Lancaster Royal
Grammar School

Applying to University or Apprenticeships

Most LRGS Sixth Form students apply through the University Admissions Service (UCAS) for university degrees. A growing number of our students are also choosing to apply for degree level and other types of apprenticeship. The information below aims to support students and their parents with these applications and to help them navigate the different options.

UCAS Timeline

The UCAS timeline for applications based on type can be found on their website here.

UCAS Applications

We encourage all students to go through the process of preparing an application as valuable practice for the future, even if they then choose not to submit it this year. Many students that apply for apprenticeships also submit a UCAS application for degree level studies as well. Furthermore, the process of preparing a UCAS application and gathering all of the required information, equally helps with CV preparation and job applications. The school has its own internal deadlines for UCAS applications and these are explained in the UCAS Personal Statement Booklet and UCAS PowerPoint available below.

UCAS Resources for Parents

UCAS provide useful information for parents to help support students in their application. Read the UCAS Guide for Parents

University and Apprenticeship Application Guidance

At LRGS we offer students a carefully structured programme to prepare them for submitting applications to UCAS or applying for apprenticeships. Students have access to the Unifrog platform that provides a colossal amount of information about university, apprenticeship and employment applications.

Much of our future pathway education is delivered in the Thursday morning tutor period by form teachers, A great deal of general advice is given and students start work on personal statements and CVs in the Summer Term of Lower Sixth, to be in a position to complete them, as well as their electronic applications, in early September of Upper Sixth.

Outside speakers give talks both to the whole year group and to targeted groups throughout the Lower Sixth. Advice is also given about such things as Gap Years and study abroad, again via form teachers and outside speakers.

Oxbridge Guidance

In addition to our general UCAS programme, we offer a full programme to assist those who may be interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge. This includes talks by outside speakers and the opportunity to go to Open Days at Oxford or Cambridge in an accompanied group. We also offer extra help in the preparation of Personal Statements.

Apprenticeship Guidance

As growing numbers of our students consider degree apprenticeships and apprenticeships in general, we have added to our provision talks from outside apprenticeship providers and through using Unifrog and UCAS we aim to give students access to available apprenticeships throughout the year, providing practice interviews and application advice whenever needed. Please see the Degree Apprenticeship document at the bottom of this page for more information.

Careers Guidance

Sixth Form Tutors and staff advise and guide Sixth Form students through UCAS applications, including course and university choice, and voluntary work experience. There is also an experienced, independent Careers Adviser at LRGS twice, who meets with Sixth Form students by appointment. More information here.

Student Finance Talk From Lancaster University

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