Higher education is the goal of virtually all of Concord’s leavers each year. Leavers tend to apply to top class universities in the UK, often those ranked in the top 10 or top 20.
The figures on university admission can be found elsewhere on the website. Concord leavers also apply to universities outside the UK. In recent years, destinations have included the USA (Ivy League), Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland and Switzerland. Support is given for all these applications.
UCAS is the system that students use to apply to university in the UK. It is an online system that students access through Concord at the end of their 6.1 year and throughout 6.2. Applications to Oxford, Cambridge and to the medical schools are submitted before the 14th October each year, while the remaining university applications tend to be submitted a month later.
Students are guided through this process step-by-step. There are a number of talks given by senior Concord staff through a student’s 6.1 year, that give clear guidance on how to choose a university, a university course and on how to complete the form and to write the personal statement. Students are also guided by their Personal Tutor and by their Head of House as well as by their specialist subject teachers and by members of the senior staff team. There are also a wide range of resources available on Concord’s Virtual Learning Environment such as guides regarding application, courses offered, likely grade requirements, university league tables etc.
A number of universities also visit Concord each year to give talks to students: in addition to a number of medical schools, we also have visits from representatives of Imperial College London, UCL, LSE, King’s College London and from Oxford or Cambridge. Such visits are a further source of information to guide students through the application process.