Careers Advice & UCAS

At Sedgehill Academy, our vision is for all of our students to be equipped with the confidence and resilience they need to make informed, open-minded and ambitious decisions about the paths they take now and in the future. We want them to feel neither limited nor pigeonholed by their circumstances or people’s expectations.
  • 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 (hopefully run by outside agencies) to help them with apprenticeship applications. 


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