25 January 2023
Mrs Maria Young, Director of Higher Education and Careers
With the 2023 UCAS application process complete, Woldingham Upper Sixth students have already received more than 150 excellent offers of places on degree courses that will shape the rest of their lives. Before the Christmas break, we had a flood of offers but the system has now slowed down a little; many popular courses at top universities have been waiting for the UCAS Equal Consideration deadline (25 January this year) before considering all applications and making their offers.
Through the UCAS system, our Upper Sixth students have been receiving offers to study an impressive and inspiring range of courses, from modern foreign languages (one of our most popular degree choices, bucking the national trend), politics, physics, mathematics, business management, music, chemical engineering, sports and exercise science to media, international relations, computer science, criminology and pilot training – to name just a few of the chosen degrees. Students in the lower years are always encouraged by their teachers and tutors to reach for new opportunities and to make the most of Woldingham’s rich careers education to find their individual spark, leading to the rich diversity of degree choices we see in the Upper Sixth.
Warmest congratulations go to our successful Oxbridge applicants this year: Katy N has an offer from Magdalen College, Oxford to read Spanish with beginner’s Italian and Pollyanna P has an offer from Homerton College, Cambridge to read psychological and behavioural sciences. Interviews for medicine and dentistry are currently underway.
As in previous years, the most popular destinations for Woldingham students are consistently the Russell Group institutions: Oxford and Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Exeter, UCL, Warwick and Nottingham, with UAL, Kent and Loughborough also seeing strong numbers of applicants this year. Most of the international universities are still considering applications, but our students already have offers coming in from NYU, Boston, Dartmouth and Parsons School of Design.
It is now up to the Upper Sixth to turn these excellent offers into reality by ensuring that they meet their predicted grades in the summer exams: we wish them every success.
In the meantime, we now embark on the application process for our current Lower Sixth students and look forward to hearing useful insights about the application process from a range of universities at the upcoming Lower Sixth Higher Education Evening on Wednesday 1 February at 7pm.