UCAS and Careers

UCAS and careers is coordinated by Fiona Templeton (Assistant Principal) with the aim of ensuring students are provided with the necessary information to make an informed decision regarding their future. All students in Year 12 receive a careers interview from a Federation approved careers advisor and in Celebration Term students receive a UCAS mentor, who will guide them through the process.

Harris Westminster provides a number of opportunities, which will help our students make a competitive UCAS application:

Lab talks
Scholarly Societies
Summer School opportunities
Comprehensive in-house support

UCAS

Students start preparing and thinking about UCAS at the beginning of Resilience Term, where they’ll receive assemblies on Oxbridge, Medicine and the UCAS process. Students are encouraged to conduct research into various courses and universities by using the UCAS undergraduate search tool.

Over the Easter holidays and Celebration 1 students complete a centralised spreadsheet outlining which course they would like to study and possible universities (although these may be subject to change) and from this mentors are assigned.

In Celebration 2 students meet with their mentors to discuss their initial choices and are asked to complete a draft personal statement for their mentor to review over the summer break. In addition, all students take part in a Personal Statement Day, which takes place on 5th July from Periods 1-3. During this day students will also sign up to UCAS and complete some of their details.

When students return to Harris Westminster in Remembrance term as Year 13s, they will meet with their mentor a further two times in order to finalise the following:

Their personal statement
Their course choice
Their university choice - dependent on predicated grades

Students pay for their UCAS application and once they press send this will automatically go to Mrs Templeton before being finally sent off to UCAS and their universities. All personal statements, references and applications are thoroughly checked by Heads of Faculty and Senior Leadership before being sent to UCAS.

Deadlines

29.09.17 all Oxbridge/Medicine candidates have their applications finalised and completed
15.10.17 external deadline for all Oxbridge/Medicine applications
02.11.17 students sit Oxbridge and BMAT entrance examinations
Remembrance 2 (until 15.12.17) all remaining applications are finalised and sent to UCAS
24.03.18 external deadline for all Art and Design applications

Predicted Grades

Predicted grades are ambitiously realistic and are based holistically on student performance over year 12 in a range of assessments as well as their End of Year (EOY) examination performance in the summer or AS (if applicable). If a student is applying to Oxbridge or Medicine, their predicted grades will be finalised in September. All other applicants have Remembrance 1 as a last opportunity to improve their predicted grades for their UCAS application. Predicted grades are non-negotiable.

Useful UCAS and University Links for Parents/ Carers

Oxbridge
Medicine/ Dentistry and Veterinary Science
Art and Design
US and International Universities

Destination Data (2017)

Russell Group University No. Russell Group University No.
University of Bristol                     5 Queen Mary, University of London 17
University of Cambridge 5 University of Sheffield 3
Cardiff University 2 University of Southampton 1
Durham University 4 UCL (University College London) 11
University of Edinburgh 3 University of Warwick 8
University of Exeter 4 University of York 2
University of Glasgow 1 University of Bath 3
Imperial College London 5 University of Nottingham 5
Kings College London 13 Oxford University 10
University of Leeds 3 London School of Economics 2
University of Liverpool 2 University of Manchester 5

Harris Westminster Careers

We aim to provide our students with a wealth of advice that enables them to make an informed and comprehensive decision regarding their future. At Harris Westminster we do the following to ensure your son/daughter receives the very best careers advice:

Every Year 12 gets a careers meeting with our Harris Federation careers advisor who delivers impartial and practical advice
PSCHE sessions which guide students through CVs and job applications
A mentoring programme with HM Treasury
Regular emails with summer school and work experience opportunities
Guidance on professional apprenticeships