Applying for University
At the start of their Lower Sixth year, we begin to prepare students for the university application process in three stages: research, preparation and application. During the preliminary stages, students attend internally delivered talks on the application process and lectures on courses and university selection by external providers, including the University of Cardiff and the University of Sussex.
During the last week of their Lower Sixth year, students begin their UCAS applications and attend personal statement workshops, led by the Head of Sixth Form and external providers. During the Upper Sixth year, students attend a weekly timetabled session for further application and personal statement support, which is complemented by the guidance of their tutor and housemaster or housemistress. To enable our students to achieve the best range of university offers, we set an internal submission deadline of mid-November.
Research – January to June
Prepare – June to August
Apply – September to November
Our Oxbridge, Medical and Veterinary applicants receive additional, tailored support from the Head of Academic Scholars, who provides a bespoke programme of application preparation and guidance. Students interested in applying overseas also enjoy access to specific webinars and lectures, in addition to individual support from the Head of Sixth Form.
We update parents and guardians regularly throughout the university application process and invite all parents of Lower Sixth students to an annual Higher Education Morning. We also hold regular UCAS update meetings throughout the course of the year in the lead-up to key deadlines.