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
- 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:
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
Exams – don’t panic!
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
The Complete University Guide - Compare universities, courses, prospects and career options
Which? University - Search and compare universities to find the right one for you.
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.
How to get into Oxbridge - This website contains lots of useful information about application to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Student Finance - Student loans and grants for Higher Education for students who live in England
NASMA - National Association of Student Money Advisers, student, finance, and funding
Student accommodation: www.unitestudents.com
National Union of Students: www.nus.org.uk
- 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.
- National Vocational qualification -
- 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:
Government Apprenticeship official site - Find out about all types of apprenticeships and how to apply
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
Engineering: Tomorrow’s Enigneers
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
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.
Studying Abroad - Lots of information about studying abroad
British Council UK Students Abroad - Information on studying and working abroad
Moving On magazine - a publication devoted to providing a wide range of information regarding choices following school