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Careers @ KS5

In KS5 students build on the careers exploration that they have carried out in lower school and consider options such as University, Apprenticeships and Employment. Students have full support and are provided with guidance by the Sixth Form Team and can access IAG from Mrs Beeton Careers Advisor


Thinking of going to university?


There are many universities with a wide variety of courses, the best solution to help you decide is to look at the UCAS Website or Unifrog which contains a list of all universities and courses to fit your needs.


To assist with University Applications, students will get ongoing support from the end of Year 12 and throughout their time in Year 13. We start this focus during our Futures Days, which includes a number of workshops and activities on UCAS and applying for university, with continual weekly support available every Monday.


Want to go abroad to University?


Some students choose to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the Study Overseas website or the International Education for studying abroad website. 


What other options do I have?


In Year 12 we expose students to a huge variety of Post 18 options during our ‘Guidance’ and ‘Spotlight on Careers’.  We encourage you to start researching and investigating your options early.  It can feel daunting having to make decisions about the future whether this is applying to university, applying for apprenticeships, taking a gap year or volunteering. You may find that you change your mind about what you want to do and this is perfectly ok! One of the best ways to prepare yourself will be to research all of your options and then start to work out what is important to you. 


University isn’t for everyone and many students go on to apprenticeships or into full time employment.


We work closely with Worcestershire Training Provider Assoc CIC & Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub.  They offer students one to one support researching apprenticeships and will assist in helping students to make strong applications.


You could also take a rest from study and take a year out.  We invite representatives from ‘Project trust’ to inform you of the gap year opportunities available, as well as offering advice on how to make the most of your gap year, whether you are considering volunteering, work experience or employment. 


A number of companies contact the school to offer career opportunities for our Sixth Form leavers.



Careers Opportunities available to students in KS5 include:

  • Subject visits and events – Students have the opportunity to experience a range of events to explore options such as university and apprenticeships. We encourage students to reflect on what they have gained from these visits such as improved employability skills, course knowledge and understanding about possible careers choices and options.
  • Y12 Work Experience – All Y12 students have the opportunity to take part in work experience, which enables them to get a real insight into the world of work.  In addition all students have full access to our virtual work experience package
  • Futures Programme and Spotlight on Careers– Time dedicated to Post 18 options, including; university visits, guest speakers from Universities and Apprenticeships, mock interviews etc. This time helps to prepare our students for their next steps by developing the transferable skills that they need.
  • University Open Days – Students are able to attend any University open days they wish to visit, we understand that many of these will occur during the school day and we are happy to allow students to attend. However, whenever possible we would encourage students to attend outside the school day.
  • RSHE programme – Guided time within KS5 where students have dedicated sessions regarding careers, including personal statement workshops, interview skills, employability skills etc.
  • Guidance and ‘Spotlight on Careers’ Sessions – Presentations and small informal group sessions covering a variety of Careers and Post 18 Options covering concepts such as; why HE, Apprenticeships, Gap years, student finance & Budgeting and raising aspirations etc.
  • Y13 One to One career guidance interviews with Mrs Beeton – Our qualified careers adviser will meet with students, to provide independent advice and guidance to assist students in making decisions about their future education, training and jobs. This personal guidance provides an opportunity for all students to discuss their career ideas, plans, identify the support they may need and what they need to do to progress.