www.ucas.com – University application portal and place to
search for all degrees.
www.opendays.com – List of open days at UK universities.
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk – University and subject league tables.
www.push.co.uk – Claims to be a “ruthlessly independent”
university review website.
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ – Official data for undergraduate
courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National
Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Targeted
at those thinking at alternatives to university with search function for A-level
Employer Schemes, etc. However, also has search function for sponsored degrees
and Gap Year options.
for suggested degree reading lists (vital to develop interest in your degree
and for personal statement evidence of interest):
King’s College, Cambridge: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/offerholders/reading-lists/index.html
There are good books
available in multiple copies in the Main School Library and the Careers Library (Sixth
COA Degree Course Descriptions – quick overview of what each
main degree involves and also provides related degrees to research on UCAS.
HEAP: Choosing Your Degree Course and University – gives
quick overview of what each university offers in each main subject area – contents of
the degree, different variations at that institution (e.g. Chemistry for drug
discovery or psychology and human resources) and what you can combine a
particular subject with. Burrow down on university’s own website when you find
something that appeals.
HEAP: University Degree Course Offers – by subject, shows
you grades required by each university and advice for entry into that course.
For career/job research resources,
see the Career Section Here
Students are encouraged to consider what they will do after completing
their A-levels early in Year 12 during PSHE sessions covering the benefits of
university, work and gap years. Reference books on subjects such as university
admissions tests and prospectuses for most UK universities are available for
use in the Study Area.
Our expectation is that all students will progress
to further study and the process of choosing and applying for courses begins
in earnest in the Spring Term. All students take the "Centigrade"
questionnaire, which aims to identify the sorts of Higher Education courses
they would be interested in, and students are then shown how to use online
resources to research courses. In the Summer Term there is a session
introducing providers of Gap Year programmes.
After the AS examinations, there is an evening for
parents and students explaining the process of applying to Higher Education
courses, followed by Higher Education Day, where Year 12 students dedicate a
whole day to preparing their application. At the beginning of the Autumn Term
of Year 13, Form Tutors, Heads of Year, the Oxbridge Co-ordinator and the
Director of Sixth Form work with all students individually to ensure they are
applying to appropriate courses and their personal statement is the best it can
be. The Art Department give individual support to those applying for Art
Foundation courses. Our aim is that all applications are sent before the
October Half Term.
During the Autumn and Spring Terms of Year 13,
students receive offers of university places, and their Form Tutor and the
Sixth Form Management Team help them narrow down their choices to one firm and
one insurance offer.
On A-level results day in August, the majority of
students achieve the required grades and their university place is confirmed.
The Sixth Form Management Team are in School on results day and the following
day to support those few students who have not achieved the required grades, or
have changed their mind about the course they wish to take, in finding a place
through the Clearing System. Although this only happens to a few students each
year, we strongly recommend that all Year 13 students are present in School on
A-level results day in case they do not achieve the required grades and need to
negotiate with universities.
We recommend that students who
take a Gap Year apply for a deferred place at university before they leave School.
We do, however, provide support to girls wishing to apply to university in the
Autumn Term after they have left School, should this be required.