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Next Steps/UCAS


In Year 12, it is important for students to start thinking about post sixth form choices. Students can choose universities, apprenticeships or work places.  Research for the grade requirements, for whichever choice, is important for it focuses minds.

For university choices log onto Click on “Find a course”. Students can search by subject, by doing so they will see that there are literally hundreds of choices, arranged in alphabetical order.

GMS urges students to spend time scrolling through the list to see what is on offer. Once a course is selected, students should pursue further research to find out all the institutions that offer that course.

University websites are interesting to browse, they give details about what grades are required for each course and give details of extra-curricular opportunities available.



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Year 12

Be able to explain why you are studying the A-levels you have chosen.

Be able to explain what you are studying A-levels for.

To continue on into Year 13, students must achieve at least two Grade Es in your mock examinations at the end of Year 12, along with consent from your subject teachers.

Realise the impact of not passing Year 12 – you will either have to repeat the year again, or leave Great Marlow School.

Be aware of what UCAS points, or other criteria, that is required for the course/path being considered. It gives a goal and a end point towards which hard work can be directed. Beware of leaving research and study until Year 13 because that is too late.

Year 13

Everyone in Year 13 should know what UCAS points are required for the course chosen for study, at every university applied to.

Be realistic in your choices. Bear in mind predicted grades, which all students should know. Using the grid above work out a total score: only apply to universities that require a roughly similar total point score.

Once students have applied through UCAS, CONDITIONAL OFFERS are sent. This means the university will more than likely to offer a place, providing their point score total has been achieved when the A-level results in August are released.


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