BCS Sixth Form is large enough to support an excellent university application infrastructure and sustain a critical mass of exceptional students who create a vibrant learning environment, whilst also being small enough to ensure each and every pupil is well known and personally supported to develop their own skills to aid in the University Application process.
In the Sixth Form every student is known, respected and supported as an individual. This helps make the application process to top universities more successful. The quality of their exam results, the depth of their preparation and a team of university application advisors help provide students with both detailed generic advise on how to complete application forms, and tailored one to one support with interview preparation, submitted work, pre-admission questionnaires and international applications. Our team of skilled university advisors collect detailed information on the latest changes to university selection criteria to ensure BCS students are always well briefed and prepared.
PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS
Our careers guidance for you is personalised. You have access at all times to the Careers and ICT facilities in the Sixth Form Area, which include a host of reference books and University prospectuses. Individual counselling and advice are available from the Sixth Form Team. In Year 12 you have to make important decisions about your future. At a time of increasing competition for entry, to both Higher Education and employment, all options have to be carefully researched and applications have to be planned ready to be put into action by the beginning of Year 13. To assist in your final choices there is a well-defined sequence of events.
We complement these events by talks from visiting speakers. Topics may include choosing a University course, student life in Higher Education, admissions policies including Oxbridge, scholarships and Gap Years. As well as this, we have close links with Bournemouth University, who regularly give advice.
The schedules for Year 13 students will be advised at the appropriate time, whilst. Year 12 students will be issued during their schedule usually in the following January.
UCAS applications usually open in the first week in September for entry twelve/thirteen months later. Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses always have to be completed in September in time for BCS to write and attach your reference so that the October deadline is met. Other courses have a later deadline but we encourage you to submit your form as soon as possible as Universities start to offer places upon application receipt.
Universities hold Open Days all year round and often take place on Saturdays, so we encourage you to make as many visits as is practical for you. Universities are increasingly making offers without interviews. They then invite you to attend an Open Day during Y13 which are often on Wednesdays. We will be on hand to help advise and guide you through the process.