After the 6th Form

Applying to University

Our UCAS guidance is designed to give you the best preparation for the UCAS application process and applying to the best universities, ensuring that all our students have all the information required to make the best submission possible.

Our tutors, subject staff, subject and pastoral leaders come together with external specialists to offer mentoring, supervision, workshops and lectures to ensure students get into the very best university possible.

St Joseph’s also invites their alumni as well as representatives from top UK universities who, along with trained careers advisors, will give you advice on how to write your personal statement, up to date information on interview technique as well as an insight into current university life. Each students will be given 1:1 mentoring based on their career goals. Our UCAS guidance is laid out in the programme below:

We provide…

The UCAS booklet

The bespoke booklet is put together to guide students through every aspect of completing the UCAS application, including guidance on making choices, the application and what makes a great personal statement.

UCAS Booklet 
UCAS guide for parents, carers and guardians


The Getting into the Top Universities conference

A bespoke conference held by PiXL with guidance on the super curriculum and what students can do to make sure they are fully equipped to get in to the top universities.

The “Why should we offer you a place?” conference

A bespoke conference held by PiXL with guidance on university interviews at the UK’s top universities.

The Optimising Futures workshop

With a wealth of experience at the top universities in the UK, Jane Marshall runs a workshop on the dos and don’ts of writing great personal statement. Jane runs through in great detail the key experiences that every student needs to add to their inventory.


UCAS curriculum

The UCAS unit of our PSHE curriculum sits alongside our UCAS booklet and form time UCAS guidance. It drills down into more detail of how to be competitive applying to the very best universities possible for each student. Our lessons cover:

1. The UCAS application workshop
2. The UCAS Hub
3. The UCAS Personal Statement workshop
4. Jane Marshall – Optimising Futures – writing a top personal statement


UCAS resource bank

Students are able to find all of the resources mentioned on the Pupil Area via: O:\0. 6th Form 2019+\UCAS. It includes the following resources:

1. Getting into top universities
2. How to make the best possible university application
3. How to write the UCAS personal statement
4. LSE personal statement examples
5. How to create a UCAS account workshop
6. Getting the most out of the UCAS Hub
7. A UCAS personal statement scaffold
8. UCAS Workshop 1
9. UCAS student FAQs application toolkit