Applying to University (UCAS)
All students will continue to receive Careers Education and Guidance within the Sixth Form, related to their post-18 decisions, whether these involve Higher Education or an alternative option such as apprenticeships or employment.
Work will involve further aspects of:
- Decision making
- Opportunity awareness
- Preparation for moving beyond Sixth Form study
In the summer term a Higher Education Evening will be held to introduce students to some of the opportunities available at university.
There will also be an Options at 18 Morning, where students will have the opportunity to attend talks of either Higher Education or Alternatives to Higher Education options and employability skills. Regular information on Open Days is publicised through displays in the Q Zone.
During the summer term in Year 12, time will be devoted to the drafting of personal statements in readiness for making job and university applications. Applications to universities are made on-line via the UCAS APPLY service and students will begin their applications on the Options at 18 morning in early July.
Below is a link to the 'Applying to University' booklet that each Year 12 student receives on the Options at 18 Morning, which is full of useful information regarding researching and choosing courses, how to write a successful UCAS Personal Statement and how to complete their UCAS application online.
Oxbridge and Russell Group Applications
Students need to be aware that some popular degree courses (such as Law, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Medicine and entry into Oxbridge) at particular universities require them to sit additional tests, which need to be organised by students themselves that wish to access these courses before the end of Year 12.
A number of these popular degree courses at competitive universities have an early application deadline of 15th October. Students who may wish to apply to these universities will be identified early and will work with specialist staff in an 'Early Application' Mentor Group to ensure they are fully prepared for their application. This group is known as the '1510' group.
Researching University Options
Considering where to go to university and what degree to study is not something to be done in a rush. Below are a variety of useful websites with a wealth of advice and information to guide you in making your choices in an informed way.
Student Finance and UCAS Extra / Clearing
We work closely with De Montfort University who visit school to deliver a talk covering Student Finance. Student finance opens to year 13 students from February in the year they intend to start university. We will also hold a parent talk on finance. Information on this will come out via email.
They also received a presentation regarding UCAS Extra and Clearing, to ensure that they are clear on their options during the next few months, should their plans change or they do not achieve the offers/grades they require.
These presentations are attached below:
Year 12 parents attended a talk by the University of Leicester on 24th May 2017 regarding Student Finance and the presentation can be accessed here: /docs/Student_Finance_2017-18.pptx
Useful UCAS Documents and Links
Please find below some very useful documents that will aid you in beginning your application to universities:
- /docs/UCAS_Personal_Statement_Timeline.pdf - Shows how to allow yourself time to map out and plan your UCAS Personal Statement
- /docs/UCAS_Personal_Statement_MindMap.pdf - helps students to map out what to include in their Personal Statement
- /docs/UCAS_Personal_Statement_Worksheet.pdf - this worksheet allows students to draft their UCAS Personal Statement, or alternatively, if you prefer to type than write, you can use the online UCAS Personal Statement Builder here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement
- /docs/UCAS_Tariff_Word_Doc.docx - Explains about the changes to the UCAS tariff system
- /docs/UCAS_Timeline_Deadlines_for_2018_Entry.docx - gives a timeline for the whole UCAS Process