UCAS stands for University and Colleges Admission Service.
If you wish to apply for university in the UK then you must do so via UCAS.
All students are required to sign up to UCAS, even if you currently think you do not wish to apply to university. We ask you to do so, as circumstances may change and students often change their minds about what they would like to do post sixth form. We also require students to explore all pathways before deciding on one, so you can’t discount university as an option until you have researched it thoroughly.
At this stage, year 13 students should be completing their applications and writing their personal statements using the resources that have been provided through the tutor programme.
The Sixth Form places great importance in supporting students in planning their destinations on completion of their studies in the Sixth Form. For the majority this involves the choice of both a course and institution as they take up a place at University and access Higher Education. We have a designated UCAS co-ordinator on hand to support students’ applications, as well as an experienced and knowledgeable team of form tutors. In addition to this year 12 students are taken to the UCAS Higher Education fair to meet with University representatives, as well as being granted days off in the summer term to attend open days.
University is not the right option for all students and equal support is provided to those students who choose to pursue other options including apprenticeships, traineeships or entering employment directly. We work with the national apprenticeship service and regional employers to develop employability skills and ensure students leave ready for the world of work.
Unifrog is a fantastic one-stop-shop for all post 16 options and careers advice.
It has many resources to help you decide which post 16 pathway may be most suitable for you.
You can research universities, their courses, apprenticeships, MOOCs and much more.
It also allows you to create shortlists for the options you are interested in, so that you can keep track in one convenient place.
You can also practice your personal statement on there, using their useful tips and breakdown and saving it as you go. Please see the personal statement section of the website.
Once you start making applications, you can keep track of those on Unifrog as well so you can always refer back to them.
Researching your Options & Degree Apprenticeships
Deciding which pathway is best for you post sixth form can seem like a daunting task. These useful tools will help guide you through the process, and help you realise what is important to you.
You can find very useful information on Unifrog. Please complete the personality and interests quizzes and use your findings from these to inform your research.
Loughborough University support
Degree apprenticeships have become increasingly popular over the past few years. If you’d like to pursue further study while gaining a head-start in your career, a degree-level apprenticeship could be the first step – without the price tag of a traditional degree and all while earning a salary as well.
Please use the following resources to research these in more detail.
Most students are entitled to student finance for university.
There are generally 2 different loans which you may be entitled to:
- Tuition fee loan
- Maintenance loan
Here is a link to a video which breaks down student finance, and will hopefully help to ease your mind about student finance. Please also so the additional financial support video on the page as well for even more guidance.
Nottingham Trent University: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/c/censce-research-and-finance
Year 13s are required to have completed their personal statement by the Christmas holidays in order to complete their UCAS application.
No matter what pathway you wish to pursue post sixth form, you will be required to write some form of personal statement, so this is an essential skill.
Hopefully you were able to tune in to the workshop which Nottingham Trent University hosted via Microsoft live.
If you missed it, here is the content which they covered – see the personal statement section on the website: