Supporting Students with their University Applications
Our Universities Team assists students as they research different universities, guiding them through procedures which vary from institution to institution and can be quite complex.
The British School of Bucharest teachers include Oxford and Cambridge graduates and graduates from many other prestigious universities. We are proud of the quality of advice and support we offer our students about their options after A Level. We seek to give accurate and honest advice regarding individual prospects, taking consideration of predicted grades and prior examination performance, and we remain fully committed to supporting our students throughout the application process whatever their chosen path.
Any student wishing to discuss possible routes into higher education can arrange an appointment with our University Guidance Counsellor, Head of Sixth Form, Head of Secondary or the Headmaster.
We oversee university preparation, from initial ideas about course choice through to application submission. The University Guidance Counsellor, Head of Sixth Form and Form Tutors advise students applying to university while Heads of Department offer specialist subject support, seminars, tutorials, personal statement advice and mock interviews.
For students applying to US institutions, the University Guidance Counsellor, Head of Sixth Form and Form Tutors oversee the students’ applications, guiding them through this particularly complex process including the ACT and SAT admissions tests, and arranging visits from university Admissions Tutors.
Universities programme and careers guidance
Wherever a British School of Bucharest student decides to apply, we will provide detailed and bespoke advice and resources to ensure that decisions are sound and that the chances of gaining a place at a first-choice university are maximised. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about university in Year 11, when the A Level options information evening and Universities Fair both offer a wealth of information about appropriate subject choices and combinations for a wide range of possible courses and careers.
Preparation and research begins during Year 12 when students put together a ‘long-list’ of university choices and begin to outline their personal statement. Research continues with guidance from the University Guidance Counsellor, Form Tutors, Subject Teachers and the Head of Sixth Form throughout Year 12.
We also run a programme of career talks and symposiums to raise students’ awareness of specific careers and the typical qualities that recruiting organisations look for. Inspirational speakers have included geophysicists, web designers, lawyers, medical consultants, explorers, journalists, investment bankers, university lecturers, advertising executives, dentists and engineers. Alongside our knowledgeable and experienced teachers, our students benefit from external expertise as they consider their A Level and higher education choices, using our membership of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO). All students receive individual consultations with an ISCO advisor during Year 12 and at other points if requested.
Students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form are also encouraged to carry out annual work experience, adding a vital dimension to their university personal statements.
Much of the summer term of Year 12 is focused on preparation for AS (first year of A Level) and internal examinations, on which A Level grade prediction is based. At the start of Year 13, all students applying to the UK will have set up their UCAS accounts, made an initial selection of five universities and completed a draft of their personal statement on which they will continue to work with guidance from a range of teachers. Those applying to other institutions will work with the University Guidance Counsellor, Head of Sixth Form and nominated referees to ensure that they have all the necessary support and guidance.