Leweston recognises the importance of providing individualised support and guidance to Sixth Formers, enabling them to make considered and informed choices about their future. Extensive help is available from the tutor team, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Careers.
Leweston celebrated another set of excellent results in 2021 with all our students going on to study at university or taking a GAP year prior to 2022 entry. Furthermore, half of our students gained a place within the Russell Group and many others going on to other top universities. Visit our Results and Destinations pages to read more.
The university application process begins in Year 12. Students are helped to find the right subject choices and courses, and research what it is like to work in a particular profession or field. Whilst it is important that students choose a degree subject on the basis of their interests, they will learn about the benefits of studying STEM subjects, as these graduates are in high demand across various industries.
Year 12 students are taken to the local UCAS Higher Education Convention, where there are a large number of universities, apprenticeship providers, and volunteer and gap year programmes. This is followed by a dedicated Futures Directions Day including workshops on applying to university.
Students produce a first draft of their application for the start of Year 13, when the Head of Careers works with the students to hone and perfect their personal statement. This ensures that applications are ready for the early deadline of the 15 October for Medicine and Oxbridge. However, it is beneficial to send all applications to UCAS early in the Autumn term, particularly for competitive courses such as Midwifery and Physiotherapy, as places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Where students are required to attend an interview the Head of Careers ensures the student is fully prepared, including a mock interview. Once students have received their offers the Head of Careers then helps students select a first choice and an insurance choice.
Later in Year 13 students are given help and advice on how to ensure their university experience is successful, fulfilling and rewarding. Practical advice on building a CV and a LinkedIn profile is provided, directing students towards a successful career after university.
This practical advice is equally important to students who decide to apply directly for employment, or higher-level apprenticeships and they are given assistance to produce a cover letter for job applications.
The school is also supported by our network of Alumnae who are happy to advise and mentor Sixth Formers, using the breadth of their knowledge and experience.