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5 Tips to Avoid Exam Results Stress

Results Day is fast approaching and we know it can be a very stressful time. Whether you’ve changed your mind and decided to go to university or if you’re looking for a different course – our Clearing team is here to answer all your questions and guide you through the process. Read through our dedicated Clearing page or email clearing@confetti.ac.uk if you have any questions. When you’re ready – call us on 0115 848 6000 where the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University will help you.

In the meantime, professional speaker Pam Burrows has given us her top five tips for staying calm and avoiding stress in the days leading up to Thursday 17 August.

  1. Breathe Better – 7/11

The fastest way to reduce stress is to breathe better. Breathe in for a count of 7, out for 11. This detoxes tension from the body. Relax your shoulders, soften your jaw, relax you whole body and follow the next step…

  1. Watch your thinking

Imagining it’s already a disaster? Instead think “Whatever happens, I can handle it.” Repeat this while you breathe 7/11. Choose to drop the drama, it’s not useful. You’re made of stronger stuff than you realise. Breathe 7/11 and thinking of times you’ve done well is a great way to get a better night’s sleep too.

  1. Keep the faith

You might get the result you’re hoping for. You might not. Whichever, there will be a way for you to have the life journey you’re meant to. Whether it’s the old plan, a new plan or a retake, resultswise “It is what it is”. Question is “What’s next?” You’re in the driving seat!

  1. Avoid other people’s drama!

Join in the drama and feel dreadful, walk away or suggest some of these tips to them. You choose! Be a ‘drop the drama’ champion and spread the love!

  1. Do something!

Go have a laugh, a swim, a bath, a game, a run, chat about something else…don’t sit about driving yourself crazy, you always have a choice about what you focus on. You can even find useful videos on YouTube!

Wire – Spring 2017

It’s been a busy start to the year at Confetti with our exclusive one of a kind event – Industry Week!

If you didn’t manage to grab tickets to some of our sold out talks, workshops and lab sessions, don’t worry, this Wire edition is jampacked full of Industry Week 2017 interviews and reviews with some of our amazing industry guests!

From an in-depth interview with renowned documentary filmmaker and Industry Week headliner Nick Broomfield, to live event production tips from the woman behind Arcadia Spectacular’s productions at festivals like Glastonbury, Burning Man and Bestival – this mag is bursting with industry advice.

8 Things To Do Within 8 Minutes of Confetti

Front doors of The Broadway Cinema Nottingham

If you’re considering coming to Notts to study, but are a bit worried that it’s not a massive city, you’re worrying for no reason. Notts is amazing! Here’s 8 wicked places you can visit that are less than 8 minutes on foot from Confetti!

Broadway Cinema

Showing a range of indie films and documentaries, as well as the latest blockbusters The Broadway is one of the coolest places to catch a film in Nottingham. The chairs are super comfy, it’s not dead pricey and there’s the stylish Paul Smith suite designed by Notts’ very own…well, erm, Paul Smith!

The Broadway has good food and a lovely terrace on Broad Street (one of the best places to hang out in the city). They also run workshops, film festivals and you can get yourself membership for discounts. Study a film degree  or FE course and chances are you’ll be visiting this place regularly and might even see your own work on the big screen.

Rough Trade

Is it a record label? is it a record shop? Or is it a nice intimate gig venue? Well it’s all of the above! Chuck in the outdoor seating area, located on … you guessed it Broad Street and you’ve got yourself a right nice little hang-out spot!

With loads of great events there’s something for all Confetti students here. Drink & draw socials, film screenings, gigs and a lot of the time you get to meet some big artists for cosy gigs and record signings. There’s also the in demand Rough Trade photo booth. Did we mention they signed local duo Sleaford Mods? Yeah that too!

National Videogame Arcade

If you’re studying Games Art or Games Tech this is the place to be. Even if you’re not a Games student, who doesn’t want to chill with their mates and play computer games?

The NVA (that’s what the cool kids call it) put on loads of events, guest speakers and tournament nights. They also have the Toast Bar, which serves a lot of…well toast*

*Other food may be available.

Motorpoint Arena

Not only is the Motorpoint Arena home to the famous Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team, so you can deffo go ice skating. It also hosts some of the biggest bands, acts and comedians in the world. This year they’ve got Cirque de Soleil, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Jack Whitehall and Russell Howard to name a few. You can always go and see Disney on Ice as well if that’s more your thing?

Rock City

Rock City has been going strong for 35 years as one of Nottingham’s most famous music venues. It’s seen pretty much every band worth a listen grace its stages. If you’re from Notts you’ve probably seen loads of people play the basement ‘before they were famous’. Then had to move upstairs to the main hall to see them with 2,000 other people a year later.

If you’re not from Notts you’re in for a treat! Coming up this year they’ve got Jake Bugg, Sleaford Mods, White Lies and the list goes on. There are also weekly club nights! Rock City is also found right in the middle of loads of other places that are wicked such as Stealth (D&B, House, Techno etc) and Rescue Room (bit indie).

Bridlesmith Gate

One of the most stylish streets in Notts, Bridlesmith Gate is home to brands like Fred Perry, Ted Baker and loads of others. It also links to some pretty cool restaurants and if you explore some of the alleys off this street you’ll find some nice little bars and cafes.

It also has some of the best outdoor acoustics in the city, if you get a licence to busk this is the pitch you want. Don’t you all rush at once Music Performance students!

Old Market Square

In summer it’s a beach (we are not kidding they dump 2 tons of sand on it) this year the city got pretty famous on Twitter when a kid decided to go snorkelling in the fountains.

In winter it’s a Winter Wonderland (again, not kidding there’s an ice rink and everything!)

Throughout the year there are loads of markets and festivals taking place here and it is deffo gonna become the place you meet your mates. If you don’t know what the left lion is you’ll find him here and you’re gonna be weirdly proud of them within a month!

Planet Bounce

Most days it’s full of kids parties but on a Sunday night Planet Bounce closes to under 18’s for the adult only Trampology!

Imagine this! The light’s go down, the DJ hits the decks and you’re in a room full of trampolines. Do we really need to say more?

There are so many other places that you have to check out in Notts. If you want to come to Notts and study a degree course at Confetti this September check out our Clearing Page  or FE course page for info on courses with availability.

10 ways to stay positive if things don’t go right on Results Day

After you’ve picked up your results it’s time to start planning your next steps. If you’ve received the grades you expected, then your place at your chosen university will be confirmed soon. If things didn’t turn out quite as you’d expected – DON’T WORRY! We have spoken to happiness guru Vic Gilgeous who has given us top ten tips to staying positive throughout the situation.

  1. Keep in mind that an exam result doesn’t define you
  2. Try and stay calm. Clear mindedness helps you navigate difficult situations
  3. Attitude is everything. Keep trying and ask for help and advice
  4. Keep soldering on and look for alternatives – there are always more options available
  5. Have confidence that, in the end, you will find the right solution
  6. Bad days will come and go, let none of that phase you
  7. Persistence always wins, never give in and lose your confidence
  8. When you go after what matters to you with perseverance it will happen
  9. Don’t be too hard on yourself and think too negatively
  10. Learn from life’s ups and downs – and don’t let this disappointment define you

If you want find out more about the Clearing process then visit our dedicated Clearing page.

Results Day

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For those of you collecting results, it’ll probably be one of the most nerve-racking days for you so far! All the hard work comes down to this one moment – collecting that envelope with your results in!

We want to help get you ready for the day to make it as calm as possible. So read on and make notes! We answer all the questions you need to know, here on our Clearing page – Do you need to confirm your place at university if you get your grades? What about if you miss out by a few points? And have you sorted accommodation and student finance?

First things first, your results day check list!

  • UCAS Track login details
  • Mobile phone
  • Contact details for Confetti
  • Pen and paper

8am – Track goes live. You’ll be able to see your university confirmation. Although your marks won’t show on UCAS, so you’ll need to pick those up.

Morning onwards – Pick up your results. Check what time you can collect your results and get yourself down there. If you got your grades, go and celebrate; if you didn’t, don’t panic, there are other options.

Met your grades? Track will update to say you have been accepted into either your firm or insurance choice university and you will be able to view your confirmation letter in Track. Make sure you give this a read, it may contain information from your university about what to do next.
If you have your student finance in place, there is now nothing left to do except celebrate and prepare for uni.

Missed your grades? Don’t panic – you can still get a place through Confetti Clearing. Give us a call and we can discuss your options. Check out our step-by-step guide to Clearing for more info.

So in a snap shot – On the day:

• August 18 at 8am – UCAS Track goes live
• Morning – Pick up results
• Morning – Check Track for confirmation of university place
• Morning – Missed your grades? Call us to discuss
• Afternoon – Enter your Clearing choice into Track

Results Day – DOs and DONTs

DO check UCAS

Universities receive details of your grades directly from exam boards, so they’ll have made a decision by the time you receive your results. You’ll need to go to the track section of your application – if your chosen university has accepted you, then relax you’re in! If not, don’t worry – you can still get a place at university – check out our step by step guide.

DO prepare

Be well prepared, if you’re trying to get a course through Clearing there’s a few things you’ll need. Have your UCAS or Clearing number to hand. We’ll need this to identify your application. Have some questions ready too, you’ll be able to ask our tutors questions about the course. We want you to be well informed so ask whatever you need.

DO research

Although Clearing may feel like a massive rush, it’s a chance to still get on a great course. You’ll be studying for a few years so you need to make sure you choose something you’ll enjoy. Get online and start researching universities, look at modules and entry requirements and make notes. Check out our courses here.

DON’T be rude

There will be a lot of people in your position trying to get through to universities. Don’t give up – keep calling and remain polite once you do get through. Did you know you can send us an email at clearing@confetti.ac.uk if you can’t get through to our phone lines and we’ll make sure someone gets back to you?

DON’T panic

There’s really nothing to worry about – many students secure a place through Clearing and enjoy their time at university. If you stay positive and do some research you’ll give yourself the best chance at getting a place through Clearing.

DON’T rush

It’s still a big decision, so it’s not something you should rush. Take your time and find out if the course is right for you – don’t just apply for any old thing! Remember we’re here to help, you can find all our course info on our website or get in touch and speak to our tutors & careers advisor.

Find out all you need to know about Clearing at Confetti on our Clearing website and through our step-by-step guide to Clearing.

Foundation Degree Vs Degree – What’s It All About?

Music Technology Confetti

Here at Confetti we offer degree courses from foundation level right through to postgraduate (masters), making sure you have the right education and skills to boost your creative career.

Our undergraduate degrees are a bit different to some other universities, because we offer them in a 2+1 format. In this blog we’re going to help you understand how this format works and how studying a foundation degree can help you tailor your learning to suit your needs.   

2+1 Degree Format

The 2+1 format means that you study a two year foundation degree and can then choose to complete a one year top up degree when you’ve finished. We do this to allow our students to start their creative career early if they wish to, but for those who want to complete a full BSc/BA they can easily top up an extra year.

VFX students visual effects
TV Film Students

What is a Foundation Degree?

A Foundation Degree is the equivalent to years 1 and 2 of a degree with Confetti offering you the opportunity to progress to a one year top-up to complete a full BSc/BA in your chosen subject. Foundation degrees are widely recognised qualifications in their own right and can help you get the career you want in the creative industries. Foundation degrees are designed to be industry relevant and are endorsed by industry – offering you the opportunity to frame your practical experience alongside more academic aspects of the course.

Once you have completed a foundation degree you can choose to go out into industry or many of our students decide to further develop their skills and  top up to a full BSc/BA with an extra year’s study. Even better – if you’re a Confetti student – you don’t need to go through the UCAS process again – just complete a form and we’ll do the rest! If you’re not already a Confetti student and want to apply for the top up year, then you have to go through the usual UCAS application process. Our support team can help you with this.

Topping up your Foundation Degree

The top up degree is a level 6 qualification and if you successfully complete it you will be awarded a full BSc/BA Hons, just as you would if you had completed a traditional three year degree. You’ll be invited to graduate alongside other NTU students and will go into industry as qualified as anyone else holding a three year degree.

Each of our top up degree courses contains a specially designed set of brand new modules built around teaching you industry specific skills and software at a higher level. This will allow you to expand on your existing skillset and increase your independence, preparing you for future employment within your chosen specialist field.

So, come and study an undergraduate degree with us and have the freedom to tailor your learning to help you achieve your goals. 

Still got questions? Get in touch and speak to a member of our support staff – hello@confetti.ac.uk.

It’s not too late to apply for a degree course this September, don’t miss out – sign up now. You can check out our blog for advice on how to make a late application.