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Careers and Higher Education Guidance

A planned programme of Careers and Higher Education guidance forms an essential part of the curriculum at each Key Stage and students are provided with impartial information, advice and support as they make difficult decisions about what subjects to choose and what career paths to follow.

Many of our students have the opportunity to meet with an Independent Careers Advisor. Students receive a written record of the discussion and an individual action plan. Follow-up discussions enable the Advisor and the student to monitor the progress of their action plan. All students have access to an extensive multimedia careers library, and at Post 16 receive talks from various external agencies and have the opportunity to visit Careers and Higher Education conventions.

Many of our Sixth Form students go on to Higher Education every year and so we place a great deal of emphasis on providing information, guidance and support for students preparing personal statements, completing UCAS applications and preparing for interviews or university entrance tests. Our students achieve a high level of success each year in university applications, with many of them being admitted to their first choice courses at prestigious universities.

Students looking to study overseas can use Studee, which is a free online service that helps students find the right university and course for their education and career aspitrations and can help with information and advice all along the way. They have a useful guide on their website.

Students may choose alternatives to university and the school also offers a programme to support in this process, including visits to apprenticeship fairs, visits from apprenticeship providers and a dedicated Careers Week in the Spring Term. Many have the opportunity to complete a work placement, usually in Key Stage 5 and there are presentations and workshops centred around training students in developing CVs, letters of application and on interview preparation. In addition, we also hold an ‘Alternatives to University’ information evening for parents, carers and students.

Information on our students' work placements, along with other career opportunities and our business partnerships is available in the Careers and Higher Education menu to the left of the screen.

Our Careers Guidance Leaflet, available to view and download on the right, contains information on the school careers education programme from Year 9 to 13. It includes links to many additional useful sources of advice and information to help each student start to plan for the future. In addition to the sources included, How2Become is a good all round resource for planning both education and careers and we have over 50 How2Become reference books, covering a wide variety of job titles, available in the Careers Section of the LRC.

Our Work Placement Coordinator, Mrs Sadat-Shafai, shares information with students about a range of different careers with her 'Job of the Week' initiative. Displayed outside the LRC and discussed in form time, this enables students to find out more about jobs they may already be interested in or be inspired to investigate a new direction. Job of the Week can be accessed from the menu to the left of the screen.

We also have a link to the free online careers website, Start, on our Student Welcome page. Start can help students to make informed choices about further study and future careers.

For information on UCAS and the university application procedure, please visit our Sixth Form Area or click here.


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