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Careers – Year 12

During your time in Year 12 the Careers Department will work with you and your Senior Tutors to deliver a Careers education programme designed to provide you with information, advice and guidance on Post-18 Options.

Individual career guidance interviews can be booked directly with the Careers Department within private study periods to help you decide what to do after Sixth Form.

Key Dates 2019-20

Post 18 Options Evening 2019 – Presentations

Apprenticeships and Employment

Higher Education and UCAS

Student Finance and Funding

Higher Education

There are over 27,000 degree courses available at over 400 institutions so it is essential that you undertake some serious research to ensure you find the right degree course for you.  The Careers Department will organise workshops, delivered by university representatives, which will cover the factors to consider when applying for university. 

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a course:

  • What do I want to study?
  • Do I want a vocational course that will train me for a profession, e.g. Radiography, or do I want to study a subject I really enjoy before specialising, e.g. Physics?
  • Should I study a completely new subject?
  • Can I combine subjects?
  • How do I want my course to be assessed – modular, coursework, exams?
  • Do I have the required entry grades for what I want to study?

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a university:

  • Does the University offer the courses I want to study?
  • How competitive is it to get a place – entry requirements?
  • How much teaching support and time can it offer me?
  • What is its reputation like?
  • What are its teaching facilities, ICT resources like?
  • How far away from home do I want to be?
  • Do I want to be at a large city centre university, a rural location or on a campus?
  • What are the costs – fees, accommodation, cost of living? Student finance and budgeting
  • Does it offer a range of clubs and societies?
  • What’s the social scene like?

The following websites are very useful:

Further Education

Some students opt to continue into Further Education, to gain more vocational qualifications before applying to Higher Education

Art Foundation Diplomas

If you are planning to study an Art and Design course at University, many courses will require you to complete a one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. These are generally available at Colleges of Further Education. They are diagnostic courses and enable you to study a broad range of disciplines in art and design before specialising and preparing a portfolio of art and design relevant to what you want to study at Higher Education.
Foundation Diplomas do not attract the same funding as Higher Education courses but you may be eligible for accommodation and travel bursaries. You do not have to pay fees if you are 19 years of age and under when you start the course.

You apply directly to each college – applications are available on the college websites:

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