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 regular Life 360+ lesson. 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.
Looking for Apprenticeships / Employment / Gap Years / College / Volunteering after Year 13: Update on 18/1/2021
If you have a careers idea you need to know what this involves. Use the Explore Careers sections on National Careers Service and the I Could websites. If you aren’t sure what to do use the Buzz Quiz for ideas. Talk to family and friends about your ideas as they or people they know may be able to help.
What skills do you have? The skills assessment on the National Careers Service could help you to consider what skills you have and might want/ need to develop.
These are a combination of work experience with an employer and study for a qualification either in the work place or at college/university or a training centre. They are offered at several levels starting at Intermediate Level 2 (GCSE level), Advanced Level 3 (A Level, BTEC Extended Diploma level) and Higher and Degree Level 4 and above which link into part time university level study. Entry points vary depending on the work offered, employer needs and students’ qualifications. An employer can organise their apprenticeship but many work in combination with a training provider. The training provider can be a private training organisational or apprenticeship team within a college or university. Use www.apprenticeships.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship, www.notgoingtouni.co.uk www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk and www.ucas.com – Alternatives section and register for vacancies as well as contacting employers direct.
Apprenticeships are in specific career areas so check out the careers as well. As apprenticeships focus on a specific career check out more information on https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers. Vacancies are competitive so apply for lots and have a back-up plan in case you don’t secure an apprenticeship.
These events are coming up at local colleges but there will be more with these and other organisers. Also contact apprenticeship teams within universities to find out more about Degree apprenticeships:
Buxton Virtual Apprenticeship Open Event on 11 February from 5 – 7pm. Book online at https://www.blc.ac.uk/virtual-information-evening-2/ .
Learning Unlimited, the apprenticeship team at Chesterfield College, has a Virtual Open Event on Thursday 11 February from 5- 6.30pm and place can be booked through https://www.chesterfield.ac.uk/events/.
Derby College Virtual Apprenticeship Event on Thursday 11 February 5-7pm. Booking online is needed at https://www.derby-college.ac.uk//news-events/events.
West Notts College Virtual Apprenticeship event on Wednesday 3 February 5.30 – 7.30pm. Please book a place at https://wnc.ac.uk/ .
Sheffield College has details of their apprenticeships on https://apprenticeships.sheffcol.ac.uk/.
If you want to start earning looking for a job is another option. Competition is strong and what is available varies but think what you want to do and start to look/ make contact with employers. Use www.notgoingtouni.co.uk, https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/ and www.ucas.com – Alternatives section to explore. Have a backup plan.
There are various types of year out depending on what you want to do/ get from the year and do afterwards. These range from working and earning, volunteering locally or elsewhere, travelling. For those looking for work/apprenticeships after the year out it would be very useful to include some experience and development of transferable, personal skills.
Use https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/gap-year/gap-years-ideas-and-things-think-about has some useful information and links to other helpful websites e.g. Year Out group. There are various articles on the Prospects website e.g. https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year and some organised experiences on https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ .
A small number of A level students will continue their studies within Further Education e.g. Art Foundation course at local colleges, before moving onto university. Local colleges include Buxton and Leek - www.blc.ac.uk , Chesterfield College - www.chesterfield.ac.uk , Derby College on www.derby-college.ac.uk , Sheffield College - www.sheffcol.ac.uk and West Notts College (Mansfield) on www.wnc.ac.uk.
There are Virtual Open Events coming up this term e.g. Chesterfield College has events on Wednesday 27 Jan and Wednesday 17 March from 4.30 – 7.30pm with booking on https://www.chesterfield.ac.uk/events/ . Check out funding arrangements with the college and talk to Higher Education courses about entry grades needed.
Find out about possible volunteering opportunities on www.do-it.org , Gap year section on www.ucas.com – Alternatives section and through the County Council https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/volunteering/volunteering-in-derbyshire.aspx.
Remember you can apply for several options e.g. University and apprenticeships and then decide in the summer. For more help talk to your form tutor / Mrs Metcalfe / Anne Brown the school’s Careers Adviser, your family and friends. Good luck with your career planning.