At the start of Year 12 students are given the opportunity to develop their extra-curricular experiences by signing up to and completing a ‘Brookfield Enrichment Programme’ course to gain extra skills and work experience.
There is early identification of those students contemplating Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science applications so guidance can be tailored specifically. A trip is organised to the University of Oxford for our most able students.
During assemblies and PD lessons, Year 12 students are encouraged to think about and plan their future Post 18 careers paths. They should research personal development opportunities, including those run by organisations, companies and universities. It is important they attend University Open Days and Taster sessions at their earliest convenience this year.
Throughout the year, a large number of guest speakers present Post 18 progression opportunities to students, including companies, university representatives, student finance, current professionals and other agencies.
Students are recommended and selected by subject staff to attend ‘Villiers Park residentials’ to further their understanding and experience degree level study.
Once Y12 students return from study leave in June, they follow our Post 18 Options course. This is a seven week carousel programme which outlines to students the options available to them Post 18. It includes information about Higher Education as well other Post 18 pathways and qualifications including Apprenticeships. Each student receives a Gold Post 18 Course Booklet which contains lots of important information and guidance, as well as sections to complete during each of the seven guidance sessions as outlined below:
- Admissions Tutor: a whole year group talk in the hall by the Sheffield Hallam University Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer – Rachel White, focussing on the Admissions Process and Personal Statements.
- UCAS Apply: Students register with UCAS. The Gold Post 18 Course Booklet details this process.
- Student Ambassador: a form group Question and Answer session with a current Sheffield Hallam Student Ambassador giving students the opportunity to get a student view of what University is really like.
- Personal Statement: guidance on how to plan, write and structure a Personal Statement, with advice coming straight from The University of Sheffield’s Head of Admissions.
- Library and VLE: Students are shown where they can access necessary Post 18 progression information in our Library and on our VLE. Students are shown the Post 18 Careers literature we have in school including prospectus’ and also the many useful websites they can use to research their future career path.
- Non-University Pathways: a talk delivered by one of the Sixth Form Leadership Team in form rooms about alternative pathways. It includes information about Foundation Degrees, Apprenticeships, HNC’s, HND’s, NVQ’s and Gap Years.
These seven sessions are designed to give students support and information about all the options available to them so they can make informed choices. Students continually receive details and information about upcoming Post 18 events and opportunities in Assemblies, via Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Leadership Team and on the Careers display boards in the Sixth Form Study Area. These are updated regularly and include opportunities for all Post 18 Progression routes.
Post 18 Transition Day: Year 12 students also have a further day to continue with their Post 18 research.
UCAS Early Applicants: Throughout June and July; students who are seriously contemplating Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science work closely with SE/AWM so they can be fully prepared for the early UCAS application deadline .
Parents Post 18 Information Evening: This is an evening specifically for parents of Y12 students, informing them about our Higher Education programme, what is available Post 18 and looking at how they might help you in the process. On this evening we give out a Key dates list and a ‘Finance booklet for Parents,’ giving information and advice on student finance.
Students are continually encouraged to attend University Open Days, ask for guidance as appropriate and to continue their research into their Post 18 route during the summer holidays so when they return as a Year 13 in September, they have an idea of what they want to do following the completion of their A Level studies.
Every week, students have a Post 18 progression lesson on a Tuesday period 1. This is their designated time to continue with their Post 18 planning, with Form Tutors, Careers Advisors and the Sixth Form Leadership Team continually on hand to support students with their UCAS applications, Personal Statements, alternative pathways and any other Post 18 progression including Apprenticeships.
Students follow a Driver Safety programme in the run up to Christmas.
All Year 13 students now follow the Personal Development Programme.
All students are given the option of Post 18 interview practice and further guidance.
The Careers Adviser, Anne Brown and Mr McIntyre will meet with all students who are not going to university, looking at job-seeking skills, interview techniques and CVs etc.
Guest speakers are continually organised throughout the year to deliver further information during assemblies including Student Finance.
Students are coached on their ‘next steps’ including tracking their University applications, looking at University Accommodation and Finance, Apprenticeship and Job applications and what happens on results day, including Clearing, Confirmation and Adjustment.