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Careers – Sixth Form

Sixth Formers either progress to university or apprenticeships at the end of Year 13. The Sixth Form Careers Programme allows students to explore higher education options as well as opportunities to go into the workplace. The Employment and Enterprise Advisor, Mrs Jo Scott, has individual discussions with Year 12s about their options at eighteen and she is available to offer support and advice to students on an ongoing basis, throughout their journey in the Sixth Form. Additional workshops and careers’ trips are also organised during the year.

The main elements of the Sixth Form programme are outlined below:

Michaelmas Term

Year 12

Mrs Scott interviews all Year 12 students regarding possible career choices and makes suggestions regarding Work Experience. Each student is given an individual portfolio, to include information for students to use in Horizons, when they will be given time to research opportunities. Students are encouraged to record details of their work placements and voluntary work

All Year 12s attend What Career Live/What University Live Event either in October or March

Lent Term

Year 12

Annual STEM Event held in January with the opportunity to speak to a variety of delegates from leading companies

Mrs Scott presents an Apprenticeship Workshop and forms a working group of any students interested in applying for Apprenticeships, either exclusively or alongside their UCAS application. They meet Mrs Scott individually and learn how to align their interests/hobbies/positions of responsibility/work experience with the professional skill set and soft skills required by employers. They prepare answers to four generic application form questions and create a c/v

UCAS Evening, hosted by Heads of Years 12 and 13, Mr George and Mrs Coates and Mrs Scott. An introduction to Higher Education, the application process, student finance and Apprenticeships

Opportunity to join Enterprise Society and work on Peter Jones Foundation Tycoon in Schools

Trinity Term

Year 12

UCAS registration. Support and course research guidance given when appropriate

Interview skills and c/v writing workshop, presented by HR representatives from leading companies

Workshop on UCAS application given by university Head of Faculty

Students start to create their personal statements, with individual support if required

Michaelmas Term

Year 13

UCAS applications completed

Mrs Scott gives support for apprenticeship and job applications throughout the year. This includes advice relating to application forms, interviews and assessment days

Opportunity to join Enterprise Scoeity and work on Peter Jones Foundation Tycoon in Schools

Lent and Trinity Terms

Year 13

Students reply to university offers

Apprenticeship applications continue to be made