

  1. Last-minute university application tips
  2. Common interview mistakes
  3. Simple yet effective steps to coach DSE students to success
  4. Multiple EF pathways to enter top universities

EF Education First

Established in 1965, EF has helped more than 15 million international students study abroad through language immersion, cultural exchange and university preparation programmes.

Full details are on our website: www.ef.com.hk/upa/

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


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Friday 8 May
19.00 - 20.30
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Seminar: Pathways options – a guaranteed option to get into UK universities by Navitas

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries: Call 2777 8771 or email info@aac.hk
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Website: www.navitas.com
Speakers:

Ms Sandra Cheung, Regional Account Manager
Mr Anthony Ng, Marketing Coordinator

Did you miss the UCAS application deadline? Are you confident that you will receive an offer from UCAS? Would you like to have a better transition from high school to university? Would you like to choose a timely and cost effective way to secure a place at University?

Alternative UCAS options guarantee Form 5 to Form 6 students progress into a wide range of professional degree programmes with placement, from Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy, Optometry, Art and Design, Hospitality and Event Management, to Forensic and Sports Science. Comprehensive academic and welfare support is available throughout your study, over 95% high progression rate has been achieved.

If you plan to study in UK this September, come and talk to us!

By reservation only. To be conducted in Cantonese.


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Thursday 14 May
19.00 - 21.00
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Seminar: Study opportunities at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Speakers:

Prof Dariusz Wanatowski, Director of Teaching, Head of Department of Civil Engineering
Prof David Higgitt, Deputy Director of Teaching
, Chair in Geographical Sciences, Head of Department of Geographical Sciences

The University of Nottingham invites you to find out more about study opportunities at their campus in Ningbo, China (The University of Nottingham Ningbo China). The University of Nottingham opened its campus in China since 2004 and currently the University has over 6,000 students and 300 international teaching staff, from more than 70 countries.

The evening's presentations will be made by staff from the University's Recruitment and Admissions Office, Professor Dariusz Wanatowski (Director of Teaching, Head of Department of Civil Engineering) and Professor David Higgitt (Deputy Director of Teaching, Chair in Geographical Sciences, Head of Department of Geographical Sciences).

By reservation only. To be conducted in English.


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Thursday 14 May
19.00 - 21.00
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Seminar: Clinical Psychology training for international students in the UK; the UEA model.
A talk by Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Venue:

Room 307, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Website: www.uea.ac.uk/medicine/research-degrees/international-applicants
Speakers:

Prof Ken Laidlaw, Programme Director
Dr Sian Coker, Deputy Programme Director (Academic) and International Tutor
Dr Margo Ononaiye, Deputy Programme Director (Clinical)
Further information (UEA) contact International Tutor s.coker@uea.ac.uk

Clinical Psychology is a leading profession in UK health care. Training for this highly valued profession is at Doctoral level and Clin PsyD graduates are registered with the British Psychological Society and Health and Care Professions Council, UK. The University of East Anglia (UEA) Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology is a partnership between the University, the National Health Service, and practising clinical psychologists in Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. This leading UK Clinical Psychology Training Programme delivers highly competent, robust and resilient trainees. Our graduates have an excellent employment record.

At UEA, Norwich we are offering a unique 2+1 model of training. This model allows International Students to undertake their first 2 years of core training in the UK and to choose to return to their own country in their final year of training, to complete specialist placements and finish their research. This option is available where UEA is able to quality assure and monitor these placements. UEA is a vibrant University with a large international community. UEA is ranked in the World Top 1% of universities and UK Top 3 for student experience.

This talk will provide information on our entry requirements, course content, placement experiences, fees and funding arrangements. You will also be able to hear about the experiences of this training model from our first international student from Hong Kong.

You are invited to bring a parent or guardian with you.

By reservation only. To be conducted in English.


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Immigration Health Surcharge effective on 6 April 2015

The UK government is introducing an immigration health surcharge on 6 April 2015. The health surcharge will be paid by non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who apply to come to the UK to work, study or join family for a period of more than 6 months. It will also be paid by non-EEA nationals who are already in the UK and apply to extend their stay after 6 April 2015.

Customer guidance will be available on www.gov.uk/visas-immigration from 6 April.

Read more:

- HIS factsheet
- HIS Q&A
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Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) being issued from 15 April 2015

Any non-EEA national applying from overseas for permission to stay in the UK for more than six months will be required to apply for a BRP.

BRPs provide a more secure, streamlined and faster method for applicants, businesses and our services, to verify someone's identity and right to be in the UK.

Further information about BRPs for overseas visa applicants: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-permits-overseas-applicant-and-sponsor-information

Full guidance: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits

Read more:

- BRP Q&A
- Students Partners Briefing Pack



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New Secure English Language Tests (SELT) providers from 6 April 2015

Two new providers have been selected to deliver approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) and will replace current providers from 6 April 2015. The new providers are:

  • UK only: Trinity College London
  • UK and Rest of World: IELTS SELT Consortia

The current SELT test providers (City and Guilds, Pearson, Cambridge English Language and Trinity College London) will cease testing from the 5 April 2015. Applicants who take the language test on or before 5 April 2015 with the current providers will be able to use their certificates until 5 November 2015.

Applicants should go online SELT pages of GOV.UK from 26 February to find out where their nearest test centre is located.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will continue to choose their own method of testing international students' English language skills (for students undertaking courses at degree level or above) and therefore the SELT changes do not affect these students.

Read more:

- SELT_Tests_Q&A



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UK Visa application centre has moved

From 21 March 2014, VFS Global has moved its operation of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.

All UK visas, including student visas, are 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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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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Monday 4 May
13.00-14.00

 

Interview with Sedbergh School

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 9 May
15.00-16.00

 

Seminar: Study undergraduate degrees in Hong Kong and China - University College Birmingham & The University of Nottingham

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Thursday 14 May
15.30-16.30

 

Interview with The University of Nottingham

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 16 May
15.00-16.00

 

Seminar: Pathways to Top Universities in UK

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Monday 18 May
13.00-14.00

 

Interview with Guildford College

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 23 May
15.00-16.00

 

Seminar: Last Call for UK university application

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday
23-25, 27 May
10.00-18.00

 

Interview with University of the Arts London
(Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Arts)

Venue:
21/F., 10 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Chamberlain Educational Services Centre
Representative:
Ms Kate Rose Carrick from University of the Arts London
Enquiries & reservation:
Call 3426 8000 or email ualhk@chamberlain-edu.com



   
 

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 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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