Throughout students’ careers in the sixth form, there is a programme of guidance and information to support students in considering their future choices and pathways. While a significant majority of students apply to university and enter higher education, independent advice and guidance is available to students throughout their time in the sixth form, with support for university applications as well as for those seeking routes into apprenticeships, training or employment after completing their studies at this level.
The personal development programme and pastoral systems in the sixth form give guidance and support on the options available as well as the opportunity to develop key employability skills.
Examples of these include but are not limited to the Year 12 enterprise project, student life and ‘the leap’ introduction to the university experience, introduction to student finance, Higher Education fair visit, interview techniques and mock employer/university interviews, support for competitive applications and support with personal statement writing. Talks and workshops from universities and apprenticeship providers take place throughout Year 12 and the first two terms of Year 13, and students are encouraged to take part in university open days and apprenticeship fairs. Parents/carers are invited to an evening each year about higher education applications and other careers and employment routes.