Wilmington Academy Post 16

Welcome to Wilmington Academy Post 16

UCAS Support (from September 2016 onwards)

Through our partnership with the Kent and Medway Progression Federation, the Academy is able to access support and guidance with Higher Education. As part of this support, both University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University have worked with both the whole cohort of Year 12 (as part of Post 16 Project Based Learning Week) and small groups of students on a workshop basis in order to provide application support, personal statement writing support and advice and guidance. The University of Kent provide sessions on the following days:

  • Wednesday 20th September 2018: UCAS support – Finalising personal statements – Session 1
  • Wednesday 3rd October 2018: UCAS support – Finalising personal statements – Session 2
  • Wednesday 12 December 2018: UCAS support – University interview skills
  • Tuesday 22nd January 2019:  UCAS support – Student Finance talk

We also provide visits to our KMPF Partner Universities as part of the Year 12 Project Based Learning Week in July 2019. This is an annual trip, which is arranged in order for students to gain an appreciation of what University life is like and the opportunities created by undertaking an undergraduate degree. Students who have applied to University, also gain the opportunity to attend a series of sessions aimed at preparing them for university life. The transition session will take place over three weeks and enabled them to gain valuable study tips covering student finance and accommodation and skills such as note taking and research.

Personal tutors also provide 1:1 support for tutees interested in going to University as part of our Pastoral programme and opportunities are given to students to attend university taster days for both the University of Greenwich, University of Kent, University for the Creative Arts, and many more.

Year 12 students are not forgotten, as they attend two days at the University of Kent, in order to gain a taste of what university study is like and also the benefits of undertaking an undergraduate degree. Taster lectures include sport, forensic science and politics.

We have built working relationships with our partner universities – the University of Kent and University of Greenwich. Working as part of the Kent & Medway Progression Forum we have access to unrivalled Higher Education activities from a range of establishments. This enables us to work closely with student ambassadors and make the option of university a real prospect for our students.

Weekly meetings will be held with Mr Blackmore from June to guide you through the UCAS process including:

  • Using the UCAS website
  • Searching for courses that are right for you
  • Selecting your choices
  • Writing of personal statements
  • Submitting the application
  • Applying for student finance – understanding the fees, loans and grants

At Wilmington Academy we have 28% students who have applied for university and all applications have now been successfully submitted. Conditional offers are now coming in. Students will have to ensure that revision sessions are being attended and coursework deadlines are met to ensure that places can be accepted.
Some of the links below will help you to find the course and which universities provide it, how much it will cost and about benefits, loans, accommodation and fundraising events.

Universities our students has gone to:

University of Liverpool – University College London – University of York – University of Surrey – University of Sussex – Canterbury University – University of Kent