Term 1 is always a busy one for the sixth form staff and students at GIS. In addition to the extensive work that A Level courses require, the team works tirelessly to ensure that every student benefits from personalised 1:1 support to ensure they are well equipped to make informed choices with regards their journey beyond sixth form.
As we draw closer to the Christmas break, the fruits of our collective labour begin to manifest and we already find ourselves celebrating a number of excellent university offers. With the majority of our students having applied to the UK, our Year 13 students have already received offers for the following courses:
Bristol, University of the West of England
Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies
De Montfort University
Economics and Finance
Bioengineering (with placement year), Materials Science and Engineering, Automotive Engineering
Pharmacology, Chemistry (with Industrial Training), Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
The University of Edinburgh
Health in Social Science
University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
Economics, Biology, Chemical Physics, Biochemistry with Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Economics and Management,
University of Dundee
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
Law, Business Management with Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Manchester
Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Law, Materials Science and Engineering, Geography
University of Nottingham
University of Southampton
University of Surrey
Computer Science, International Hospitality Management
University of Sussex
Psychology, Economics and Finance
University of Warwick
Economics, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Chemistry with Industrial Placement, Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
University of York
Chemistry with a year in industry
The offers extend beyond the UK too, with this year’s first offer from the US coming from Minnesota for Engineering and from Europe, from Amsterdam for their Artificial Intelligence course.
Some of the world’s most competitive universities require students to be interviewed, and we have been delighted to receive interview invites to some of the most prestigious universities across the world. So far, in 2021 alone, our students have been invited to interview for places on the following courses:
PPE, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Law
Natural Science, Engineering, Law, Computer Science, Maths, Psychology
To ensure students are well prepared, GIS have established structured programmes to help students fine tune their thinking skills, their ability to lucidly convey ideas and generally to present themselves in the best possible way. In light of the additional demands that such competitive applications can place on students, we offer wellbeing opportunities, including the chance to meet with our counselling team if and when required. After all, a healthy mind is imperative for what can be an incredibly challenging process.
For our Oxbridge candidates, Mr Smith (Oxbridge Coordinator) and Mrs Phillips (Higher Education Advisor), facilitate a comprehensive program that ensures that our students have mentoring support to help them prepare for these applications with regular small group and individual enrichment sessions. Equally, our medical applicants have been developing their knowledge and understanding of medical careers whilst honing key skills through our MedSoc provision and regular small group and individual preparation sessions.
At GIS we are very proud of the provision to support our students in finding the most suitable pathways after sixth form. A huge amount of work is poured into every application, to ensure students have the best possible chance of success. Our sincere thanks to all of the team- and particularly Head of Year 13 Mr Robinson and our excellent and committed team of Year 13 tutors – who also play an instrumental part in this process.
Well done to all of our students for the successes they have already achieved and best wishes for upcoming interviews and remaining applications. Thank you also to our Year 13 parents that provide pivotal support in helping us bring out the best in our students.
Dr. Browning, Head of Sixth Form