University application process
The final term sees the Sixth Form begin to think about life after Settle College.
The application preparation begins, for some, right at the beginning of the Lower Sixth. Potential medics, vets and dentists are encouraged to seek out work experience in relevant practices and are given information about relevant taster courses which are offered during Lower Sixth. Students wishing to study other disciplines are also advised to attend relevant taster courses and seek work experience.
The voluntary service opportunities offered at Settle College, as well as the opportunities, from AS Citizenship to provide pupils with experience which is much valued by universities and employers.
Choosing courses and universities
The following link is useful in accessing choices about life after Post 16 study. Russell Group universities are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. Students can choose from a wide range of internationally renowned courses – from medical, biological and physical sciences to business, social sciences and the humanities. http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices/
UCAS preparation officially starts in June of Year 12, with each applicant being encouraged to begin decision making about which courses they would like to do and which universities they might like to attend. We help all students by arranging 2 important days:
Thursday 19th June – West Yorkshire Higher Education Fair
This event allowed students to explore a campus university and see the facilities at the site. Over 130 university representatives each had a stand and information about what their university could offer each of our students. At the same time various seminars from midwifery to psychology allowed our students to understand a little more about the subject. Students came back to the bus armed with bags of prospectuses and goodies. Many enjoyed the experience and there was a real buzz about the options open to students.
In the evening we were delighted to welcome Leanne Bates from Lancaster University to talk to parents about the application process, going to university and student finance.
A guide for parents can be found here: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/parents-and-guardians
Tuesday 24th June – Visit to Lancaster University
As part of our partnership with Lancaster University we visited their campus to experience what it would be like to be a student. We listened to some advice from a current student about planning, researching and writing an essay, followed by a tour of the library.
The most exciting aspect for students was to see the accommodation on offer and to realize that standards are good. Some commented that it was like living in a hotel!
Many students were pleased to see fast food outlets on campus and spent an hour experiencing a lunch break in the sunshine.
In the afternoon we went to a lecture theatre to hear from Leanne Bates again. She gave students some excellent advice about personal statements and handy hints about what not to write!
We do encourage students to go to as many open days as they can and these are displayed in the 6th form working area.
Over the final summer term, applicants are asked to begin to draft a personal statement. This is for the section of the UCAS form where applicants can tell universities about themselves. This is the best chance applicants have to recommend themselves to a particular university or college, unless they are later called for interview.
In the autumn term of Upper Sixth, pupils complete their online application form and personal statement. Form Tutors write references using information from subject teachers and extracurricular staff. The reference is attached to the form and the application is sent to UCAS. Mock interviews are available to help pupils to prepare if they are called for interview.
In August when the A-level results are published, Head of Sixth Form Mr Whitaker and his team, as well as other members of staff, are in school to congratulate pupils but also to help and advise if necessary.
Application to Oxford and Cambridge
For many pupils, application to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge is a realistic course of action. Oxbridge candidates have regular meetings with a dedicated member of staff who guides them through the application process.
Oxbridge candidates 2015
We encourage Oxbridge candidates and all those applying to very competitive university courses to take an active interest in developing their knowledge and passion for their chosen subject area and extension sessions can be provided in all departments.