Below you will find the timeline and information for the academic year 2017-2018.
During the UCAS season, June-December, a help desk is run in the Sixth Form every morning between 8.40 and 9.00 a.m. to help students prepare their university applications. Students should come along at this time or make an appointment to discuss more involved issues.
Students should send drafts of their personal statements to one staff member at a time, with subject specific staff and Personal Tutors being the first points of contact. The Sixth Form team of Mrs Mayles, Miss Cooke and Miss Toscano are all happy to provide feedback on personal statements too.
The internal deadline for all other applications is 10th December 2017 and it is our aim to send all applications off to UCAS before we break for Christmas.
UCAS Key Date and Information Booklet
Following application through UCAS, students will receive responses from universities. Some universities respond very quickly whilst others will take months to make a decision. Usually by the end of March most students have heard from all of their universities. The exception is often medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, with universities often not making decisions until early May.
All responses from universities can be viewed in the student area of Track on the UCAS website. When a student has received responses from all of their chosen universities, they can make a decision as to which university they want to attend. The first choice university is selected as a Firm choice, with the second choice being selected as the Insurance. Any other offers need to be declined.
Extra is a free service which allows students who have received no university offers to apply for courses, one at a time. Students search for courses on UCAS with Extra availability. This is a time for students to reflect on their chosen course, which may be very competitive, and perhaps choose a related subject instead. Extra is open between the end of February and July.
When students receive their results, they need to contact their university to confirm their place. If the required grades are achieved, students will see their conditional offer decision in Track change to an unconditional offer.
Where a student does not achieve the required grades, many universities will change their conditional offer to an unsuccessful decision. Students can then check their Insurance choice to see if an unconditional offer has been received. If no change has been made in Track on results day, students will need to contact their university to check their response. Universities have been known to accept students even when the required grades have not been achieved, but this will need to be checked on an individual basis.
Where no offer is received from either the Firm or Insurance choice universities, students can apply for a place through Clearing. Clearing is a service which lists all of the university courses which still have places available. Students will need to call the admissions department for each course they are interested in and make a verbal application in the first instance. The chosen university will then be given access to the student’s UCAS application and will often make a decision very quickly. All Clearing vacancies are published in the broadsheet newspapers on A-Level results day. Sixth Form staff will be available to help students through this process.
Open Days and Post-Offer Open Days
We encourage our students to attend open days at universities; it is really important to ensure that the university and the course are right. When arranging visits, students will need to complete a Sixth Form Leave of Absence Form in advance, ensuring all subject teachers are aware of their absence. Work missed will also need to be collected.
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