University Admissions: UniPort

Holyport College’s online University guidance programme for parents and students.

One of the main reasons students choose to come to Holyport College Sixth Form is because we offer a pathway to top universities. Our stated aim as a Sixth Form is to provide an academic education which will enable the majority of students to access top courses at Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities.

UniPort is designed to be an online programme with a series of presentations, information sessions and an online hub for everything regarding the university application process. There is a dedicated section of the Holyport College website with useful videos, links and tips on how to make your university application as strong as possible. This is all in addition to the support received in person at school and the huge amount of support we receive from our partner school, Eton College.

We believe that Holyport College is unique in the country and certainly unique amongst state schools in developing the first coordinated University Application Series for students and parents.

Unlike most schools who simply run a one-off session for parents with occasional support from teachers, Holyport has created a full-on series that allows both parents/carers and students to be involved in the university application journey from the first half term of sixth form right the way through to A Level results day (and beyond).

The key difference is that we involve the Parents and Carers throughout the entire process. Evidence suggests that students are more likely to make a well-informed and well-supported decision if parents/carers feel like they are involved in the process. It also helps students to explain to parents their own thinking and decision making process.

A Sixteen Session Series

The whole course is designed as a 16 session series which runs over the course of the two-year A Level programme. Most sessions will be live online (Via Google Meets) with a video recording uploaded to the website for those who want to watch later. In some sessions, it will be encouraged to join us ‘in person’ in school but these will also be streamed live and a recording uploaded. Not all sessions will be relevant to all students and parents/carers but you can read about the sessions below and decide which ones apply to you or your son/daughter.

The UniPort Programme 2020-21
1Year 12SeptUnifrog Launch
2OctIntroducing the Supercurricular
3JanMaking the most of Open Days and Uni Fairs
4MarHigher Education Evening
5AprApplying to Oxford and Cambridge
6AprApplying for Medicine and Healthcare Courses
7MayAdmissions Tests
8MayUCAS Account Setup
9JuneWriting an Effective Personal Statement
10JunePortfolio and Audition Subjects
11Year 13SepParents/Carers Q&A
12SepTaking a Gap Year
13NovPreparing for Interviews
14FebAccepting Offers
15MarStudent Finance
16AprPreparing for Results Day

Please note:

  • This programme is designed to be ‘in addition’ to the physical ‘face-to-face’ help that students will receive in the College
  • Outside speakers will continue to come to the college and deliver support and advise to students
  • Sixth Form Tutors, Mr Hardee and Mr Alford will still be in touch with parents in the usual way about all aspects of university guidance and academic progress
  • Eton will continue to provide support, especially for things like Oxbridge and Medical Interview practice and Admissions test sessions
  • Whilst this is primarily aimed at the vast majority of students who will be applying to the UK for university, we recognise that for a few students this will not be the case. We have an external expert who works with our US candidates, and that process needs to start early. Please contact Mr Hardee to discuss this further
  • For other non-UK applications a dialogue needs to be set up between the school, students and parents to make sure we are all on the same page
Session 1: Unifrog Launch
Session 2: Introducing the Supercurricular
Session 3: Making the Most of Open Days and University Fairs
Session 4: Higher Education Evening
Session 5: Applying to Oxbridge
Session 6: Medical and other Healthcare Courses
Session 7: Admissions Tests
Session 8: UCAS Account Set-up
Session 9: Writing an effective Personal Statement
Session 10: Portfolio and Audition Subjects
Session 11: Parents Q and A
Session 12: Taking a Gap Year
Session 13: Preparing for Interviews
Session 14: Accepting Offers
Session 15: Student Finance
Session 16: Preparing for Results Day