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University Preparation at Harrogate Ladies' College

We believe that an important part of our role at Harrogate Ladies’ College Sixth Form is to prepare students for the next stage in their lives, which for many will mean moving on to University.  We work closely with each individual student to help them to secure a place on the right course, at the right University for them. 

Our Sixth Form staff have expert knowledge of UK and international universities and understand what they are looking for in prospective students.  They work with our Sixth Formers and their families to help them identify courses and prepare tailored personal statements.

We advise students on the additional reading and activities they need to pursue beyond the A level syllabus, known to universities as ‘Supercurricular Activities’, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are the things that help students to stand out during the university application process and help them to secure their preferred university place.

Our on-going university preparation programme includes university trips and hosted events such as the World Class Study in London event (attended by UCL, Imperial LSE and Kings College) and the Overseas University Fair (attended for 25 universities from around the world including US, Canada and Australia).

We hold weekly Careers Talks delivered by a wide range of external speakers, providing an insight into different career paths and valuable advice on how to get into them.  We also have a fully equipped Careers Centre and a dedicated Overseas University Club for those students looking to secure places at universities outside of the UK.

We also work with students on a one to one basis to help them to prepare for University interviews and conduct mock interviews with our Principal; senior members of staff; and other internal and external experts.  

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For students looking to pursue careers in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science we have a dedicated early preparation programme to help them to understand the application process; organise relevant work experience; and practice BMAT and UKCAT tests. 


For students hoping to gain a place at either Oxford or Cambridge University, we have a dedicated Oxbridge Preparation Programme which provides support and advice specifically aimed at these universities.  As well as organised trips to both universities (including an Admissions workshop with university staff), the programme also offers weekly tutorials with subject specialists and an opportunity to meet with pupils currently studying at Oxford and Cambridge to gain an insight into life within these world renowned educational establishments.

Oxbridge Preparation Programme Information

“It was always my dream to go to Cambridge. My Sixth Form teachers helped me believe that I could achieve that dream and supported me all of the way.”
Nicole Brocksom, former Head of Choir went on to study Law at Girton College Cambridge


Of course preparing for University isn’t just about securing a place, it’s about preparing for a new, more independent way of life.  We run a university preparation programme that provides practical help and advice on adapting to life as a university student and covers areas such as managing your money; cooking on a budget; alcohol awareness; personal safety and even basic DIY!  We also believe that we have a responsibility to help prepare our students emotionally for life at university and our Wellness Programme is designed to help students to develop strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. 

Our focus on University preparation means that our students have the best possible chance of securing the university place they want; and of going on to successful University careers. Find out more about our excellent track record of University Destinations.

University Destinations