UCAS Reference Information
The School Policy is for pupils to study either three A Levels plus an alternative qualification such as an EPQ, or four A Level subjects. In addition, there is a programme of Enrichment lessons and activities and support sessions for university preparation built into the Sixth Form Curriculum.
Since the full implementation of A Level reforms in 2017, no students are entered for AS examinations.
Predicted A-Level grades are based upon internal assessments and examinations as well as the professional judgement of our academic teaching staff.
In the summer of 2017, all A-Level examinations were passed, with an impressive 30.2% of all subjects achieving the top A* grade (compared with 8.3% nationally). Over half the year group (37 girls) passed all their examinations with all A* or A grades and 75.1% of all A Level exams taken were passed at the top A* and A grades. These results are consistent with those of previous years.
Higher Education Advice
Help, advice and resources from UCAS
Lower Sixth [Year 12]
|1||At the beginning of September, A-level subjects are checked to ensure that each girl’s combinations are appropriate to her career aspirations.|
|2||Form Tutors are asked to check that all girls in their Forms applying for vocational courses are undertaking the necessary voluntary work and preparation.|
|3||All girls are kept fully informed regarding pre-university courses, presentations and Open Days. Girls are encouraged to ‘get the feel’ of universities in their own time at weekends, half terms and holidays.|
|4||In the Spring, all Lower Sixth girls attend the Manchester Higher Education Fair at Manchester Central.|
|5||An Oxford and Cambridge Universities Conference is held, usually in March, at the Manchester United Conference Centre.|
|6||Throughout the Lower Sixth, the girls are encouraged to read university prospectuses and to explore university websites. Course guides are available in the Careers Reading Room and via various computer programs, CD-ROMS and a collection of videos can be borrowed from the Careers Department. Individual advice is available from experienced members of staff. The Careers Room contains a wealth of information.|
|7||Admissions tutors from various Universities across a range of disciplines give lunchtime talks.|
|8||In June, each girl completes a sheet detailing her interests and achievements to help with the preparation of her UCAS form and reference.|
|9||Towards the end of June, a University Representative holds a lunchtime seminar on Personal Statements for Lower Sixth girls. There is also an evening seminar for the girls and their parents to provide information about University entrance and the issues involved.|
|10||Before the end of the Summer Term, the girls register on the UCAS Apply website. They are strongly encouraged to prepare a draft Personal Statement before the start of the Autumn Term.|
Upper Sixth [Year 13]
|1||Subject choices are checked to ensure that they are appropriate for proposed University courses.|
|2||During the following weeks, Form Tutors, Heads of Department and UCAS referees will discuss with individual girls the suitability of proposed choices of course and university. During the completion of the on-line UCAS forms, Form Tutors and referees will check their accuracy and give help and advice as required.|
|3||Girls are told their predicted grades and the policy is to anticipate problems and to take appropriate action at as early a stage as possible.|
|4||The majority of UCAS forms are submitted by half term so that girls are able to benefit from early rounds of offers which may be made.|
|5||Each Form Tutor keeps a folder in which the progress of the girls’ applications is recorded. This is updated and monitored regularly.|
|6||Various sources of help and advice on interviews, and copies of interview sheets filled in by past pupils, are available.|
|7||When girls have received all their decisions from universities, individual advice is given to girls deciding on their firm and insurance acceptances.|
|8||On the day of publication of A-Level results, and thereafter, members of staff are available in school to give help and advice to any girl who requires it.|
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