Applying for University
The North School is in the fortunate position of having a teacher dedicated to UCAS (university) applications as well as a specialist Careers Advisor. The process starts in Year 11 with information assemblies and workshops on university life. Students are given opportunities to visit local universities and experience academic study. The Sixth Form runs an ongoing programme of support which includes information sessions, workshops and visiting speakers.
We run personal statement workshops to support students with this part of the applications process and to ensure that they give themselves the best possible chance of gaining a place on the course, and at the university, of their choice.
When the application process has begun, each student has bespoke individual support ensuring they make appropriate applications in good time. The process is transparent as predicted grades and references are shared to enable students to apply for the most appropriate courses and universities.
Whilst the student is at the centre of this process, we recognise that the process of applying to university is changing constantly. We invite parents to a number of information sessions throughout the year where we attempt to demystify not just the applications process, but the ever-changing student finance and grants system. Representatives from local universities are often present at parents’ evenings to answer your questions.
The past three years have seen increasing numbers of our students opting to move into higher education at the end of their studies. We are proud that the majority have gained places at their first choice university and this number grows year on year, in part due to the support they are offered. More and more of our students are widening their horizons and applying to universities across the country rather than across the county.
As an aspirational Sixth Form, we encourage our students to aim high. Those wanting to make Oxbridge applications are supported through the examination and interview process.
Russell Group Universities
The Russell Group represent twenty-four leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. The North School is committed to encouraging students to aspire to these universities. Specific workshops have been arranged for Oxbridge candidates including support from Ashford School. Russell Group universities prefer candidates to study A Levels and EPQ.