21st October 2016
An amazing blog written by a Year 12 student on their first impressions of Unifrog at a student launch.
On Wednesday 10 October all of Year 12 was given an introduction into the useful website Unifrog. It is a post-Sixth Form guidance that allows students to explore the different University courses and Apprenticeships they may be interested in. It takes away some of the stress of finding a University and course suited to you, which is a big relief during such an important year.
After lunch, all students met in the Study space, where the talk was given. Kim, who works for Unifrog, was very clear about how to create a login, using the website and explaining how to use the different tools to narrow down options. She used personal experiences to relate to us and what decisions we have to start making. The website gives all the information someone would need when looking at University, from newspaper ratings to accommodation pricing to distances from home.
"It takes away some of the stress of finding a University and course suited to you, which is a big relief during such an important year."
I found the talk and presentation very useful as I hadn’t realised that there are so many different courses that you can choose from for a University that may be more suited to me. When we were given our logins, we had the opportunity to go through the website ourselves, searching for courses we may want to do. As I have previously talked about what course may be interesting to me, I thought the process was very helpful. I could see all of the more specific courses involving Civil Engineering that I want to look at in more depth. Not only that, the website creates three lists of Universities that offer the courses selected. One column is for Aspirational where the entry requirements are above your target grades. The second column is for Solid, this shows the Universities asking for grades at A-level that are likely to be achieved. The last column is Safe options. The chances of getting the grades or UCAS points for those is high.
"All of this information and the website has been really helpful to me"
All of this information and the website has been really helpful to me as I have to start considering what I want to do in two years time. It is an easy way to keep track of the Universities I am interested in and it gives me guidance on writing personal statements and applications. Year 12 will definitely benefit from this programme over the year ahead and all the decisions we need to make about our futures.
Natalya McCormick, Year 12
Teddington School, Middlesex