How to apply for post 18 courses
After Sixth Form, you have a range of options available to you, including university, an apprenticeship, joining the world of work, volunteering, or going on a gap year.
If you are applying for university, is important to make sure you’re confident with your choice of course, and your choice of university. There are many ways in which to do this; first you can check UCAS to look at which universities offer courses that you are interested in, and what the entry requirements will be. You could also check university league tables; make sure you look at rankings for your specific subject, as well as rankings for overall student experience. Additionally, you should consider the location of the university, and how far you are willing to move away from home. The best way to get a ‘feel’ for each university is to visit them on Open Days. Dates for these can be found on university websites. Make the most of this experience!
To apply to university, you will need a strong personal statement. The earlier you start this, the better! It is your chance to ‘sell yourself’ to the universities you apply to, to make sure that they pick you over the hundreds of other students applying for the same course. For help and advice on writing your personal statement, please see any of the sixth form team, or Mrs Pollard. In the meantime, more information can be found here.
For information about apprenticeships, please see the ‘Apprenticeships’ tab on this website. Degree apprenticeships are expanding year upon year, and will allow you to gain your degree whilst also gaining industry experience (and a salary!), so are definitely a strong option for Post-18.
If you are going straight into the workforce, you will need a CV ready, to help you apply for jobs. Information on writing a CV can be found here.
Interview tips can be found here.
If you require any assistance with your application, no matter where it is for, please see Mrs Pollard in room 28, or email.