For all of our students at The British School Yangon, our Sixth Form staff play a key role in helping them to understand and successfully navigate the pathway to their university of choice. Taking the step from Sixth Form to university is an exciting challenge for students, but there are many big decisions which sit between these two milestones. It is the role of the Sixth Form staff to provide support and guidance to students so that these decisions are informed, manageable, and ultimately lead our students to secure a place at a university which suits their ambitions for the future.
Making decisions about future pathways
At the very beginning of a student's journey to university there should be a considered research and decision-making process. Our Sixth Form staff play an important role in guiding students through this and signposting the important factors for consideration when making their decision. For example, does the student have a firm understanding of how their degree of choice is taught at their potential university destination, what they will learn and how the style of teaching differs from a university elsewhere?
Often university ranking plays a leading role in the decision-making process for students. In reality, there will be a number of criteria which shape the university experience. Our Sixth Form staff encourage students to be aware of the diversity of choice available to them. They also help students to understand the locations of their potential universities and what it would be like to live and study there, helping them to choose a location based on knowledge rather than assumption.
Understanding the application system
It is not uncommon for students to apply to a selection of universities in numerous countries. Popular destinations include anywhere from the UK and America, to Australia and across Asia. With this wide range of university destination options also comes a variety of application systems, for which the requirements and structure may vary significantly between countries.
As well as providing a new challenge to students, the application process is often unfamiliar to families too. The Sixth Form staff at BSY will guide students and parents through this. They have experience and knowledge of international application processes and are equipped to steer students through this system, ensuring that they are prepared rather than overwhelmed by the challenge.
Preparing to impress
The written application process is typically only the first step in securing a place at a top university. At this stage and beyond, our Sixth Form staff are an ally for students and ensure students are prepared for each of the challenges presented. From writing references and recommendation letters, providing feedback on applications, and holding practice interviews which are appropriate to the university and country in consideration, our team of Sixth Form staff help every student to put their best foot forward and to have a clear understanding of what is required of them to produce a successful application.
We recognise that our students have big ambitions and as a result are often tasked with numerous challenges to focus on simultaneously. In Year 13 particularly, students will juggle a variety of demands. In Term 1, students may have several coursework deadlines to manage alongside preparing for their A2 mock examinations. This is also when the majority of university applications take place, many of which are very time consuming - a typical application to a US university takes 15-20 hours, for example.
The combination of workload and applying to university is the most demanding task students will have faced in the academic journey to date. Paying close attention to student wellbeing and their handling of these commitments is a top priority during this process. Our Sixth Form staff take a holistic view of everything students are juggling and help them to understand and prepare in advance for what the demands of university applications are, where these fall in the school year so they can time manage effectively, and the support available to them if they are struggling.
Our excellent team of Sixth Form staff will oversee and guide the entire process from research and decision making, to applying and securing a place at university. For more information into the future academic pathways of students at BSY, visit our Sixth Form page.