We take the preparation of our students for higher education very seriously. We place a great deal of emphasis on providing information, guidance, support and administrative back up for UCAS applications.
Christmas term - To start the UCAS process the Lower Sixth students are taken on a visit to a Russell Group University. Upper Sixth students attend a lecture given by Birmingham University on 'Personal Statements'. University applications start in earnest. Personal statements are thoroughly checked in the first instance by the tutors and then by their Housemaster/mistress and finally by the Head of Sixth Form before being submitted.
Lent term - Lower Sixth students follow a programme of activities designed to help them make educated choices. This is achieved using tutorials, activities such ‘Ask the Experts’, talks on studying at overseas universities and the use of the Tips4Uni web program from the University of Birmingham. In addition there is a specific Parents’ Forum evening about the UCAS process. Upper Sixth students have tutorials to help them appreciate how different life at university will be using the Skills4Uni web program offered by Birmingham University and also advice is given about making the correct choices from the offers they have received. Parents are invited to attend a further forum to help them to understand about the results process and most importantly university finance.
Summer term - Lower Sixth students engage in tutorials to assist them in the crucially important process of writing the 'Personal Statement'. They are undertake a programme of lessons designed by the University of East Anglia to help teach them skills vital for undergraduate study including synthesising, referencing and structured writing.