University application projects (Grade 12)
Students who have decided on their top university choices can still benefit from project based learning! Because it foregrounds student voice and choice, it’s well-suited to the autonomy and individuality needed to create strong university applications.
Plus, this is an excellent moment for students to speak to people outside the school, including current university students and admissions officers.
One question which might encourage exploration both of themselves and of the wider world is “What makes a perfect application essay?” This is great for project based learning because it’s open-ended and has infinite right answers, but is still perfectly aligned with the curriculum and produces really relevant work.
Students will be able to think about what different essays might look like and how the ‘ideal’ shifts depending on the subject and university in question, as well as every student’s background and strengths.
Hopefully, they’ll seek out real-life examples from successful applicants, and get to talk to admissions tutors about what made the essays compelling and ultimately successful.
Making sure students do find the right resources and getting engaged and involved with the projects yourself are both key elements of project based learning. That means it might be a good idea for you to make contact with admissions officers, too, and maybe even organise for them to come into the school. These could definitely be interesting and helpful experiences for you as well as your students!
It’s also important to manage students’ activities, so don’t be afraid to set deadlines for external interviews, essay drafts or any other tasks you think would be valuable.