Professional guidance

As the academic year reaches its climax with the beginning of the examination period, the Professional Guidance department is looking ahead to the next cycle of Higher Education and Careers advice.

The 6.2 students who have applied to university this year are making their final choices from the offers received whilst concentrating on A2 exams.  On Friday the 6.1s had a lecture from the Admissions Officer from the University of Southampton about how to make an attractive and individual application via UCAS. This was followed by sessions with Vikki Alderson-Smart, Sarah Oakley and myself about setting up UCAS or Common Application accounts (for USA), and understanding the portfolio process surrounding Art College applications.  This Sunday evening (8 May), the information will be shared with 6.1 parents in the SLT at 7.30pm.

On 18 June, 6.1 and 6.2 students will be invited to the OB Fair – a hugely popular event – where OBs currently at university return to Bedales in order to share their experiences with the sixth form.  This interaction has proved very valuable to our students as it gives them an insight into undergraduate life.  Block 5 students are by no means forgotten at this time of year, and will have their own Careers Fair on 24 June where numerous professionals from a huge variety of specialisms come to discuss their own career paths and offer tips on how to get to where you want to be.

It is a very exciting time of year for us in the PG department and we hope the students enjoy the events as much as we do.

By Alison Mason, Careers and North American university liaison

Research into European Universities proving promising

A recent research visit to universities in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Sweden revealed some very favourable options for ambitious students. Though many undergraduate degrees are taught in the national language, a selection of prestigious universities are increasingly offering courses taught entirely in English. This not only allows British students the possibility of either spending a year abroad through the Erasmus scheme or perhaps, more excitingly, the opportunity to complete a full Honours degree in Europe whilst also experiencing  prestigious vocational links, well equipped facilities, working in another culture and much reduced or even free tuition fees compared to studying in the UK. Our observations also suggest advantages to students in teaching with favourable staff-student ratios and developing an international perspective and a CV that will stand out from others.  For those students with the aspiration for an alternative, more cosmopolitan education, Europe may hold the key. Our 6.1 students will have the opportunity to fully explore their options at the UCAS Day and ‘Beyond Bedales: Higher Education and Careers Fair’ taking place on 14 and 15 June 2013.

By Sarah Oakley, University Liaison Co-ordinator, Bedales School

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.