University Admissions

A graduate degree is considered to be a real asset by universities and governments around the world.

Alison Lewis BA PGCE MA (Oxon)

I have taught Biology for over 20 years, and still enjoy sharing my love of the subject with my A-level students. Teaching our highly motivated and enthusiastic students ensures that the job is constantly challenging and interesting. Exciting advances are being made in the field of Biology every day, so I read scientific magazines and books, and complete online courses to keep my subject knowledge up to date.

The best thing about Bosworth College is the people. Everyone works together to get the best out of each and every student, and to create its unique atmosphere; very challenging but also incredibly caring and friendly. As Director of University Admissions, I am proud of the achievements of our students, with so many gaining places in highly competitive universities both in the UK and overseas, and going on to study challenging courses such as Medicine, Law and Engineering.

As Assistant Principal, I work with a team of highly experienced staff to ensure our students are fully prepared for university applications. Offering individual advice and support is vital, helping students to make their application as strong as possible. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the extra academic events we offer, such as Maths Challenges, science Olympiads and an Extended Project Qualification. Our two-week ‘miniterm’ event in the summer term is focused on supporting university choices and applications. Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge, or Medical degrees, join our special support programmes at the start of their first year of A level.

We are always pleased to welcome previous Bosworth students back to talk to our current students. This year we have seen students who are studying at Oxford and Cambridge, plus a Pharmacy student studying at the University of East Anglia. We also have a thriving programme of visitors invited to share their expertise, for example;

  • Various universities – including presentations from Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), LSE and the University of Southampton, and a visitor from Nottingham University to interview our Medicine applicants
  • a local doctor and previous medical students who have run workshops on medicine and dentistry, and medical ethics
  • a local research scientist who has delivered lectures on topics as diverse as genetics and string theory
  • external interviewers to give realistic interview practice to our Oxbridge and Medicine students

Assistant PrincipalAlison Lewis BA PGCE MA (Oxon)

A graduate degree is considered to be a real asset by universities and governments around the world. The introduction of higher tuition fees makes a university education more expensive than ever, but the benefits are enormous. Think of it as an investment in your future!

Follow a career path
Some professions require an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Teaching or Chemical Engineering. In today’s market, more than a quarter of jobs ask for a degree and degrees are highly transferable; with a degree in most subjects you can apply for a wide range of different careers.

Better career prospects
Studying at degree level develops many transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include problem solving, independent thought, report writing, team working and communication.

Universities offer many opportunities for work experience; this could be an internship, a year in industry, part time work or voluntary work. A significant number of students who gain work experience during their degree go on to work for the same company after they graduate. Work experience adds skills and experiences to your cv.

Many universities offer the chance to study abroad. In an increasingly globalised workplace, this offers undergraduate students an opportunity to experience different cultures.

Higher earning potential
Graduates earn on average £12,000 per year more than non-graduates*, and in some professions this can be even greater.

Overall, graduates aged between 22 and 64 had median salaries of £29,900 compared with £17,800 for non-graduates*. Over a working lifetime, this can add up to an extra £160,000 for a graduate on average compared to a student with two A-levels ** (and up to an extra £340,000 for Medicine).

Furthermore, for female graduates, the earnings gap between female and male workers is less for graduates than for undergraduates.

*Office for National Statistics, 2011
** Research Report: The Economic Benefits of a Degree, PWC, 2007

Applying to University

Most* applications to study undergraduate courses at universities in the UK are made via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You will need to register on UCAS Apply and fill in your application online. Most universities in the UK accept applications from students with a range of qualifications; A-level, BTEC and our University Foundation Programme.

UCAS Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?
UCAS Apply opens in the summer (usually in June) and you can start your application as soon as it opens. UCAS applications can be submitted from September in your final academic year of study. Most applications should be completed by 15th January; after this date, universities do not guarantee to look at your application. At Bosworth College we encourage students to apply early as many top universities start to make offers as soon as they receive applications.

If you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge, or to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry you would need to complete your application by 15th October. Applications to some courses such as Art Foundation, or for students on the University Foundation Programme, may have a different deadline.

How many universities can I apply to?
You can apply for a maximum of five universities. Usually you would apply to similar courses at five different universities.

If you are applying to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry you can only apply to four courses; you can also choose a fifth course in another subject, e.g. Pharmacy, Biochemistry or Biomedical Science.

You can apply to Oxford or Cambridge, not to both.

Do the universities know which other universities I have applied to?
UCAS applications are ‘invisible’; a university does not know which other universities you have applied to.

What is a ‘conditional offer’?
A university may make you an offer based on certain ‘conditions’. They might ask you to achieve certain grades (e.g. AAB) or UCAS Tariff Points. International students will also be asked to prove their level of English, either by having good grades in accredited GCSE examinations or passing an IELTS examination at a certain level.

How do I reply?
Once you have received all of the decisions from your five universities, you will choose one course as your Firm choice and one as your Insurance choice (this will usually have lower conditions than your Firm choice). You will then Decline any other offers.

What happens if I don’t get any offers?
If you do not receive any offers you can use UCAS Extra to add more choices.

How much does it cost?
In the current year, the cost is £12 for one university choice, and £23 for two to five choices.

Can I take a gap year?
You can decide to take a gap year and apply the following year. You will then be able to apply with your final grades rather than predicted grades. This can be a good option if you are undecided about which course to study, or if you want to build up work experience, personal skills or experience to support your future application. For some subjects, especially mathematics-related courses, universities do not recommend that students take a gap year.

Bosworth College has a strong tradition of fully supporting our students who apply to UCAS after they no longer study with us.

*There are some private universities in the UK. Some of these accept applications via UCAS. For others you can apply directly to the university. Also some applications to study Art Foundation or Performing Arts are made directly to the university or college.

Applying to Universities Overseas

An increasing number of our students are applying overseas. This might be to gain experience of studying in another culture, or to take advantage of lower tuition fees or larger scholarships. Over the past few years, Bosworth students have been successful in gaining places in universities all around the world, including;

  • USA
  • Hong Kong
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • EU countries including the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany

At Bosworth College, we have many years of experience of making overseas applications and can advise and support our students throughout the process. Applying overseas can be very different than to the UK, for example;

  • For applications to the USA, you may need to take one or more SAT or ACT tests, as the majority of universities use these in their decisions about offers and scholarships. You may also have to write an essay or other personal statement specific to each university you apply to.
  • If you apply to Hong Kong, you will need to make a separate online application to each university, and also write a different personal statement to your UK applications.
  • Each overseas university you apply to may set a different deadline for submission, even within the same country. You will therefore need to be very organised and aware of your personal deadlines.
  • If you are applying to study subjects such as Medicine overseas, you need to check whether you will be accredited to practice in the UK (or other country) on completion of your course.
  • We will support you by writing a separate reference for your overseas applications, if needed, as well as producing any extra information about your progress and grades that your universities require. We can help you to organise sending other documentation that may be needed, such as passport or visa information and copies of examination certificates.
  • Please note that requests for references should be made to the Assistant Principal or Principal or via the College Office. Teaching staff should not be approached directly to provide teacher recommendations as whilst usually willing to do so, they may lack the expertise to present you in the very best possible light.  Institutions overseas often seek very different information from UK Universities and place greater emphasis on specific parts of your profile. The Assistant Principal and Principal are best-placed to provide the strongest references to support your applications.
  • We will also provide facilities if you need to take part in Skype or telephone interviews.

Each extra application you make takes time and effort, so we would also help you to balance your workload to complete university applications on top of your academic study.

How can you help?

  • Visit the UCAS website ( to find out more about UCAS applications. The website has a range of videos to help parents understand the process.
  • Be aware of important dates, such as the deadline for applications, and when your son or daughter needs to reply to universities.
  • Register for the UCAS monthly newsletter (
  • Talk regularly with your son or daughter to encourage them to think through their options carefully. Which subject? Which university? Do they want to stay at home or move away? Do they want a course that offers a work placement year or opportunities to study abroad?
  • If you live locally, take your son or daughter to university open days and interviews.
  • Plan to be at home on results day, in case they need to contact universities on the day.
  • If you are applying for student finance, start your application in the spring term of their final year to make sure the funds are available when they start their course
  • Help your son or daughter look for scholarships. These are advertised on university websites, or


Summer (Year before applying to university)
Research your course and university choices
Register with UCAS Apply
September (Final Academic Year before university)
You can submit your UCAS application from now on
October 15th
Deadline for applications to Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science
Early November
Bosworth College recommended deadline for submitting your UCAS application
January 15th
Deadline for applications for most UK universities and courses
Early May
Deadline for universities to tell you if they are making you an offer (and the conditions)
(Most universities will tell you their decision before this date)
A-level results available to students. Your university will tell you if they have confirmed your place


Choosing a pathway after leaving Bosworth College is an important decision. The majority of our students go on to start an Undergraduate degree at university in the UK or overseas. At Bosworth our experienced UCAS team offer a complete programme to advise and support you through the application process, from choosing the correct subjects at post-16 level, making the right choices of university and course, through to succeeding at university interviews and open days.
Students considering non-university options can get advice and support from our Careers Adviser. This might include writing a cv or applying for apprenticeships.


When you apply to Bosworth College, we will advise you on the right choice of GCSE subjects, as this can affect your options for post-16 study. During your study, your Personal Tutor and Course Directors will provide individual support and guidance about study options after GCSE. You will also have the opportunity to attend a wide range of talks from universities and other outside speakers.

Further information is available at our Parent’s Evening and Open Evening, where parents or guardians are invited to come along and discuss post-16 courses to help you make the right choice. At our Open Evening you will have the chance to talk to subject teachers, members of the UCAS team and representatives from Universities.

Post-16 Students (First Year A-level, First Year BTEC)

Choosing your courses
When you apply to Bosworth College, we will advise you on the right course and choice of subjects to study at post-16 level, as this can affect your options for study at university. For example;

  • To study Medicine, you must be taking Chemistry and at least one other science subject or mathematics.
  • For Engineering, you must study Mathematics and also Physics (or Chemistry for Chemical Engineering)
  • For Law, universities like you to study an essay-based subject, such as English, History
  • Top universities value ‘facilitating subjects’ as good preparation for study at university; these include Mathematics, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History and Languages

English and Mathematics Requirements
We will also make sure that you meet university entrance requirements for Mathematics and English. Universities require GCSE Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification – not all international qualifications are accredited. For international students, if you have not yet met the English entry requirements, you will be able to join our successful IELTS programme. This involves several taught lessons per week to fully prepare you for IELTS tests and for the demands of university study.

Informed Choices is the Russell Group guide to making decisions about post 16 education. A useful guide and one we recommend reading prior to making your post 16 choices. Click the link below.


How can Bosworth help?
Our comprehensive programme of events and one-to-one support will give you the best preparation for applying to your chosen universities. During your first year of post-16 study you will have the chance to prepare for Higher Education. You could…

  • Attend a University presentation ‘Getting Ready for Higher Education’ to make the most of opportunities in your first year of study
  • Get help to arrange useful and relevant work experience or voluntary work, especially important for applications to Medicine, Law, Pharmacy and other health-related courses
  • AS students take part in ‘Miniterm’ at the end of the year; a two-week programme aimed at getting your UCAS application started, as well as offering opportunities to get involved in our Business Enterprise Day, a Charity Event and workshops hosted by University representatives
  • Make the most of opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership, by becoming a Student Ambassador or joining our ‘Buddy’ scheme
  • Join up for one of our University visits here we receive a personal tour and presentations
  • Get involved in the local community as a volunteer
  • Take part in extra subject-related events; Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads, Maths Challenges, competitions and lectures
  • Take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to demonstrate extra commitment and develop independent study skills
  • Students applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary science have a dedicated programme of seminars over the year. This includes discussions of ‘hot topics’, preparation for Admissions Tests and getting a head-start with personal statements


Post-16 Students (Second Year A-level, University Foundation Programme, Second Year BTEC)

You will submit your university applications in your final year at Bosworth College. Our individualised support will help you to make a very competitive application, including;

  • A weekly seminar programme for all A2 students. In the Autumn term this focused on support for UCAS and other university applications, such as a workshop to help with the online UCAS application, plus appointments with one of the specialised UCAS team to discuss your personal statement, university and course choices. The focus then changes to workshops, such as how to make a positive impression, interview skills and preparing for open days
  • You will continue to meet regularly with your Personal Tutor for individual support and advice
  • Students can consult their Course Director or Director of University Admissions for specific advice about their applications
  • We will arrange a practice interview for any student on request
  • You could attend some of the presentations given by Universities in College to ask questions about your application
  • All UCAS applications and personal statements are checked by an experienced member of staff before they are submitted

College Profile

Bosworth Independent College is a well-established independent school catering for both local and overseas students. We currently have approximately 300 students from over 40 different countries studying with us and our average class size is 8 students. The vast majority of our students go onto university and just over 70% of grades in 2018 were awarded an A* to B grade. In addition to academic subject-specific teaching, students also receive support to develop study skills and independent learning skills.

Our students:

Bosworth is a non-selective College. The majority of our A-level students join Bosworth College at the start of their AS level year. We offer a full range of academic A-level subjects. Overseas students have a variety of previous qualifications on entry. We therefore test students rigorously on arrival, in English, Mathematics and cognitive ability, to confirm that they are suited to the A-level programme. Local students are often attracted by our flexible approach to the range of subjects that can be combined alongside our reputation for care, support and challenge. We expect our students to be academically aspirational and our staff to work with equal ambition for those with any specific learning difference.

English Language Policy (for overseas students):

Our overseas students usually have a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or approved GCSE / IGCSE qualification to start on our A-level programme. They receive timetabled IELTS lessons from specialised teachers throughout Years 12 and 13. All classes are taught in English and overseas students have to keep up with their first language-speaking peers. We also ensure that only English is spoken in our academic buildings at all times.

AS Policy:

In Year 12, students may take 3 or 4 GCE subjects, provided they have passed GCSE English at Grade 4 or better, or have an equivalent qualification. Many overseas students take three subjects alongside timetabled IELTS lessons. Every year, a group of students joins in January of Year 12 and take 3 A-level subjects in 5 terms instead of 6.

Formal AS examinations are generally used by most of our academic departments principally to give students the experience of taking a UK style GCE examination. We do not regard the result as a reliable mark of our students’ progress or ability, especially since so many of them are overseas students with English as a second language in their first year of education in the UK.