University guidance at the British School of Bucharest starts in Year 9. It offers career advice during PSHCE lessons and individual guidance, in order to assist students in choosing their IGCSE options. Moving through Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), students continue to receive career and university guidance in PSHCE lessons, with the aid of external speakers delivering symposiums and visits from university representatives. Over the last few years, these visiting universities have included Oxford University, the University of Essex, London School of Economics, Vatel Hotel and Tourism Business School, and Imperial College London, amongst others. Our school also hosts two university fairs each year, both during the autumn term, where a wide range of British, American, European and global universities send representatives to share information and give admissions advice. Students in Year 10 to Year 13, and parents, are invited to these events.
Sixth Form Students have more focussed university guidance, with form time sessions and individual meetings. The focus of these sessions varies depending on the needs of the students, but tends to cover the following areas:
- university research
- choosing a course
- choosing a university
- writing a personal statement
- the UCAS process (for applicants to the UK)
- meeting admissions requirements
- writing entrance essays (for applicants to US and some European universities)
- interview techniques and practice
- SAT/ACT testing requirements and preparation (for applicants to the USA)
To assist students with the university application process, there are various resources at the school. The first point of contact is the University Guidance Counsellor, who holds individual meetings with students throughout Sixth Form, to give individual advice and recommendations. Appointments with parents are also available, both during the day and after school.
For independent research, the British School of Bucharest provides access to a program called Bridge-U (www.bridge-u.com), which matches students to courses based on personal preferences, academic strengths and professional profiles. All students in Year 12 and Year 13 are provided access to this program, which simplifies and streamlines the university research process for all UK, US, Canadian, Australian, Hong Kong and Dutch universities.
Year 12 students also meet with a second, external expert careers advisor, who gives them further personalised career advice based on an interview, allowing students to explore careers they may never have thought of, or suggesting possibilities to those who have no idea what they would like to pursue at university and beyond.
Other aspects of the university application process are also organised through the school. References, either from the school or individuals, are coordinated by the University Guidance Counsellor. These will be written by the most appropriate person, whether that is the subject teacher, form tutor, sports team coach, or other members of staff. All references are checked and edited by the Guidance Counsellor and SLT members, usually the Headmaster or Head of Secondary. All these teachers have many years of experience in writing references which allow students to gain access to the best universities in the UK, USA and around the world. A list of universities attended by BSB students over the last few years is provided below. Predicted grades and transcripts are also issued by the University Guidance Counsellor and sent directly to universities or UCAS (for applicants to the UK).
For some students, especially those wishing to attend the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, or to study medicine or dentistry, the university application process takes places earlier in the year and has specific requirements. Those students will be encouraged to identify their choices early and to start the application process sooner, usually by writing a personal statement over the summer holiday, before Year 13 starts, and ensuring they have the work experience or knowledge required to gain access to these courses. For Medicine, the B-MAT test can be taught in school, and reading, summer courses or possible work experience, can all be suggested and (in some cases) organised.
For further information, or to make an appointment, please contact the University Guidance Counsellor, by making an appointment through the office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Destinations: UK Universities
Architecture Association School of Architecture, Bath, Bristol, Coventry, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Hull, Imperial College, Kings College London, Kingston, Lancaster, London School of Economics, Manchester, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Robert Gordon, SOAS, Southampton, University of the Arts London, University College London, Warwick, Westminster and York.
Recent Destinations: Europe
Anglo-American University of Prague, Dublin Business School, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland), Istituto Europeo Di Design, Politechnika Warsaw, Rhine-Waal University (Germany), Romanian American University, The Hague University, Universidad de Navarra, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, and IA University College (Denmark).
Recent Destinations: Worldwide
Beijing University (China), Lebanese American University (Lebanon), UCLA (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Pretoria (South Africa), and University of the Americas (Mexico).
Read more about our University Destinations here.