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Higher Education Week


Higher Education Week (Monday 12th July – Friday 16th July)

 ‘Higher Education Week’ will run from Tuesday 13th July until Thursday 15th July. This involves 3 days of intensive support for students exploring opportunities beyond A-Levels, and will allow the Year 13 team to start gathering information about student intentions. Higher Education Week guides students on university including a wealth of information about the application process, personal statement preparation, key deadlines, and information on student finance. It also supports students interested in applying for higher degree apprenticeships whilst also helping students who are interested in taking a gap year or looking to go straight into employment.  


There are 4 information handbooks which will be made available to students during this week. We would also like to make these available to parents. The following handbooks can be found here:   

Students do not need to come into school on Monday 12th July 2021; this is a ‘study from home’ day. However students must be in full school uniform for the rest of the week.   

On Friday 16th July 2021, students will be expected to be in school in the morning for an important assembly outlining how UCAS predicted grades will be awarded. Early applicants will be expected to stay afterwards to meet with Miss Hill or Mrs McConaghy to discuss important steps over the summer. All other students can go home straight after the assembly.  


Friday 16th July 2021 will be Year 12 student’s last day of the academic year in school – they do not need to come into school for the final week of term.   

UCAS Predicted Grades 

  • UCAS predicted grades will communicated with students in the autumn term.  UCAS predicted grades will be largely based on the summer term exams, but consideration will also be given to sustained evidence of performance in assessments during the course of the year using the professional judgement and experience of teachers that know the students. This sustained evidence will include: 
  • Assessment data from exams/ tests and assessments carried out throughout the year; 
  • Classroom performance and engagement with / approach to the subject; 
    • Any extenuating factors which may have led to a specific case of under-performance” 
  • More information on UCAS Predicted Grades will be communicated to Year 12 students and their parents / guardians in the summer term


University Application Deadlines 

The school deadline is earlier than the official UCAS deadlines in order to process all student applications. We do encourage all students to complete their applications as early as possible.   

Early applications:                                                          All other applicants:  

School deadline – 1st October 2021                                  School deadline – 27th November 20201 

UCAS deadline – 15th October 2021                                  UCAS deadline – 26th January 2022 


Personal Statements  

Students will have a session with guest speakers from Staffordshire University on writing a competitive personal statement. We urge students to start planning their personal statements immediately over the summer by reflecting on their personal skills, experiences, and ambitions, and what they could organise in the near future to help make their application more competitive, such as work experience or volunteering. It would be wonderful if parents can help students with their personal statements by offering to proof-read their (many) drafts too!  We encourage all university applicants to have drafts of their personal statements ready for their form tutors in September.  

Early Applicants 

It is important to be aware that different courses have varying applications and deadlines. For example, most Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary/Conservatoire courses, and courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have an earlier deadline date. In order to support students who have expressed interest in any of these courses, students have received key information on GCSE entry requirements, A-Level grade expectations, entrance tests, key deadlines, BMAT/UCAT and the importance of work experience/volunteering opportunities. It is crucial that early applicants continue to regularly check their school emails in order to access ongoing support for these applications

Success Stories


Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).


Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).


Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.


Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.


Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 62% achieving A* to B grades, and 32% achieving A* or A grades.


St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.