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Hey everyone,

This thread is to help you get answers to any questions you might have about applying to Staffs uni. We’ve put together an FAQ for you below which should be really useful.

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the thread and I’ll be able to help you. You can also come and say hello in our applicant chat thread and meet your future course mates

Katie




Open days
If you’re thinking about Staffs Uni then come along to one of our Open your mind days.

This is your chance to find out what Staffs uni is really like. Our open days are hands on, so you’ll be able to experience the uni and our facilities, as well as find out everything you need to know from lecturers, students and advisors.

When can I come visit? (Updated with 2016 dates)
  • 11 January - Centre of Excellence Shrewsbury (Nursing & Midwifery)
  • 25 January - Centre of Excellence Stafford (Paramedic, Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice)
  • 10 June - Stoke-on-Trent Campus
  • 25 June - Centre of Excellence Stafford (Paramedic, Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice)



You can book your open day here.


Guaranteed work experience

We're really happy that from 2016 we can guarantee the opportunity of work experience all new students. This will help you connect with potential employers and give you a head start in the job market. It could be course specific or it could be broader work experience to help develop your skills.

Campus transformation

There are some really exciting changes happening at our campus, which you can find out about here.



Applying
Entry requirements

Undergraduate
Different courses have different entry requirements, so remember to check what your chosen course specifically needs. You can find this in our prospectus or on the course pages here.

Normally you will need to have passed at least one of the following:

• two subjects at Advanced GCE (A Level)
• one VCE Double Award
• two, six-unit Advanced VCEs
• one Advanced GCE (A Level) and one, six-unit Advanced VCE
• a Scottish Certificate of Education with passes in five separate subjects, of which three are at the Higher grade
• two subjects at Scottish Advanced Higher
• an EDEXCEL BTEC or SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma at a good standard
• an access programme passed at the required QAA-recognised standard for entry to Higher Education
• an award of the European Baccalaureate Diploma, with at least 60 percent overall; English at 60 percent
• an award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; English at four points
• an award of the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five Higher passes
• a Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma

If you're unsure about anything you can contact the enquiries team here: [email protected]

Postgraduate
Our postgraduate course offers vary, so you’ll need to look at the course page to find out the exact information.

Normally you will need to have:

• An Honours Degree from a UK Institute of Higher Education or International equivalent, or
• A Postgraduate Diploma, or Post-Experience Diploma recognised as being equivalent to an Honours Degree, or
• Accredited professional or vocational experience in relevant areas of practice
If you don’t have a first degree don’t worry. If you have relevant qualifications or lots of work experience then you may still be eligible to apply through our Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Experiential Learning system.
Mature students
Nearly half of the students at Staffs are aged 21 or over, so if you’re thinking of applying as a mature student you won’t be alone.


We have a flexible approach to admission for mature students, who come to us through lots of different routes.

We consider everyone individually, so if you don’t have normal entry requirements don’t worry as you may still be able to apply. Previous experience could have already prepared you for some of our courses.



Accommodation
Applying for university accommodation

How to apply
Once you’ve accepted your course offer through UCAS you can apply for accommodation. You’ll need to leave 24 hours between accepting the offer and applying so that we can process the information from UCAS.

You’ll also need your eight digit Student Ref number which you can find on your correspondence from the Admissions Office.

We manage all of the accommodation process online.

You’ll need to make sure you read and understand the Terms & Conditions, which you can read here.

When will I hear back?
We’ll get in contact with you about your accommodation offer by email. Once an offer has been made to you, you’ll have seven days to decide whether you want to accept or reject the offer.

If you’ve firmly accepted an unconditional offer you’ll hear back from us from mid/late July and onwards.

If you’ve accepted a conditional offer then you’ll hear back from us from mid-August onwards.

Returning students will hear from us from mid/late July onwards.

We’ll prioritise students who have made Staffs uni their first choice, but if you’ve made it your insurance don’t worry. We’ll offer you any available Halls of Residence, or we’ll be able to help you secure accommodation locally.

Accepting an accommodation offer & payment
You’ll need to make a £250 rent pre-payment in order to accept an offer. This will be deducted from your overall rent bill for the year. Be aware that this is non-refundable, so don’t accept your accommodation offer until you’re absolutely certain. If you change your mind, you’ll need to get in contact with the Accommodation Office.

Rent gets paid over three instalments, in October, January and April. The pre-payment will be deducted equally from each of these instalments. You’ll also be able to pay the full amount for the year up front when you accept your accommodation offer.

Accommodation fees can be paid by you, your parents or anyone else that you decide.


Halls guide

Stoke-on-trent
We’ve got three housing options: traditional halls which are either en-suite or shared, as well as student houses. All our accommodation is on campus so you’ll be in walking distance of the university.

Here's a break down of the types of accommodation:

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NameType
Clarice Cliff Court Ensuite
Leek Road Halls Shared
Leek Road HousesShared


Leek Road Halls are broken into six different blocks which are named after Stoke's traditional Potteries: Aynsley, Coalport, Minton, Royal Doulton, Spode and Wedgwood.

Stafford
Stafford has three types of accommodation: en-suite, shared or traditional shared.

All our accommodation is on campus so you'll be in walking distance of your lectures and all the facilities.

NameType
Tedder Court Shared Houses



What's included?All of our accommodation prices include bills and internet - each room comes with its own internet connection.

The rooms are fitted with a bed, desk and wardrobe and mattress. You'll need to bring your own bedding.

Kitchens come with the basics: a kettle, oven. You'll need to bring your own crockery. It's a good idea to hold off on bigger purchases such as toasters until you've met your housemates, that you can co-ordinate and buy appliances together. This will save you money and will stop the kitchen from being cluttered with loads of the same appliances.



Uni Life
Student Union

SocietiesStaffs uni is lucky to have a vibrant and passionate Student Union.

There are over 100 different societies covering everything from extreme gardening to video game LAN parties, so there's something there for everyone.


Student Support
The SU also has a Student Advice centre, where you can go to get help with all kinds of problems. They’ll be able to help you with any student welfare questions, accommodation advice, your rights as a student, as well as supporting you with your student finance and benefit entitlements. They can also give you more general financial advice to help you stay out of debt and manage your money.

There's a lots of other ways the university supports students. We have student wardens within accommodation to help you settle in, as well as counselling services and careers advice services.

Venues


All of our venues serve freshly made food, and our beef and lamb burgers are sourced from local butchers.

All of our venues have been awarded the Best Bar None GOLD award for two years in a row for both 2014 and 2015.

Ember LoungeThe Ember Lounge is our main food and drink venue on campus - here you can enjoy a relaxed coffee, or if you're feeling hungry attempt one of our legendary ultimate burgers.

Winner of the 2014 Best Bar None GOLD award, The Ember Lounge is home to two of the biggest projection screens in Staffordshire, showing live sports events. It's not all about sport though: there are also regular karaoke, quiz and film nights to keep you entertained.

Verve and LRVVerve is just minutes away from students halls, making it a great place to pop in for food or drinks at any time.

Verve was also completely transformed last summer, and has been kitted out with a new layout, new furniture, flat screen TVs which show different movies every day and sport.

LRV is the main room and hosts Gobble, Stoke campus' signature student night every Wednesday.

Squeeze BoxIf you've had a heavy weekend or you just want somewhere nice to chill, Squeeze Box serves a variety of healthy food and hangover busting smoothies and juices.

You can also try oatcakes, a traditional Stoke-on-Trent dish which is not unlike a savoury crepe.




Nightlife
Stoke-on-TrentIf you want to venture further afield, then there's also loads to do in Stoke-on-Trent.

There's a variety of clubs and bars catering to all music tastes, so whatever you're into there's something for you. These include staples like Boston Brothers and Walkabout, as well as a host of other clubs and bars.

There's also plenty of shopping and retail, from high street standards to boutique fashion stores.

If you're into something a little different, then check out (tsp.) an artisan coffee house, and Entrepreneurs, a clothing store which also has an art gallery and offers screen printing workshops. Both of these were set up by a Staffs uni graduates.

StaffordStafford has a great selection of music venues, late bars and clubs - including The Post House, Kenny's Sports Bar and Couture. You can catch up with the latest releases at the Apollo Cinema, check out theatre performances at The Stafford Gatehouse Theatre or throw in a few cheeky games of bowling at Tenpin.

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Am Nigerian and i got accepted for msc mechatronics come January 2015. but kind of worried about securing accommodation with private landlords. really wishing u guys can offer an assistance. thank you
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Am Nigerian and i got accepted for msc mechatronics come January 2015. but kind of worried about securing accommodation with private landlords. really wishing u guys can offer an assistance. thank you
Hi there

Have you had a look at the Staffordshire University Accommodation web page?

There are two sections on the accommodation page called:
Staffordshire University student pad
Staffordshire Students' Union

Both or which can help you search for private landlords in the local area.


However if you currently live outside the UK you may be eligible to live on campus in our Leek Road Houses accommodation where other masters students also live.

Hope that helps
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Would you happen to know the university's fees policy for ELQ students? I was hoping to apply for an MSc at Staffs but I already have a Master's (in another area). Would I have to pay international student fees?

Thanks!

(I'm also having problems with your online application. It has allowed me to add 5 qualifications, but it keeps deleting the sixth. I've tried saving it multiple times and it keeps getting removed despite the maximum being ten. Any advice?)
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Would you happen to know the university's fees policy for ELQ students? I was hoping to apply for an MSc at Staffs but I already have a Master's (in another area). Would I have to pay international student fees?

Thanks!

(I'm also having problems with your online application. It has allowed me to add 5 qualifications, but it keeps deleting the sixth. I've tried saving it multiple times and it keeps getting removed despite the maximum being ten. Any advice?)
Hi,
As long as your are a UK residents you will be charged the Home Student fees and not the International fees even if you are classified as an EQL student.

As to the application I'm sorry your having technical difficulties but I've had a chat with the admissions department who have asked if you could put any other Qualifications after your first five in the notes section with the application and when they receive the application they will confirm your qualifications.

If you have any more problems or questions about the application give me an email on [email protected] or give our enquiries team a call on 01782 294000

Hope that Helps
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What are the term dates for Adult Nursing starting in March 2015? Need to fill out a form.
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What are the term dates for Adult Nursing starting in March 2015? Need to fill out a form.
Hi Obeacher
The start of Adult nursing for the March intake will start around the 14th March. However due to the complexity of Nursing with placements if you would like to give Val Nixon a call 01743 261136, she will be able to help you further regarding the full academic year.

Hope that helps and if you any further questions feel free to contact me with the email address below
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Hi everyone,

I'm just quoting you in to let you know about our FAQ we've created above, and to introduce myself as the Official Rep for Staffordshire University on TSR.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask me and I'll be able to help you.

How is everyone finding their application? I hope it's all going well

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Hi hope everyone is finding our FAQ really helpful

If you do have any other questions just me know,

Katie
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I was just wondering if there was a way to find out your timetable before my course starts in September so I can fit work schedule's around it? Also if you could help me as to when I know when I will be starting Drama and Theatre Arts and how will I know where to go for the first week?

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I have an interview for Staffordshire University.
I was wondering if you could maybe offer me some help. I was told that there would be a group interview and the topic of conversation would be the 6 C's. I was just curious as to what sorts of questions would be asked.

Also what is the interview like. What will the question be? Will there be scenario based questions?
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I have an interview for Staffordshire University.
I was wondering if you could maybe offer me some help. I was told that there would be a group interview and the topic of conversation would be the 6 C's. I was just curious as to what sorts of questions would be asked.

Also what is the interview like. What will the question be? Will there be scenario based questions?
Hey there,

I'm guessing this is for a nursing interview?

You'll have four activities: A group talk, a numeracy test, a group discussion and an interview.

You should dress smart like you would for a job interview. It's also a good idea to read up on current campaigns on the RCN website or other journals so you've got some knowledge about the profession.

I can't give you much more info than that but fingers crossed for you and good luck! Let me know how it goes,

Katie
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Hello I'm looking to apply for the art extended four year degree. I was wondering if I receive a foundation certificate or any certification after completing the first year of study ?
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Hello I'm looking to apply for the art extended four year degree. I was wondering if I receive a foundation certificate or any certification after completing the first year of study ?
is the course art and design? as i am hoping to take the same one i think...
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Hello I'm looking to apply for the art extended four year degree. I was wondering if I receive a foundation certificate or any certification after completing the first year of study ?
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is the course art and design? as i am hoping to take the same one i think...

Hey both,

Sorry for the really slow reply to this - i will try to get an answer for you about this today. If you do have any other questions then please do let me know.

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Hello I'm looking to apply for the art extended four year degree. I was wondering if I receive a foundation certificate or any certification after completing the first year of study ?
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Morning,Sorry for the slow reply - so after your first year of an extended four year degree you would receive a transcript (your marks for the year) but it wouldn't carry any credits towards the degree qualification. This means that you wouldn't get a certificate for it. If you wanted to talk to our team about it and to make sure that this is the right course for you - you can email [email protected] or phone: 01782 294400Kris
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