Into The Sixth 2013
How do I apply to universities? We offer you a full programme of advice and guidance on applying to universities and expect applications to be completed by the middle of October in the U6. After you apply, universities will hopefully make you offers: Two A Level passes (or the equivalent) are expected to remain the minimum requirement for considering university entrance. Many courses demand specific A Level grades (e.g. AAB). Some will specify a tariff. The tariff will depend on the grades achieved in examinations. (See box) An AS score is only included if it is NOT part of an A Level. Many points offers specify the subjects which must count and / or a maximum number of subjects. Aptitude tests also exist that may be required by certain universities and they include LNAT [Law] and BMAT [Medicine] Further information is given on Page 34 in An RGS Guide to Examinations and University Entry
What is a GAP year? At the end of their Sixth Form, and before going on to university, many of our leavers choose to take a GAP Year. Some universities and employers believe that taking a constructive year out between A Levels and university can have a very positive impact on your personal development. Moreover, a GAP year may be an ideal way for you to experience a different way of life, take a break from studying, earn money for university, gain work experience, improve a foreign language or just have an adventure! You can organise a GAP year in a number of ways. We help ‘Gappers’ to get in touch with the relevant organisations. At the moment there are 134 such organisations in the UK alone! The top 17 cater for about 4000 placements a year. We have particularly strong links with the biggest, the ‘GAP Organisation’ itself, but you should be aware that placements with the most popular organisations are highly competitive. In recent years, we have helped our students to organise GAP years in: Canada, the USA, Spain, France, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, India, Chile, Ecuador, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Malaysia and Russia. Many more students have spent their GAP year in the UK. For all, it has been a thoroughly worthwhile experience; for some, an opportunity they may never have again!
What about my career? We encourage you to consider a wide range of careers. To assist your final decision you will take part in job shadowing and the Head of Higher Education is available to help you.
Do I have to do Games? Yes. You will take part in Games for one afternoon each week. The range of activities is likely to include: athletics, badminton, cricket, cross-country running, dance, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rowing, rugby, sailing, table tennis, tennis and weight training. 31