Preparation for University
After the Post 16 Presentation Evening in the Autumn Term of Year 11 students are offered what we call a 'Year 11 Surgery' where they have a meeting with a member of the Senior Management Team to discuss A level options, potential careers and university courses.
At the end of the L6, after AS exams are completed, the students return to school for three weeks before the end of term to begin their A2 exams. During this time they also attend a three day induction programme on applying for university, using the UCAS website, writing personal statements, researching university courses etc... as part of this programme the students go to a university open day.
From this point onwards students are preparing and researching their application forms.
Throughout the whole process they use the SFC, and the Sixth Form staff, as their point of reference to guide them through the whole process.
Whilst the UCAS website is a tremendous resource in itself, the SFC also contains any literature that the school receives from higher education institutes.
Staff recognise that applying for university can be a very daunting experience for a young person and hours are spent with them on an individual basis guiding them through the process.
All Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science course applicants have to hand their UCAS form in by the stipulated deadline (around the 15th October).
An internal school deadline of around November 20th is set for all applicants to other universities/courses.
- Parent advisor (Advice for parents about the career options for their children)
I think dividing people into different Houses is a great idea. It means you can make more friends, not just in your year group but right up to Year 13. I am glad my mum chose Durham School, its great!"
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