The UCAS Process
Approximately 90% of our students successfully progress to university and 50% of our students attend Russell Group universities (national average is 12%) including Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial, Warwick and Birmingham to name but a few. We have a huge wealth of experience in supporting students through the application process. However we also provide extensive support for students who choose alternative routes such as employment, training or apprenticeships.
Each student has a dedicated personal tutor for their two years at the College. The tutor is a specialist sixth form tutor who is not distracted by other commitments making them highly knowledgeable and experienced. We also have high quality careers and HE advisers and our support for students has recently been awarded the highest grade possible under the Investor in Careers award scheme. We have an excellent HE & Careers Day in January of year 12 where students choose lectures delivered by university lecturers and visit our HE Fair where over 30 universities, employers, apprenticeships providers have a stand.
We have an Oxbridge programme and a Medicine and other health care programme which gives huge support to applicants for these courses. This includes visiting speakers, admissions tutors and other experts, together with help on compiling a high quality personal statement, and preparation for admissions tests including UKCAT and BMAT.
A CEIAG programme is delivered to all students in the College and this includes the preparation and application to Higher Education through the UCAS service (with some direct applications to various Art, Music and Drama Colleges).
The programme is delivered to students throughout the year and includes a Careers Development Programme (CDP) commencing in Year 12, which runs from January to June. This is supported with dedicated tutorials, activities and events and gives students the opportunity to fully research the option of university study and make informed decisions about their choices, location and future plans for progression.
All students are provided with a CDP booklet detailing key dates and deadlines for application to university through UCAS, as well as details of some specific activities and workshops for choices that require extra support and guidance. There are also guidelines on how to navigate the UCAS web site for searching and choosing courses, entry requirements and explanation of the UCAS tariff. Advice and guidance on how to write a Personal Statement and early preparation of a draft that can be reviewed by members of staff to assist the students in creating the best PS for their application.
The programme is designed to allow all students to research independently throughout the latter half of Year 12. They are also supported by access to personalised, up-to-date, accurate and impartial IAG that also signposts students to other appropriate IAG resources and support services they may need when considering Higher Education.
During College breaks and the summer holidays, students are encouraged to continue their research into HE by taking the opportunity to visit university open days, attend taster courses, workshops and summer schools and undertake any work experience that may be relevant to their chosen subject, profession or career path.