Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Helping Your Child Pick The Right University And Win A £10 Amazon Voucher - Ends 31/01/15

I have a little confession to make. This week I will be mum to an eighteen year old for the first time. Yes, I know I don't look old enough!

He is an incredibly talented artist, and I am so proud of him. Last year he won the only award for art in the whole school for his GCSE coursework. Did I say I am proud of him?

He wants to work in film but on the creative side, and when I sat down with him to go through his options, studying for a degree in film making and visual effects was what he wished to do. He has just applied for degrees in this area through UCAS and before he did there were a number of things he had to consider. 

Closing date for applying this year is the 15th of January, so if you or your child or someone you know are considering going to university, this post may help you pick your right choices.

Important Factors to consider





University Of Greenwich 

The Course - Every course is different even those that sound exactly the same. There are a host of things to consider. Look at the modules, can you personalise the course? What is the calibre of the teaching staff, do they have relevant experience?  Is it a sandwich course with a year working or are there any shorter work placements? What are the job prospects at the end of the course and where are past students now working?

The University - Is it big or small? Does it have great facilities and modern state of the art equipment? What is the student life like on campus and what facilities/activities does it have or run? Is it local or further away and do you want to stay local or move away? You need to consider how would you get there, and would you live in close by or travel. You need to consider the reputation of the university and would this benefit you in finding a job at the end of the course.  You really have to find out as much as possible about the unis you could be attending

The City - Is it a big bustling city or a smaller town, and what would you prefer? Does it have easy transport links and is it accessible? Is the cost of living reasonable or more expensive? Is student accommodation easy to get, reasonable in cost and close to the university? 

The Funding - You need to consider how you are going to fund the tuition fees and living expenses. Are you going to apply for a loan from the Student Finance Centre? Can you apply for a grant that doesn't have to be paid back or a scholarship? Do you have savings you can use and are you going to supplement living expenses with a part-time job? You could consider getting a rail/bus card for a reduced fare on public transport.

These are just some of the points you need to consider and there are many more. Thorough research is essential so the course and university is the right fit for you.

The University of Greenwich 



Kiss FM presenter AJ went to the University of Greenwich to show potential students how to get under the skin of the university and what you can get up to in their faculties. Open Days and initiatives like these are brilliant to get a real feel for what a uni is like. 





Faculty Of Education & Health




Faculty Of Engineering & Science


If you are considering applying to the University of Greenwich you can find out all about it here. With world class faculties, award winning teaching and a focus on jobs, this cosmopolitan campus is a great choice for budding students. You can also register for an open day if you would like to find out more about the university.

Today in conjunction with the University Of Greenwich I am giving away a £10 Amazon voucher to my readers. If you are applying to University maybe you can put it towards a book you need, and, as they say - every little helps. They also have competitions running to win amazing start of term prizes, including an iPad mini, so if you are interested it's worth checking out this link here.

On a final note, if you are applying for Uni this year you had better hurry up if you haven't completed your form yet as don't forget the closing date is the 15th of January, and good luck in your studies and in my competition. 

Win a £10 Amazon Voucher

Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com - See more at: http://www.theprizefinder.com/content/%C2%A310-amazon-voucher-6#sthash.0AYOLFO1.dpuf
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341 comments

  1. Thank you for the giveaway! I would put it towards a new flask for when we go walking! Mine broke the last time we were out when I dropped it on a rock!

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  2. I would put the £10 Amazon Voucher towards a Brevile Sandwich Toaster. I remember having one when I was younger & fancy Toastie Sandwiches xxx

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  3. lots of bit & pieces i need to start the new growing season in the garden

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  4. I would use it to get a fun family board game!

    Ashleigh

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  5. A rubbish truck toy for my son for his birthday

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  6. I would buy a new Blu-Ray, not sure which though!

    I did the Uni thing last year and it was relatively easy as my daughter knew exactly what she wanted. However my other daughter will be applying next year and has no clue what she wants to do so it'll make things incredibly difficult!!

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  7. I would buy Lucy on Blu-ray for my other half as he wants it :)

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  8. The voucher would be spent on books for my Kindle. There's a couple on my "to read" list that I can't wait to get stuck into.

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  9. I would get my daughter a light up pillow

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  10. i would put it towards a new pair of boots

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  11. I'd get either a space heater (the heating isn't always on and I work from home) or a remote for my camera. :)

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  12. i would buy some new toys for my little one

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  13. I'd buy a framed picture for a the nursery x

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  14. Wife wants an A3 size black picture frame....

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  15. I would put it towards a new winter coat that I have my eye on. Its a bit more expensive than I would normally pay so this would soften the blow.

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  16. I would put it towards a new case for my camera.

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  17. would buy some books from my wish list

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  18. I'd probably buy some photo frames as I have a stack of photos sitting on the dining room table....

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  19. Towards my daughters birthday in Feb xx

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  20. I'd put it toward some brita water filters :)

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  21. cumin seed oil I would get I am running out
    Elisha

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  22. I would buy a book for my studying boring but needed x

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  23. a learn to paint watercolours book

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  24. Game of thrones season 4

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  25. I've been recommended a lot of films lately so I'd buy a DVD

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  26. i would spent it on my son maybe some new clothes or toys for him

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  27. Get some pet food for the family zoo.

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  28. DVDs or underwear.

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  29. Books! You can never have enough books!

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  30. sorting things out for party bags

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  31. I would by some coffee pods for my new machine

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  32. I would put it towards my daughters 2nd birthday present!

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  33. I'd put it towards something for the house. Not sure what yet.

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  34. I would put it towards some keep fit items

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  35. I would buy some new books for my kindle :-)

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  36. I would buy the Paul Hollywood bread making book

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  37. books for my kindle

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  38. I would spend it on some inserts for my new filofax that I love so much!

    Katrina | thechatterfox.com

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  39. New books for my son, he loves reading

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  40. Some new books

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  41. Possibly a hand bag but most likely Diy stuff.

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  42. I would buy some storage boxes - I'm having a sort out!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  43. I would buy something new for my new house

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  44. I would get something for the kids.

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  45. I would buy something for the house.

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  46. I would put it towards buying a new mobile phone

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  47. Got my eye on a biography of Henry II

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  48. More kindle books, crime fiction.

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  49. id buy a Frozen lunchbox for my little girl

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  50. I'd buy a new dvd to add to my collection!

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  51. I would use it to buy a small turtle

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  52. I would put it towrds my sons Spiderman bedroom make over. New duvet set maybe.

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  53. I would put it towards a new thomas train for my son

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  54. Books. I love to read.

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  55. I'd get some phonics books for my son!

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  56. I would put it towards a heating pad

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  57. University books!!! Fingers, toes... and eyes crossed :)

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  58. I would put it towards a juicer I have my eye on :)

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  59. Oooh I have a few beauty items saved to my wishlist, I would put it towards that! :)

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  60. I really want to buy a some roller boots! reverting back to my childhood hobby to keep fit.

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  61. I'd spend it on my kids

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  62. I would let my daughter buy some study books for school

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  63. i have been after a book on vegetable gardening

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  64. A fun story book for my son aged 5 as he has just started reading.

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  65. I would put it towards some books. Thanks for running this comp.

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  66. A sting DVD for my hubby. He recorded When the Ship Sails when it was on TV. I know he'd love to have it on DVD though.

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  67. I would buy a treat for my Daughter

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  68. I'd spend it on lots of books for my Kindle.

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  69. a tassimo hot water pod, so i can use my machine to make tea aswell, boring but very handy.

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  70. I would buy a new release dvd as I am a huge movie fan and regularly shop at Amazon.

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  71. Towards a decent reading lamp
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  72. I would put it towards something for my son maybe a dvd or a game

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  73. I would use the voucher to buy a GCSE revision book for my daughter.

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd use the voucher for some kindle books off my wish list.

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  75. I'd spend it on books for my sons

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  76. A new collar for my dog hers is starting to wear out.

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  77. I would like to get a portable charger

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  78. Towels probably, always needed

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  79. Dvds. I want to ser series 2 of The Fall. And Penny Dreadful.

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  80. I would buy stuffing for cushions I want to make for my daughter's room

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  81. I would buy ebooks for my kindle as I love reading.

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  82. Hi would love to be considered to put the money towards new bedding for my son. x

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  83. I would buy some great books for my kindle.

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  84. I would put it towards some sort of frozen toy for my daughters birthday :) xx

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  85. I'd put it towards a new toaster - boring, but necessary!

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  86. I would put it towards a blu ray :)

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  87. Sarah Ballantyne22 January 2015 at 10:06

    I have a new slow cooker to help with preparing family meals now I'm back at work. I'd love to get some good recipe books so I can make the most of it

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  88. I would buy some new headphones as mine have just broke!

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  89. I would put it towards a new blender I think, my current one I've had for years and it's on it's last legs!

    Jen xx
    www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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  90. Solar Powered kitchen scales.

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  91. I'd buy a driving theory test book and cd.

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  92. The new Noel Gallagher album

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  93. I'd pick up an album and a book from my "must buy" list.

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  94. I would put it toward a t-shirt for my hubby birthday

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  95. Some American candy would be fab lol

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  96. More books for my Kindle would be great .. thanks x

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  97. treat my self in the january blues :)

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  98. Some new strings for my guitar!

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  99. I would put it towards a present for my daughters birthday - a game of some sort

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  100. I'M SAVING UP FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS!

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  101. Herman Smellville22 January 2015 at 13:40

    Something nice for my partner

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  102. If I was lucky enough to win I would probably put it towards a Blu Ray Box set

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  103. I would spend it on some thermal underwear.

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  104. i would buy some secondhand books

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  105. I would like to put it towards some clothes

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  106. I'd buy something fun for my little baby boy! :)

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  107. The new Hairy Bikers diet book

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  108. Probably books, not that I need any more!

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  109. I would put it towards a new microwave

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  110. I would buy some board books for my little Grandson

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  111. I would put it towards my daughters birthday presents

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  112. would put it towards hubby's birthday gifts.

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  113. revision guides for my daughter who will be sitting her exams this year

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  114. A gift for my fiance for valentines day

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  115. I'd treat myself to a couple of new kindle books :)

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  116. I would download some kindle books for my holidays

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