On Tuesday 17 January, the 86 members of Fifth Form visited Cardiff University on a fact-finding mission to inform their conversations about A Level choices and the world of Higher Education.
Cardiff is a Russell Group University and represents an ideal institution for students to aim for after their time at Cokethorpe. The day began with a lecture in one of the university's state of the art halls. As well as the charging points for electronic devices at every seat the pupils were impressed by the triple screen projection and, thankfully, the introduction to Higher Education and the process of searching for the right course at the right place for them They were introduced to the concept of the three 'C' approach; City, Campus and Course. They also explored the massive variety of options and thoughts about lifestyle and the range of opportunities outside of the academic that University can provide.
The pupils were a credit to the School and asked pertinent questions in a panel session with current undergraduate students from a range of courses from medicine to politics and law. They also had the opportunity to tour the campus, again guided by current students from a range of backgrounds and subject specialisms. A stand out statistic was that 650,000 students apply for university places each year and it is this level of competition that focuses attention on GCSE results and the breadth of wider experiences and skills that make up a winning application. Now is the time for the pupils to embrace these challenges and make the most of the opportunities that will be presented to them over the next two years in School.