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We have a comprehensive programme of support to help students through the process of choosing a course and making an application to University.  Past students also provide an excellent source of advice and insight into particular courses and institutions.  During Year 12 students are encouraged to investigate courses through work experience and/or reading around the subject.   Talks are given by Admissions Tutors and subject specific talks are provided by external speakers.

The timeline for applications to Higher Education is available here:

Useful websites:

Pathway to university

Website: www.ucas.com Details: UCAS – Organisation responsible for managing applications to Higher Education courses 

Website: www.prospects.ac.uk Details: overview of graduate opportunities

Website: www.russellgroup.ac.uk Details: Informed Choices booklet helps identify the A-level subjects and BTEC L3 courses required for degree entry at top-rated universities in the UK

Website: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/universities/choosing-the-right-university/teaching-excellence-framework-(tef)/ Details: Teaching Excellence Framework provides information on teaching provision and student outcomes at Higher Education Institutions in the UK

Website: www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2014/dec/18/university-research-excellence-framework-2014-full-rankings Details: Research Excellence Framework results presented by The Guardian. REF assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Website: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/ Details: guide to the top-rated degrees in the UK

Website: www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2018 Details: world ranking of universities

Website: www.universitycompare.com A comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

Website: www.universitycompare.com/courses/  A course search which allows you to see all of the different courses available and make direct comparisons



Pathway to study abroad opportunities

Website: www.fulbright.org.uk   Details: Fulbright Commission – studying in the USA

Website: www.astarfuture.co.uk   Details: A Star Future – study opportunities outside o

Pathway to Gap Year opportunities

Website:  www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  Details: useful government information for travelling outside of the UK

Website: www.kayavolunteer.com  Details: Kaya Responsible Travel – a range of sustainable volunteer and internship placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America 

Website: www.projects-abroad.co.uk   Details: Projects Abroad- placements in 28 different countries ranging from volunteering with children, conservation work and internships

Website: www.raleighinternational.org  Details: Rayleigh International- they use young volunteers for projects that have a positive impact locally and globally

Website: www.conservationafrica.net/  Details: African Experience – Conservation placements in zoos and wildlife reserves

Website: www.podvolunteer.org  Details: Pod Volunteer – placements with animals; building and community; conservation; childcare; education

Website: www.sportlived.co.uk  Details: Sport Lived – placements in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa 

Pathway to clubs, societies, and volunteering

 Website: www.vinspired.com   Details: Connects 14- 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in England 

Website: www.libraries.essex.gov.uk/volunteering-with-libraries/  Details: Essex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge – recruitment opens 24thMarch, 2018

Website: www.volunteering.org.uk/  Details:  Volunteering in England

Website: www.csv.org.uk/volunteering Community Service Volunteers

Website: www.volunteeressex.org/ Details: Volunteering in Essex

Website: www.dofe.org/ Details: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold standards