Making decisions about future pathways
There is a lot to consider at the beginning of a student’s journey to university. The process requires a lot of considered research and decision making, and our Deputy Head of Secondary plays an important role in guiding our students and their families through this process. This might include, for example, whether the student has 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 other universities or colleges.
University rankings can often play a leading role in the decision-making process for students and their families. In reality however, there will be numerous criteria which shape the university selection and ultimate experience for the student. To reflect these decisions, our Deputy Head of Secondary encourages students to be aware of the diversity of choice available to them, helping them to understand the location of their shortlisted universities, cultural challenges and perspectives, and what it might be like to live and study there. Our Deputy Head of Secondary provides support and information based on significant experience and a sound knowledge of the benefits and potential challenges these choices may pose.
Understanding the application system
At NAISAK, it’s common for our students to apply to a number of universities in a range of different countries. Popular destinations include the UK, Canada, Malaysia, and the Philippines among others, as well as international and local universities based in Qatar. It’s clear that our students have almost limitless choice when it comes to selecting their university destination, but this also requires them to navigate a variety of application systems for which the requirements and structure may vary significantly between countries.
While this poses a new challenge for the students themselves, the application process is often also unfamiliar to their families. Our Deputy Head of Secondary plays a key role in guiding students and parents through the application process, offering support and guidance to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible. His experience and knowledge of international application processes ensures that our students 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 candidate’s chosen university. Throughout this stage and beyond, our Deputy Head of Secondary is an ally for our students and ensures they are prepared for each stage of the admission process. From writing references and recommendation letters, providing feedback on applications, and holding practice interviews relevant to the university and country in question, he supports and encourages each and every student to advocate for themselves in the best way possible, ensuring they have a clear understanding of what is required of them to submit a successful application.
We recognise that our students are incredibly ambitious, and as such are regularly faced with numerous academic and extracurricular challenges they need to balance. In Year 13 in particular, students will juggle a variety of demands and deadlines as they prepare for their A level mock and final exams. This is also the time when the majority of university applications are due for submission, many of which are very time consuming. A typical application to an American university, for example, can take 15-20 hours to complete.
The combination of a heavy workload, in addition to preparing university admission applications, is likely to be the most demanding task students will have faced in their academic journey to date. Paying close attention to student wellbeing and how they balance these commitments is essential during this stressful time. Our Deputy Head of Secondary takes a holistic view of the needs of each individual student throughout this time, supporting them and teaching them to plan ahead in order to effectively manage their time to ensure they meet their required deadlines.
Our Deputy Head of Secondary is an important point of contact for our Sixth Form students, who oversees and guides the entire process from research and decision making, to applying and securing a place at university. For more information about the future academic pathways of students at Nord Anglia International School Al Khor, contact our admissions team.