There is a wide range of careers support available in the Sixth Form.
There are sessions on applying to Further Education Colleges, universities, Work placements and apprenticeships for both students and parents.
In the summer term of year 12 there is support and guidance on completing a further college or university application including help with personal statements. There is also support in writing CVs and applying for jobs and apprenticeships.
Throughout the year there are a number of sessions on specific careers such as routes into healthcare, teaching, business, etc, as well as specific college or university options.
Up to date information is provided via email, tutors and careers noticeboards, open days and apprenticeship vacancies. Students are encouraged to attend taster days and open days with a guideline of missing no more than 4 school days to careers events.
Students are encouraged to research their chosen careers carefully. There are a number of useful websites to support students in their research shown below.
www.brightknowledge.org – This one gives good information about career pathways and subject specific careers e.g sports science, architecture etc
www.getsmaart.com– information, articles and blogs about careers, unis, gap years etc.
http://www.inspiringfutures.org.uk/ select ‘students and parents’ then ‘our courses’ under the heading ‘skills development’. Courses for careers that it is hard to get information and advice on e.g. dentistry, working in the city, politics etc
www.headstartcourses.org.uk – courses for any science and maths students to encourage them to consider science, maths or engineering at university.
www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance – apply for your student loans and maintenance grants through this site. Also more info and advice on student finance including a calculator which can help you find out what financial support they are likely to get.