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UCAS & HE Information
The King’s School Sixth Form has a well-established programme for helping students successfully apply to a wide range of higher education institutions. All Y12 students attend the UCAS HE convention at Westpoint, Exeter in March. Students are then advised in their Y12 PSHE lessons about a range of options and usually are spoken to by advisers from Plymouth or Exeter Universities.
Students are encouraged to register for UCAS in June of Y12 and to visit a number of open days in the summer term. A UCAS information booklet given to students is on the website link. There is a parent higher education evening that the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form run in July of Y12, details of which are in the key dates section of the Sixth Form website and a copy of last year’s powerpoint is available in the linked documents.
In Y13 students attend a UCAS and Careers information day focusing on helping students make accurate choices, writing personal statements and completing applications using the UCAS website. Other careers sessions are offered for those students not looking to go to university. Students are also given their UCAS predicted grades as part of this day.
Applications are then completed by Y13 by the end of September for early courses (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and Oxbridge) so these can be sent to UCAS by 15 October. All other applications are due in mid-November so they can be sent before the end of the autumn term. Students need to ensure they have given out blue reference forms to their teaching staff to enable their form tutors to complete their reference – (downloadable below). We also encourage students to submit references to their tutors from employers, voluntary groups or work experience in order to give the best reference possible.
Students and parents are advised to explore the UCAS website and watch some of the video tutorials which contain a wealth of further information. www.ucas.com