Higher Education Roadshow

img_20170125_094727629This morning Year 10 and 11 enjoyed a fantastic presentation from the Higher Education Roadshow, an initiative from Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. We saw the huge range of degree courses available – over 30,000 in the UK! It was fun to ‘spot the fake degree’ – who knew you could get a degree in circus performance or stand-up comedy? The point is, whatever your interest, there is a course out there somewhere for you.

We also learnt more about the amazing opportunities available at university to pursue your interests, through all of the extra-curricular societies. Some can even lead to a future career – presenting a programme on Cardiff Uni’s TV station gave one graduate the experience she needed to land a job with Sky Sports! Students were inspired to investigate courses and make the most of the opportunities available.

Many students don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing A Levels or a degree course, and the presentation gave us helpful pointers in thinking ‘What is my best subject?’, ‘What kind of career would I like?’ and recommended the UCAS website in finding out what grades courses require. It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future. Students can sign up to the HE roadshow newsletter to stay updated and follow them on Twitter @CDF_HigherEd.

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Interested in dentistry?

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Past pupil Jack McSweeney, Head Boy from 2012-2013, came in to speak to a room packed with students keen to find out more about dentistry and his experiences at King’s College London, the top university in the UK for dentistry and 4th in the world.

From Year 10 up to Sixth Form, pupils heard about Jack’s daily life working at Guy’s Hospital with a London skyline from the 26th floor, and about the state-of-the-art equipment he gets to use on a daily basis. He spoke about the rapport you can build with patients as a dentist, and the fantastic career paths you can follow. He also told us about volunteering opportunities, such as going to South Africa this summer with the Dental Wellness Trust. It sounds amazing!

Jack was also part of the interview panel this year and had lots of helpful tips for prospective students who might be interviewed, whatever their subject. He advised students to make their personal statements specific and to use their work experience effectively to keep a record of what they have done.

Jack is a fantastic role model and it was a reminder to all the students to work hard, have determination and perseverance and high ambition. We hope to see him again next year!