It is very important to us that when students leave our Sixth Form they have a plan for their future, be that a place at university, a job or an apprenticeship. Whatever the preference, each student receives individual advice and guidance to help them make the correct decision for their next step.
Support is provided for university applications through the UCAS website, and for job and apprenticeship applications.
A range of websites are made use of including UCAS, the National Apprenticeship website and Unifrog.
We have a number of speakers in assemblies who talk about the different opportunities available to students.
The Year 12 HE evening helps to explain the university application process and the school runs visits to universities and career fairs.
We can also advise students who wish to take a Gap Year and invite speakers from various charitable organisations in to speak about the fantastic opportunities available around the world.
The key is start early! It is vital that you do lots of research about your university application and the earlier the better.
You need to research:
- Courses: content and modules
- Universities: big/small campus, town/city?
- Grades needed: points/grades? Can you realistically achieve the grades required?
- Do you need work experience?
If your course(s) need work experience it may need to be over a period of time not just a single week so you should use your school holidays.
Some of the courses that may need work experience include:
Medicine including radiography, paramedics, midwifery, physiotherapist
Attend all registrations. Tutor time during the final term of Year 12 and the first term of Year 13 will be largely devoted to UCAS applications. You will be given lots of important information via your tutors so attend tutor time! Attendance to assembly is also vital (do not expect support or a good reference if you do not attend).
Research courses and universities
Register with UCAS and complete the application form – personal details, GCSE grades, employment, course choices
Write your personal statement – make sure you draft and re-draft it a number of times. It will be worth it!
Speak to your tutor about your reference
Speak to your teachers about your predicted grades
Tutor time devoted to UCAS applications and research eg: guidance for writing personal statement and researching courses and universities
Tutor • Cheam High School Sixth Form PS booklet
Sixth Form Management Team • Cheam High School Sixth Form Next Steps Evening
School website and VLE
UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk
UCAS tv: www.ucas.tv
School trips eg: Higher Education fair, university visits
Open days and taster days
UCAS app for iPhone
Personal statement by end of September, unless applying early
October: early applicant deadline - usually 15th October
January: deadline for the majority of applications - usually 15th January
What if I am not going to University?
It is still important to write a personal statement even if you are not intending to go to University. Miss James and Mrs Davies in the Sixth Form Office are available to offer support and advice.
We can help you with:
Writing a CV
Searching the internet and newspapers for vacancies
How to complete application forms
Interview techniques - including mock interviews
Please come and collect a copy of our ‘Looking For A Job/Apprenticeship’ booklets packed full of useful tips and information on how to be successful.
Resources and careers appointments
We have a well stocked Library of booklets and leaflets on a variety of Next Steps paths. Next Steps guidance is available for all students and Next Steps, interviews can be arranged through Mrs Elliott in the LRC or the Sixth Form office.
Apprenticeships are ‘work based’ learning. Students earn as they learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. Apprentices achieve nationally recognised qualifications. There are now over 190 types of apprenticeships across many sectors. UK average earnings for an apprentice are £170 per week.
There are three levels of apprenticeships:
Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent of five GCSE passes)
Advance Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Levels)
Higher Apprenticeships (equivalent to a Foundation Degree)
Searching for an Apprenticeship?
You will need to apply online at www.apprenticeships.org.uk and search the current vacancies (Please see step-by-step guide below)
Next Steps advisers in school and pastoral staff can you by helping you get started on the website
You will need to research the type of Apprenticeship you would like before you start applying
There are generally over 500 vacancies at any one time across the London Region
You can complete a generic application form online or are directed to apply to an employer direct. Only three or four simple questions will quickly identify if the chosen Apprenticeship is appropriate for you
Step 1: Google - national apprenticeship service
Step 2: Click on - Search Vacancies
Step 3: Fill in preferred job description (eg: Finance IT) and desired location (eg: London)
Step 4: A list will appear of all the apprenticeship vacancy ads with your key words in the area you specified. You then have the option to expand your search criteria from your desired location to nationwide.
Step 5: Another list will appear of all the national apprenticeship vacancy ads with your key words.
Step 6: Before completing the application form please refer to page 29 of the Personal Statement booklet. This application form contains four boxes. Each of which can take 1000 words, therefore this needs careful planning.