THINKING AHEAD (UCAS, POINTS AND BEYOND YEAR 12)
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the body that organises all applications to universities and other Further Education institutions including Art Schools.
Universities will be looking for students who have the intellectual ability to cope with the course, have the right attitude and necessary motivation and who will contribute to the life of the university.
Entry profiles on university websites often give a clear statement of the grades and other requirements that universities are looking for. In some subjects such as medicine, non-academic qualities such as leadership and team-working skills and the ability to cope with a demanding lifestyle, as well as relevant work experience are particularly important.
Just because your student’s predicted grades are in line with the standard offer, it does not automatically mean they will receive an offer. Many universities have far more candidates applying than they have places. Often, high grades are an indication of the popularity of the course, not necessarily the quality.
You may be asked for particular grades or a points total.
The decisions about who will be made offers are made by the admissions tutors at the individual institutions.
A Levels carry the following points:
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* Only count AS points if you do not continue the subject to A2.
* BTEC qualifications will count for the equivalent of 1 or 2 A Levels depending upon how many option blocks the course covers.
The route into Higher Education can be daunting and may seem like a very long way off. However it comes around faster than you think and we will provide students and parents with any guidance and support they may need.
There will be visitors from the universities, giving presentations and you will be encouraged to visit as many universities as possible.
Progression Hours and PSHE Days as well as tutor times will be used to prepare you for applications. At the end of Year 12 we will have a two week transition ‘into 13’ programme and this will include an application and UCAS week.
All Sixth Form students will be asked to write a personal statement at the end of Year 12 whether they wish to apply to university or not. This will help with job and apprenticeship applications as well as university applications.
CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE
Our aim within the Sixth Form is to ensure we prepare students effectively for their next stage of education or employment.
As a consequence, alongside your child’s subject curriculum are a series of additional strands of support directly linked to careers and university education.
- Progression Hours – These will run for a period of 2 hours each week, and will focus on the development of independent learning and literacy skills, careers, employability skills, personal statements & CV writing and interview technique for example:
- PSHE Days - There will be three days scheduled in across the year, to enable an in-depth focus on the key topics covered within the Progress Hours.
- Lecture Series - guest speakers from key fields such as Politics, Science & History, will be invited to discuss relevant topical issues.
- University Engagement Programme - A programme of activities will be available to students throughout the year to enhance student subject knowledge and enable students to gain an insight into university life.
- Work Experience - Students will participate in a placement linked directly to their areas of interest or proposed careers pathways.
- UBS Mentors - This will be a resource available to all students, and will focus on supporting students in making informed choices and helping them to achieve their goals.