Higher Education Applications Morning

13 June 2024

Our Lower Sixth got stuck into their Higher Education applications this week with our dedicated Futures Department leading the way. Our thanks to Clara and Yasmin from the Lower Sixth (Year 12) for their write-up.

The day began with some informative sessions run by Mrs Barnard (Director of Futures Department and Teacher of History & Politics) and the Futures team as they helped all the Lower Sixth students set up their UCAS accounts and begin the initial stages of the university application process. We look forward to the upcoming sessions on writing personal statements as well as the exciting, yet nerve racking, process of applying to universities that is to come.

The second half of our morning consisted of a speech given by James Darley who gave us an insight into the job market and the different routes we can take once leaving school. It was filled with up-to-date statistics on post graduate decisions. Although some of the statistics were shockingly low in terms of opportunities and success rate, he gave us tips on how we can stand out from the rest of the applicants. It gave us perspective on the importance of early work experience and taking advantage of the multitude of opportunities provided at Downe House that help develop our skills.

We all agreed that the event was highly beneficial as we were guided through all the steps to filling out UCAS. Thank you to Mrs Barnard and the Futures team for organising such a useful and informative event.

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