Going to university can be one of the biggest decisions you make. It requires extensive research to ensure the choice you make is the right one for you. 

We introduce the option of university to all our students so that they can explore a variety of course options. Part of your research into university might include: 

  • Discovering what courses exist. 
  • How courses are designed and if this suits you. 
  • Where you can study a course and what this city or town has to offer. 
  • How taking a degree can help students reach their goals and aspirations. 

CLF Post 16 have an extensive support programme that assists you in this decision process; whether you need support with writing a personal statement, going through the application process, understanding student finance or just getting a sense of what life is like at university. 

Going to university can be a life-changing, transformative experience, and is an excellent way to invest in your future and grow as an individual.  It is a popular choice for CLF Post 16 students, as demonstrated by the 60% of Year 13 students who applied this year. 

Students apply to universities through UCAS (University Colleague Admissions Service www.ucas.com).  The process for Post 16 students begins at the end of year 12 where they start their applications with support from their Academic Mentors and Student Support Leaders.  During year 12 all students will have attended assemblies on the UCAS process and listened to university guest speakers on the benefits of Higher Education.  Students will receive support and guidance on writing their personal statements including 1:1 sessions with experienced members of the Posts 16 team. 

UCAS timelines for applications can be found on the UCAS website: Oxbridge applications along with applications for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry have an October 15th deadline and all other applications need to be completed by 15th January 2021.  Key dates and timeline are available on the UCAS website

University trips are organised by CLF Post 16 and students organise their own trips to support the decisions they make to choose their five university choices.  Students will receive extensive support on the UCAS process from completing applications, interview practice if required, accepting offers and student finance applications. 

The Enrichment Programme and Widening Participation supports UCAS applications and our specialist careers adviser can support students make informed choices for Higher Education. 

UCAS guide for parents and guardians

Key UCAS dates

UCAS guide on tuition fees and student loans

UCAS application