In the final week of term, the Lower Sixth took part in Pre-University Week, an annual event organised by the Higher Education and Careers Department. The aim of the week is to provide students with advice and guidance about the university application process.
The week began with a Competitive Admissions talk by the University of Surrey, and a Finance and Budgeting talk by the University of Bath, while in the afternoon students either visited the gap year fair at Dean Close or listened to a talk by Vince Pizzoni about graduate employability.
On Wednesday, students were taken on subject specific department days: Textiles students spent the day at Superdry; the engineers visited Delphi Systems, the scientists headed off to Arkell’s Brewery and Partheon, while Business and Economics students had a tour of the Coco-Cola factory and then visited the University of Buckingham – and this is just a snapshot of the fantastic trips that were taking place. These trips are designed to enhance our students’ knowledge and understanding of the subjects they are considering studying at university, and also provide them with ideas and experiences to include in their personal statements.
On Thursday and Friday, the students returned to College for a carousel of activities including: university and course research, UCAS registration, personal statement workshops, budgeting and finance sessions, cooking skills with Matt Leach of El Toro Catering, and the chance to chat to a variety of OCs about what university life is all about.
It was a busy week but the Lower Sixth should have gained a lot from it and will now be in a strong position to work on their personal statements and UCAS forms over the summer.