Year 13 Important Information for UCAS applicants (18/6/20)
Clearing and Clearing Plus
Clearing plus will open on July 6th 2020 and at this stage this is only for unplaced students. It is for students who have received no offers and those who have changed their mind and asked to go into clearing.
Clearing plus will be tailored made for students. Universities will be able to select the courses they are going to run, give their entry criteria and students will then be sign posted to these courses.
Students will then need to go onto TRACK and the courses will come up that meet their criteria.
Confirmation of your University Place will go live at 8 am on Thursday 13th August. Clearing will open at 3 pm.
If you have met or exceeded your offer you can apply for Adjustment and change to a different University or course if there are still places.
If you wish to defer until 2021 you must talk to the University that you have chosen as you might not be able to defer on some courses.
On results day there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to clearing via telephone, live chats etc.
Grades awarded this year are through examination boards the same as usual. Also as always Universities will use the awarded grades together with the potential of what students might achieve on their course and this information is taken from personal statements.
Update for 6th Form students (20/4/20)
I hope you are all well and staying safe. The government have now announced that results will be published in August as normal.
- If you need to contact your teachers, please remember to do so via their direct emails.
- To those in Year 13 applying to university you should all have received updates from UCAS and make sure you have applied to Student Finance Wales for your loan and living allowance.
- Now is the perfect opportunity to undertake a MOOC. Please use the tool on www.unifrog.org to search for MOOCs relevant to your current or future study. These are perfect preparation for Yr13 students going on to university and for Year 12 students continuing to the Torfaen Learning Zone. I would also recommend you use Unifrog to create an up to date CV.
- To Year 12 thinking of applying to university use the UK universities tool and Personal Statement Tool to help you prepare.
If you are having difficulty logging on to Unifrog, please email Mrs Davies on Katie.email@example.com
If you have any further questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 will have grades issued based on teacher predictions that can be certificated IF they do not continue with that subject until awarding at end of Year 13. These predictions are confidential to the school at this stage until we have greater clarity in terms of exam board process.
Exam boards have now informed us that Year 13 Grades will be issued by them using past exam results in that subject (Year 12), GCSE results, coursework submitted before 6th March 2020, as well as teacher predicted grades (using assessments, predicted coursework marks, projected exam performance etc). Predicted grades will be confidential as we do not know how the exam boards will convert these to final grades. There is no need to complete any coursework/project work UNLESS the pupil is contacted directly by a teacher/Mr Chapman via email or text.
Head of 6th Form
Mr M Chapman
Deputy Head of 6th Form
Mrs K Davies
Cwmbran High School has an open and inclusive 6th Form offering a range of A level and BTEC courses. We aim to provide high quality teaching in order that learners achieve their potential. Our 6th form team will help students plan for a successful future.
We have a dedicated team of 6th Form Tutors who will support each individual through the two years in order that they progress to university, training or employment.
The step up to post 16 education can be demanding. 6th Form learners are expected to develop greater self -reliance and the ability to learn independently in order to prepare for university and/or the workplace. At Cwmbran High School we offer support to our students and continue to work in partnership with parents in order to achieve this.
The 6th Form provides a wide range of courses to cater for most post 16 students. Level 3 courses are demanding and therefore it is recommended that learners have at least five A*-C grades or equivalent at GCSE in order to access the courses. Learners who wish to study A level Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics are required to have a minimum grade B at GCSE. Students who have not successfully achieved a grade C in English or Maths at GCSE will be required to attend lessons and re-sit these in Year 12. For further information, please contact Mr M Chapman, Head of 6th form.
Uniform and Attendance
6th Form learners are expected to wear the correct 6th Form uniform and attend school regularly as in other years. There is a clear correlation between attendance and attainment and we must emphasise to students and parents the importance of regular attendance. External examinations will take place in May/June, after which lessons will continue as normal. Coursework deadlines vary throughout the year depending on the course. Learners must not book holidays, driving lessons or work during term time / lesson time.
Ensuring that students attend school dressed smartly in school uniform is the foundation for high standards in other aspects of school life, including a positive attitude towards learning and behaviour.
An Educational Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A.) is available to learnerss remaining in full time education post 16 where the family income falls within defined limits. Payments are strictly linked to attendance and to learning agreements. Mrs C Smith (Attendance officer) co-ordinates EMA in school for those learners who qualify. Please see the link below:
All 6th Form learners will have periods of unsupervised private study on their timetables. During this time they will have the use of the 6th Form area. Many departments also encourage students to spend time studying in their subject areas. Students are expected to use this time productively and it is an important step in learning to be self-disciplined and independent. We recommend for every hour in lessons, learners should complete at least another hour private study.
Welsh Baccalaureate / Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
All 6th Form learners are required to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate / Skills Challenge Certificate. In order to achieve the overall Level 3 Welsh Baccalaureate, learners must complete the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, 5A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths, and at least two other A level or Level 3 BTEC qualifications. More information available on the Welsh Baccalaureate page of this website and on the WJEC website.
University / UCAS
The process of University application begins in year 12 through the tutor programme and special events in partnership with local universities. Students are encouraged, advised and supported throughout the application process in order that they are successful in securing a university place that meets their needs.
For those students who aspire to Oxbridge, Russell group universities or particularly competitive courses such as medicine, special tuition or preparation is provided through the Seren network.
Whilst we place an emphasis on academic study, it is important that learners also gain as much relevant super-curricular experience as possible. Individuals are encouraged to be pro-active and build up experience that will help them move on to university, training or a future career. Learners are encouraged to volunteer in roles with younger pupils, supporting subject areas and through the school council and senior prefect teams. We aim to develop a strong sense of community through activities such as charity fundraising, sports coaching, working with younger pupils and music and drama activities.
All sixth formers are encouraged to undertake a period of work experience, usually in an area relevant to their proposed course or career. This should be arranged by individual learners outside of normal lesson time. Learners are advised that it is essential for certain areas such as medicine, health related courses, veterinary science and teaching; in other areas it is strongly recommended as providing additional weight to a university or job application.
For further information or to arrange a visit to the 6th Form at Cwmbran High School, please contact Mr M Chapman- Head of 6th Form.