UCAS Exhibition

On Monday, Year 12 visited the UCAS exhibition at the NEC to find out information about the different post 18 pathways on offer after Year 13. There were a number of representatives present from universities, apprenticeships and gap year/volunteering providers who provided a wealth of information to help students make informed decisions about their future. Many students also attended seminars about student finance, the UCAS process and applying to Oxbridge. There were a number of other students present from other schools and colleges, which serves as a reminder that students must stand out from the crowd in terms of what they can offer prospective universities and employers by being committed learners and exceptional people. Over the next few weeks students will begin writing their personal statements and are encouraged to continue to research their options carefully by visiting open days, speaking to staff members and ensuring they are working hard to achieve the entry requirements for their chosen courses. 

Mr Miastowski
Head of Year 12

At first, I didn't think the UCAS fair was going to be very useful but it ended up being really helpful as I was able to speak to some of the people who were current or former students at the universities I wanted to go to and hear their experiences. It was really crowded but getting there early helped us try to navigate through it all. I attended the seminar about applying to UCAS which gave me some great tips on writing a personal statement and how to apply to university, which was quite helpful.

It was a tiring but fun day out and I would definitely recommend going to UCAS fairs to get valuable information (as well as a lot of pens!) on various universities and apprenticeships that are on offer after sixth form.


I was looking forward to the UCAS exhibition given that the last exhibition at the beginning of the year was so insightful. After the first exhibition I knew what to expect and how to take full advantage of the day so this time around it was only better. Hundreds of universities and apprenticeships and regular seminars throughout the day proved to be a valuable opportunity to get to know more about the courses and providers I was interested in. After talking to multiple people about the range of courses I was interested in, I really got to narrow down on the things that I knew would be right for me and I started to consider factors about post 18 options that I otherwise never would have thought about. It helped me to ask myself the questions that would really shape my decisions for the future.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the day and I’m glad I took advantage of the opportunity to help me understand my bigger picture.


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