Applications to Universities in the United Kingdom can seem fairly daunting, with over 35,000 courses available at nearly 400 institutions. However, Radnor House Sevenoaks makes the application process straightforward and simple with guidance every step of the way and lots of tips and hints for applicants.
During your time in the Sixth Form you will be encouraged to give your future plans careful consideration and taken through application processes for University and Higher Education courses or into the world of work.
At Radnor House Sevenoaks we pride ourselves on the quality and outcomes of our University application service: for the past 6 years, 100% of leavers have gained access to their first choice institution, including many Russell Group Universities. Whilst you will always be pushed to excel and achieve your very best, our success here is very much down to helping you research and apply for the right course at the right University for you.
Our University Preparation Programme starts early. As applications are made at the end of Year 12, candidates need to have demonstrated not only genuine academic achievement and potential but equally, evidence of a passion for a particular area of study. As the saying goes ‘well done is better than well said’ and for this reason we strongly suggest our Year 11 students begin that process of gathering knowledge and experiences which set them apart from their competitors.
Our comprehensive University Preparation Programme includes:
- Information sessions for both students and parents at key points during the process
- Networking evening: a chance to meet and make connections with adults from a wide variety of career areas
- Rigorous work on preparation and completion of personal statements
- Regular discussions with students on the progress of applications
- A group visit to Oxford or Cambridge University
- Development and collation of portfolios of work
- Relevant work experience which makes a genuine contribution to an application
- Mock interviews with specialists from both outside and within Radnor House Sevenoaks
Specialist University Programme
Where students wish to apply to the most competitive courses and the most prestigious Universities with unusual entry requirements, Radnor House Sevenoaks is committed to providing additional support, guidance and tutorship.
The SUP aims to broaden the learning experience of those students with exceptional academic ability or potential relative to their peer group and to develop their independent learning skills in preparation for a specialist university UCAS application. The specialist universities included in the SUP are The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, any international University and any University offering Medicine, Veterinary Studies or Dentistry.
How does the programme work?
All students enrolled in the SUP attend regular meetings with either the Oxbridge Coordinator or the Director of Sixth Form starting in September of Year 12. These meetings take place on a one-to-one basis and ensure that appropriate provision and support is in place for the requirements that a UCAS application to one of the Specialist Universities entails. Individualised support programmes are tailored to the SUP student’s particular needs regarding their chosen University and course. This includes research tasks regarding University course content, wider reading around A level and undergraduate topics, University admission test preparation (BMAT, UKCAT, STEP, MAT, SAT, HAT etc.), Personal Statement advice and interview preparation with practice interviews conducted by subject specialists in both Year 12 and Year 13.
Radnor House Sevenoaks has strong links with both Cambridge and Oxford with many of the staff having spent time studying at one of these prestigious institutions. Annual visits to Cambridge and Oxford take place in the Autumn and Spring terms respectively. SUP students have the chance to visit colleges in both cities and will gain access to areas usually off-limits to the public. They meet current undergraduates who have successfully been through the rigours of an Oxbridge application in the very recent past and have the opportunity to pick the brains of current professors and tutors working at the Oxbridge colleges. These visits provide a unique experience, not only inspiring our SUP students but also providing them with useful and current advice on how to give themselves the best chance of making a successful Oxbridge application.