PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY
Are you thinking about going to university after Sixth Form, but don’t yet know what you will want to study? Taking two “facilitating” A Level subjects will keep lots of options open to you. The “facilitating” subjects are:
- English Literature
- Modern Languages
- Maths and Further Maths
All of these subjects are on offer at Bewdley Sixth Form. Personalised advice and guidance is given to each student each term in order to help plan your next step.
Oxbridge applicants receive personalised support from Ms Walters (a Cambridge Graduate herself) from the start of Year 12. This programme of support includes opportunity to visit the universities and guidance and visits from an admissions tutor at Oriel College Oxford.
Personalised support in writing your UCAS application is central to our success in enabling students to secure places at their chosen university and course.
All students who wish their ‘Next Step’ to be a University degree course need to apply through a process called UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Centre). Students are able to apply for 5 different courses; 4 if applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science. UCAS rules are such that applicants do not list universities in order of preference and universities are not allowed to know where these students have applied.
All Year 12 Bewdley students will register their personal details with UCAS in June. They will not apply for courses until all parties concerned (Form Tutor, Head of Year and student) are happy that this is the right post-18 pathway.
This timeline (and attached video link) will support you through the process
5 June 2019 – begin composing your personal statement. Form Tutors and Miss Walker are all on hand to help you plan and compose these. You are not expected to write this alone but you are expected to show your planning and writing in progress to your form tutor and/or Miss Walker.
5 September 2019 – UCAS applications open. BMAT – see exams office BEFORE Sept 30th. The BMAT deadline is September 30th.
15 October 2019– Medicine, dentistry, veterinary science & veterinary medicine, Oxford and Cambridge application deadline.
December 2019 (Final week of term) – Bewdley internal UCAS deadline. Serious applicants will stand a much greater chance of receiving an offer at a University of their choice if this deadline is met.
15 January 2020 before 18:00 (UK time) – UCAS application deadline closes. However Art and Design deadlines need checking individually.
25 February 2020 – UCAS Extra opens.
24 March 2020 before 18:00 (UK time) – Some Art and Design UCAS deadlines close.
30 June 2020 – Final application deadline for UCAS to receive all applications.
4 July 2020 – Last date for applicant to add a UCAS extra choice.
August (the Thursday before the GCSE results) – A level results day.
There are also a number of online resources to help with this:
www.ucas.com : University Courses and applications
www.ucas.tv : How to apply for University
www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/index.htm : Student finance and graduate opportunities
www.prospects.ac.uk : Official graduate careers website
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk : Alternatives to the University route
There are also some other general advice websites for parents which may be helpful:
www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean – Information on the new grading system
www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/family-advice-and-support.aspx -Worcestershire’s Early Help Hub
www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/parent-partnership-service.aspx – Support for non-curriculum issues
Student Finance – Useful information about applying for student finance
Student Finance Frequently Asked Questions – Here students can find answers to some of the most common questions about student finance
Which University – Get help and support with Personal Statements for University
Many other opportunities are mentioned in our Partnerships page, which include our Community Action programme, university partnerships and our International Curriculum. There is a bewildering array of curriculum linked opportunities for students to choose from, which are on the following pages and continually updated.