This process begins early in Year 12 with an introduction to UCAS, exploring the system and using UNISTATS to compare universities. Attendance at the UCAS Convention and talks from past students as well as presentations from different universities help to guide students towards university entrance.
Open Day visits are encouraged as well as taster days for different professions. Students are guided towards the work of 'Pure Potential' and 'Access Professions' to help them consider particular courses. There are also presentations from Student Finance. At this stage it is about students considering whether University is the right path for them.
One to one tutorials with Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Team give valuable support in this critical decision making process. Those students who will be making an application to Oxford or Cambridge attend a specialist conference and meet with former students who have gone through the process.
The Autumn term in Year 13 starts with writing personal statements, with considerable support for Form Tutors and subject teachers. There are also sessions on surviving at university and managing your money. Those students who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge for medicine or vetinary science have an early deadline, most other students need to apply by mid January. Parents and carers should look regularly at the UCAS website to ensure that all deadlines are met in good time.
Students are encouraged to undertake further visits to help them refine their choices and decide on a firm and insurance offer.
On results day in August, senior staff are on hand to celebrate success with students, but also to support those who may need to use the UCAS clearing system, or who have achieved higher than expected grades and who may now want to explore different options.