Life Beyond School

Most of you will want to maximise your employability by attending a top university, asking for grades of AAB and above; the most

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competitive courses will require A*AA. Even those with lower offers will require a concerted effort to secure places.

Choose a course you want to study, then a place to study and convince them you deserve to gain a place.

Start your preparation here!

http://www.nottinghamhigh.co.uk/senior-school/sixthform/moving-on-ucas-careers/ucas-documentation/

Not sure what to study yet?

Use UCAS website to investigate courses.

Become informed – read newspapers/watch news.

Read around your subjects – Economist, New Scientist, Geography Review, History Today.

Enter essay competitions.

Listen to Radio 4 (Reith Lectures, for example).

Develop communication skills – Debating Society, Politics Society, Friday Forum, Enrichment courses.

Know what you want to study?

As above, plus:

Work experience/shadowing – write to companies, use family contacts, school contacts.  Desirable for all chosen courses, VITAL for some: medical-based courses, law and vocational courses.

http://www.nottsworkforce.nhs.uk/index.php/work-experience/nottingham-university-hospitals-nhs-trust

Possible test preparation: TSA, UKCAT – develop Thinking Skills.

Essential to read beyond the specification: refer to your department for guidance.

Are there courses to attend?

Vocational (Medsim, Lawsix), Futurewise courses http://www.myfuturewise.org.uk/courses_and_events.aspx.

Subject extension courses e.g. Headstart  www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/courses.cfm#LEP, Villiers Park.

NTU and Nottingham University lecture programme, University open days – check website  www.opendays.com.

Royal Societies – Lectures.

In conclusion.

Visit universities and ask questions; investigate departmental websites for details of courses, specific entry requirements.

Even if you don’t want to commit to residential courses, READ & RESEARCH about your intended subject.

WORK your hardest to get high AS grades – they will be declared in August before you apply and high grades will give you more options.

by Miss Gritti

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