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We encourage all Sixth Form students to explore their post 18 options, whether that is University, apprenticeships, employment, a Gap year or other education or training. Opportunities for exploring future choices are available throughout the two years of Sixth Form.  

Sixth Form students are able to seek permission for up to five absences per academic year to attend visits to explore these post 18 options.

Students attend sessions on how to write effective personal statements for both University and Apprenticeship applications. Each person applying through The Universities and College Admission service (UCAS ) receives individual form tutor support, support from the Careers Leader and a one to one meeting with the Director of Sixth Form. Students seeking an alternative route will be invited to attend an individual guidance interview with our Careers Advisor.

Students receive regular careers bulletins containing information about university open days, summer schools, subject taster lectures and virtual work experience opportunities. We also send weekly updates about apprenticeship vacancies and Gap years for those considering alternative routes.

Additional careers support that Year 12 and 13 students receive includes the following:

  • On-site Academic and Industry speakers
  • Talks from former students
  • Opportunity to have an appointment with the Careers Advisor
  • Help with sourcing work placements
  • Personal Statement and CV Preparation
  • Tailored support for Oxbridge and other competitive entrance courses such as Medicine
  • Mock Interviews

My careers support has been very beneficial. I have always known I wanted to work in the health or social care field and through the help of the careers team and my placement job in a neurological rehabilitation ward I was able to secure five offers to study social work at university. I was very lucky to have access to a careers adviser every day in the sixth form to talk about the process of university from interviews to how to apply for student finance. The careers adviser was always happy to talk about all my worries for the future and always tried to reassure me through every step of the process.

- Ava, Year 13


Our Careers Leader was so helpful. She made me feel positive and assisted me whenever I needed help with my UCAS application, I felt fully supported by her.

- Anon, Year 13