University Presentation from the University of Cambridge

On Wednesday 8th February, a representative from the admissions team at Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, came to RHS to deliver a presentation on how to make competitive applications to university.

Itziar, our guest speaker, introduced the wide range of degrees offered at university, to eighteen Year 12 students, and emphasised how graduate jobs often do not specify a degree subject. Students were encouraged to consider how to choose an appropriate university course, which is the best fit for their interests and skills. 

The Year 12 students were also walked through the entire university application process and given tips on how to maximise their chances of success. All students were left with a clear understanding of the steps they need to take to construct a strong application, including developing their wider reading and ability to articulate ideas.

Ibtisam, Year 12, commented: ‘When people talk about Cambridge and Oxford, most students don't know about the different colleges within each university. They are just seen as the same as other universities, but with higher prestige.” 

“After this event, I now understand that these universities offer smaller group teaching, so each student gets the attention they need. Ms. Itziar explained everything from why students should consider applying to university, to the application process. It was really informative.”

Ms Kwan, one of our Sixth Form Learning Mentors, stated:  “Our students asked some really interesting questions, such as how contextual information will be used to assess an application. I was really impressed at how mature our students were.”

These guest speaker presentations only form one part of the post-18 support system offered to Sixth Formers at Ruislip High School. We look forward to more events in the coming term which will help Year 12 students make well-informed choices about their post-18 plans.