Sixth Formers attended a careers fair at the University of Bedford gathering information from universities in the UK and abroad, as well as attending seminars on student life and the application process. The entire Year 12 group attended the event.
Kieron Carter said: ‘The trip was very useful in giving clarity into the UCAS programme and the seminars in how to register and apply were particularly helpful. In addition to this, getting a hands-on experience with masses of universities from all around the UK and being able to ask particular questions about the universities and courses was particularly helpful. This has helped me secure my knowledge in which universities I would like to visit and highlighted some new potential universities I would like to investigate more.’
Hannah Marshall added: ‘I really enjoyed the university visit, I found it really useful, a definite eye opener to the array of options and opportunities out there for us. Also having all that information from different places brought together was very valuable. It was also nice to be given the chance to speak to the university representatives in a less formal setting, as it created a more relaxed atmosphere that allowed us ask about things that were not covered in the prospectus. Everyone was motivated to get round all the stands. We had some excess time in the afternoon to sit in the sun and discuss the information we gathered with our friends.’
Jordan Smith said: ‘It was a really good day with universities from all over the United Kingdom represented as well as local colleges like Tresham and Moulton. There may have been a few international universities present because Richmond University from London were representing their American university. There were talks throughout the day which were subject specific as well as more general ones such as student finance and how to survive the whole experience. It was really good because many of the universities present were universities I'd never thought of studying at before but they provided a useful insight. The weather was beautiful, and Bedford University really went all out with a hog roast, refreshment stands and even a live band. It was really fun, everyone enjoyed themselves and got some useful information out of it.’