The Head of Sixth Form and a dedicated team of enthusiasts ensures that students in the competitive areas of Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science receive due attention, whilst the Oratory School’s nationally renowned Art department gives valuable assistance in Art-related applications. As a boarding school with an international flavour The Oratory is also well-versed in aiding students with international applications, particularly to US universities. The school also organises a university open day trip to a top twenty university so as to give all students a taste of university life and course options.
In the Upper Sixth, the Head of Sixth Form, Tutors and Housemasters are on hand to give help, guidance and encouragement in the application process, and tutor sessions also cover student finance, loans and budgeting. Interview training is also always available with careers advisers visiting the school from ISCO.
Various conventions are advertised through the school, including short courses organised via the school’s membership of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend university open days and Gap exhibitions through which valuable information can be gained. The whole Lower Sixth attend a UCAS Higher Education Convention at Surrey University at the end of March, whilst there is also the opportunity for those interested in Oxbridge to attend an Oxbridge Exhibition. Pupils are also encouraged to go on Taster Days and Interview Training Days as and when they arise.
The period following Half Term towards the end of the Summer term kick-starts the university application process and includes course and university information, UCAS forms and personal statement drafting, an introduction to the Extended Project Qualification and an Open Day visit to a mainstream Russell Group university.