Sixth Form - Career Planning
06 May 2020
This term is when students should be starting their research regarding their plans after Sixth Form. This may be university, job applications, seeking an apprenticeship or maybe even a gap year. We would normally hold a careers day in June; in the current situation, we are unable to confirm the final details for this at present. In the meantime, however, we are providing you with an overview of information that we have already shared or will be sharing with students.
I will be providing some careers support and short tasks for students to complete via email every Thursday, which will cover a range of future career plans but if you would like any further information then this is available through the school website within the Sixth Form tab.
Now is the time to start researching university courses if that is the route students wish to take; www.ucas.com is a good place to start with a search tool for courses and individual university entry requirements and course details provided. It is important that students look into the university and course thoroughly; we would usually recommend attending open days to get a proper feel. Currently, many universities appear to be offering virtual open days. Whether this changes remains to be seen but it is important to at least virtually visit, as students will only be able to apply for up to five universities or courses.
In addition, Students will need to start considering their personal statement, which will form part of their university application; there are guidelines on the school and UCAS websites but we will give more detailed support with this as the term progresses. We will also provide students with details about how to register for
UCAS (the online application process) and ultimately apply for any courses later this term.
We will be hosting a virtual ‘Why Higher Education’ evening on Thursday 11th June at 7pm, which will involve a presentation by Jamie Bradford, Senior Schools and Colleges Recruitment Officer for De Montfort University, who will speak about the decision to go to university and its benefits. This evening will provide information and advice for you and our students who intend to apply for entry to Higher Education, or who are undecided about the route to pursue after Sixth Form. This will include the timescales for applications. There will be the opportunity to ask questions as well. The presentation should last approximately an hour. Further details about how to join this event will be sent in due course.
If students are keen to pursue a route other than university, we will support them also through this process both this term and going into year 13, so please do encourage them to research these areas and discuss with their form tutor and us in due course. Students will continue to have access to an independent careers advisor in year 13 should they require this.
If you have any queries about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Fiona McCafferty
Assistant Director of Post-16 Studies