Given that, traditionally, the vast majority of our students leave us at 18 and proceed into University courses, we are particularly well placed to provide advice regarding HE choices. Over 95% of our students become undergraduates and we continue to provide support for them through the UCAS system even when they are officially ‘OEs’ (Old Edwardians). Many of our students stay in contact and provide useful feedback on their undergraduate courses which we can filter through to help current students.
However, we do recognise that a university education is not for everyone and advice and help is given to all students who wish to follow alternative routes such as taking a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, or to study abroad or to go straight into the world of work. Please see other pages for more information.
The process of providing effective support for students’ choice of UK university course begins formally in the LVI when they begin their introduction to HE within Foundation Studies.
The purpose of this programme is to show students 'How to Research a Course'. Given the incredible range of undergraduate courses on offer, this process can be time-consuming and confusing. For this reason we offer, at the same time, an opportunity for parents to come into school to discuss the UCAS process in the Spring Term during our LVI Parents HE Evening.
Students receive talks on the admissions process from the Head of HE & Careers, but also from university admissions tutors. The link to the latest talk, from Bath University in February 2021 is here.
Students and their parents are encouraged to attend our University Fair in the Spring Term, our Careers Fair in the Summer Term and to join in our University Open Days programme (see separate page).
In due course, Sixth Form students are shown how to use APPLY, through which they will make their on-line application to the universities of their choice. At the very end of the LVI year, we take all students through this process and the daunting prospect of writing their own Personal Statement.