At Tallis, we do our very best to support every student to make the right progression choices – and in the current climate, as fees rise to £9000 a year for most courses, this has become more crucial than ever. Even in this uncertain climate – or maybe as a result of it – most of our year 13 students still choose to go to university. It is therefore vital that the information, advice and guidance that we give them is first-rate.
In the summer term of year 12, all students take part in our Progression Week programme, which offers a range of workshops on careers, courses, the application process, personal statement writing – all led by a team of Tallis staff and professionals, as well as former students, who offer their own experiences of student life. The programme also includes day trips out to universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, UEA, Kent, Sussex and Greenwich.
The UCAS team offers a bespoke service, and we spend time with each and every student, doing our best to ensure that we match their strengths, skills and passions to the right course for them. As a result, this year, 100% of our students were made offers, and on results day, every single one of them won a place at university – this in the most competitive year for places ever.
As fees increase, competition for places has also become more acute – and the grades universities are asking for are raised. In the most recent cycle, most offers made to our students were for at least three C grades at A level, or the equivalent in 'UCAS points' - see the UCAS Points Tariff table below – the days of scraping into uni with a couple of so-so A levels are no more.
Many of our students achieve the highest grades, and progress to Russell Group and other prestigious universities, while others achieve their higher education ambitions through the route of a foundation degree, which offers those students who need a little longer to get there an extra “foundation” year to do so. The team’s mission is to support every student to achieve their ambition through the appropriate progression route for them.
Progression Presentations for parents - September
The following resources were used to inform parents and carers about the university and arts college applications process at a recent Progression Meeting for parents.