Overseas Universities: In the Michaelmas term, there is an ‘Overseas Universities Evening’ for boys who are or may be considering attending a non-UK university. The evening is open to boys and parents across all years. Following this, the University and Careers Adviser offers support and advice on applications throughout the year, including preparation for the SATs (American university admissions tests).
Oxbridge Evening: In the Lent Term there is an ‘Oxbridge’ evening for candidates and their parents who are considering an application to Oxford or Cambridge. The evening is comprised of visiting speakers from the universities and an opportunity to ask questions.
The UCAS Procedure: Beginning in the Lent term of the Lower Sixth the boys are introduced, through a series of seminar and talks, to the UCAS process. Advice is given on the procedures, and how to make an effective application. At the end of the Summer Term of the Lower Sixth there is an extensive programme covering student finance, personal statement writing, gap years and how to make a success of university life. As the boys move into the Upper Sixth they are given full support through the application process from filling in the UCAS form to accepting offers and attending university.
Universities Evening: Towards the end of the Lower Sixth, there is a Universities Evening to which all Lower Sixth parents and boys are invited. The Headmaster and the University and Careers Adviser give short talks, and there is further advice from invited Admissions Tutors and an Old Tonbridgian who is currently at university.
Further Work Experience: During the holidays Sixth Form boys are encouraged to spend time doing work experience. This plays an increasingly important part in university admissions and while it is a good idea to try to find a placement which is pertinent to your preferred university subject, it is by no means necessary. All work experience is valuable.
Interview Training: Each academic department offers ‘Oxbridge’ interview training, and there is also provision for additional (and more general) interview training by an outside agency.
Gap Years: Gap years are increasingly popular and opportunities and advice are offered to boys throughout the Sixth Forms. Opportunities for voluntary work, teaching, working and travelling are emailed to boys throughout their Upper Sixth year by the Universities and Careers Adviser.
The Higher Education Guide: A fully detailed and comprehensive Higher Education Guide is available to the parents and boys of Tonbridge School. It is accessed through the internal intranet, and also through the Parent Portal.