As with other aspects of the college, the CCSS approach to university applications is individually based, carefully planned, and supported by experienced tutors and teachers.
All CCSS tutors are expert in the UK university applications process, “UCAS”. Whether on a one-year or two-year programme, students are fully supported and guided in their university choices, meeting weekly with their tutor, who oversees their successful university application.
Preparation begins early, including guidance on degree choice and an introduction to the UCAS website. Those with the background to support an application to Oxford or Cambridge University, or in law or medicine, are guided by expert staff through the enhanced preparation required and the process of application.
Tutors offer guidance and information on other activities to enhance applications by widening experience and knowledge. Students regularly win places on HeadStart maths and engineering courses, attend workshops in law, chemistry, medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy, and enjoy university taster days for social science and humanities subjects.
Choosing the right university
This is key to gaining offers and achieving your potential. Admissions tutors from leading universities are invited to CCSS to advise students on making the right degree choice and how to prepare the most effective personal statement.
Students in the lower sixth explore their options with their tutor and then in the summer term register with UCAS to complete the first part of their UCAS form. With the assistance of subject specialists, they develop their personal statement into a working draft to be developed over the summer holiday. One-year students complete their UCAS forms by the middle of November, assisted by very experienced one-year tutors.
A comprehensive UCAS Fair offers opportunities for students to talk to admissions staff from all major UK universities and students are encouraged to attend University Open Days. Some of our students hope to continue their studies in the US and we facilitate this by working with the Fulbright Commission and taking these students to seminars and information events to help support their US applications.
Applications are completed early in the upper sixth year, planned to be submitted well in advance of deadlines and maximising chances of success.