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UCAS & apprenticeships Information and Guidance

UCAS and Apprenticeships – The Next Step

We support our students in securing the right route for their future aspirations. Whether this be applying through UCAS, securing an Apprenticeship or getting into work. You will find some help and guidance below but to gain more help and guidance about careers and your child’s next step please visit the year 12 and 13 careers pages on our website: click here

Students will gain the following support:

  • Access to the online Unifrog tool
  • Personal statement writing sessions
  • One to one Careers interviews (Year 12)
  • Additional one to one careers interviews (year 13)
  • Form tutor careers mentoring
  • Personalised Careers / Aspirations mentoring
  • A dedicated careers based Lifeskills programme
  • A personalised Apprenticeship programme
  • 2 weeks’ work experience
  • Our annual careers fair (Access to Universities, Businesses and Gap year providers)
  • Our annual careers day
  • The world skills UK live trip
  • A dedicated Oxbridge programme run alongside the G&T coordinator
  • UCAS, Students Finance and Apprenticeship information evenings for parents

Help for Students and parents:

To support students in researching their next step we use an online tool called Unifrog which can be accessed: here Students are able to research University courses and Apprenticeship Opportunities as well as look at a vast range of job roles available and the routes they can take to secure the “Career of their dreams”.

UCAS

We support students with their UCAS applications in the final term of year 12 as well as the first term of year 13.  Our Oxbridge, Veterinary, Pharmaceutical and Medical applicants need to have their applications done and sent by Mid October and for all other courses we aim to send off the application before Christmas break.  We will email out our UCAS timeline to parents at the beginning of every academic year.

Guides and Support:

Below are some guides and websites which are useful throughout the UCAS application process and support in helping you choose the university that is right for you:

UCAS Website
 A guide to the pros and cons of going to university
How to choose the right course for you
What grades do you need to your courses?
Guide to writing a good personal statement
Personal statement writing tool inc. Do’s and Don’ts
An overview of UK universities, ranking for each university and courses inc. league tables
Guide to applying through UCAS
Tips for being improving your application
Applying for student finance
Finance guidance for parents and carers
Student finance calculator – how much will I need?
Student loans company

Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships are a good opportunity to gain qualifications, experience working and get paid at the same time. They involve working for an employer while studying part time with a training provider or studying a degree. There are apprenticeships available in a huge range of sectors, the list is endless.

Completing an apprenticeship means you will have direct work experience and employability skills that others may lack. Those skills will be directly relevant to the sector you want to go into. A lot of employers want to see this in candidates applying for jobs.

After A levels we encourage our students to apply for Degree level apprenticeships.

Sign up here to search for apprenticeships.  For more help and guidance please see the Apprenticeships page on our website: click here