Boys are admitted to UCS Senior School at a range of different ages, from 11 through to 16. Parents interested in their son applying for a place should, in the first instance, discuss the matter with the School in the year prior to entry for 11+ and two years prior to entry for 13+. The enormous majority of our GCSE students choose to stay on into the Sixth Form, where they are joined by some entrants from other schools, to study over two years for AS and A-level. Entry to the Sixth Form from September 2015 involves passing a low-level hurdle based on GCSE grades. Please speak with the admissions team or Deputy Head Academic for more details.
Please visit the Sixth Form area of our website for details on 16+ entry.
Sixty boys will transfer from the Junior Branch to the Senior School. They will not be required to sit a further qualifying examination. Twenty eight boys aged 11 will be admitted from other schools. A confidential report is requested from each candidate’s current school and plays an important part in the assessment procedure. The examination, held in January, will involve three papers devoted to Mathematics (calculations and problems), reasoning (verbal and non-verbal), and English (a passage for comprehension and an essay). The results of this examination will be important in deciding the candidates asked to return for interview. They will meet with the Headmaster and, separately, with a senior member of staff for a total of approximately thirty minutes (during which time they may be asked to read a short passage).
Twenty seven boys aged 13 will be admitted each year. They will be required to sit Common Entrance, but will have been selected following our Preliminary Assessment two years prior. It will involve three papers, devoted to Mathematics (calculations and problems), reasoning (verbal and non-verbal), and English (a passage for comprehension and an essay). A confidential report is requested from each candidate’s current school and plays an important part in the assessment procedure. The results of this examination will be important in deciding the boys asked to return for activity and interview. Each will choose an activity (art, technology, sport, music or drama) for a morning’s participation at UCS, during which he will also have a short interview. Following this assessment and interview, the School will hold a firm list of Common Entrance candidates and a Waiting List. The lists will be reviewed towards the end of the year and some candidates from the Waiting List may be promoted (these candidates will be assessed and interviewed again).
Needs-based financial assistance with fees is available, as well as Music Awards. A separate application needs to be made for Music Awards. Please see the music section of the website for more details and an application.