Year 12s returned to school after their AS exams for a week of activities looking at life beyond school before embarking on their A2 courses. With 85-90 per cent of our students going on to university the main focus of the week was on explaining the application process, understanding the choices and starting work on the personal statements that form a core part of the application. Those who are already sure that they want to pursue apprenticeships, employment or college courses attended tailored sessions organised by the KJS careers team giving them appropriate advice and guidance.
The whole year group spent a day at Leeds Metropolitan University for the UCAS Higher Education Convention, where virtually all UK universities are represented and our students could get first-hand advice from current undergraduates and staff. There was also a valuable seminar programme, with talks covering everything from student finance and the application process, to subjects including nursing and midwifery, primary teaching, business and management and forensic science.
They also enjoyed a day at York University, with talks and a tour giving them a taste of student life and a feel for what a campus university can offer.
And back in school a team from Northumbria University offered an insight into university life, and looked at how to go about choosing courses and universities and making the most of the open days that are taking place now and through to October.
For those going down the university route the guidance programme will continue until applications are submitted (generally by October half-term), with the Sixth Form team offering ongoing individual support through the year as offers come in. And for those looking for work Academic Advisors and Learning Managers, together with Lucy Hazelton, will help students to plan their future options.