Careers & Further Education
During your time in Sixth Form it is important to give consideration to what you wish to do when you leave. Many of you will want to make applications to institutions of Higher Education; others may wish to take a year out or enter full-time employment.
Within school, your tutors are always available to advise on further education and career choices. Verulam also has a well-stocked Careers Library and the Careers Co-ordinator is available to arrange a consultation with the Connexions Adviser. An advisor from Connexions will also be in school at various dates throughout the year.
All students are enrolled onto UNIFROG. The online platform has now grown to encompass apprenticeships and Further Education colleges in the UK, as well as US and Canadian universities, and degrees taught in English in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. UNIFROG both helps students and their counsellors with the whole application process – from deciding on a subject area and writing application essays or teacher recommendations, to building an application and sending it. The UNIFROG aim is to bring all the available information into a single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications.
For many of you this will be one of the most important acronyms you encounter at this stage of your academic life. It stands for University Clearing Application System and is the body that deals with all applications to Higher Education institutions in the UK.
During the Lower Sixth, you should commence your research (if progression into Higher Education is the route you wish to take). Use university websites and the extensive range of prospectuses housed on the library balcony to draw-up a shortlist of institutions you wish to consider making an application to.
You may then want to arrange visits to the institutions on your shortlist. To help you plan these visits, Verulam offers a number of sessions explaining how the system works and outlining key dates to consider. These happen in the first half of the summer term. You will then have the summer to consolidate your thoughts and work on your Personal Statement.
Reference information is collected from your subject teachers and written up by your Form Tutor.
Verulam uses the UCAS APPLY system, which is an online application process.
An overview of Apply, the UCAS online application system
Apply is an application system that allows you to apply online for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the UK. You will be asked to complete the following sections.
- Personal details
- Additional information (UK applicants only)
- Personal statement
- Pay and send
You will need to mark every section as complete before you can send your application to us. A good place to explore the application process is the UCAS Website: www.ucas.com
The Consortium also works with the University of Hertfordshire to provide additional advice for Higher Education application procedures for our students.
It is important to realise that, in the whole of this process, nobody will tell you what to do. You will certainly receive plenty of advice and support, but what you do with it is entirely up to you.
The nearest Connexions Centre can be found at:
St Albans Connexions Centre
(based within Oaklands College)
Tel: 01442 261511 to make an appointment or drop-in Monday-Friday 1.30pm –4pm
If you need addresses for other Connexions Centres please telephone 01992 556325.
Out of hours, Young people can make immediate contact with an advisor via e-mail or one-to-one web chat at www.connexions-direct.com. You can also telephone Connexions Direct on 080 800 13219 or text on 07766 413219.