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UCAS process

Supporting University Transition

Many of our students choose to enter Higher Education, whether straight from Year 13 or following a formative gap year. In every case we endeavour to fully support their decision making and the process of application and transition to university.

During Year 12 there is a cohesive programme of information and advice which introduces the options available.  Higher Education (universities) Further Education (vocational colleges) and Apprenticeships are all explored.  Where possible external expert speakers are invited to contribute.

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) can be a little intimidating and confusing, so tutors and lead teachers assist students in completing their applications.  A great deal of time is spent investigating the types of course available, and the benefits of specific institutions and course types.  Students are encouraged to consider teaching and assessment styles, extra-curricular opportunities, professional body accreditation and many other factors over and above simply the subject which they wish to study.

Attending open days is actively encouraged, and our experienced 6th form team will offer counsel and ask pertinent questions to help students make wise choices for their institutions and courses.  During Year 13 students will narrow down their selection to two choices, and work hard to achieve the best possible results in their A-Levels to secure their ambitious place at an appropriate institution.

We are proud to be able to say that each year our students have great successes.  These can range from securing places at the most prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, or Imperial College; embarking a course in Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Medicine; or any one of a huge variety of creative, vocational, commercial, or professional courses such as politics, computing, physiotherapy, law, engineering, economics, modern languages, humanities, and architecture.

For more information on the UCAS service or to discuss an application, please email kmills@phsg.org