Visit to the University of Warwick
Once the AS exams have finished, students are usually ready for a well-deserved summer break; however, before our students can relax, we make use of the final few weeks of the term to ensure that they are fully prepared for the challenges related to applying to university through UCAS.
The first week of this programme gives our students a chance to devise and carry out an academic research project based on a topic of their choice with the second week focussed on the nuts and bolts of the university application process.
After spending most of this second week drafting personal statements, researching universities and looking at different courses, we took the time on the last day of the week to conduct some hands on research by visiting the University of Warwick open day.
After a short hop down the M6, we arrived on campus right at the start of the day and were able to get acquainted with the campus before visiting specific departments. Students were able to book onto specific sessions to see what the university in general was like as well as what specific course areas had to offer. In particular, we asked the students to consider the positive and negative points about the university and what they liked and disliked. This way, even if a student wasn’t planning on applying to Warwick, they would still be able to use the day to provide them with a reference point to compare their chosen universities against. Particular highlights of the day were our campus tour, conducted by an excellent first year undergraduate student and the newly refurbished Chemistry department, which was clearly one of the best equipped in the country.
To finish the day, we were able to enjoy ice cream at the student union, with the sun even making a brief appearance! Our coach journey home provided time for our students to reflect on the information they gathered and has hopefully given them the onus to continue their university research over the summer break.