Budehaven sixth formers gear up for university

From Budehaven School:

Budehaven sixth-form students are continually being prepared for higher education.

This month, 55 Year 12 students are attending the UCAS convention being held at Exeter Westpoint. 150 national and international Universities will be present with their new course prospectuses, alongside gap year companies and Uniformed Services. There will also be information seminars on University life and finance options. It is an excellent way to get an idea of what is available at the end of sixth form studies.

Several students have applied to residential summer schools; these are great opportunities for high achieving young people in year 12 to get a taste of student life at a research-led university. The programmes balance busy academic days with enjoyable social activities. These experiences will give the students a good insight into their chosen career and prepare them for their UCAS application in the autumn.

Thomas Horn has applied to The University of Edinburgh’s summer school to read Politics and History. Jasmine Smith has applied to the University of Cambridge to study Geography; she is also undertaking a digital course with The University of Oxford. Eleanor Theakston has applied to study Law at Cambridge. Olly Holmes has applied to the University of Edinburgh to spend a week learning about Sociology and History. Lea Dumas has applied to King’s College, London to read Business Management.

The current Year 13s continue to decide where they intend to study in the autumn. The closing date for choosing a Firm and Insurance offer is in May and students arrange to visit university Open Days throughout the year.

Clara Trowbridge applied to read Physiotherapy and has conditional offers from Cardiff, Plymouth and Bristol UWE. Clara is due to attend an interview at The University of Southampton later this month. Physiotherapy is a highly competitive course and Clara had to perform through many rigorous interviews. Frankie Banford has received conditional offers to read Geography at The Universities of Exeter and Swansea. He is taking a gap year first, working and travelling to Indonesia.

May and June are the critical months for the Year 13s. Many students have several exams that last more than two hours. Enormous amounts of revision are required in order for them to achieve the grades they so want. It is a high-pressure time and makes results day so worthwhile when the right grades appear. Budehaven wishes them all the best for the future.

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