Y12 UCAS Discovery

Monday 18 March at 12.30pm

Just as our Y13s are taking a break from UCAS, or Y12s start! We have reserved spaces for LaSWAP Y12s to attend the UCAS Discovery Exhibition at the O2 ExCel on Monday 18 March. These places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Students must sign themselves up for the exhibition.

How to register:

  • We are under Acland Burghley School
  • Use booking reference UCASBKN935717
  • Follow instructions

UCAS Discovery is a great place to talk to students, academics and employers at both universities and apprenticeship providers. There is a series of lectures and seminars students can join and lots of opportunity to research courses and institutions.

Most students will travel to and from the ExCel independently. If your child is not able to do this, please contact Shaquille Tavernier on stavernier@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk and/or Syed Ali on sali@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk to discuss arrangements.

Please contact me with any questions about UCAS.  You can find more information about Discovery at https://www.ucas.com/events/ucas-discovery-london-2024-438506

Webinar: Student Finance for Y13 parents and families

Wednesday 20 March at 6pm

This webinar will start with the basics of Student Finance, covering what it is, how it works and how much your child may be entitled to. I will cover how to apply, including what information SFE will ask for and how you can provide it. I will also discuss how repayments are calculated and how much your child can expect to pay back and when, plus time for questions at the end. If there is anything you would like me to cover, please drop me an email. This webinar is open to all LaSWAP families.  Students are also welcome to attend.

There will also be a session in Personal Development to help students to understand and apply for Finance. Please ensure your child attend all PD sessions!


Aspirational seminars

Tuesdays at 3.30pm at the LaSWAP Building

Sessions are open to all LaSWAP students planning to apply for competitive courses or institutions.



5 March

Introduction to Oxford and Cambridge

12 March

No session

19 March

Applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science

26 March

Note taking workshop

 Easter holidays

16 April

What is The Russell Group?

23 April

Super-curricular study

30 April

HSEs – no session

8 May

Choosing a university course

14 May

How, if and when to use university league tables

21 May

Referencing for essay writing subjects


May half term


02 June

Oxbridge colleges

11 June

Research skills and verifying texts

18 June

Writing statements for competitive courses

25 June

Working with unseen texts (interview skills)

A reminder that the Y12 Aspirational Team posts opportunities every week – lectures, workshops, masterclasses, summer schools and more. Email me to join.


Y12 and Y13 Opportunities

For potential medics

There are lots of opportunities coming up from students thinking of studying medicine and adjacent subjects. The application process for medicine is different to other degrees, so it is ESSENTIAL you attend sessions like these so you fully understand the process. There will be support from LaSWAP, but you must supplement this with your own research and study. Join the Aspirational Team for the quickest updates!

Medic Mentor free conference
Sunday 25 February or Saturday 2 March

A free conference for anyone considering Medicine at university. This is a perfect first step or place to find out more.

There is extra support available afterwards for conference attendees:

  • Access to medical work experience
  • Free 15 minute Zoom appointments to speak with doctors and medical students
  • Free medical extracurricular activities that will make you stand out
  • Opportunities to apply for medical school scholarships and awards
  • A detailed understanding of the application process to become a doctor

The day covers UCAS, statements, tips from medical students, entrance exams, interviews and more. Register here: https://airtable.com/appgXnyzN5ZD9Iwk6/shry7MZYtt3MGPjvO

King’s College London Medical Conference
Saturday 13 April

The conference this year is titled 'Paediatricians of the Future'. We will be hosting it as a collaboration with four top London universities  University College London, Imperial College London, St. George’s and Queen Mary University of London. Deadline to sign up is 23 March.

The conference is free for our Y12s with refreshments provided. The Conference will provide you with:

  1. Lectures by leading experts
  2. Opportunities to network with fellow applicants, medical students and doctors
  3. Tips and tricks on applying to medicine in our workshop for sixth formers
  4. A free booklet for advice on medical school applications to in-person attendees

Register at: https://forms.gle/5CcgsSBGzcKBG31b9 and see Instagram (for updates on speakers, programme etc: https://www.instagram.com/kclpaediatrics/

Widening Access to Medicine Taster Course and Virtual Work Experience
9-12 April

This is a free of charge 4-day Virtual Work Experience and Taster Course for Y12 students, designed to increase the applicant’s knowledge of the role of doctors and the training they undergo. The taster course will provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills, increase awareness of the undergraduate medical student experience and support students in their applications to study Medicine.  You need to be studying Biology and one additional science, and meet two eligibility criteria.

Imperial College PotMed

Imperial’s Potential Medics run brilliant free (or very cheap) conferences, workshops, intensive study sessions and lots more. Their sessions book up very quickly – follow their Instagram for the best access (plus interesting medical news!): https://www.instagram.com/potentialmedics/?hl=en

Other opportunities

Closing soon: Sutton Trust 2024 Summer School and Apprenticeship Programmes

There are a few spaces still available on Sutton Trust’s entirely free programmes. They are suited to students interested in university and apprenticeships and involve residentials, subject specific masterclasses, workshops, CV and application support and more. All costs are covered – even transport and food! https://www.suttontrust.com/our-programmes/

Careers and university fair at Highgate School
Monday 4 March at 6pm

Please see the attachment for the full list of exhibitors. The Fair will be 6-8pm and will be hosted at Highgate School.  Sign up here: https://form.jotform.com/230253294054046

Apprenticeship Opportunities

You can find the LaSWAP Very Quick Guide to Apprenticeships at: https://www.laswap.camden.sch.uk/Quick-guide-to-apprenticeships/

Laura Pearcey (Stanley)
Associate Director of LaSWAP/Pathways and Progress Leader