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Sociological sights

5 May 2020

Jaimee has an offer to read BA Social Policy with Study Abroad at the University of Bristol. She is currently studying A Levels in English, History and Sociology within our Sixth Form.

“I have found my A Level Sociology at Westminster City School to be deeply fascinating. Sociology is such a broad subject and there are just so many different topics that you can investigate. For example, in our classes recently, we have been looking at crime and the impact on our society. I feel that sociology is a subject that is highly relevant to the world around me and that it will lead me to any future career that I like.

“When I started to think about university study, I looked at the reputation of different institutions and at their Teaching Excellence Framework scores, as this demonstrates the quality of teaching that you experience there. I also researched graduate employment rates, to try to understand which universities were most successful in preparing their alumni for a future career. 

“Westminster City School staff offered me a lot of helpful advice about applying to university and I also went on our Sixth Form trip to the UCAS higher education fair at the Emirates Stadium. This was a brilliant opportunity to speak with representatives from different universities from across the UK, so I got to ask questions, collect prospectuses and find out more before submitting my application. I am very excited about starting university in the autumn and about the future opportunities that my degree will offer me.”

A member of the Russell Group, Bristol was ranked in the top ten of UK universities by the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education in 2020. Notable alumni range from writers (such as Dick King-Smith, Angela Carter and David Nicholls) to broadcasters and journalists (including Sue Lawley, Alastair Stewart and Susanna Reid), and from comedians (like Simon Pegg, Chris Morris and Chris Langham) to the politician Lembit Opik and the former Head of MI5, Anne McClain. Bristol has also been associated with 13 different Nobel Laureates including, most recently, the 2015 Economics winner, Sir Angus Stewart Deaton.

Over 90% of our current Year 13 have applied to start university in September 2020, receiving offers across a range of courses and institutions, both in and out of London. We are exceptionally proud of our young people and, over the coming weeks, will feature many of our sixth formers talking about their exciting journey towards university.

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