Early Entry UK University Applicants
While most Sixth Form students are settling into the Michaelmas term here at the College, our Early Entry UK University Applicants have been busy completing their personal statements before submitting them earlier this week.
Oxbridge candidates and those wishing to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary courses in the UK are required to submit their applications early due to the lengthy and challenging selection process these universities issue. Along with completing their application, these students will be required to undergo admissions tests, attend interviews and even submit a portfolio of work or a series of essays. All of these aspects must demonstrate that students can achieve a high level of academic success, and have a genuine enthusiasm for their chosen subject.
Although the process can be intimidating, students at MCM are well supported throughout the process which begins several years earlier when they are in Hundred (Year 11). During this time, pupils are encouraged to read extensively including degree level texts, take part in a range of academic extension activities offered by the College and complete work experience in their chosen field of study.
Once students start in the Sixth Form they are given time to write their personal statements supported by our dedicated Careers and University Guidance staff who oversee the entire application process. MCM is also lucky to have beaks who are experts in a range of different subjects who offer specialised subject advice to individuals.
If selected for an interview, the students will begin the process of practising their interview technique with several different beaks, who will each provide valuable feedback. This year, the College has also gone one step further by providing mock interviews using an external advice agency called MABECS who specialise in helping students with UK university applications. These interviews will be conducted by undergraduates and graduates from top universities who can give the students important insights into how to succeed at the interview stage.
Mr Thomas Jarrett, Oxbridge and Early Entry Coordinator at the College said,
“Our pupils are comprehensively supported throughout the application process, not only by the specialist Careers & University Guidance team, but also by knowledgeable and experienced subject beaks wherever appropriate. This includes guiding pupils towards relevant super-curricular activities such as academic competitions and work experience, as well as bespoke preparation for interview and admissions tests. MCM pupils are able to access expert advice and guidance every step of the way.”
Our Early Entry Applicants have now completed the first step of the university selection process and we wish them all the best as they await the next stage.