Here at Richmond Park Academy, we are already connected with various Russell Group universities giving our students an experience of University life to prepare them for further and higher education. Richmond Park Academy has run activities with a variety of universities, including: -
Cambridge - Oxford - Imperial - UCL - St George's University London - Middlesex - St Mary's University College - Roehampton University - Royal Holloway - The University of Sussex - Goldsmiths University - Kingston University - Greenwich University
Get started Early with the Oxford Scholastica Academy University Preparation tool
Oxford Scholastica academics have developed a free tool for students aged 15-18 who would like guidance on how to maximise their chances of getting into their top-choice university.
To access your free personalised report, go to https://www.oxfordscholastica.com/report/ and fill in a short 5 minute questionnaire.
Your Report will include: -
Tailored book, podcast and video recommendations for you, based on your interests and academic level, to help you read around the curriculum
Data to let you know where you stand compared with other applicants
Advice and recommendations for how to improve your university application and set yourself up for success
The Report will give you the edge in your university applications, and it’s completely free.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - extracurricular learning for free
In support of your learning, applications, and broader interests, there are thousands of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which you can work through, as well as accessing lectures or course materials.
Use the links below to access a vast and varied knowledge base to expand your areas of interest.
Staircase 12 - MOOC-list - iTunesU - Future Learn - Udacity - Coursera - EdX - MIT OpenCourseWare - The Conversation - Nrich Maths - Advanced Mathematics Support Programme - IHeartIntelligence - Udemy - MyHE+
Why super curricular?
Universities are interested to know whether applicants are engaged with their chosen subjects beyond what is essential for their qualifications. 6th formers can engage independently with latest developments in their chosen area, by using industry publications, such as these journals listed...
Super curricular suggestions
The Catalyst (STEM)
Springpod - university lecture hub
Direct experiences of university
6th form students have the opportunity to visit universities with their peers and independently, as well as take part in online events.
Oxford University offer the same, listed on their own Outreach Event Calendar
LSBU virtual information sessions
The Open Days website
Taster Courses. These are an ideal way to gain a real insight into studying a course at a particular university.
University rankings and latest news
The Times Higher Education website collates latest news and discussion relating to higher education. The Russell Group Universities are 24 research-intensive universities which are highly competitive for entry.
The Complete University Guide University League Tables 2024 rank universities using; entry requirements, student satisfaction, research and prospects.
The Guardian has produced its 2024 University League tables for universities in the United Kingdom. The Times Higher Education (THE) publication, has produced its World University Rankings 2022 as well as European University rankings.
The THE also produced it's Impact Rankings 2021. These universities represent the greatest hope of solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. The THE Impact Rankings are shines a light on the commitment of universities around the world to making a positive social and economic impact through their work towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Pure Potential is an online resource, written by graduates, for 6th form students looking to find support for their next steps to university, or into working life.
Compare student experiences of university
Dental and Medical applicants
Students with a desire to train at Medical or Dental school can find affordable events and courses through Medtalk. Various other organisations such as TheMedicPortal also offer events and courses for a fee. Many medical schools also offer opportunities to students from backgrounds underrepresented at university and in the medical profession.
Oxford and Cambridge University
Here at RPA, we are paired with Oriel College at Oxford University, and Homerton College at Cambridge University, and our students benefit from these direct links.
Students can apply for direct experiences at these two world class universities through events and summer schools. Cambridge University Open Days are advertised on their website, as are the Oxford University UniQ and Outreach Events. Places at both universities are highly competitive so students need to apply early for events. The Oxbridge Applications website has some free resources which students can register to access, in order to assist with preparation for an Oxford or Cambridge application.
Homerton College, Cambridge has a few useful links for prospective students: -
Along with these, identified 6th formers have the chance to take part in preparation programmes run by local organisations with a strong history of sending students to Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Entry Requirement search tools for university
Students can browse the subjects guide on What Uni and filter results according to entry requirements and more.
Discover Uni has data on nearly every university and their courses.
The Sutton Trust 2023 contextual offers tool is useful to determine whether you might be eligible for a lower grade offer than the grades advertised (based upon certain criteria).
Alternatives to University: Sponsored Degrees, Degree Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships & professional traineeships
Find a degree or higher apprenticeship
Examples of Degree Apprenticeships offered by various employers
AstraZeneca has an Early Talent programme and recruits for roles in Business, Science, Digital & Tech, and Operations
AWE - Electronic Design, Civil Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Nuclear Engineering (mechanical or electrical route).
BAE Systems - Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Project Management, Maintenance, Finance, Business, Aircraft Maintenance, Welding, Mechanical Engineering, Management, Design, Sheet Metal
Bank of England - Data Science, Digital & Tech, Economist
Barclays - Operations, Tech, Functions, UX Design.
Barratt Developments - Construction, Quantity Surveying, Technical and Real Estate.
British Petroleum - Software Development, HR, Trading & Shipping
BT - Research, Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure, Network Engineer and Software Engineer.
CGI - Software Development / Engineering
Dentons - Solicitor Apprenticeship
DLA Piper - Solicitor and Paralegal Apprenticeships
Eversheds - Solicitor Apprenticeship
Experian - DevOps, Operations Management, Project Management, Junior Developer
Fujitsu - Cyber Security, Data Analyst, Software Developer, Defence
Goldman Sachs - Engineering
IBM - Chartered Business Management, Design, Digital & Tech Solutions
Jaguar Land Rover - Digital & Tech Solutions, Engineering, Supply Chain Logistics, Finance
McDonalds - Management
Ministry of Defence - Defence Equipment & Support
Morgan Stanley - Operations
National Audit Office - Chartered Accountancy
Pfizer - HR, Engineering, Technician Scientist, Laboratory Scientist, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Project Management, Business Administration, Procurement, Finance, Legal, Science Manufacturing Technician
PWC - Accounting, Technology, Business Management
Rolls Royce - Commercial, Digital & Tech Solutions, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Laboratory, Non-Destructive Testing, Procurement, Project Management, Supply Chain Management
Schneider Electric - Project & Services, Industrial / Manufacturing, Management, Marketing, Sales.
Transport for London - various roles
TUI - Aviation, IT, Commercial Tourism, Dual Study
Willis Towers Watson - Level 4+ apprenticeships in insurance, actuarial science, pensions, data analysis, corporate risk and more.
Kickstart my Career is a range of courses written by young people ages 18-24 for young people. The courses cover: Professional Profile, Applications, Interviews and Next Steps and you can buy the course individually for £29
What to do with your degree & graduate employers
If you are wondering what kind of salary you might have after studying a particular degree, or the type of career you might get into, visit the Prospects site Options with your subject for an overview of degree sectors and what graduates can go to to after course completion.
Additionally, you can visit What do graduates do? for their 2021/22 report with up to date statistics about graduate employment, six months after completing university.
Once students have graduated there are plenty of graduate employment schemes available. Target Jobs publishes The UK 300 for the most popular graduate employers.
Budgeting and applying for Student Finance
You can use the UCAS Budgeting tool to plan your monthly budget for university. Money Saving Expert has a Mythbuster for students, and Save The Student has an array of useful tools for students planning ahead for university.
Apply for student finance through the Student Finance England website before 31st May for courses starting between August-December.
You can apply for: -
Tuition Fee Loans
Advanced Learner Loans
Scholarships & Bursaries
Check out TheScholarshipHub for UK scholarships, grants or bursaries available for UK/EU students. Scholarships available based on a wide range of eligibility criteria, such as academic merit, financial need, special skills and abilities, what your parents do, where you live and more. Read the Scholarships Fact Sheet. Additionally the Mo app helps students to source grants and scholarships suitable for them.
The Guardian have produced a list of universities which offer some of the best scholarships (published in 2015) and the BBC published an article in August 2016 about 10 Alternative Ways to fund your degree.
Easyfundraising allows friends and family to add to your uni funds when they shop online, at no extra cost to them.
For disabled students (Physical health, mental health, specific learning difficulty), the Government offers information for financial support.
Repayment of loans
You can use the Student Finance Calculator to see how much you will really pay as a result of university tuition fees.
This table shows what your repayments could be, once you are earning. You'll repay the same amount each month, depending on what you earn.
The BBC discusses tuition fees for universities in the USA and asks the question: Is it really worth it?
Writing a Personal Statement for UCAS
This 37 minute video from experts at Imperial College London covers how to make your personal statement stand out above the rest.
Roehampton University website has tips for writing a personal statement for UCAS.
UCAS have put together a series of tips for Personal Statements by SUBJECT
Personal Statement Builders
These tools are available to help kick-start the process of writing a statement:
For any Year 13 students concerned that they may miss their required grades for university, UCAS and WhatUni show courses available through Clearing. Clearing is open between July and mid-October and courses with available spaces are updated on these websites from July onward.
For students considering studying abroad: -
The University Guys have guides for studying in the USA, Canada and Europe.
Go International is a source of very useful information with a variety of contacts.
The Turing Scheme offers UK students educational and work placements and exchanges across the world.
Eunicas (European University Central Application Support Service) allows UK students to apply directly to European universities where degree courses are taught in the English language.
Study in Europe allows students to search for European courses taught in English, as well as comparing courses fees for students from both EU and non-EU countries.
The University Guys produced a webinar talking you through what you might actually study at a USA university.
For parents who are planning ahead, the HE Parents Guide offers clear and concise information for parents about: -
The UCAS application process
Direct links to
all undergraduate courses
information on university websites specifically for parents and carers
scholarships and bursaries
Information and links for study abroad
Links and resources to find out more
Students requiring extra support
EmployAbility assist 6th formers, university students and graduates who are disabled, have long-term illnesses, mental health issues or dyslexia - to smooth their transition into the workplace.
The company offers free guidance and advice on: recruitment, transition into the workplace, disclosing your disability, writing an effective CV and success at interviews and assessment centre exercises.
The company also help individuals to gain internships, work placements and graduate opportunities with companies such as: Google, Goldman Sachs, Reed Smith, National Audit Office, FCA, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Shell, Morgan Stanley.
Year in Industry (YINI) is for students who have completed their A Levels and want a year paid employment in a STEM industry. Applications are open all year round, but students who apply earlier are more likely to gain a successful placement.
The notgoingtouni website has gap year information and is a useful tool for students to access.
Students with a disability considering take a Gap Year, might find the DisabledGapYears website very useful. Although the primary aim of the site, is to inform students with disabilities about taking a gap year, the information will be useful to any student considering a gap year.