Year 12 and 13 students have access to careers and university application information in electronic format as well as hard copies. We have current prospectuses for all British Universities, guides for making university choices, curriculum vitae writing and gap year opportunities, as well as information on career requirements and job descriptions. There is a Sixth Form computer suite where students can access the UCAS and other related websites through our dedicated Careers VLE.
Each student has the opportunity for individual interviews with the Assistant Director of Sixth Form (Dr Hardy) who is a qualified and experienced Careers Adviser, having managed a Connexions Careers Centre for several years. Sixth Form tutors provide personalised help with all aspects of UCAS applications.
Potential candidates or students that show an interest are encouraged to consider applying to Oxford or Cambridge. From Year 7 a series of talks and events are held to inspire all students to reach beyond what they believe is their potential. Once in Year 11 students who may be considering an Oxbridge route will be invited to join our Oxbridge Co-ordinator on a trip to see and experience Oxford University.
The school works to an earlier deadline for personal statements and time is put into preparing for entrance exams and interviews. Mock interviews are arranged with external interviewers.
Each year an Information Evening is organised for Year 12 parents and students where a panel of outside speakers provide information on the Higher Education Experience and alternative paths for those pursuing a university based education. Year 12 students attend a Higher Education event at Surrey University when they can go to lectures on the application process and collect prospectuses directly from major British Universities. In the Summer Term, Year 12 undertake a comprehensive programme of UCAS preparation, including talks from visiting speakers, and write the first draft of their UCAS personal statement.
Throughout the year all students are encouraged to continue their work experience opportunities and to take responsibility for their higher education and future career prospects. There are occasional informal talks from visiting speakers on their jobs and personal career path, and students are also able to attend the biennial Careers Fair. Dr Hardy is always available for advice, encouragement and directed guidance.
Many of our Sixth Formers choose to continue their education on to degree level. Each year we have an exceptional number of girls who achieve places at some of the UK's top universities, in both the Russell Group and 1994 Group. Our cohorts' destinations have also grown to include universities abroad, notably in more recent years, institutions in the USA.
Assistance is not only provided to girls choosing to attend university, but also those planning to move onto an internship or a gap year. This has included positions at British Airways, GL Noble Denton, local schools including Bishopsgate and those reading intermediate Fine Art or Drama courses.
Please click below to download a list of the universities Maristines have attended over the past few years.