During the spring term of their first year, our Lower VI A-Level and BTEC students are introduced to the UCAS application procedure. For students studying with us for a one year A-Level or BTEC programme, this introduction takes place during their first four weeks at the College. Before they apply to university, all students are directed towards useful sources of information including university prospectuses, degree course guides and careers literature. Extensive use is made of UCAS databases, which save students time in selecting suitable courses.
Applications are normally made after discussions with the student’s Senior Tutor. Students are carefully advised to ensure that they are aware of the course content and likely entrance requirements, so they can make realistic and sensible applications.
Help is then provided to ensure that the UCAS application forms (and any other necessary forms) are completed correctly. We also give guidance on writing the Personal Statement so that the student maximises their chance of obtaining offers. The College also provides an academic reference drawing upon the reference provided by a student’s previous school, giving an objective, supportive assessment of the student’s suitability for the courses applied for.
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