Careers & UCAS
UCAS and university applicants
We support all our students in gaining the qualifications, skills and experiences to allow them to study at the top universes and compete at the upper most levels. Throughout their sixth form life, all students will work towards building a competitive profile. This is a key factor in preparing for UCAS and future pathways.
Students start preparing and thinking about UCAS at the beginning of Spring Term in Year 12, where they’ll receive assemblies on Oxbridge, Medicine and the UCAS process. Students are encouraged to conduct research into various courses and universities by using the UCAS undergraduate search tool: https://digital.ucas.com/search
Over the spring and summer term, students will meet with their tutors and guild mentors to discuss their preferred subjects and courses of study, as well as possible universities. Support will be ongoing, with various lectures, drop ins and workshops. Students who are part of the guilds will receive specialist support in the university entry test examinations and interview process. When students return in the autumn term as Year 13s, they will meet with their mentor in order to finalise the following:
- Their personal statement or any application details
- Their course choice
- Their university choice - dependent on predicated grades
Deadlines in year 13
- Late September: all Oxbridge/Medicine candidates have their applications finalised and completed
- Mid-October: external deadline for all Oxbridge/Medicine applications
- Late October: students sit Oxbridge and BMAT entrance examinations
- Autumn 2: all remaining applications are finalised and sent to UCAS
- Late March: external deadline for all Art and Design applications
We fully support students who wish to pursue an employment route such as an apprenticeship. To this end, students are given full careers planning in regards to apprenticeships. Students who wish to pursue this route or are thinking about it, are identified in the initial Year 12 careers talk. A member of the careers team facilitates this.
We recognise the huge importance of preparing students to manage their further education and career path throughout adult life and the positive impact this may have on their life chances. Our students will have every opportunity to make well-informed decisions about their futures.
We will provide individual support and guidance alongside a comprehensive programme of hearing from and engaging with professionals from a wide sphere of careers and academia. Our programme will allow students to learn about and experience the different pathways open to them once they leave us. Along with the necessary skills, they will also be equipped with the knowledge and understanding they will need to turn their individual dreams and aspirations into a reality.
Through a planned programme of activities linked to careers education, information, advice and guidance, we seek to help all students to take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. The focus is upon independent and impartial careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equipping them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning. We aim to enable students to learn about careers, university, learning and work so that they can manage their own development and make life choices and decisions that will benefit their own wellbeing and contribute to the wellbeing of others.
We have designed and will deliver a broad, balanced and connected careers and work-related education curriculum that provides students with the range of knowledge and skills that they need so that they are prepared for life in modern Britain. All students receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, all linked to our personal development and values: curiosity, commitment and compassion.
Our Careers' Leader is Mr Robert Jukes, Assistant Principal (email:email@example.com, tel: 01708 552811 ext. 4806)
We measure our success against the Gatsby benchmarks.
The review date for our careers' policy is September 2024.
We will provide the careers and personal development programme through:
- The whole curriculum: subject leaders/teachers are encouraged to identify careers links within their subject area, in line with Gatsby Benchmark 4 linking curriculum learning to careers, and contribute to the delivery through their schemes of work, lessons and trips
- Tutorial programme: all tutors are actively involved in delivering the careers and leadership tutorial programme, this will be delivered during tutor time, three mornings a week
- Timetabled lessons: elements of subject lessons contribute towards key areas of careers education
- Focused events: at strategic times throughout the year events are targeted at relevant students
- Parent/carer events such as parents’ evenings
- The student leadership programme
- UCAS mentoring: All Year 12 students going into Year 13 are provided with a UCAS mentor who supports students through the UCAS process as well as providing advice regarding post-18 work placements and apprenticeships
- Our specialist Guilds
- Our personal development plan and timetabled electives.
- The Federation and the Harris Experience Advanced: Years 12-13 is a Russell Group application programme providing expert guidance and individually-tailored academic opportunities for our most able sixth formers. The programme is aimed at students who have achieved outstanding grades at GCSE or who prove themselves to be making outstanding academic progress early in Year 12 and maintain this throughout their two years in sixth form
Students will have access to impartial and professional careers advise through the following ways:
- All students can access a range of impartial, up-to-date careers information through the library and Unifrog
- Students will be made aware of the National Careers Service contact details and website, and other specialist resources in order that they can access additional independent information
- There is an emphasis on providing information on the range options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
- The use of Unifrog (offering further impartiality), a facility that allows students to find the most suitable options for either further education, higher education or apprenticeships. Students will use Unifrog to research different pathways, track skills and competencies and record careers events they have attended
- A monthly careers bulletin will be sent to all students with university taster sessions, open days, internship programs and work experience opportunities
- The Careers Advisor is available to provide impartial guidance to all students and their parents/carers within the academy and through organised events
- External careers guidance is provided via trips and visits, mentoring, websites and telephone helplines, employer and FE/HE visitors to the sixth form