Throughout the autumn term Year 13 students have attended a number of Higher Education activities in preparation for applying to University. The school welcomed Mr Dewi Phillips from Aberystwyth University and Mr James Brennan from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Both spoke to the pupils about their respective universities, how UCAS works and the application process. They also provided a workshop on writing personal statements which proved very useful for the students.

A number of students also attended a Post 16 Education Enrichment Course organised by Aberystwyth University and held at the Innovation Centre in Pembroke Dock. The event was targeted at students considering studying at university in a number of subject areas. Students attended workshops in Business, English, Geography, Psychology, Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Drama and Education run by the university lecturers, these provided an insight into what studying at a higher level would be like.

Two students who are applying to Oxbridge attended an event on Thursday September 29th, in Queen Elizabeth High School.  The event focussed on fine-tuning applications and preparing for academic interviews. Both students found the evening very information and after applying by the deadline of October 15th are awaiting responses from the respective universities.  Good luck Lucia and Charlotte.

This follows on from an event held in the summer where students involved in the Seren Hub were invited to Oxford University to get a taste of what student life is like for an undergraduate. Harvey Upton took the opportunity and travelled to Oxford with other students from Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. On arrival at Jesus College, the students received a tour of the College prior to lunch in the Great Hall followed by an afternoon of activities intended to assist students with applications to the most competitive of undergraduate courses. These included advice on personal statements and students’ super-curriculum, guidance on admission tests, interview technique, post-offer recommendations, ‘Tutorial’ teaching and wider student life; there were also subject specific lectures during the three day visit. Evenings were spent based around the college and also gaining an understanding of what Oxford is like beyond the college walls. A thoroughly worthwhile trip which will be offered again this academic year to Year 12 students considering applications to Oxbridge.

The final week of the half term saw Year 12 & 13 students attend mock interviews both in preparation for University and the World of Work. Those carrying out the interviews included representatives from a range of Welsh Universities along with those from WRW Construction and Carmarthenshire County Council.  Prior to the interviews students had spent time fine tuning their personal statements and CV’s and found the whole experience extremely worthwhile if a little daunting at first. The feedback they received will now help the students finalise their applications in preparation for the fast approaching deadline. A big thank you to Mr Dylan Williams and Mr John Selby for organising the event.

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