The University Application Process
At The Park School experienced sixth form staff provide thorough and individualised support throughout the UCAS application process.
At the start of Year 12 we identify career ambitions and help students organise relevant work experience where appropriate (for example at a local nursing home or in our own junior school). However, many students are undecided about their future career plans and are promoted into action when we attend a local UCAS convention in the Spring term of Year 12. Hundreds of universities are on hand to provide advice and guidance. The convention also attracts a number of large employers who offer higher level apprenticeship schemes. We then begin completing the electronic application after AS level exams in the summer term. A deadline for completion by the Autumn half-term is set, as early application benefits the students. The biggest challenge is to produce a meaningful personal statement.
We spend many hours helping and supporting students to ensure this document reflects their strengths and enthusiasm for the chosen course. When students are applying for courses such as physiotherapy, midwifery or medicine we provide extra support such as interview preparation, a mock interview with a relevant professional and reflective writing practice.
Not all of our students take the university route and time is spent in the second part of Year 13 identifying employment or apprenticeship positions and producing CVs.