The majority of our Sixth Form students continue onto higher education immediately after Year 13 or following a Gap Year. Our advice is not solely focused on these more academic institutions; we have successfully supported students moving onto apprenticeships and art foundation courses as well as a huge variety of undergraduate courses.
Futures advice is provided throughout a student’s time at Uckfield College ensuring that students are fully aware of all the information they need to know at the right time. In years 10 and 11 information is provided on how universities use GCSE grades as part of their selection process.
In the Sixth Form we pride ourselves on having an exceptionally strong programme to guide students through the application process. We start in Year 12 with visits to higher education events as well as visiting speakers from various local universities. We then have a structured programme of support to help students to produce a strong personal statement before the summer holidays, starting with a “UCAS day”, thus relieving the pressure from the start of Year 13. All personal statements are checked multiple times and appropriate advice is given.
For students and parents considering applications to Oxford and Cambridge, or to medicine, we have a comprehensive programme which starts in Year 12. This includes interview practice, preparation for any tests that might be required of them, debating skills to increase their confidence and access to various conferences specifically aimed at these students. Medics will have a mentoring session once a week from the end of Year 12 with a specially trained mentor to guide them in terms of their knowledge, additional tests required and their personal statements.
Last year, every student who applied to go to university received offers from one or more of their chosen universities, with many students receiving offers from all five of their chosen universities. [Read more about student destinations]