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Further Education Guidance

Extended assemblies - Nottingham Trent University

As a Sixth Form we have close links with Nottingham Trent University, who form an integral part of our careers provision.

in November, Year 12 attend an extended assembly by NTU where students find out more about university, what it has to offer and what the process involves. This informative sessions can prove invaluable in helping students decide whether university is an option for them.

In February, NTU provide a workshop for Year 12 on Researching University options and in July Year 12 attend a workshop on how to write personal statements and the process of applying to university

Year 13 also benefit from seminars and workshops provided by Nottingham Trent University, with a seminar on the Financial Implications of Attending University in November and a Surviving University seminar in April.

NTU also hold a mock interview day for Year 12s at the end of the summer term to prepare them for the next academic year.

Supra-curricular links 

Part of any application to University should illustrate how interested you are in your future course. Future Learn and HE+ have a variety of free courses you can sign up to that will expand your knowledge and demonstrate your curiosity for your chosen university course. You will likely not be invited for interview at Russell Group Universities if you cannot demonstrate such additional learning.

Future Learn:

Higher Education Plus (HE+):

University of Melbourne outreach:

BBC Ideas:

The EPQ - Extended Project Qualification -  is a simple means by which you can demonstrate both your interest in a subject and extend your knowledge of it. The EPQ is an approximate 5,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice. This can be absolutely anything but it should be linked to your university course of choice. This will demonstrate your interest in that subject to your prospective university and success in your EPQ may result in lower entry requirements. Speak with Dr Stevenson for further details.

Universities and Locations 

Which? Guide to Universities

Push – Independent university guide:

University open days:

Applying to University 


Pure Potential – advice on UCAS applications; exemplars of personal statements with commentary

Student Room - Applying to University:

Student Finance - You will likely need a loan to cover University fees and additional living expenses. This is where to go:

Student Cash Point: A site where you can see if you are eligible for bursaries or scholarships:

Aim Higher 


If you are interested in pursuing a more vocational or work-related Post-18 route, the following site is essential:


Not sure about what you want to do? Try these sites for ideas.

Not going to University:

General advice:


Careers Explorer: