Our University Support Programme
When do we start the UCAS process?
- You will start the university application process at the beginning (not the end) of Year 12
What support do we offer you?
- You will have access to an experienced set of sixth form tutors who will support you through the UCAS process
- You will have the use of our extensive range of resources which we have written and that have been published and used in other centres around the country
- You will have access to a unique web site, Unifrog, to help you search for universities, apprenticeships as well as materials to help your personal statement
- We schedule a University Week for visits in July as well as university talks throughout the year
- Our Higher Education Advisers are highly experienced and you will be able to discuss your options during a one-to-one meeting with them
- Most years we have achieved two or three successful applications to Oxford or Cambridge University. We support our Oxbridge students through the process and liaise with our link colleges Jesus College, Cambridge and Magdalen College, Oxford.
- Over 90% percent of students tend to progress to University and around one quarter to the top twenty-four ‘Russell Group’ of universities.
- It is particularly important that students receive a reference that reflects them and their achievements and so we work closely with students from the outset. One-to-one interviews are central to the support we offer as the programme progresses. Most students will have many interviews to discuss their personal statement and choices.
- Our parents of Year 12 and 13 students have a log in to Unifrog to help search for universities and apprenticeships which is a very helpful tool both students and parents can use
- We schedule a University Preparation Evening in June of Year 12 for parents which involves a range of universities.
- We also start year 12 with an evening for parents and we share ideas about how you can help your son/daughter with their early preparation for university.
- Members of our experienced Higher Education team have published material to support other centres with their UCAS programmes.
- Mr Senior, Director of Sixth Form, is author of: ‘Writing an Effective Personal Statement’ 4th edition (2006), ‘Bridging the Gap – the skills students need for sixth form’ (2014) and editor of ‘Developing Outstanding Personal Statements’ (2012).
- Mr Senior has also been interviewed live on BBC Breakfast to talk about Higher Education and has supported a range of sixth form centres nationally.