Careers / UCAS

The Sixth Form is a relatively short period in a student’s schooling and an important stepping stone on to the next phase in their lives. By the end of Yr 12 students need to be considering their options regarding what they do next, and if this involves university, as it does in the majority of cases, making plans about UCAS.

Mrs Read is our Higher Education and Careers specialist in the Sixth Form team. She organises a programme of careers education both in Yr 12 and Yr 13 and sees sixth formers on an individual basis to give advice. Tutors will refer students to her where they feel it appropriate and Mrs Read will ask to see specific students when they come to her attention. It is of course perfectly acceptable for students to refer themselves directly to her when they need help.

Application to university through UCAS is done in the autumn term of Yr 13, with certain applications (e.g. for medicine, veterinary science, law and Oxbridge) needing to meet an early deadline in October. To prepare for this we provide instruction in UCAS procedures and the writing of personal statements in the summer term of Yr 12. All Yr 12 students are also invited to the Higher Education Convention arranged at the University of Hertfordshire in June each year.

Parents can help by talking through university plans with their sons/daughters and visiting potential university destinations with them in the summer term and summer holidays. (To this end, universities organise ‘open days’ to showcase themselves and their courses. However, we only allow 5 open days to be taken in term time (including both Yr 12 & Yr 13) to avoid affecting progress at school)