UCAS University Applications
UCAS (The universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the organisation that processes all full-time applications to UK universities and colleges.
It is an independent charity providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Their services support young people making choices after their GCSE’s as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
It is there to support you, as well as your son or daughter through every step of the application process.
Services provided by UCAS include several online application portals, a number of search tools and free information and advice directed at various audiences. This includes students considering higher education, and students with pending applications to higher education institutes. All students and their parents, legal guardians will be fully supported by the school at every point.
Whilst UCAS is best known for its undergraduate application service (the main UCAS scheme), it also operates a number of other admissions services:
- Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) – for performing arts at a UK conservatoire.
- UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) – for postgraduate teacher training schemes.
- UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) – for some postgraduate courses.
- UCAS Progress – for post-16 education and training.
UCAS sends all applicants a monthly Newsletter full of useful information, reminders, advice and competitions.
Careers & Personal Development
We maintain close links with a range of higher education providers and encourage students to consider all their options before making a decision about their next career steps. Those choosing to go on to university will be fully supported through the entire UCAS applications process.
Day students and boarders alike benefit from our broad enrichment programme which includes theatre trips, talks and presentations from our own academic departments as well as inspirational external speakers renowned in their fields. We encourage students to participate fully in extra-curricular activities including sport, the arts and voluntary work to leave us as well-rounded, ambitious and considerate citizens.
Careers support in our school has four essential and interlinked principles:
- Careers Education –a planned programme in the curriculum that gives students the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers.
- Careers Information –including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information and progression routes – facilitated by a range of on-line resources, including access to the National Careers Service, university research resources, the apprenticeships portal and a range of research tools.
- Careers Advice and Guidance –personalised help to identify long-term goals and to plan the steps to attain them – including access to advisers who can provide a careers interview.
- Work-Related Learning –experiences within and outside of the curriculum that help students learn about economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise.
The Sixth Form Virtual Learning Environment (Edmodo) has information covering topics including university applications (UCAS), careers, work experience, specialist tests, entrance examinations, gap years, apprenticeships, volunteering and student finance.
- University and College Admissions – ucas.com
- AQA Examination Board – aqa.co.uk
- Edexcel/BTEC Examination Board – https://qualifications.pearson.com/
- OFQUAL – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual