Higher Education and Careers

Glenalmond College pupils leave us at the end of Upper Sixth Form as independent young men and women who have been thoroughly prepared for the next stage of their lives. Almost all of our leavers go on to university, with some of them opting to take a gap year before taking up their university place.

The decision about which university or career is best for a pupil is considered carefully by staff in collaboration with the pupil and his or her parents. In fact Glenalmond College assists pupils throughout their academic career, offering support and guidance on university applications and careers advice. Discussions about possible careers and suitable universities begin whenever the child joins Glenalmond whether that is in Third Form or in Sixth Form.

Careers advice is provided in the Third Form and Fourth Form through the tutor system. Pupils meet their tutors three times a week and some of these sessions are used to take the first steps in investigating career choice.

In the Michaelmas Term, Fifth Form pupils undertake a set of psychometric tests to help compile a career profile and to initiate ideas about Sixth Form subject choices. Pupils who join in the Lower Sixth are also encouraged to take part in this. Results and interview notes are forwarded to parents before Lent half-term to allow for consultation between pupils, staff and parents at the Fifth Form meeting.

Lower Sixth pupils have a presentation in the Lent Term as an introduction to the UCAS university application process. In the Trinity Term, following exams, further work is done on institution and course choice and the preparation of their Personal Statement which constitutes part of their application. UCAS forms are completed in the Michaelmas Term of the Upper Sixth.  If a pupil has left the school and requires help with their UCAS application they can contact Mr Steve Smith (Head of Sixth Form) who will assist them in the process.  

Glenalmond pupils who go to university study at a wide range of institutions including Bristol, Exeter, London, Durham, Newcastle and St Andrews as well as Oxford and Cambridge.

Advice is also given on what to do during a gap year and how to manage that time successfully.  OG applicants are also offered full assistance with university applications after leaving Glenalmond.