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Higher Education and Careers

At Rendcomb, we expect that the vast majority of our students will go on after A Levels to Higher Education at university. The choice for students is enormous and we help students to make that choice through a comprehensive planning programme. In 2016, 95% of pupils secured places at their chosen universities both in the UK and abroad.

Year 10 and 11

Students are made aware of the implications of their A Level choices for future intentions – both for a degree course and a future career. Students are encouraged to consider subjects at a Taster Day which we hold in the Summer Term for Year 10 pupils and discuss subjects at the evening event we hold for pupils and parents in the Michaelmas Term in Year 11.

Sixth Form
  • Students are introduced to the application procedure for Higher Education
  • Continuing careers advice is given through tutor periods and external speakers / training days. These cover the university application procedure: choice of course and institution and writing personal statements; wider options at 18 and employability skills.
  • Visits to university Open Days, the Oxbridge Conference and Higher Education Fairs are arranged
  • Advice is given on studies abroad
  • Detailed advice is given on how to fill in the application form to the student’s best advantage in impressing university selectors
  • Preparation for Oxford, Cambridge and other university interviews takes place at Department level
  • Advice is given on final choice of course from offers received as well as advice on university fees and student loans
  • An advisory service is available at the school after A Level results day to provide last minute assistance.

Throughout these stages, detailed information is available in Park House, the dedicated Sixth Form House, via Tutors or Head of Sixth Form.

Choosing a Higher Education course

Once pupils begin their A Level course, we provide considerable guidance on how to select the next step. Students are encouraged to discuss choices with Teachers, their Tutor, Houseparents and with the Head of Sixth Form who is responsible for Higher Education applications. Sixth Formers receive personal guidance on how to fill in the all-important form in the final few weeks of the Summer Term in Lower Sixth for when they finally apply to the Universities or Colleges they choose.