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    This week: Sixth Form Destination 2018

    Our students continue to achieve the grades to take up places at a fantastic range of universities in a huge range of courses. This year 182 of our students secured places at 42 different universities and a further 30 of them went on to art foundation courses at the major London art schools.

    Our other students are working and, or taking gap years. The majority of these will apply next year and return to us for support through the UCAS process.

    Here are some headlines:

    • 79% of places are at Russell Group universities.
    • 17 students gained places at Oxbridge colleges.
    • 6 students are studying medicine.
    • 31% of all degree courses are in STEM subjects.
    • English literature was the most popular choice with 15% of degree courses in English or English combined with another subject.
    • History and politics courses were also popular accounting for 14% overall.

    As well as more traditional choices our sixth formers applied for an eclectic range of subjects including Advertising and Brand Design, Aerospace Engineering, Diagnostic Radiography, Film and Television with Innovation, Korean and Japanese, Mechatronics and Robotics and Zoology.

    Overall our students are studying close to 100 different subjects and subject combinations.

    Here is the full list of our students’ universities:

    UNIVERSITY

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS

    Birmingham

    2

    Bournemouth

    1

    Bristol

    33

    Brighton

    1

    Bristol UWE

    1

    Cambridge

    10

    City

    1

    Durham

    2

    East Anglia

    1

    Edinburgh

    8

    Glasgow

    8

    Goldsmiths

    1

    Kent

    1

    King's College London

    3

    Kingston

    2

    Leeds

    12

    Leeds Trinity

    1

    Liverpool

    2

    LSE

    1

    Manchester

    19

    Manchester Metropolitan

    1

    Middlesex

    1

    Newcastle

    3

    Nottingham

    8

    Nottingham Trent

    2

    Oxford

    7

    Oxford Brookes

    1

    Plymouth

    1

    Queen Mary London

    3

    Ravensbourne

    3

    Roehampton

    1

    Royal Holloway

    2

    Sheffield

    8

    SOAS

    4

    Southampton

    1

    Suffolk

    1

    Sussex

    11

    University of the Arts London

    1

    University College London

    7

    Warwick

    3

    Westminster

    1

    York

    3

     

    ART FOUNDATION

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS

    Camberwell

    9

    Central St Martins

    5

    Kingston

    5

    Ravensbourne

    3

    The Royal Drawing School

    3

    The Working Men's College

    5

     

    Higher Education

    Nearly all our Sixth Form Students apply for higher education. As always, students who left us in July 2018 applied for a variety of courses, ranging across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Art College remains a firm favourite: some students are taking an Art Foundation course as a prelude to further study in a more specialised area of Art, whilst others are spending a year on an Art Foundation course prior to taking up an academic degree at a different Higher Education Institution.

    Many of our students choose to take a gap year. Some work for a period of time in order to finance travel to far-flung and exotic places; others go abroad for the entire year, either on volunteer projects around the world or to live in a country where they can learn a new language or improve their fluency in one already studied.  Others apply for internships which gives them the opportunity to experience working in an industry they are particularly interested in, and which may inform their choice of subject for undergraduate study.

    We take the university application process very seriously. A full programme of advice and guidance is arranged to inform and support students over the two years, enabling them to complete successful applications to universities and colleges. In Year 12, students have personal counselling from their tutors and also have access to a diagnostic test; the Centigrade Programme is run by Cambridge Occupational Analysts who specialise in the field of careers selection and advice for higher education. The system involves careful analysis of students’ achievements and aspirations, matching them with a wide range of available courses on offer in Universities.

    Our students and staff have full access to Unifrog, an online platform that gives extremely detailed information and guidance on HE progression routes and careers. Students can also peruse the careers bookshelf situated in the Sixth Form Common Room to browse among the hundreds of prospectuses sent by Higher Education Institutions.

    There is a special event in the Spring Term, ‘The Higher Education Conference’, specifically devoted to the skills of filling in the UCAS application forms for degree courses and guiding students on personal statements. The event involves a panel of admissions tutors from a wide range of universities. In the Summer Term we have our Year 12 Careers Conference at which students meet with a wide range of professionals and learn about their career paths.

    UCAS forms are started in the Summer Term of Year 12 and completed in the Autumn Term of Year 13. During this time, our UCAS co-ordinator works alongside the Head of Year, helping students to choose courses and universities, to draft and redraft personal statements, complete the online application form and to collate references.

    An intensive re-focusing programme is arranged for students in the first week of Year 13, entailing workshops run by representatives from at least 10 universities. There are also mock interviews arranged throughout the term as required.

    Last year, 17 of our students secured places at Oxford or Cambridge, 6 have medical school places and 79% of our students secured places at the prestigious Russell Group Universities.

    Elizabeth Kitcatt & Pip Schofield