University Admissions

UK Universities

Generally, in excess of two thirds of our leavers go on to university in the UK. The university and careers team at Malvern begin the preparation for university application as far back as the Hundred (Year 11), when we offer preliminary advice regarding course choices for the Sixth Form. Throughout the Lower Sixth various events are arranged to help pupils discover the best course and university for them. These include a university fair in the Lent term held at Malvern, attended by various top universities, and a UCAS Day in the Summer term during which pupils register on the UCAS website and work on the first draft of the personal statement (UCAS is the centralised organisation responsible for all university applications in the UK). For those considering Oxbridge, an initial briefing in the Autumn term is followed by visits in the Lent term to both universities and, provided students have chosen their preferred courses, the arrangement of tutorial-based additional lessons with specialist members of staff in the Summer term.

In the Upper Sixth year there is a flurry of activity in the Autumn term as pupils finalise their UCAS forms. Where the course demands interviews, Malvern provides not only practice interviews with members of staff, but also the opportunity of a full workshop with an interview expert. In recent years the majority of applicants have won places at Russell Group universities and well over 75% (81% in 2015) are accepted at their first choice universities every year.


About a third of the leavers will go on to a university in the US, Canada, mainland Europe or elsewhere outside the UK. We have a trained team of US admissions counsellors who help any potential US applicant through the procedure from start to finish. Pupils are required to sit SATs (standardised admissions tests) for entry and Malvern is now a SAT centre offering the test six times a year. Pupils who wish to apply to any other non-UK university (this year, we have applicants to Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Shanghai) benefit from advice from the school's Head of International University Admissions.

Gap Years 

A good number of pupils take a gap year between school and university and the process of organising such programmes can be a little daunting for pupils. The well-stocked Careers Library has information about many organisations, which offer gap year programmes and the accumulated experience of past years enables the Careers Department (together with a pupil’s Sixth Form tutor) to offer advice about the opportunities available and appropriate choices that a particular pupil might make.

2016 Leavers' Destinations  

UK Universities

This year College pupils had 7 Oxbridge offers, 3 for Cambridge, 4 for Oxford. Offers were in the following subjects: Law, Economics (2 offers), Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and Human Sciences. 311 Russell Group University places were offered in a wide range of subjects, the most popular options being Economics, Business, Politics, History, PPE, English and Sociology. Particularly popular universities have been Warwick, Exeter, University College, London and various other Russell Group Universities.

Overseas Universities

32 pupils have gained places at International Universities, including 17 to the US (e.g. Northeastern, UT Texas, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Wellesley College, New York University); 6 to Università Bocconi in Milan; 3 to IE University in Madrid; 1 to University of Sydney; 1 to McGill in Canada. In the Lower Sixth, SAT preparation has been particularly successful this year, with all 24 Malvern College candidates scoring 300 points above the US High School average and 2 candidates gaining maximum marks in their subject tests.

In addition to attending conferences at various American universities himself, the College’s International Universities Applications officer led a school trip to America during the Summer holidays where pupils were given the opportunity to visit various universities and Colleges throughout the American North Eastern seaboard.


University admissions presentation