All our subscription products were updated in the summer, here's a summary of the latest changes.
Jed 2016-17 edition
Updated throughout for new GCSE number grades in England
Grades for GCSEs in England are changing. Letter grades from G to A* are being replaced with numbered grades from 1 to 9. Jed included information about these forthcoming changes last year. For this summer's release all references to GCSE grades within the job profiles now include both letter and number grades, and a link to the relevant factsheet.
Lots of new factsheets added, with a new link from the home page
Jed includes over 50 factsheets on a variety of topics. We've reviewed and revised all of the factsheets in Jed for this summer's update. There are new factsheets on topics such as the National Minimum Wage (including the Living Wage), degree apprenticeships, and paying for postgraduate study.
New jobs added and existing jobs reviewed and updated
New jobs include medical research scientist, and meat quality and dispatch manager.
New videos and picture sets
Including architect, gamekeeper, engineering technician, and marine biologist.
Text-to-speech updated and made available throughout Jed
Jed can now read out loud even more content for your students.
Higher Ideas 2016-17 edition
This year's Higher Ideas has details for over 41,000 courses. We are pleased to have grades information for over 95% of those this year, helping students choose what's appropriate for them.
2017 entry uses the new UCAS tariff
With the information that we get from the universities, about 55% of the courses show their grades requirements as A-level letter equivalents, like 'ABB'. About 45% of them show their grades requirements as a number value corresponding to the UCAS tariff, like '128'.
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry is different to the tariff that has been used previously. For example, whereas an A-grade at A-level used to count as 120 points on the UCAS tariff, from 2017 onwards it counts as 48 points. And whereas an AS level used to count for half the A-level score, it now counts for about 40% of the A-level score.
It is important that students are aware of this change. The data in Higher Ideas has been updated for the new tariff, but students may still find old tariff data in other resources, including prospectuses from the 2016 intake or before. There is a revised factsheet about this in Higher Ideas that explains it all. From within Higher Ideas, follow the 'Help and factsheets' link, and then find your way in the help menu to Factsheets -> Applying for your degree course -> UCAS points.
Factsheets revised and updated
We've reviewed and revised all of the factsheets in Higher Ideas. As well as changing them for the new tariff, we have updated them for things like new rates for grants and loans, and significant changes in some areas of HE.
One important difference for the class of 2017 will be the end of the NHS Bursary Scheme. Most students starting health-related courses in 2016 will have their tuition fees paid by the Scheme, and get help with their maintenance costs too. This will continue for students already on a relevant health-related course, including those who start this year. But for students from England starting a health-related course in 2017 or later, they will have to pay their tuition fees themselves the same as students on other courses do, usually with a student loan. It means an end to the cap on numbers that was an unintended consequence of the limited pot of money in the Scheme. But it does mean that health-related courses have become a lot more expensive for most students. This is covered in the 'Paying for health-related courses' factsheet in the 'Paying for your degree course' section of the Higher Ideas factsheets.
It continues to be the case that most Scottish students on Scottish courses don't pay tuition fees, whichever course they do. Wales and Northern Ireland haven't made their mind up yet about help for students on health-related courses. We're watching to see how that develops, and we will update the relevant factsheet when more information becomes available. If you are advising students about choosing health-related courses, it will be worth them checking for the very latest on this before finally committing to which course to do. Depending on what Wales and Northern Ireland do, it might be that by shopping around as to which part of the UK to go to for a health-related degree, students can still get some or all of their tuition fees paid.
We've got lots of other new and updated information in the Higher Ideas factsheets too. We have included some more about Degree Apprenticeships. And we have updated the factsheets about studying abroad with some notes about implications that we know so far because of the impending 'Brexit'.
Helping students make smart choices for higher education
With information on over 41,000 courses at 688 sites, details on 660 areas of study, and over 70 factsheets, we're pleased to have updated Higher Ideas to support you in helping your students to make well-informed choices for degree-level study.
Last updated 5 October, 2016