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UCAS Information at Llanidloes High School


UCAS ( is the central service responsible for the university admissions process.  At Llanidloes High School, Sixth Formers are supported as much as possible in terms of their degree/university choices. The Sutton Trust Report entitled ‘Degrees of Success’ listed Llanidloes high as the 94th best comprehensive School in the UK in terms of the proportion of HE applicants accepted at Oxbridge.

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UCAS usually goes ‘live’ for each entry cohort in mid-June the year before sixth formers anticipate going to university (e.g. June 2013 for entry in September 2014). 

Early entry deadlines are on October 15th.  This deadline applies to Oxbridge entry as well as courses for Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary science.  For some of these courses additional tests shall be required (e.g. BMAT, UKCAT) as part of the entry process.

The main deadline is January 15th for all remaining courses and universities. 


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Once UCAS goes live (See above), Sixth Formers are guided through the processes of writing their UCAS statement and also completing their UCAS entry form.  Usually this starts in mid-June at the end of year 12.

Sixth Formers are usually taken on a residential course at university in June/July of Year 12.  Here they experience university life and participate in a number of workshops.

A parents’ introduction to the UCAS process, which includes invited speakers (past and current pupils and their parents) is usually held during an evening in July.

Throughout summer and until Christmas, individual feedback is given on UCAS personal statements.  Sixth formers should expect to write at least six drafts of their personal statement during this time.

During the autumn term, guidance is given on interviews, and this includes the opportunity for mock interviews with both internal and external interview panels.

Preparation for university continues throughout the spring and summer terms and includes aspects of personal safety, study tips and finances.

In general, university offers shall stipulate (i) desired grades (ii) overall points or (iii) grades in particular subjects with an overall points tariff (see below).


All the post 16 qualifications carry a number of points depending on levels and grades achieved by the individual student. The arrangement for awarding points is shown below.

 AS, A and Vocational GCE levels

 Grade  AS level  A level
  A*          n/a          140
   A          60            120
   B          50            100
   C          40              80
   D          30              60
   E          20              40

Welsh Baccalaureate 120 points

Key Skills (unless already achieved through the Welsh Baccalaureate):

20 points for each level 3 key skill passed
10 points for each level 2 key skill passed

The points gained by a student over the two year period (Years 12 and 13) are totaled and will give him or her access to universities and colleges.


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Powys Route for 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Powys this September during its 388-day journey through the Commonwealth. 

The Powys route is part of the 230,000 kilometer journey to the baton’s final destination - The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia in April 2018.

The baton will spend four days in Wales, making its way through Powys on September 7 as part of a journey through every nation and territory within the commonwealth in the build up to the opening ceremony. 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communications Cllr Wynne Jones, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Powys once again. 

“As the baton travels through the county, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage, culture, beautiful landscapes and the Welsh language on an international stage. 

“The Powys route will begin in Brecon, travel up to Rhayader for a public street event before stopping at Llanidloes high and primary schools and a private photo stop in Llandinam.

“It will then travel to the new Welsh-medium Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown, before a final stop in the county at Welshpool.

“I hope having the Queen’s Baton in Powys will ignite pride in our county and Welsh athletes competing in the games. Plans are at an early stage but we look forward to putting on memorable activities to mark this exciting occasion.”

Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely proud to announce this route. The Relay will give everyone a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.”

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October 13th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
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November 8th 2016, 6.30pm
6th Form Open Evening

November 17th 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
Year 11 Parents' Evening

December 1st 2016, 4.30pm - 7pm
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January 12th 2017, 4.30pm - 7pm
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