Higher Education and UCAS
Thinking about Higher Education?
The Clarendon Academy recognises that choosing and applying for a degree course can be a daunting and challenging prospect. With the relentless media focus on tuition fees and rising living costs, many students and parents may question the value of an university education.
These are just some of the reasons students are still choosing University as their preferred pathway following the Sixth Form, courtesy of Cardiff University.
1: To improve career prospects
Gaining a degree can significantly increase and improve career prospects. Not only will students have a wider variety of career options to choose from once they have a degree but they are likely to progress much faster up the career ladder. An increasing number of organisations now require people to hold degrees before applying. Just under 50% of young people now choose to pursue Higher Education.
2: To pursue a vocation
Students often choose to study at Higher Education Level to further an interest in a particular subject, or in a particular vocation. Some careers, such as those in medicine, nursing, architecture, law, teaching and pharmacy, cannot be practised without a particular vocational degree.
3: To earn a larger salary
Statistics show that graduates earn significantly more than those without Higher Education qualifications. As a graduate, your options will be wider and you’ll find it easier to get into employment and to stay in employment.
4: To develop employable skills
A degree will not only give students in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject, but will also make them more employable, developing skills such as communication, presentation, problem-solving and teamwork.
5: To build self-confidence, independence & responsibility
University will also help students to build their self-confidence and independence, and to develop their ability to stand on their own two feet. They will have the opportunity to pursue different interests through the Students’ Union and will make new friends from different countries and backgrounds.
6: To pursue a subject that you are deeply interested in
Students often choose to study a subject because they have enjoyed it at school or college or as part of their leisure activities, such as music or photography. Taking a passion to a higher level involves commitment and will often produce excellent results for the students.
The UCAS Process
Whilst some students may come into the Sixth Form already sure of where they wish to go, the majority have given little thought to selecting a degree until Year 12.
At Clarendon Academy there is a wealth of support to assist with this and ensure that all students make appropriate choices and go on to fulfil their career ambitions. The programme timeline is detailed below
Documents for 2017 Entry