Careers Guidance Years 12-13

sixth form careers guidance

Careers Guidance Years 12-13

Throughout a student's Sixth Form career, there is a dedicated focus on careers and university information and guidance delivered through sessions in Sixth Form Studies, enrichment and activities and discussion in tutor time.

As well as hosting careers speakers in Sixth Form Studies, we run workshops and group activities on employability and presentation skills, giving students an insight into which skills they need to develop in order to pursue the next step.  We look at how to write eloquently to provide employers and universities with a best first impression.

There is also extensive guidance on choosing a university, looking at open days, student finance and money management from representatives from Birmingham , Coventry and Oxford Brookes Universities.  We run several sessions on filling in UCAS forms and writing personal statement.  This process begins in Year 12 and carries on through Terms 1 and 2 of Year 13.

Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge university or courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry also receive dedicated support at the end of Year 12.  In parallel to this, Adviza run sessions for students seeking employment at the end of their time in Sixth Form.  To complement all of this, students are also encouraged to complete an employability skills audit to enable them to hone their skills during their time in Sixth Form.

Examples of the events and advice that we give every year are:

  • Studying Abroad
  • The Benefits of University
  • How to Choose Your University
  • How to Write Your Personal Statement
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge
  • How to Prepare for Open Days
  • Introduction to  Student Finance
  • World of Work – The 21st Century Job Market
  • World of Work  - Your CV
  • World of Work – Interview Techniques
  • Life in Year 13 and the University Experience
  • Raising Aspirations visit to Oxford University
  • Careers Seminars, with talks so far including how to get into Law, Medicine, Business, Science and careers in the Media which run in Term 6, using not only alumni but also experts in their field
  • Enterprise Day, where local business leaders come in to work with students to develop their oracy and business acumen

 

 

INFORMATION EVENINGS FOR PARENTS 

We run a Higher Education Exchange Evening which provides parents with information about the process of applying to University at Wood Green. This provides parents with an invaluable chance to hear about the process from the University's perspective.

 

INFORMATION RESOURCES 

 

The government's National Careers Service website is an excellent resource for students wishing to begin to develop employability skills in preparation for their chosen job. You might want to start with their section on Career Guides for Young People if you're unsure what job might suit you.

The Scottish Government's Skills Development website is a very useful resource. It has a very handy Careers A-Z Tool which offers an exceptionally comprehensive database of careers information, including skills/qualifications needed, routes into careers, typical salaries and useful links. Obviously the target audience is young people in Scotland, but the advice and web links are applicable to the whole of the UK.

The National Stem Centre (which promotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) also has a wealth of information for any student who is interested in careers in any of the above subject areas.

 If you'd like to learn more about apprenticeships, the National Apprenticeship Service website is a very good place to start. There is a Parent section that helpfully explains how apprenticeships work.

Oxfordshire County Council's excellent Oxcentric website offers advice and guidance for young people (aged 13-19) looking for jobs, apprenticeships, opportunities for voluntary work and advice on things like money and health etc.

Uni Compare is a comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

 

Clearing is a website which tells you everything you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment and offers an app which allows you to speak to universities directly.

 

SACU has a Career Quiz used by students at thousands of UK schools and colleges. It aims to offer an independent & impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers