Varun – studying for a BSc Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Varun was a student from India studying ISC, one of Indian national curriculum boards. He had potential to study at a top-ranking UK university but was undecided about which course to apply for or which universities would suit him. We put Varun on our Platinum student package which covered two years in the run up to his university entry.
We had initial skype sessions with Varun to find out more about him, his academic and social interests and what he liked to do in his spare time. He was very interested in history, had been involved with the MUN and enjoyed playing Basketball.
Year Two: Building upon his strengths and providing extra resources
Phase One: The Application
We discussed Varun’s work experience and voluntary commitments
Discussed topical events that Varun was interested in
Provided enrichment resources and recommended reading material to give a subject insight
Arranged campus visits for Varun and his parents on their visit to the UK
Organised appointments to tour the universities and meet with academics at Durham, Warwick and Exeter universities
Closer look at each of the courses and modules likely to be studied
Looked at accommodation options and the Student Union provisions
As Durham was one of Varun’s choices, we advised him on college options
Worked on preparation for the Personal Statement over several weeks
Phase Two: Offers and preparation in the run up to registration
Offers came in from all universities
Varun scored well in his IELTs exam at his local British Council
We discussed the offers with Varun and his parents taking into account the likelihood of gaining his predicted grades
Varun decided on Durham University as his FIRM Choice and Warwick as his INSURANCE offer
Durham then sent a Certificate of Acceptance (CAS) so that he could obtain his Student Visa
Varun’s great results meant that he succeeded in getting into his top university choice
We liaised on Varun’s behalf with the college to ensure he had all the relevant paperwork and helped him with his module choices
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