Year 10 and 11 students and their families were invited to a talk in school on university applications from Lucy Dixon of St Peter’s College, Oxford University.
The audience was given information from Lucy on how university applications work, with advice on how different A level choices can either ‘open up’ university courses or ‘close them down’. Lucy’s message is that students need to begin now to consider what subject area(s) they might be interested in studying at degree level in order to ensure that they choose appropriate A level courses.
The myths of student finance were also discussed. Parents were relieved to hear of the support that is on offer from Oxford University and also from other universities, as well as the government loans that are on offer. Lucy explained how this money is shared out and what it can be used. She explained how loans are repaid, which certainly shattered the myth that only wealthy people can afford to go to university. There are loans, grants and bursaries open to all based on parental income.
Overall, the talk was very informative with students and parents having their questions answered by Lucy. She helped to dispel myths, offered sound advice and gave important information, which will help students make decisions that will shape their future.