Applying for University

Preparation for Progression on from St David's

You will receive guidance and support throughout your time at St David’s to help you make the right career and progression choices for you. This includes: pre-arrival advice to ensure your subject choices are right for you, individual progression advice from your Learner Coach, Miss McLaren (our Destinations and Vocations Manager), and help with your university, apprenticeship or job applications.

In the Upper Sixth, each student is allocated a Progression Mentor. This member of staff is responsible for helping students make decisions about their progression and if applicable, guiding each of their students throughout the university admissions process; advising them on course requirements, encouraging them to attend university open days and education fairs, marking drafts of personal statements, and supporting online applications. 

All students have access to the extensive careers library, filled with up-to-date prospectuses and progression information, located in the LRC (learning resource centre).

 

Russell Group and Sutton Trust Universities

The Russell Group and Sutton Trust universities comprise of the top universities across the UK. They are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. St David's College students consistently gain places to Russell Group and Sutton Trust universities including King's College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, University College London, and of course, Cardiff University.

For further details on our Russell Group and Sutton Trust support, please click here.

 

Future Options & Vocations Evening

In the spring, St David's hosts an information evening for students and parents wishing to find out more about the vast array of options available to them after completing their studies at St David’s, including advice on UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The evening covers everything from personal statements, to student finance and the importance of work experience. Documents are also available in the Parents Area of the website, such as the Parents Guide for UCAS.

 

Work Experience

Throughout the year students are encouraged to take part in work experience at local businesses. Recently, three A level German students received placements at ChandlerKBS. They completed the whole week in German, gaining an understanding of the world of work and of the nature of international business.

Work experience is not only a valuable learning opportunity and an excellent insight into working life, it also enables students to stand out on their UCAS personal statements and on job applications. Various opportunities are communicated to students by email and through the College UCAS twitter @sdc_UCAS throughout the year.


If you have any questions about the UCAS process, Careers advice or planning for progression:

omclaren@stdavidscollege.ac.uk

There are also several useful websites with advice and guidance on Universities: