UCAS & Careers

Year 12 into Year 13 Brief

Post-18 Options and UCAS Process

If you would like further information on the UCAS process, a video from De Montfort University is available below:

The Loughborough University Parent/Carer UCAS Guide is available here.

Year 12: UCAS and Careers Resources

In the summer term, we begin to support all Year 12 students with UCAS personal statement planning and writing.  This would usually involve talks from local universities; this year we would like you to use online resources to begin to complete this work independently, with support available from the Sixth Form Team.  

Task 1: Watch the following video:
University of Leicester – Researching Higher Education and writing a Personal Statement.

Uni Leicester Link

Task 2: With the ABC method from the video in mind, use this worksheet from University of Manchester, who also recommend this method of planning, to start to draft your ideas.  Alternatively (or as well) you can use this worksheet from UCAS which lets you record all your initial ideas in one place (save the PDF first and then edit/save it to come back to later).

Please click here to view the latest Post-16 Careers and UCAS Newsletter from Mr Greenwood.

UCAS Early Entry Programme

Students considering ‘Early Entry’ Applications (Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary) should have already informed Mr Greenwood and received emails with specific guidance.  If you are interested in these courses, but haven’t informed Mr Greenwood, please contact him by email (chris.greenwood@delisle.leics.sch.uk).

Careers Logo June 2020

An Overview of the Careers Education Programme for KS5

Year Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Employability skills workshops – delivered by an external provider, one of which being focussed on the local labour market.

Unifrog Launch.

NCS presentation

Series of Learning for Life Lessons (with a focus on post-18 options).

Higher Education – introductory talk covering the UCAS application process – delivered by a local university.

Apprenticeships talk (including higher and degree apprenticeships) – delivered by employers and employees/apprentices.

Parents Evening – careers presence.

Visit to the Higher Education Fair.

CV Writing workshops – delivered by a local university.

Recruitment and selection workshops – delivered by external providers.

Work Experience preparation talks – delivered by employers.


Series of Learning for Life Lessons (with a focus on making post-18 choices and applications).

Workshops to support students considering Apprenticeships or alternative post-18 routes.

Parents Evening – careers presence.
Student Finance presentation to students and parents.

Results day support.

We also continue to work with students taking gap years to support their progression.


In addition to the above CEIAG programme for all students there will be a range of targeted and optional opportunities and events in all year groups.

Previous examples have included:

  • Various visiting guest speakers from a range of sectors
  • 12 Oxbridge visits and workshops
  • Sixth Form higher education experience days (including Sport, STEM and English and Humanities)

For any careers advice please contact: 

Chris Greenwood, Sixth Form/Careers and Guidance Officer: chris.greenwood@delisle.leics.sch.uk

We welcome enquiries from local providers and employers to enhance the opportunities for students at De Lisle College.  Our Careers Policy Statement on Provider Access can be found here.  For any queries relating to this please contact:

Mr S McLone, Assistant Headteacher/Careers Lead: simon.mclone@delisle.leics.sch.uk

Useful Careers Information for Students, Parents, Teachers & Employers


UCAS and life after De Lisle Sixth Form

The prospect of leaving sixth form at De Lisle is an exciting yet daunting time for all students. Whether you’re leaving for university or starting an apprenticeship, as soon as you enter the sixth form you will be supported in how best to plan and prepare for the future.

For those wanting to go onto University, the UCAS application is the main way of finding a place on a course. However, there are occasions when students apply directly to specific colleges or universities for drama courses or art foundations.

If, however, you are looking to find a position on an apprenticeship then please see our 'Apprenticeships' section below and our Careers Department will be able to support you in those plans.


UCAS and Student Finance

Links to the two main websites that you will need to access are below. Unifrog is a multi-tool site that allows you to search for courses and apprenticeships whilst giving you the opportunity to write your Personal Statement. The UCAS site allows you to search for courses and complete the application form.  


  Unifrog button 


Please click below for information on Student Finance:

2020 Student Finance PPT Page 01



A Guide to Apprenticeships:

Guide to Apprenticeships

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships:

Parent Guide Apprenticeships

A Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

A guide to higher   degree apprenticeships Page 1

The Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

Uni Appr guide2019 web2 Page 01




The following websites may also be of use when researching apprenticeships and school leaver programmes:

The government’s ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service allows you to search and apply for apprenticeships in England:


Leicester City Council have a wealth of information about local apprenticeship opportunities.  They also run recruitment events for students and offer updates via email and social media as new vacancies become available:


notgoingtouni.co.uk can offer information to help you find apprenticeships, including higher and degree apprenticeships:



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