Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
 
Applications will be made using a web form that will be launched on The Misbourne website on Friday 30 November 2018.  
Applications remain open throughout the remainder of the academic year, however if you wish to receive the full information and guidance, including the offer of a guidance meeting with a senior leader, please apply by the initial deadline of Thursday 31 January 2019.  This enables us to return your offer of a place by the end of February 2019 and contact you if there are any issues such as a course having low numbers.
 
How do I choose my subjects?
 
Whether you’ve already decided your A Levels and/or BTECs for next year or you’re struggling to decide, there are plenty of places where you can do some further research.
 
The qualifications you pick now can impact on what you do later, including which courses you can apply to at university and which universities will consider you. If you don’t know what you want to do in the future, you can still make some smart choices that will leave you in a strong position in two years’ time. 
 
We recommend the Which University? website which has articles on which A Levels to choose, plus for looking at prestigious university entrance such as the Russell Group universities, it is worth reading their ‘Informed Choices’ publication. 
 
That said, for the vast majority of careers and universities, choosing the three subjects that you wish to study the most and have the most ability in, will be the most successful way forward.
 
What kind of students are we looking for?
 
We are looking for students who are prepared to roll their sleeves up and make the leap, with our support and training, into the more independent learning nature of Sixth Form study.  You will also need to develop a quickly growing awareness that the enrichment and leadership opportunities you seize really help you to stand out from the crowd when it comes to university or career applications, your final school reference and your future opportunities.  
 
We are also looking for students who wish to explore their careers and future options on a regular basis alongside their Sixth Form studies.
 
Is there any financial assistance? 
 
Our 16-19 Bursary Fund can provide substantial financial support and applications should be made in detail and in time for the deadlines that we will share with you during the enrolment process.
 
A busary can help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials.
There are two levels of bursary and eligibility for this limited fund depends on personal circumstances and family income.  All applications for this limited fund are considered by the school Bursary Fund Committee.   Further details can be found here.
 
Will I get to explore different careers and meet with employers?
 
The Misbourne is a National Lead School for Careers and we take great pride in organising as many employer engagements for you as possible, from sessions within your subject areas to seminars on different careers and visiting speakers who are nationally recognised for their roles. 
 
You will develop a strong CV and interview skills during Sixth Form, be guided to write a powerful personal statement for university entrance and your career activities will be tracked carefully to support you in make the most of the opportunities that will be available to you.
 
Will I get to visit universities?
 
Not only does the government advise that all Sixth Formers should visit at least two universities during their time in Sixth Form, we encourage students to take up to three school days per academic year to visit Open Days and University Experience Days. 
Many of these days also happen on weekends which enables further visits on top of the permitted school time.