UCAS and University Support


From the autumn term in Year 12, all students are encouraged to seriously consider university as an option, and we have a variety of programmes which support this.


6th formers have the opportunity to engage in a local COMPASS scheme run by Roehampton University. The scheme runs throughout the two years and helps prepare students for university. Students who take part in the scheme are also offered a points reduction for entry to Roehampton University.

Visiting universities

Students are also encouraged to attend university open days and taster days. The Open Days booking system opens in December and students apply in the spring term for universities they hope to visit. We encourage these visits so students can get a real feel for universities they are considering applying to. Taster days and summer schools can be a valuable source of learning which informs and supports subject knowledge both at A Level / Level 3 and into higher education.

Higher Education Fair

Also during the spring term of Year 12, students are invited to attend the annual Richmond upon Thames College Higher Education Fair, which attracts around 75 universities, including London and other Russell Group universities from across the UK.

Personal Statement support

Towards the end of the academic year, Year 12’s will register with UCAS and participate in UCAS and Personal Statement workshops. These sessions are the beginning of the application process which continues into the autumn term in Year 13.


Students begin serious work on their UCAS applications during the summer break and in September / October.

Early applications to university

For those applying for veterinary, medical, dentistry or Oxbridge courses, designated sessions take place throughout September, to support their application for the early mid-October deadline.

Application deadlines

For other students, support sessions will take place throughout September and October to ensure their applications are ready to submit to UCAS before the Christmas break.

Art & Design students have the latest submission date at the end of March and will be supported throughout February with their applications.

Students can track their applications online and watch the progress of their submissions.

UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra is open from January to June; this facet of UCAS allows students who haven’t been offered a place to apply for other courses - students who need this facility will be supported through the process.

Results Day Support

Staff will be on hand during and following results day to ensure students have confirmed their places, or to go through the clearing process for those who have not been offered a place. Staff members will be on hand to support students who need to telephone universities during this time.