Ashbourne College held an Inset Day on Wednesday 13th February for its Year 12 students to discuss their future university applications. One of the great things about Ashbourne is that our students start to discuss and learn about their university application as early as possible so they can feel confident when sending their application through to UCAS.
In the morning the students had a UCAS talk, which was given by Amy Youngman and Sean Pillai, our Deputy Heads of Year 13, where they discussed the process of the application through UCAS, how to write the perfect personal statement and what they can do to get a good reference. Sean and Amy provided them with activities to get them thinking about their personal statements and they were also provided with a calendar of all the upcoming open days for the UK's top-ranked universities.
All our students are provided with a Personal Tutor during their time at Ashbourne, who will personally help them with their university applications. Our Year 12 students have weekly Personal Tutoring sessions to discuss more about UCAS and their university and subject choices. All of our student's application processes are accompanied very closely by their Personal Tutors and our Director of Studies, Lee Kirby.
Later on, they had a combined talk given by four of London's best universities including King's College, LSE, UCL and Imperial. Students learned more about these three universities, their differences, and what it means to be a university student in London. Most are familiar with the environment from studying at Ashbourne, but the session provided with a lot of helpful information about each university, their entry requirements, facilities and location.
In the afternoon, students had the option to go to other non-London university talks given by Exeter University, Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, Bristol, Edinburgh, Ravensbourne, UAL, and the University of Surrey, as well as an optional Gap year talk. The feedback was very positive from all students.