Lauren Harrison-Kracke – Current year 13 student based at Highbury Fields School
Subjects: A-level Chemistry, A-level Physics and A-level Mathematics at Highbury Fields School
University: Applying to University of Nottingham or Swansea University to study Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
“I have always been interested in how things work and how we can make things so when I found out about Engineering in Year 9, I knew it was the perfect subject for me. I am most interested in studying at Nottingham or Swansea. They both have TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Gold Standards”.
The process of making higher education applications through UCAS will be an integrated and fundamental part of your student life at IC6.
We aim to raise awareness and aspiration early on by offering Year 11 students attending IC6 partner schools the opportunity to participate in a university visit – each year a group of IC6 students visit Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University – and attend presentations delivered by university representatives on different aspects of university life.
Your sixth form tutor, careers team and your head of sixth form will work with you to help you with your application and personal statement and ensure you choose the right course and university.
Additionally we provide a range of workshops and presentations delivered by university representatives throughout the year on different aspects of Higher Education including: applying to universities and colleges; writing your personal statement; student finance and applying for Oxbridge or Russell Group universities.
We also have well developed industry and business links with companies such as the international law firm Slaughter and May who provide volunteer mentors to mentor students through the UCAS process advising them on the qualities and skills base employers are looking for.
The highlight of the IC6 Higher Education timetable last year was the IC6 Higher Education, Employer and Apprenticeship Fair held in March attended by representatives from over 50 universities and 20 major employers and employer organisations. Students were able to speak directly to university and employers about all aspects of Higher Education and career choice.
The progression of our students onto university is excellent and we are especially proud that the numbers of our students going to Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, exceeds the national benchmark for students from state schools gaining entrance to Russell Group universities.
For students applying to university the application process kicks off at the end of Year 12 with a week-long UCAS/HE programme. For those students who want to move straight into employment and apprenticeships, we have careers teams and focused tutorials to help ensure you make the right choice and are best prepared to take the first step in your career.