HeadStart is proud to announce the launch of U-Prep, a new service which will provide university preparation, counselling and placement for HeadStart students.
In addition to our ongoing commitment to ensure that all of our students excel in their secondary academic studies and achieve the highest possible grades, the U-Prep team and programme will also focus on evaluating students’ individual strengths, needs and career goals. The U-Prep team will work closely with students and their families to provide the counsel and support necessary for students to successfully secure the right university pathways.
This academic year, we are delighted to offer UPrep Drop-In sessions where parents can meet casually with Ms.Caines and Kru Gem to discuss anything to do with the university application process and all things university-related. UPrep Drop-In sessions are held in the school’s Cafe from 8.00 - 9.00 a.m. on Thursday every other week.
Drop in Session dates: 19 September, 3 & 24 October, 7 & 21 November, 12 December, 16 & 30 January, 13 February, 5 & 19 March, 2 April.
Meetings are held every Thursday at 8:15am to cover questions and issues that parents have in relation to University applications. Below is the timetable for 2019.
|Week||What will the talk be about?||Who might be interested?|
|12 September “What’s new in UPrep?”||Introduction to HeadStart UPrep Talks this academic year, including an introduction to our new partner UniFrog, a careers and university portal service for all parents and students||All interested parents, especially families with children in Secondary. Unifrog is a valuable tool for finding out about all things to do with the world of work and universities around the world - FREE if you sign up through HeadStart! Come and find out how to do this…|
|26 September ‘Standardised Testing’||Information about the different tests university applications require, including standardised tests like SAT, language tests like IELTS and TOEFL, planning a testing schedule for your child and how to prepare for them.||Families with older children who are preparing for university study, years 10-13 in particular.|
|10 October ‘Your Child’s 5 Year Plan’||A general outline of what families can be doing to help their child prepare for university applications. This includes guidance on how to use the free resources on UniFrog.||Designed for parents of younger children, in Years 6-9, but should be interesting to parents with older or younger children.|
|31 October ‘Comparing different university systems’||Find out the basic differences between university / college study around the world - how might studying in the UK, USA, Europe, Canada or Asia differ from each other.||Any parents unfamiliar with international university systems or unsure about destinations. Particularly interesting for parents with children in year 10-12.|
|14 November ‘How to apply to University’||Information about the different components of university applications - what students need to present and how to ensure that each part of the application is the best it can be!||Families with older children who are preparing for university study, years 10-13 in particular.|
|28 November ‘Top Universities’||A look at the best universities in the world and the various entry requirements for different courses and countries.||Families with older children who are preparing for university study, and parents of gifted students who are planning ambitious university applications.|
|9 January ‘Applying to the UK and Europe’||Important details and information about how applications to the UK and other European destinations work.||Any families interested in the UK or other European destinations for their child’s university study.|
|23 January ‘Applying to the USA / Canada’||Important details and information about how applications to the USA and Canada work.||Any families interested in the USA or Canada for their child’s university study.|
|6 February ‘Thai Universities’||Information about the top universities in Thailand, their entry requirements and how to apply through TICAS||Any families interested in the Thailand, both Thai nationals and international applicants, for their child’s university study.|
|27 February ‘Applying to Universities in Asia’||Important details and information about how applications to countries such as Australia, Singapore and China work.||Any families interested in Asian Universities for their child’s university study.|
|12 March ‘Show me the Money’||This session will compare the costs of different universities, countries and systems. It will outline key terminology and talk through basic information about financial aid and scholarships.||Anyone who wants more information about costs, particularly parents for whom money is a factor in decision making.|
|26 March ‘Help your child choose a career’||How to talk to your child about their career options and what tools are available to help focus children start to think about their future choices.||Any interested parents, especially Secondary families.|
UPrep Meeting Information
Calendar and Key Dates
|15||UK Oxbridge and Early Deadline|
|31||BMAT/ Oxford tests|
|15||US application deadline|
|December||2||Portfolio admission Thai Universities|
|January||15||UK/Canada/Holland final deadline|
|February||22||GAT/ PAT Tests|
|25||UK Extra Open|
|March||14||9 Subjects Test (Thai Uni)/SAT tests|
|April||1||Holland deadline/ GAT/ PAT Results|
|5||9 Subjects Test Result|
|May||AS/ A Level Exams|
|June||AS/ A Level Exams/SAT tests|
|17||Chulalongkorn University deadline|
|July||5||UK Clearing Open|