In order to help with the choice of Higher Education, Coursefinder (administered by ISCO) is offered to all the Lower Sixth students. Much advice is given and discussions take place between students, parents, Tutors, Housemasters and the Higher Education Adviser. A full range of prospectuses are available in the Careers Library, a range of careers-related software is available on the Network, students have access to the internet, and visits to university Open Days are encouraged.
Virtually all students proceed to Higher Education. A large number of students apply to Oxford and Cambridge every year. Extensive thought and advice is given to the choice of course, university and college. All students now apply to university through UCAS Apply (the web-based application system). A great deal of time is spent on helping students with their applications. Many students apply to Higher Education post A-Level, and all careers advice is also available to them as Old Salopians.
Over the last few years, the most popular university destinations for Salopians have been (in alphabetical order): Birmingham; Bristol; Cambridge; Durham; Edinburgh; Leeds; Manchester; Newcastle; Nottingham; Oxford; Oxford Brookes and Warwick.
Over the last few years, we have experienced a growing interest in American universities, and that has translated into a small but increasing number of students applying to the USA. As a consequence, we have developed resources and an annual conference to support pupils in their discovery of the American system, and the application mechanisms. In the last two years, we have introduced a structured SAT Prep course for our students and we have also become an SAT test centre. The USA Universities Conference covers the key areas of information necessary in order to consider and successfully apply to higher education in the USA. This is open to students, parents and careers staff both within and outside the School.
The School also benefits from the presence of the Harvard Fellow, an annual scholar, whose personal experience of the US university style of learning provides a valuable resource for pupils who want to discuss possible academic choices.
To discuss Higher Education options, please contact the Higher Education Adviser, Mrs Dympna Nightingale (firstname.lastname@example.org).