Preparation for University
PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY
We believe that an important part of our role at Raine’s Foundation Sixth Form is to prepare students for the next stage in their lives, which for many will mean moving on to University. We work closely with each individual student to help them to secure a place on the right course, at the right University for them.
Our Sixth Form staff have expert knowledge of universities and understand what they are looking for in prospective students. They work with our Sixth Formers and their families to help them identify courses and prepare tailored personal statements.
For students looking to pursue careers in Medicine or Veterinary Science we have a dedicated early preparation programme to help them to understand the application process; organise relevant work experience; and practice BMAT and UKCAT tests.
We hold weekly Careers Talks delivered by a wide range of external speakers, providing an insight into different career paths and valuable advice on how to get into them. We also work with students on a one to one basis to help them to prepare for University interviews and conduct mock interviews with our senior members of staff; and other internal and external experts
For students hoping to gain a place at either Oxford or Cambridge University, we have a dedicated Oxbridge Preparation Programme which provides support and advice specifically aimed at these universities. As well as organised trips to both universities (including an Admissions workshop with university staff), the programme also offers weekly tutorials with subject specialists and an opportunity to meet with former pupils currently studying at Oxford and Cambridge to gain an insight into life within these world renowned educational establishments.
The process of applying to university at Raine’s Sixth Form is something which drives the ambitions of the overwhelming majority our Sixth Form students.
Achieving attractive offers from top universities is a key motivating factor in A Level success and we strive to ensure that each individual is given the best foundation for the future. Our Sixth Formers go on to become very successful graduates securing employment within dynamic environments.
UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. A Level students apply to five courses (usually at five separate institutions). Each year, we prepare our Upper Sixth students for entry into some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
At Raine’s Foundation we guide our students towards achieving the most successful outcomes in terms of course choice and getting the best-fit university for each individual. Our highly personalised approach, led by a dedicated team of specialised and experienced Sixth Form tutors, ensures that each student receives detailed advice tailored towards their individual needs. Our ambitions for our Sixth Formers are high, and our students share these aspirations for success. The vast majority of our students receive all five offers from UCAS, in many cases receiving grade offers below those advertised. In some cases our students go on to receive unconditional offers. Russell Group and 1994 Group universities (the groups which represent the leading UK universities in terms of research and outstanding teaching and learning) dominate the list of university destinations at Raines.
SELECTING THE RIGHT COURSE AT THE RIGHT INSTITUTION
A dedicated and knowledgeable team support each student every step along the UCAS journey. In addition to one-to-one mentoring from their tutor, each student has access to the expertise of Ms Chandler (Head of Yr13) and the Sixth Form management team, who receive annual training at UCAS conferences. Dedicated sessions on the UCAS process are incorporated into the school timetable, ranging from advice on the nuts and bolts of the application, to how to produce a winning personal statement. The Higher Education and Careers websites also provides a wealth of information and our students are pro-active in researching their Higher Education ideas in detail before coming to an informed decision.
We fully recognise the need for guidance which is right up-to-date and focused upon key issues such as graduate employment rates and student satisfaction. The quality of teaching and learning within a particular course at each institution is of paramount importance and we ensure that our students can access statistics which compare courses at different universities alongside each other.