The British Council opened its biannual Education UK Exhibition today, attracting over 3,000 visitors to explore mainly UK higher and further education opportunities. Students consulted with education representatives from 70 institutions. From this event, Clearing places will be offered for university, college or school places. The exhibition also runs tomorrow from 1.00 – 7.00 p.m. at the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kowloon Bay.
Applications to UK colleges and universities have risen by 3.6 per cent over the same period last year, according to figures released by UCAS, the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service. By the end of June, UCAS had received 6,256 applications for entry to UK higher education this September. The number is expected to increase after the exhibition.
Sophia Chan-Combrink, Head of Education and Society at British Council, said: “UK is the most popular overseas study destination for Hong Kong students. In 2011/12, UK accounted for 46% of local students leaving Hong Kong for higher education study. We are pleased to see that HKDSE applicants were successful in being accepted by UK institutions for a diversified range of subjects, including engineering, biological sciences, creative arts and architecture.”
Students who wish to apply for 2013/14 undergraduate courses in the UK should seize this last chance. UCAS will still accept new applications for 2013/14 courses until 20 September, while the last day to add a Clearing choice of subject is 22 October. However, students are advised to contact universities and colleges directly to discuss vacancies.
Apart from free consultations, there will be seminars to help students make informed choices. Students and parents can understand the pathways between the UK and Hong Kong education systems, and obtain up-to-date information on the admissions requirements of individual institutions. Students can also participate in a taster lecture of “Business management: Modern leadership and control mechanisms” to experience this popular subject. UCAS will be there to answer enquiries on applications. QR code facilities are also available on-site for students to check the latest course vacancy.
The British Council IELTS team will be offering guidance on the application process and will host two seminars to give an overview of the test and details of its international recognition. IELTS is one of the key English language testing systems accepted by the UK Home Office (formerly known as UK Border Agency) for student visa applications.