Y12: planning next steps

After HSEs and A level Work Experience, Y12s will be introduced to the UCAS university application process in Personal Development lessons.  It is important that they attend all of these lessons as they will feature key information.

Around 90% of our Y13 cohort make an application to higher education, so this is where a lot of our initial focus will be. However, there is also support for students planning on applying for apprenticeships. We do recommend that everyone makes a UCAS application as a back-up, even if they have alternative plans. All students will be required to write a Personal Statement, as this is a key part of the application process for any job, apprenticeship or course.

There will be a webinar for parents and families in the second half of the Summer term which will cover the whole UCAS application process – details will be here!

Over the next couple of months, please support your child by:

  • Initiating discussion about plans after sixth form and next steps
  • Discussing university or apprenticeships specifically
  • Talking about possible career plans
  • Talking through subjects they enjoy
  • Reflecting on skills they have developed in Y12
  • Making a shortlist or plan A/B/C for when they leave LaSWAP

Please make sure that your child attends the UCAS Discovery Event on Monday 27 March! Make plans with them for on which universities and courses they want to talk to and discuss their thoughts afterwards.

If you need any help discussing specific pathways and requirements, please email me.

We have two Teams to support students with university pathways:

  • An Aspirational Team for any student wanting to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or another competitive course/institution
  • An Aspiring Medics Team for potential Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary candidates.

Please email me to be added to either.


Last chance to book: Y12 UCAS Discovery ExCel

27 March 2023 10.30am

Students cannot attend unless they have signed up. Please make sure they know how to get to the venue. They will need a topped-up zip card and must remember to tap out at Custom House! I will be leaving from school at 9.30am – they can travel with me or make their own way there.

Step 1: Create a UCAS Hub account

Step 2: Join our Booking

University Open Days

The first round of open days will begin in April and May. It is a good idea for Y12s to visits as many as they can. There are many universities in London and students can see a good variety without travelling very far. A few upcoming ones:


Y12 and Y13 opportunities

UCL and CLS Research for Policy Impact summer course
30 May to July

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies is part of UCL and is home to 4 national longitudinal studies. These studies follow tens of thousands of people and collect data on all aspects of their lives. CLS are hosting a 7 week course for Y12s delving into different topics using this data, including families, cognition, mental health and socioeconomic inequalities. The course is 2 hours per week for 6 weeks, combined in person and online, then one full day at the Houses of Parliament. This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in policymaking and politics, research, social science, psychology, statistics and economics, but there are no subject requirements. It also includes meals out and activities! Apply here: https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/cls-year-12-summer-course-harnessing-the-power-of-longitudinal-research-for-policy-impact/

UCL International Relations and PPE Evenings
24 and 31 May

These events will give you the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into what life is like at University, what studying a Politics degree entails and what a typical student day may look like.

You will have the chance to engage with the programme Director and meet current students for a Q&A session and take part in a lively debate! There will also be time to take a tour of the campus.

School of Journalism Newsroom Open Day
Friday 14 April

The day will include a tour of their newsroom and training centre, a talk with managing editor James Toney, a panel of students and graduates working in the industry (including POLITICO reporter Noah Keate and Sportsbeat multimedia journalist Megan Armitage) and a Q&A with our editorial development manager Lucy Dyer. Sign up here: https://schoolofjournalism.co.uk/free-journalism-masterclasses/

UCL Economics Experience
Tuesday 28 March, Elvin Hall UCL

Run by the Economist Society, this event is aimed at students interested in studying Economics at a higher level. The day will include activities such as taster sessions, an Economics primer and advice on personal statements and UCAS.  Register here: https://bit.ly/3lb3jIw

For parents and families

Careers Information for parents and carers
Westminster Kingsway College

These online information sessions are designed to provide parents with information and resources to guide their children in specific sectors.

UCL Student Finance talk for Y13 families
Wednesday 22 March 6pm, online

This talk is aimed at parents and will cover how to apply for finance, additional support available, the parents’ role in the application and a Q&A.  https://bit.ly/42j8E16


Work and Apprenticeship pathways students

University isn’t for everyone and there are fantastic opportunities available outside of a traditional degree. Y13 students interested in an apprenticeship pathways should start to look for opportunities now and request a meeting with me or Glen Thomson if they want to discuss further.

Apprenticeship events and opportunities

NHS Careers Challenge
20 March-20 April

Interested in a career in healthcare? Sign up to the I’m in Healthcare platform, complete the short tasks and message an ambassador. This is a great way to learn more about allied healthcare roles and make connections.  https://hee.connectr.co.uk/hee/

Arbuthnot Latham IT Business Support Apprenticeship

This Apprentice role is responsible for supporting the Head of Innovation and Chief Architect with a range of duties including documentation of key processes, tracking actions form various internal and external governance bodies and production of monthly reporting for Operations, Architecture and Information security meetings, leading to a diverse and interesting job role! If you’d love to find out more visit: https://careers.arbuthnotlatham.co.uk/vacancies/1407/it-business-support-apprentice.html?intapp=true

Laura Stanley
Pathways and Progress Leader