UCAS & Careers Advice
Preparing for your Future
You will be given extensive guidance to help you choose your career options and Higher Education courses. We will support you through the application procedure and provide you with many opportunities to gain the skills and experience that universities and employers are looking for. We have good links with local HE institutions and have days set aside to help you prepare for university/college life.
The majority of our students continue to study at university. Former students are now undergraduates throughout the UK. Students from the class of 2016 are studying for degrees in areas including Acting, Adult Nursing, Biology, Business & Management, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Pharmacy, Politics & Contemporary History, Primary Education, Psychology, Social Policy & Sociology, Social Work, Sports Rehabilitation and Tourism & Leisure.
UCAS is the application system for Higher Education institutions, universities and colleges. Students need to apply to UCAS in the Autumn term of Year 13 – by this time students will need to have decided what they want to study and where they want to study. There are thousands of courses to choose from, so students need to start researching as soon as possible.
During Year 12 students will need to start considering their options and what they will need to achieve to receive an offer on the course of their choice. Academic qualifications are important – GCSE and AS results are asked for on the UCAS form as well as predicted grades for A Level.
Universities make applicants an offer based on their application forms, often using a tariff system (see below). The offers vary from course to course, so it is important to research carefully. Work experience, voluntary work, extra-curricular activities (taking part in productions, sporting activities, being a Buddy etc) are also important and look good on UCAS applications.
Students will be given plenty of help and support when completing the UCAS application form. We also have good links with local HE institutions as well as those further away, including Oxford and Cambridge. We organise a visit to the Merseyside UCAS Convention, ‘Your Future’ days in college and opportunities for individual mentoring using our pastoral system. Your mentor will provide the reference to UCAS in support of your application, which you will be able to see before it is submitted.
The Sixth Form team offer support to all students via our mentoring scheme. This is designed to support students in their studies as well as offering advice and guidance regarding future decisions.
Mrs Cleary, our Independent Careers Advisor is available to give advice and guidance regarding career opportunities, improving employability, training and apprenticeships as well as further education course information in order to assist you to make these important decisions. Advice regarding UCAS and all other university information is delivered by the student’s mentor, form tutor, Mr Lawson (Assistant Head of Sixth Form) and Mr Welsh (Head of Sixth Form).
Mrs Cleary’s office is located in the Business Suite. Students looking for advice can book an appointment with Simon by contacting him directly.
She is available for appointments all day Monday to Friday. Alternatively, Mrs Cleary also holds a drop-in surgery whereby students can pop in without an appointment, Monday to Friday 12:30 – 13:00.
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