Sixth Form Careers

All students are encouraged to be responsible for their career decisions and individual guidance is provided to help you identify the most suitable direction to take after the Sixth Form.

Students can book individual career guidance appointments with our professionally qualified Career Advisers for impartial advice and guidance on their careers options at any time whilst in the Sixth Form. There are well-resourced career libraries and resources in each school for students to use.

In Year 12, all students follow a comprehensive careers education tutorial programme and explore in detail the options available after Sixth Form, which could be Higher Education, Further Education, Gap Year programmes or direct entry into employment. The summary of student destinations in this prospectus highlights the diverse range of careers and further study onto which our students progress.

The majority of students progress ontouniversity. They will receive information, advice and guidance on how to choose the right university and course for them, how to apply and write an effective personal statement as well as information on student life and finances. We regularly invite in Admission Tutors, Academics and Graduates to talk to students about courses and life at university. For those students applying for competitive degree courses such as Medicine and Nursing we offer bespoke career programmes, which will involve career talks from relevant Health Service professionals, work experience placements and mock university interviews.

A significant number of students embark upon Art and Design Foundation Diplomas and other vocational courses at Colleges of Further Education. They too will receive relevant support to ensure they make successful choices and applications. For those students applying for Gap Year opportunities prior to starting university, the Careers Department will assist them with their plans. We have an extensive range of resources to provide relevant information and frequently invite in organisations offering recognised gap year programmes to talk to students.

Likewise students who decide to enter employment after the Sixth Form can avail themselves of help and support to secure apprenticeships and employment opportunities. Increasingly more employers are looking to recruit students immediately after A Levels onto bespoke trainee programmes and they advertise these vacancies with the Careers Department. We also offer help to students to find relevant work experience placements and assist them with completing CV’s, application forms and preparing for interviews. We frequently invite representatives from business and education into school to talk to students about their specific areas of expertise. Students are also actively encouraged to attend open days and conferences to help them make informed decisions about their option choices.

If you would like further information about the Careers Department and how we can help you, please contact Mrs Bennett or Mrs Claydon at St Aidan’s or Mr Melville at St John Fisher. Alternatively visit the Careers Department’s website at www.staidans.co.uk/Departments/Careers