Year 13 Options

Year 12 and 13 Calendar

Note: If you plan to go to university following year 12 you need to complete this calendar in one year not two.

September – December (Year 12)

  • Non UK applicants take SAT I/II/TOEFL if leaving at the end of year 12
  • Request your transcripts from the Careers and University Guidance Counsellor. These are official documents involving a collection of reports and grades from year 10 onwards to be sent to the universities you have applied to particularly in US and Canada. Transcripts have a small charge in order to prepare and send in sealed envelopes through the school or independently. Please allow at least two weeks for a transcript to be prepared
  • Request letters of recommendations from two teachers, at least one related to the course you are going to study at university
  • Attend university fairs/meetings with visiting representatives

January - April (Year 12)

May – August (Year 12)

  • Begin to make a list of suitable courses and universities; you can apply for up to five courses in the UK and more in other countries. You need to check details on applying for your particular course for specific requirements e.g. medicine offer you four choices with one non medical
  • Continue to attend university open days and higher education fairs. If you are visiting the country you intend to move to for higher education contact the universities you are interested in to arrange a visit over the summer

May - June (Year 12 - AS Exams)

  • Research sponsorships and scholarships; universities have information and links on their websites
  • Discuss your academic progress with teachers before you break for the summer, this will enable you to identify any areas you need to work on
  • Sit any exams you can over the summer e.g. SAT and TOEFL
  • AS Results – August, determine which subjects to continue onto A2 level, resit or drop

September – December (Year 13)

  • Discuss any problems or queries about your choices and applications with your careers adviser as soon as possible this term
  • Be aware of entry test closing dates. If you have not sat required entrance tests you need to register and sit them as soon as possible
  • Complete your personal statement in your first few weeks of term
  • Ask your teacher for a reference to be written for your UCAS application. If you are applying to Canada, US etc please request approximately two letters of recommendations; these can be copied for each institution
  • Request transcripts to be prepared in school; these are official documents involving a collection of reports and grades from year 10 onwards to be sent to the universities you have applied to particularly in US and Canada. Transcripts have a small charge in order to prepare and send in sealed envelopes through the school or independently. Please allow at least two weeks for a transcript to be prepared
  • Complete UCAS forms online; your school will provide you with codes to access the online application form. UCAS applications open 1 September, apply as soon as possible you will start getting replies early. Closing dates are:
    • 15 October: Medicine/dentistry/veterinary science/veterinary medicine and Oxbridge
    • 15 January: All other applications for UK and EU students
  • All applications other than UK please check opening and closing dates for your courses. US have general dates of 1 March but many institutions have individual dates for courses

January – May (Year 13)

  • A2 modular exams and AS resits – January
  • Meet deadlines set by individual universities for applications to USA, Canada and Europe; South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have later deadlines therefore check dates carefully on individual websites. A useful website for advise is www.i-studentadvisor.com
  • Complete initial enquiries for student funding from your Local Education Authority (LEA) if applying in UK as home student. Check dates for any other funding associated with your courses
  • Continue to attend any university open days and higher education fairs
  • When you have received all your replies from UCAS universities confirm your decisions on first and second choice places, then decline all others
  • If you are not applying to UK ensure you have followed the application procedure on accepting places as explained on the individual university websites
  • You will receive information on accommodation after accepting your conditional or unconditional place at university; check the deadline for applying
  • Applications can refer through Extra for the first time – students without offers will be contacted with another application choice. Universities should aim to give applicants decisions by 31 March
  • Late applications can still be made through UCAS but you must state why you are applying late on your personal statement; you application may not be considered until June
  • A2/AS exams – May/June

June – August (year 13)

  • Ensure that you have confirmed your acceptance of universities
  • 30 June is the last date for applications for immediate consideration; any applications received after this date will be held for clearing
  • 6 July is the last date to apply through Extra in the UCAS system
  • August A Level results arrive. Please refer to information provided on results day and clearing

Note:

  • Make a copy of each completed application for your own records
  • If universities have not notified you that all application materials have been received phone, fax or e-mail them for verification
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