The vast majority of Kingswood sixth formers go on to university, either immediately after school or after a gap year. The Head of Sixth Form takes responsibility for applications to higher education institutions, working closely with the Head of Careers. All students receive individual attention from the Head of Sixth Form and advice from tutors and teachers to support them in making well-informed choices about their post-A-Level options. Parents are also encouraged to participate as much as possible in this process.
In the Lower Sixth, students complete the Centigrade Higher Education questionnaire, which helps them to make decisions about the subject areas they might consider studying at university. As part of this process, each pupil receives a personalised report that provides a wealth of advice about how to investigate in more detail higher education opportunities.
Students are encouraged to go on university open days and participate in taster courses to assist them in making decisions about their future. A comprehensive programme of speakers, talks and presentations ensures that both parents and students are fully prepared for everything that is involved in higher education and the UCAS process.
In the Upper Sixth, all students receive individual support from tutors and the Head of Sixth Form in making their online UCAS applications, including guidance on the writing of the all-important personal statement. Interview practice is also available to all, including those with particular needs, such as students seeking a place at medical school or applying to Oxbridge. As a result of this support, the overwhelming majority of Kingswood students achieve a place at their first-choice university.
The Head of Sixth Form is available throughout the year to discuss any matter relating to higher education with students and parents, and is also available to deal with any issues when the A-Level results are published in August. Students who have left Kingswood and wish to apply post-A-Level are also welcome to contact the Head of Sixth Form, who will offer the same level of support to that which is available to students currently at the School.