Higher Education Consultant & School Leaver Options

Sarah specialises in supporting students with their options after school, including university degree choices, structuring a gap year and applying to apprenticeships. She also gives guidance on subject choices at GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Pre-U and IB.

Sarah McWatters

Past roles and experience

Sarah has eight years experience working with the leading London sixth form Brampton College as a higher education consultant, where a high percentage of students go on to Russell Group universities. She regularly navigates the application process for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary including helping students who may want to retake an A level and re-apply for these highly competitive courses. She makes it her priority to encourage students to fully research their degrees before putting the final five into their UCAS application. This includes every type of university from Oxbridge through to foundation degrees and every degree from Architecture to Zoology. As a former journalist, Sarah also edits CVs for school leavers who need help with their gap years, internships or graduate schemes. She also has experience with assisting students who have Special Educational Needs, by putting together correctly represented applications to university.

Sarah was educated at Sherborne School for Girls and left to follow the apprenticeship route with ten years in industry, including a four year spell in Spain before going to university. She graduated from UCL with a degree in Modern Iberian and Latin American Studies, and went on to be a journalist with Associated Press Television News. After starting her family, Sarah retrained as an NLP practitioner, and in 2012 went back to university to qualify as a Higher Education Consultant. She has an MSc in Careers Guidance and a specialist PgCert in Applications to Higher Education.

Whether Sarah is supporting university applications or giving careers guidance to a school leaver, Sarah enjoys helping students to prepare for their journey beyond sixth form. She knows how important it is for students to feel confident in their decisions and having taken an apprenticeship route herself,

Areas of Expertise

  • GCSE, BTEC, A-Level, Pre-U & IB Choices
  • Degree & University Choices
  • UCAS Applications
  • Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary
  • Oxbridge
  • Personal Statements
  • Careers Advice
  • Apprenticeships & Internships
  • Gap Year Advice
  • Student CVs

Positions Held

  • Higher Education Advisor at Brampton College
  • Independent Advisor to private clients in Central London