Studying at our Sixth Form centre will give you opportunities to go anywhere you want – whether that’s university, a job or an apprenticeship. If you think university could be for you, take a look at our frequently asked questions and advice pages.
You can also read the following pages:
What is UCAS?
- Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
- Online system and application form
- Greater opportunities
- Potentially higher earnings
- Career requirements
- Hedge your bets!
- Courses – how many/how much?
- Typical offers
- Location (home or away, lively or not)
- Open days
- Make informed choices
- Personal details
- Personal statement
- Reference – subject teachers
Oxbridge/Medicine/Veterinary Science – 15th October
All other courses – 15th January
Ask your Parents to Help!
- Read early drafts of personal statements
- Make a note of the UCAS applicant number
- Ensure applications are sent early
- Avoid booking a holiday for results week
Taking a Gap Year
- Students should have firm plans as to how they will use this year
- Apply to UCAS in Year 13 even if you are taking a gap year
- Loans for fees
- Loans for maintenance
Help is available!
Suggestions for extra-curricular activities and the qualities they can demonstrate. Don’t hesitate to mix and match
- Member of school/local/district sports team (shows team work, discipline etc.)
- Part-time job at local supermarket/newsagent (ability to manage own money, work with the public, team work etc.)
- Helping with activities for younger students/children/at a youth club (responsibility, maturity, learning about how to manage/teach young people)
- Roles in school drama/music productions/choir
- Membership of local sports group/Scout group/St John’s/Duke of Edinburgh etc. (team work, supporting others, learn from criticism, good contributor to school/community life, leader, goal orientated, all rounder etc.)
- Awarded subject/other prize (good at what the prize was for)
- Organised fundraising (organisational skills, people management, awareness of social issues)
- Write games/applications/write for local or school newsletter/paper (ICT skills, innovative thinker, programming skills)
- Sixth Form Committee/school council (leadership, commitment, social awareness etc.)
- Set up a website (ICT skills, innovative thinker, programming skills, computer competence)
- Volunteer at a residential care home for the elderly/disabled (social responsibility, concern for others, insight into career)
- Foreign travel (broadened horizons, gave insight into other cultures, helped with languages)
- Interest in film/music/art (relaxation, creative side, interest in cutting edge culture)
- Socialising with my friends (just don’t go there)
Understand the Commonly Used Words and Phrases
Below is a list of commonly used words and phrases, together with a summary of their meanings.
- Apply: the online application system for applying for higher education courses. Apply and its supporting information can be accessed here.
- Clearing: a system used towards the end of the academic cycle. If you have not secured a place, it enables you to apply for course vacancies.
- Conditional offer: an offer made by a university or college, whereby you must fulfil certain criteria before you can be accepted on the relevant course.
- Confirmation: when conditional offers that you have accepted become unconditional or are declined. Confirmation is dependent on your qualification/exam results.
- Deferral: holding an offer until the following year.
- Entry Profiles: comprehensive information about individual courses and institutions, including statistics and entry requirements. Entry Profiles are found on Course Search.
- Extra: the opportunity to apply for another course if you have used all five choices and not secured a place.
- Firm offer: the offer that you have accepted as your first choice.
- Institution: a university or college offering higher education courses.
- Insurance offer: the offer that you have accepted as your second choice, in case you do not meet the requirements for your firm offer.
- Personal ID: a 10-digit individual number assigned to you when you register to use Apply. It is printed on every letter we send you and is displayed in the format 123-456-7890. You will be asked to provide this number if you contact our Customer Service Unit.
- Point of entry: your year of entry to the course, for example, 2 refers to the second year of the course.
- Route A: the application system used for all UCAS applications except for Route B art and design courses (see below).
- Route B: a sequential application system for specific art and design courses, where you can choose up to three courses and the order in which they are sent to your chosen institutions.