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Year 12- Now is the time to start thinking about University!

Updated: Jan 14

At Carfax, we think it is never too early to begin thinking about University! If you are currently in Year 12, it is worth reflecting that this time next year your University applications will already be submitted. Even though at this point finishing school and starting University seems a long way off , the time will fly. So we advise you to use this time wisely and take advantage of the upcoming summer and the year you have left to do lots of research so you can make confident choices when the time comes.


The big questions such as: What do I want to study? Where do I want to go to University? Do I want to go to University at all? Can all seem daunting and it is often useful to speak to an outside mediator about your desires and passions and have them guide you towards choices best suited for you. Carfax Consultants offers a comprehensive mentoring programme to support students through the University application process. We start with our Higher Education student profiling, which helps to identify the best fit degrees and universities for you.


To book an initial consultation to talk about University applications contact us on +971 4 438 5276



What to study? There are many things to consider when thinking about which degree to study and not just the subject matter. Would you want to combine areas of interest and do a joint honours degree? Would you prefer a course with a year out? Would you like a university that offers a year in industry?


Where to study?

You also need to think about where you want to study. Are you drawn to a big university in the bright city lights with a large and social student population? Or would you prefer somewhere smaller and more personal? Are you more of a ‘roll out of bed and into a lecture,’ living on campus type of a student? Or are you happy to live further away and travel into University everyday? Universities vary hugely in size, scale, facilities and location, there are wonderful old Universities and amazing modern one. If you are going to spend three of the most formative years of your life ,there it is important to find the right fit.


Building a strong profile

The results from the assessment can guide us in helping the student to build their profile ready for University applications. For example, choosing summer schools to strengthen their academic abilities or to have a “taste’ of a potential degree subject, read more of here. A summer school that is either relevant to your future degree or bolsters your skills will look great on your personal statement and will provide you with a newfound confidence that will be invaluable at University. It also helps to identifying work experience or volunteering opportunities over the coming summer, which can give you a valuable insight into what you may want to do in the future and help you acquire some additional skills.


Carfax offer a range of summer guide services, please contact us on enquiries.uae@carfax-education.com for more information about how we can help with picking a summer school.


Visiting Universities

One of the key benefits to beginning University preparation in Year 12 is a chance to visit the Universities. Whether on an open day or an individual visit, Carfax are very experienced at planning a week of University visits for our families so everyone can experience a taste of what it would be like to study there.


Additional Entry Requirements

It is important to check if the course you are considering has any additional entry requirements. For example, Medicine will require you to take either the UKCAT or BMAT tests. Law courses at some universities expect LNAT scores. If you have to take a pre-test then look into getting some test prep so you can be fully prepared. You only get to take these tests once in every application cycle so you need to get the best scores possible!


By the time you start Year 13 you should be fully prepared for making your UCAS application with a clear idea of what you want to study, a shortlist of universities that offer the course, an understanding of what the entry requirements are and any additional tests scores that you will need. Armed with all of this you will be in a strong position to get your UCAS application well ahead of the crowd and then you can get back to focusing on the real issue – getting great exam results!

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