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 The College Counselling Programme (CC) at KICS begins in Year 10. The aim is to provide the best possible advice to students and parents from an early stage in order to create a personalised road map for each student. By working to identify the end goals, we can better choose the steps we take now.

Parent Involvement

Besides the role of the school in aiding and supporting a student’s decision-making and university application process, it is crucial that parents are involved at every stage. To begin, discussions can be held about what interests a student has, their strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations and how those goals can be achieved. This should be supported both academically and non-academically, with real-life experiences such as work experiences, independent research on subjects and current events, CAS activities, community service, etc.

Parents are also encouraged to be actively involved with students as they research different career options, courses and universities. Finally, active and on-going communication with the College Counsellor is essential so that the best support can be given from school. 


Year 10
Semester One

•    Year 10 students will be given four sessions with the College Counsellors on career advice, preparation and final decisions for the Year 10 Work Week in semester two.


Semester Two
•    Work Week
    o    Work week is a dedicated week (first week back semester two) for Year 10 students to gain work experience.

Year 11 and Year 12
Semester One

Introduction to College Counselling. Students are giving a presentation on careers advice and the university application process, the importance of work experience, developing intellectual vitality and going on university college tours, if possible.  An initial university questionnaire is distributed as well in order to begin creating a road map for each student.

During the first semester of Year 11 students spend time researching possible career interests with a focus on finding out about specific personal qualities and skills required, IBDP points and subject requirements, examples of university courses, work experience and wider reading.

Year 11
Semester Two

In the Second Semester of Year 11 College Counsellors meet with students and their parents to discuss possible career ideas, university locations and courses and IBDP subject options for Year 12.
•    Home-school relationship continues with DP Options Night.
•    Research
    o    University requirements
    o    IB Subject choices
    o    Work experience
    o    Campus tours


Year 12
Semester Two

•     Tailored CC meetings for all Year 12s
•     After First Grade Sheet –Target Setting and monitoring


•    Parents Evening to introduce CC, Target setting, etc
•    College Application Workshop Mini-Sessions for students will begin at the end of March in Assembly/Tutor Time. A series of four sessions between the CC and Year 12 students will be held:    

    o    How to research universities, courses and entry requirements;
    o    Introduce and write their personal statements/essays. Personal statement to be written by semester two;
    o     How Target Sheets and university aspirations relate; how to choose safety, reach and secure institutions;
    o    Register on relevant university application websites such as UCAS, Common Application and OUAC.

•    Use CC time to research universities with Year 12s.

•    Begin individual meetings with parents re: college direction and work experience for the summer.

•    Safety, Reach, Secure choices outlined
•    Email to parents about status end of semester two.
•    Complete the personal statement
•    All pre-entry tests to be completed and/or registered for (e.g. SATs, BMAT, TOEFL)
•    Finalise work experience and campus tours for the summer between Year 12 and Year13
•    Subject teachers to fill in evaluations on Google Docs
•    HRTs to write meaty paragraphs for reference letters
•    Reference letters by Principal to begin


Year 13
Semester One

•    College Counselling meetings continue
•    Final Selection of courses and universities (Reach, Safety, Secure)
•    Collation of Predicted Grades
•    Additional reference letters from subject teachers
•    All applications to be sent out by December—Exceptions: Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry by October 15. Some other exceptions for US applications.  

Semester Two
Offers begin coming in and final decisions are made.
Examples of typical university offers
•    In the UK
    o    Medicine-36-38+ pts, Chem/Bio at HL 6,6,6. BMAT and UKCATS plus interview
    o    Law-36+ pts. LNAT
    o    Engineering-32+pts, Chemistry, Physics and Maths HL
    o    Politics at SOAS 38 pts, 7,6,6 HL.
    o    IR at Queen Mary 32 pts
    o    International Business at Warwick-38 pts, 5,5,5 HL
    o    Geography at Bristol 36-37 pts 6,6,6, HL
    o    Architecture at UCL-34 pts, 16 at HL plus portfolio
    o    Art and Design at Southampton-32 pts, 16 at HL plus portfolio
    o    ANYTHING for OXBRIDGE 40+ points plus most rigorous subject courses
•    In the USA
    o    Pre-Med 36-38 pts + plus MCAT, SATs and 2 SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL
    o    Chemical Engineering at MIT 40+ pts, SATs, 2 SAT Subject Tests, interview, TOEFL
    o    Pre-Law-SAT, 2 SAT Subject tests. Most common degrees from PoliSci, History, English, Psychology and Criminal Justice, TOEFL
    o    Harvard, MIT, etc Top Grades
•    All institutions will expect transcripts predicted grades, strong personal statements and essays that reflect student initiative, passion and interests outside the classroom, in their communities and outside their comfort zones.

All KICS students and parents have access to the KICS College Counselling Moodle Site. This site provides a wide range of resources about different universities around the world, organized into regions, university application processes, careers, information about taking a GAP year, transitioning to university, college tours, developing intellectual vitality, financing university and KICS alumni at universities around the world.