On Thursday 28th September we held our third University Fair at the Academy. The fair involved 26 universities from across the country presenting their undergraduate opportunities, as well as talking to students about course offers and entry criteria. University representatives also lead seminars to inform students about careers in teaching, medicine, nursing and engineering. Specific seminars on personal statements and the UCAS process also took place. Students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 were given the opportunity to explore the Fair, speaking to prospective universities about the courses on offer. Students were able to take away prospectuses and to gain specialist advice form university admissions tutors. Many found the event interesting and useful as it will help them to plan for their future career paths. The event was buzzing as students relished the opportunity to explore their future choices and to find out about the qualifications needed to be successful in these careers. As a result of the fair, students realised the importance of GCSE grades as well as A level grades in accessing University courses. Most importantly, they found out about courses that are new to them and career options that they may not have previously considered.
What students said:
“The University Fair gave me the opportunity to explore various courses and helped me to choose where I would like to go to study.” Mercedes Norman Y13.
“I found the university fair motivating and it influenced me to continue to do well in my studies. I was able to find out information on criminology and it made me more determined to work hard and achieve the grades needed”. Kokab Hussain Y13.
“I attended a Law seminar and a Health and Social Care seminar and found them both very useful and informative. They made me realise what I want to do in the future and talking to the university tutors enabled me to gain information on entry requirements”. Nishat Chowdhury Y12.