Sixth Form Student Support – Careers Guidance

In Years 12 and 13 we aim to assist you in your career decisions, including the choice between Higher Education and employment after Advanced Levels. You will receive help and advice in choosing a work shadowing placement and in the preparation of CVs, letters and forms of application. Where possible, practice is given in interview techniques. Our full-time careers officer is available for consultations to give impartial information, advice and guidance to all our students.

Our well-stocked careers library may be used whenever you are free, and staff are available during lunch hours for consultation and advice. You are encouraged to attend lectures, open days and sample courses at universities and a Higher Education Convention organised by UCAS.

You will be given a great deal of personal support in making your applications to Universities and Colleges through UCAS and to Art Foundation courses. In addition we have excellent facilities to enable you to carry out independent research into Higher Education courses. You have access through the school network to the UCAS web site, online university prospectuses and many other useful online sources of advice. Information is also on a variety of CD-ROMs. Additional Careers Information is made generally available through DVDs, lunch-hour talks and Careers Conventions. Focus Day sessions and other meetings are used to give you information about applications, student finance, grants and awards, taking a “Gap Year” and sponsorship.

You will be given advice about work experience – and help finding a placement when it is appropriate for your career plans – in such areas as medicine, teaching and physiotherapy. In Year 12 you will undertake several days of work shadowing.