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.
|1||Year 12||Sept||Unifrog Launch|
|2||Oct||Introducing the Supercurricular|
|3||Jan||Making the most of Open Days and Uni Fairs|
|4||Mar||Higher Education Evening|
|5||Apr||Applying to Oxford and Cambridge|
|6||Apr||Applying for Medicine and Healthcare Courses|
|8||May||UCAS Account Setup|
|9||June||Writing an Effective Personal Statement|
|10||June||Portfolio and Audition Subjects|
|11||Year 13||Sep||Parents/Carers Q&A|
|12||Sep||Taking a Gap Year|
|13||Nov||Preparing for Interviews|
|16||Apr||Preparing for Results Day|
- 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