Sixth Form: Higher Education
Updated: Fri 20 Jan 2017
Changes in the job market and the demand for better qualified workers mean that more people are choosing higher education as a post-18 option and this trend is continuing despite the recent increases in university tuition fees. A higher education qualification will generally open up wider job opportunities, and the possibility of more interesting work and greater earnings in the future. Choices are vocational qualifications such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs) which give you skills for a particular job or industry sector and more general academic degrees which open up graduate opportunities.
The Bishop's Stortford High School has an excellent record in helping its students to attain their well-deserved places in Higher Education despite fierce competition for places and requirements being higher now than ever before. Our results are clearly of the high standard required and are supported by strong UCAS applications that we ensure are sent off early, leading to the vast majority of students holding at least one offer within two weeks of submission. This is incredibly motivating and reassuring, allowing students to focus on their studies with a tangible goal in sight. Most students go on to obtain places at their first choice. The total number of our former students currently at universities (including Oxford, Cambridge and other elite institutions) is over four hundred and fifty.
The Sixth Form Management Team organises an extensive programme to help you choose your area of further study and it starts at the beginning of the Lower Sixth when the whole year visits Cambridge for the day. The Annual University/College Day at the School enables you to meet our former students who are now at university and to grill them about courses and undergraduate life. The Sixth Form Management Team arranges talks for the whole Lower Sixth by university admissions tutors, who can deal with specific questions about applications; Departments provide university-style lectures in their subject at degree level; Year 13 share their experience of choosing courses and universities with Year 12; all of Year 12 are taken to a Higher Education Convention.
Staff also provide individual counselling, especially important when taking the first steps in deciding what you want to study and where; the initial choice is so wide that it can be bewildering. They give you expert advice in filling in your UCAS form, particularly the personal statement, where you have to market your strengths. Those of you who want to apply to Oxford and Cambridge and highly competitive courses such as Medicine are, of course, encouraged and helped in your application.
The process culminates in Results Day in August at the end of your Upper Sixth where the Sixth Form Management Team and other members of staff will be in school to offer congratulations to most, advice to some, coffee to all, and, where necessary, to make endless telephone calls on your behalf to help you to secure your place.
Associated Higher Education Materials
Why Higher Education
UCAS 1: Guide to Registering - Registering on UCAS 2017
UCAS 2: Guide to Completing UCAS
UCAS POINTS Tariff 2017
Writing an Effective Personal Statement Presentation
Writing an Effective Personal Statement – Tips
Key Dates in the Process - 2017