Guidance & Advice
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The majority of students join the college with the intention of going to university in the UK and so the quality of advice and support in making university applications through UCAS is of significant importance. Such help is readily available and extensively provided in order to give students the best opportunity of acceptance on a course that matches their aptitudes and academic ability.
At the beginning of the academic year meetings are held to advise on higher education courses and to introduce the UCAS application procedure. Students are directed towards useful sources of information, including university prospectuses, degree course guides and careers literature. Extensive use is made of database material on university courses provided by UCAS. This saves students considerable time in the process of selecting courses which suit their requirements.
Applications are normally made after detailed discussions with the Higher Education Adviser and Personal Tutor. Students are carefully advised in order to ensure that they are aware of the course content and likely entrance requirements and therefore make realistic and sensible applications. Help is provided to ensure that the university application form is completed correctly and that the personal statement is drafted as positively as possible, to maximise the chance of obtaining offers. The college provides an academic reference which aims to give an objective, supportive assessment of the student's suitability for the courses for which an application is being made. We normally require a detailed report from a student's previous school before composing a reference.
Once university applications have been submitted, students still require guidance. The progress of their applications is kept under review and advice given on how to respond to offers from individual universities. Where students are called to interview, guidance is given with interview technique and 'mock' interviews are arranged to encourage confidence, poise and effective self-presentation.
One of our main aims is to ensure that our students gain suitable university places and our help does not necessarily cease once the student has left the college. We are therefore happy to help students who need further advice once results have been released and direct contact with admissions tutors can often help to secure a university place.