Year 12 and 13 Careers

Years 12 & 13

A full programme of activities is put in place in the sixth form to support students. Whether this is with applications to UCAS, apprenticeships, employment, further education or gap years.

As well as discussing their career plans with their learning mentor, Head of Year or Head of Sixth Form, students can meet with Mrs Griffin (the Careers Co-ordinator) at any point during the year.

There is a regular drop in service available in the 6th Form library. The days and times are advertised on the Careers notice board in the main library and the 6th Form daily notice board.

A careers advisor will be present at Year 12 & 13 parents evening.

For students not wishing to apply to University, specific help is provided in the form of workshops covering topics such as:

  • CV creation
  • Cover Letters
  • Applications
  • Application process (e.g. assessment centres)
  • Interview techniques

Any student wishing to access help with these areas can speak with Mrs Griffin.

The links below give further information:

University

Apprenticeships

Alternatives to University

Gap Years and Volunteering

 

Other places to get independent advice:

The National Careers Service:     www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

The Youth Faculty (MK Council):                Tel: 01908 556700

Email: communitylearning.mk@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

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University:
UCAS - The UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) website allows you to search universities and colleges and the courses they offer. You can also complete applications for courses and track progress
www.ucas.ac.uk

 

The Complete University Guide - Compare universities, courses, prospects and career options
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

 

Which? University - Search and compare universities to find the right one for you.
www.which.co.uk/university

 

Unistats  - Search, review and compare subjects at UK universities and colleges. The official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which university or college to apply to. Includes results from the latest National Student Survey.
www.unistats.com

 

How to get into Oxbridge - This website contains lots of useful information about application to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
www.howtogetintooxbridge.wordpress.com

 

Finance
Student Finance - Student loans and grants for Higher Education for students who live in England
www.gov.uk/student-finance

NASMA - National Association of Student Money Advisers, student, finance, and funding
www.nasma.org.uk

 

Students

Student accommodation:             www.unitestudents.com

National Union of Students:        www.nus.org.uk

 

Apprenticeships:

  • A chance to work and study at the same time.
  • Gain qualifications and experience while getting paid.
  • Relevant to your chosen career, get treated like an adult.
  • Get employment entitlements; Holiday pay, Pension etc.

National minimum wage for apprentices is currently £3.50/hour (from April 2017) but many companies choose to pay more.

 

Qualifications include:-

  • National Vocational qualification -
    • NVQ 2,3,4 and 5
  • Technical certificates BTEC and City & guilds
  • HNC/D or Foundation degree
  • Bachelor’s & Masters degrees

Apprenticeships are now available across many sectors from engineering, construction, hair and beauty, IT, health, law and many more.

 

Current standards and new apprenticeships in development can be viewed here:
www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards

 

Government Apprenticeship official site - Find out about all types of apprenticeships and how to apply
www.getingofar.gov.uk

www.paidtolearn.co.uk

www.first4skills.com

www.remit.co.uk

 

The local colleges which offer apprenticeship schemes:

Milton Keynes College: www.mkcollege.ac.uk/page/studywithus-apprenticeships

Moulton College:             www.moulton.ac.uk/our-courses/apprenticeships

Northampton College:   www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/apprentices.html

Bedford College:              www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

 

You can also check out specific company or industry sector websites, such as:

Construction:     CITB       www.citb.co.uk/citb-apprenticeships

Law:                       CILEx     www.cilexlawschool.ac.uk/prospective_students/legal_apprenticeships

                                SRA        www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/solicitor-apprenticeship-qa.page

Engineering:       Tomorrow’s Enigneers

                                                www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Various:               Army     www.army.mod.uk/apprenticeship

 

 

Alternatives to University:

Local Further education:

Milton Keynes College: www.mkcollege.ac.uk

Moulton College:             www.moulton.ac.uk

Northampton College:   www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk

Bedford College:              www.bedford.ac.uk

Open University:              www.open.ac.uk

Information:

Not Going to Uni - This website is full of information about other paths to take if university is not for you. Information on apprenticeships, distance learning, foundation degrees, voluntary work, jobs, training and gap years.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Studying Abroad - Lots of information about studying abroad
www.studyabroad.com

British Council UK Students Abroad - Information on studying and working abroad
www.britishcouncil.org/uk-students-abroad

Moving On magazine - a publication devoted to providing a wide range of information regarding choices following school
www.movingonmagazine.co.uk

Target Careers
www.targetcareers.co.uk

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