An insight into University preparations

Lower sixth form pupils attended a two day UCAS Higher Education conference at the school to assist them with their forthcoming applications for university.

A series of talks, workshops and seminars led by our partners at leading universities, school staff and recent Old Stopfordians were organised to provide pupils with all the information they need in preparation for the application process.

Pupils were given information on details such as completing UCAS forms, personal statements and interview techniques and also met with their personal UCAS Advisors.

Guest speakers included Jenny Sloan, from the University of Manchester, who gave an insight on choosing the right subject and university; business communications specialist, Ben Woollen, discussed how the pupils might go about presenting themselves more positively at interview; Ania Partyka from Liverpool John Moores University discussed student life; and Elizabeth Farnhill from the University of Sheffield discussed study skills

Alongside our guest speakers, our 2016 leavers also joined pupils to give talks on their experience of the application process, their subjects of study, gap years and the joys of university life. This enabled pupils to ask lots of questions about life beyond school.

Parents too were given the opportunity to find out more about the challenges that lie ahead during a Higher Education Information Evening, which included a comprehensive overview of student finance from Stephanie Lee at the University of Manchester.

The final part of the conference involved a number of workshops covering a wide range of issues with sessions on the likes of Oxbridge, medical applications, applying for overseas study and gap years.

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