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Academic counselling

It is really important that you are studying the right subjects for the course you want to take at university. When you first arrive in school you will talk to one of our senior academics who will make sure that you have chosen correctly for what you want to do in the future.

Unlimited support

The friendly CATS Cambridge staff are always on hand to answer your questions and provide advice on the university process. If you are unsure of anything, you can meet with your Personal Tutor or the Higher Education Advisor outside of timetabled lessons and feel confident that you are always supported.

Open days

It is important that you really know about the universities that you are applying to. We encourage you to visit when they have open days so that you can look around and ask questions.

Higher Education Advisor

Our dedicated full-time Higher Education Advisor has years of admissions experience and offers unlimited individual support from day one, helping with each aspect of the university application process. You will have timetabled lessons along with one-toone meetings with them if needed, to get the extensive advice that you need to feel confident in your application. Medics and Oxbridge candidates receive one-to-one advice as standard.

Personal statement

Our Personal Tutors have extensive experience of university admissions and know what will make your application stand out. Your Tutor will dedicate time to getting to know you and your interests to ensure that your personal statement is the best reflection of you.

University visits

Universities from around the world visit CATS regularly throughout the year to tell you about their courses and give you the chance to ask questions.

University application process

A level year 1 A level year 2 or UFP

Induction week

Introduction to the higher education department and services available

Induction week

Oxbridge College advice

Oxbridge open days, USA College day

Personal statements completed

SAT and ACT Tests (USA Colleges Only)


Careers fair to begin university and careers thinking

CATS university fair

Oxbridge candidate mock interviews

Oxbridge/Medicine application deadline

UKCAT admissions tests for Medics

LNAT admissions tests for Law

USA applications

CATS university fair

November / December

USA applicants identified

Preparation for mock exams

BMAT admissions test for Medical Degree

Oxbridge interviews

UCAS workshop

UCAS applications completed (non- Oxbridge applicants)

January / February

Introduction to UCAS* and the application process

Oxbridge students identified

Medic UK work experience

Prospects (matches students’ interests and abilities to courses available) or Stamford Test

January start University Foundation Programme students complete UCAS applications

UCAS deadline 15 January Examinations

March / April

Prospects report results and interpretation

Personal tutors work with students on their personal statements

Open days arranged to gain a taste of university life

CATS university fair

Students given conditional offers

Confirm university firm and insurance choices

CATS university fair

May / June

Preparation for USA university applications

Examinations Medic UK work experience


July / August

Medic home country work experience

Oxbridge open days

Internal A level half way exams

UFP/IB exam results published

A level exam results published

Confirmation of university plac

Clearing and adjustment

A level year 1 A level year 2 or UFP