University Applications – UCAS
Most of our boys apply for university, and they are ably supported by their form tutors and the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Marsden. Personal Statements will be drafted and redrafted until they are of a sufficient standard. University staff come into school to help explain the process to both students and their parents, as well as representatives from Student Finance. Boys are encouraged to attend Open Days and get a real ‘feel’ for their university choices before applying.
Boys will be encouraged to apply for Oxford and Cambridge if their grades indicate that this is appropriate, as well as other top universities in the Russell Group. It is our belief, however, that these prestigious groupings do not fully reflect the real breadth and quality of UK universities and we will gladly publicise all institutions and courses, supporting all our boys in their chosen paths.
These are becoming increasingly attractive to our pupils and offer a tempting alternative to university. We fully support our boys who follow this route to their career and recognise its benefits and merits.
Our Sixth Formers have full access to our own careers advisor as well as external agencies. They will assist with apprenticeship applications and interview techniques. They can also offer advice regarding subject combinations. For example, A-level Chemistry is essential for the study of Medicine, and A-level Mathematics is helpful when applying for Economics.
We hold a biennial careers event including employers, universities, apprenticeship providers and representatives from the professions. We invite former pupils to come in and talk about their careers and we offer mock interviews to those invited to an employment or university interview. We run CV-writing workshops and support our young men in any way that we can.