Applying to University

With significant changes to the English student finance system and ever-increasing options to choose from, it is vital that our students take time to consider applying to university. The Misbourne supports its Sixth Formers throughout Years 12 and 13 on their pathway to finding out about and applying to higher education. We run a series of enrichment talks throughout Year 12, host a Higher Education Information Evening for parents and enable our students to visit university open days. In Year 13, we guide our students through the all-important UCAS university application process and signpost our students toward the student finance options. Our teachers are all on hand to share their expertise and experiences in the varied universities across the UK and the world in which they themselves studied.

As a starting point, we recommend students and families to use Unifrog which has a catalogue of university courses tailored to students personality and skill set providing they’ve completed these Unifrog quizzes. Please let us know if you need your Unifrog login information again. Furthermore, the excellent Which University Parent Guide at The Which University website also includes an excellent course guide that is searchable from inputting your current A-levels:

Misbourne students are successful at gaining places at universities throughout the UK to read a diverse range of subjects.  For information on which universities our 2021 leavers joined, please click on our Leavers' Destinations Map

Please click on the links on the menus below for further information and guidance about applying to university. 

Oxford, Cambridge and Early Entry Courses

Using our connections with local grammar schools, we’re able to fully support applicants applying to Oxford, Cambridge and courses such as dentistry, medicine and veterinary science. Please make yourself known to the Sixth Form team as early as possible so we can work towards the earlier UCAS deadline in October, as well as support with interview and additional testing preparation.

Visiting Open Days

Sixth Form students are permitted to have three days off school during the academic year to visit universities and colleges. Students wishing to take this time off must fill in the Visiting Open Days form for the attendance officer.

Click here to download the University and Work Experience Visit Request Form.

Grants and Scholarships

We recommend students taking up university places explore search engines such as GrantFairy (, a mobile app which matches students with thousands of scholarships to help pay university tuition fees and living expenses.

Student Finance

The student finance system in England has been subject to many recent changes, creating the myth that students cannot afford to go to university as it is too expensive.  In fact, no student will have to pay tuition fees up-front to go to university or college as there is a wide variety of financial help available from Student Finance England.  

Many students will not have to pay back the full amount they borrow and a student's university or college may offer bursaries, scholarships or other kinds of financial help.  Many universities and colleges charge less than the maximum £9,000 (this maximum may be allowed to rise at some universities from 2017 entry), or offer fee waivers, reductions or other benefits.

The deadline for applying for student finance for new full time students is in May each year, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible following their UCAS application.

Student Finance England, a partnership between the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Student Loans Company has provided The Misbourne with a range of factsheets about the financial support available to students entering higher education in the UK. The key factsheets are downloadable by clicking on the links bellow.

Student Finance England

Bucks New Uni Factsheet - Finding your Feet in Finance

Student Finance Video Guides

Student Finance Quick Start Guide web app

Martin Lewis - Money Saving Expert - Talk on Student Loans

Personal Statements

To download an excellent personal statement writing guide from The University of Essex click here.

There are often many Higher Education and Personal Statement workshops on Channel Talent ( as well as on Unifrog.