Confidence building is one of Ashbourne’s main goals as we believe it makes all the difference in helping our students achieve their best. Ashbourne’s Personal Tutoring System is designed to guide and support our students throughout their time at the College and to encourage them to become independent and self-reliant both academically and personally.
Sixth-form students’ personalised careers guidance and high levels of achievement mean that they take up successfully the higher education courses of their choice. (Ofsted 2018)
Each Ashbourne student is assigned a dedicated Personal Tutor who will work closely with them, their parents, their teachers and the Director of Studies to monitor and guide them in their academic progress, welfare and personal development during their time at the College.
Students meet their Personal Tutor weekly for two hours as part a group comprising around 15-20. During these sessions students have an opportunity to discuss their academic progress, mock exam results and any pastoral issues that may arise. In addition, a wide range of activities take place including supervised study, career counselling, study skills workshops, CV writing workshops, exam writing technique, and UCAS preparation. Research into options begins early to help students identify potential courses and university choices. In the final term students begin compiling a university application portfolio which includes their list of choices and grade offers, and special ‘UCAS days’ are arranged for students to register on UCAS, complete drafts of their personal statements and visit local universities including UCL, Imperial College, King’s College and LSE. Ashbourne also organises talks for our students by top university speakers including London’s Imperial, King’s College, LSE, UCL and UAL, as well as Bristol, Cambridge Exeter, Edinburgh, Surrey and Ravenbourne.
The focus of the Personal Tutoring System in the second year is predominantly centred on the UCAS application. Students have weekly one-to-one meetings with their UCAS Tutor, typically a member of staff who has experience in and knowledge about the area of undergraduate study the student wants to pursue, to go over their application and to revise and perfect their personal statements. The UCAS Tutor will be responsible for overseeing the whole process from start to finish. Students applying for highly demanding degree courses like Medicine or for Oxford and Cambridge entry will receive additional support and mock interviews. Following the submission of their university applications students continue to meet with their Personal Tutors on an informal basis to review their progress throughout the year and to receive advice on university offers, as well as any other issues.
UCAS and careers advice
Students discuss their personal interests, ambitions and academic aptitude with their Personal Tutors to help carve out the right career or study pathway. This may include apprenticeships, work placements and foundation courses as well as applying for particular degree courses or university.
On the whole, our students go on to further education. Ashbourne’s Personal Tutors are experienced UCAS advisors who guide and support students throughout the whole university application process from making the right choice of subject and visiting potential universities to writing a compelling personal statement, completing the UCAS form and preparing for interview. More than 50% of Ashbourne students gain places at top UK Russell Group universities and we offer well-established, specialist programmes to prepare students applying to Oxbridge, Medical School and Finance and Engineering degree courses.
The modern job market is extremely competitive with increasing numbers of young adults earning degrees. Gaining direct and hands-on experience in a working environment can provide students with a realistic understanding of what to expect once students leave university. Ashbourne helps students find work experience opportunities that directly relate to their chosen university course. We also run drop-in sessions where students can receive support on job application, CVs and advice on how employment experience can enhance university applications. Previous student work experience include placements at companies such as Barclays, Steelo, LovePR and KCW today.
Ashbourne organises guest speakers from local businesses and businesses from around Greater London to talk with students about work placements, internships and apprentice programmes.
Informed Choices is a website created by the Russell Group that helps students find out which subjects they require for different degree courses or which courses would be available to them based on their subject choices.