Careers Guidance & UCAS Support at Sedgehill Academy

Our principal aim is to instil in our students the confidence and resilience required to make informed, broad-minded, and ambitious decisions about their current and future pathways. We fervently believe that every student should feel empowered, confident in their ability to reach their aspirations, and unfettered by their circumstances or external expectations.

Commencing in Year 12, we actively encourage our students to explore a plethora of post-18 avenues, providing unwavering support as they identify the most suitable choice tailored to their unique aspirations. Recognising the individuality of each student – their distinct talents, needs, and interests – we endeavour to ensure they are well-versed with the myriad of opportunities awaiting them post-Year 13.

For those with university aspirations, we promote a holistic view of higher education. Rather than seeing it merely as a stepping stone, we inspire them to embrace learning for the sheer joy of it, encouraging them to pursue subjects they are truly passionate about. For those seeking apprenticeships, we guide them in pinpointing the optimal level and employer, ensuring their placement aligns with where they can truly flourish. If direct employment is the choice, our team offers invaluable assistance with job searches and application processes. And for those contemplating a gap year, we provide insights into the extensive options at their disposal.

  • Year 12 Careers Guidance & UCAS Programme
    YEAR 12

    DROP-DOWN DAY: Looking ahead to life after sixth form
    Students will learn about the UCAS application process and explore a range of different subjects available at university. They will look at apprenticeships and how they work. They will take some time to explore potential careers and the different routes into them. They will also look at gap years, evaluating their advantages and disadvantages.

    Work Experience
    Every Year 12 will have a one week work experience entitlement. This means that they can arrange a week’s work experience at some point during the year. This can be in school holidays or during term-time, providing that (a) it does not interfere with any assessments or deadlines; (b) they catch up on any work missed; and (c) it is approved by the school at least four school weeks in advance. 

    Interview Advice & Guidance (IAG) interviews
    Every Year 12 will have an IAG interview (probably in groups according to ability/interests) to help them make plans for their post-sixth form lives. These interviews will result in an Action Plan for their next steps. They will identify things you need to think more about, some of which you didn't realise were important. These one-to-one, in-depth and timely interviews will help you take into account your thoughts, feelings, values, lifestyle, problems, interests, skills and abilities before you decide on your next step.

    Year 12s will start looking at the UCAS application process early on in Year 12 in order that, in conjunction with their IAG interview, they can make a headstart on their plans before they begin their applications at the end of Year 12. A variety of activities will be planned to help them decide what they might want to study at university. Towards the end of the year, they will begin their application, ensuring that they have registered and completed all of their personal/education details (at the very least) before the summer and plans for their personal statements will be made so that they can make a start on them over the summer. A whole Year 12 visit to a university and a trip to the UCAS fair will be arranged and students will be encouraged to start visiting open days when they start in the summer term. 

    Year 12s will also have a session introducing them to apprenticeships and visits from various apprenticeship providers. 

  • Year 13 Careers Guidance & UCAS Programme
    YEAR 13

    DROP-DOWN DAY: Preparing for life after sixth form
    Students will each have a mock interview in order to get constructive feedback for university/apprenticeship/job interviews. They will look at personal finance and student loans. 
    They will use up-to-date LMI to explore potential careers. They will spend time working on their UCAS applications. They will also take some time to think about work/life balance. 

    Year 13s will complete their UCAS applications by Christmas (the official UCAS deadline is 15 January).

    Year 13s will also take part in sessions run by visiting soeakers and experts to help them with apprenticeship applications. 


In September 2021 Sedgehill Sixth Formers went on to study a broad range of disciplines, from Aeronautical Engineering to English Literature at a variety of universities including Russell Group Universities such as  the University of Leeds and Queen Mary University of London.

Student destinations 2021 include:            

  • Aeronautical Engineering, City University of London
  • Law, City University of London
  • Law with Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Maths, Queen Mary’s University of London
  • Automotive Engineering, Brunel University
  • Journalism, University of Leeds
  • Spanish & Russian, Queen Mary’s University of London
  • English Literature and Creative Writing, Queen Mary’s

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