APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY
There is a wide selection of literature on careers and all forms of higher and further education and gap years available to the students. Throughout the year, Post 16 students have university lecturers, admissions staff and graduated students who come in to give information and advice to our Sixth Formers.
Beginning in the Summer term of Year 12, the students are introduced, through a series of seminar and talks, to the UCAS process. Advice is given on the procedures, and how to make an effective application. In addition, we strongly recommend that students visit a range of universities to discuss in more detail the course content and consider if they wish to study at the institution. At the end of the Summer Term there is an extensive programme covering student finance, personal statement writing, gap years and how to make a success of university life. Further support is given through the application process from filling in the UCAS form to accepting offers and attending university.
We offer support for those considering Oxbridge and/or Russell Group University applications. An ‘Oxbridge’ evening for candidates and their parents who are considering an application to Oxford or Cambridge is held comprising of visiting speakers from the universities with an opportunity to ask questions. We are able to offer ‘Oxbridge’ interview training, and there is also provision for additional (and more general) training by an outside agency.
We are delighted to offer the successful and highly valued Extended Project qualification (EPQ); a qualification which equates to half an A Level. Students undertake an independent project of their choice and present their findings to a panel of assessors. This qualification is much respected by Russell group universities and enables students applying for highly competitive universities to add another dimension to their application.