Careers & work Experience

Our Careers adviser Suzie Bowie has put together the following information to help students and parents alike to navigate their way through the Work Experience procedures.

Suzie Bowie

Careers and Further Education 

Career guidance can help students to prepare for their future – from the next step to the end goal. Guidance offers students a chance to explore their hopes and ideas about what they want in life and to address their options in an outcome-focused way.

We have invested in a custom-designed website that offers a complete careers portal providing careers-related information and support for all our students. To access the website please see below.

Miss Bowie is always happy to speak with any student wishing to discuss post-16 options. Students wishing to do so will need to speak with her to make an appointment.

 Student/Parent View www.resourcecompanion.co.uk

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Further advice and guidance can be found by clicking on the quick links below 

Quick Links

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/

https://www.applytouni.com/?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0

https://www.jobbydoo.co.uk/

 

Advice for Parents

 SIXTH FORM FAQ

 I am uncertain about which sixth form I should apply to. What should I do?

If you are not yet sure, apply to more than one sixth form provider. Many students submit applications for two or three institutions and make their minds up in the summer.

 I have been told that I may not get in to my first choice of sixth form as they may be over-subscribed. Is this true?

This may be true for certain students. However, a good Stonehenge student will have a first class CV and personal statement, will have made use of opportunities from interview experience and will present themselves as exceptionally well prepared. This, in addition to good GCSE grades, will always secure a place. Do remember that as a post-16 student you are worth about £5,000 to any institution.

 I have to choose four A subjects. I am reasonably certain about three, but I don’t know what else to choose. When do I have to make up my mind?

Schools and colleges will want to know what you think you want to study next September at this stage, so that they can plan their staffing for courses in advance. However, you will not be held to the choices you make now. There are plenty of opportunities to change your mind:

  • at any point later in the year, post-application, just contact the school or college and alter your subject request
  • in the summer at post-16 induction days it is possible to change courses
  • after your GCSE results are published in August you may decide that you want to change one or more of your subjects, based on your exam performance
  • during the first fortnight of your A level or equivalent study in September it is almost always possible to make a change if you realise you have made the wrong choice

NB: In the first few weeks of the Autumn term it is also possible to change school or college – one or two students do this every year.

 What happens if I don’t get the grades in August?

Contact your chosen sixth form provider and ask about entry. It may still be possible for you to take up your place. Of course, if you don’t achieve a level 4/5 grade in English or Maths, you are likely to be asked to re-sit as a condition of entry to A level courses.

 I have put in my application for sixth form. What happens now?

Schools and colleges operate in slightly different ways, but in general the following will occur:

  • you will be invited to attend an interview at the school or college. You will be expected to discuss your predicted academic performance, the reasons for your choice of course(s) and other areas of achievement
  • you will be given a conditional offer of a place at the school or college, pending your GCSE results
  • you may be invited to a taster or induction day at the school or college in June (after the end of GCSE exams). At this point, it is a good opportunity to try out different subjects and hopefully firm up your choices for September
  • you may be invited for a final interview after your GCSE results have been published (usually at the start of the September term) so that you can make a firm decision about the course(s) you will begin in September

 I’m really struggling to decide on which is the best choice for me. My friends are mainly going to one school but I favour another college. What should I do?

It really must be your choice. Remember that this is a stepping stone to the next stage, whether that is to university, further training or employment. The really important thing is that you decide which institution is going to provide what you need in in order to achieve your goal in the future. Ask to see a list of destinations of leavers and do look at Ofsted reports for schools and colleges, as both can be helpful. Remember to find out:

  • If it is a top university you’re aiming for, how many students get into the best universities?
  • If it is a pathway to a vocational apprenticeship or a specific career route you seek, what help will you receive from the institution to help you achieve your goal?

It really must be your choice. Remember that this is a stepping stone to the next stage, whether that is to university, further training or employment. The really important thing is that you decide which institution is going to provide what you need in in order to achieve your goal in the future. Ask to see a list of destinations of leavers and do look at Ofsted reports for schools and colleges, as both can be helpful. Remember to find out:

  • ·If it is a top university you’re aiming for, how many students get into the best universities?
  • ·If it is a pathway to a vocational apprenticeship or a specific career route you seek, what help will you receive from the institution to help you achieve your goal?