For so many careers today, a university degree is often essential. Higher education can also give young people experiences, skills, and knowledge that benefit them in ways beyond employability.
Whether you’ve already decided what you want to study, or are yet to narrow down your interests, the process of applying for university places starts in sixth form. The application process is an in-depth procedure and at John Madejski Academy, we guide every student through every step to make sure they have the best possible chance to get accepted into the courses of their choice. In this blog post, we’ve noted some of the basics you should consider when applying to university from sixth form.
The number one cause for drop-out in higher education is the wrong choice of course. When applying for university, it’s important to consider four key decisions:
- What Subject?
- What Kind of Course?
- What Institution?
- What location?
In answering each of these questions, you will need to consider a wide range of factors. To help you make well-informed decisions that you won’t regret, our sixth form team provides one-to-one mentoring to every student. The deadline for university applications through UCAS is early in year 13. It’s therefore important to start thinking about your choices well in advance. That’s why we provide support from the beginning of year 12 through until the end of the application process.
Writing an Application
Once you’ve made your choices about the places you want to apply for, it’s time to start the application process. Alongside your A Level Results, university applicants are also judged according to their personal statements and often, an interview.
At John Madejski Academy, we provide personal guidance to help every student applying for university produce a well-written and competitive personal statement. We also provide a number of extracurricular and leadership opportunities to help our students put together robust and impressive applications.
For those who are required to attend interviews, which typically take place between January and February, mock interviews are also arranged by the sixth form team.
Making the Step Up to Higher Education
Leaving home for the first time to go to university is an exciting and potentially daunting experience. Alongside the learning done in classes, new university students also typically need to quickly learn about living independent learning.
In our sixth form, as well as making sure our students are academically prepared for university, we also provide a broader education to provide them with independent learning and living skills.
Every year we say goodbye to many students leaving for the University places of their dreams. If you’re in our sixth form and are thinking about attending university, remember that our sixth form team is always available to help you get to where you want to be.