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The Head of Higher Education and Careers, Miss Angharad James, supervises all aspects of the UCAS application process throughout the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. She has an office in the Thomas Blackwell Centre and students can make appointments to see her to discuss their UCAS application.

In the Autumn Term, all Lower Sixth students attend The John Lyon Higher Education Fair.  At this event, the boys are able to speak directly to representatives from over thirty universities and begin to discover that the same course can be delivered in many different ways.  In January, All Lower Sixth students will attend a visit to the University of Sussex, so that boys can learn more about the UCAS process and ways in which they can best prepare themselves for their application.

The UCAS Office holds copies of university prospectuses and there are computer facilities available for private research in the Burges Study Room and Wolfson Suite. Boys are strongly encouraged to do as much research as they can in the Lower Sixth.

Students are encouraged to attend taster courses and open days to help them refine their choice of degree and institution. They are, however, advised to try to visit universities during the holidays or at weekends, as attending too many midweek open days can detract from the essential task of being in lessons and ensuring they get the high grades they need for their application.

In June of the Lower Sixth, upon return from study leave for AS examinations, all students will begin working through the application process. The Head of Higher Education and the Head of Sixth Form will run an induction session on UCAS in the Summer Term. Students are able to start the process by registering with UCAS and receiving advice on completion of the form. Students will be allocated a member of staff to supervise their personal statement. They should make sure that they meet with this person at regular intervals to ensure that their statement is suitably detailed. Boys are expected to submit a draft of their personal statement to their tutor at the end of the summer term.

The application process picks up pace in September of the Upper Sixth year, when students should finalise their personal statements and university choices. The deadline for applications to read Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and courses at Oxbridge is the middle of September. Applicants for these subjects are strongly advised to complete their personal statement during the summer holidays of the Lower Sixth. Applications for all other courses must be uploaded to UCAS by the middle of October.

Students and parents are very welcome to contact Miss James (anj@johnlyon.org) if they have any questions about the application process.