Careers Guidance & UCAS Support

Our aim is to equip all students with the confidence and resilience to make informed, open-minded and ambitious decisions about the paths they take now and in the future.

Our goal is that students feel empowered, and confident that they can achieve their ambitions and that they feel neither limited nor pigeonholed by their circumstances or the expectations of other people.

From the start of Year 12, our students are encouraged to consider a wide range of post-18 options and then supported to make the best decisions for them. We appreciate that every student’s talents, needs and interests are different and our aim is to ensure that they are well informed about all the options available to them after year 13.

If university is the goal we urge them to see higher education not as a means to an end but encourage them to appreciate learning for learning’s sake – to take pleasure in education and to choose subjects that they are going to enjoy studying. If it’s an apprenticeship they want, we help them find the right level and the right employer for them and support them with their decision-making to find a placement in which they are going to thrive. If it’s employment, we can assist them with job-hunting and applications. And if they want to take a gap year, we are able to guide them through the wide range of options available to them.

  • 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.

    UCAS
    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. 


    Apprenticeships
    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. 


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


    Apprenticeships
    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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