Sixth Form


Sixth Form Resource Documents

KS5 Options Choice Form
Entry Requirements Post 16
16 – 19 Bursary Policy
16 – 19 Bursary Application Form
UCAS Student Guide

The Post 16 Curriculum

The Post 16 curriculum has a cohesive enrichment programme on Wednesdays which gives students access to:

  • Maths and English Level 2 courses if required.
  • Sport (Football, Judo, Dance Academy)
  • Fitness
  • Study Skills
  • CEIAG Advice
  • UCAS
  • Coaching Qualifications in Sport
  • First Aid
  • Food Safety
  • Language Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Charity Work
  • WEX
  • Leadership
  • Sign Language
  • Library Ambassadors
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Community Sports leaders

The Catholic life and spiritual development of Post 16 students is a key priority. The students will complete a NOCN qualification delivered by the RE department.

Steps to Enrolling in University

Employment

If you know that you definitely want to enter employment but don’t know what you want to do, a useful starting point would be to search for occupations based on subjects, qualification levels and interests. If your first choice option is to enter full time work when you leave college then you should start planning your job search strategy at the same time as other students are making their UCAS applications. Unless you are prepared to move away from home your employment options are going to be limited to what is available locally. All cities and towns in the area have websites which include information on the major employers based there. This will enable you to carry out background research if you decide to apply for a job at a local company – you have no excuse for ignorance.

Employment4students (www.e4s.co.uk) is a job site offering a wide range of the latest student jobs, part time, temporary and graduate jobs. The site is dedicated to helping students and young people find work. If you are considering starting your own business then it would be useful for you to talk to experts in business startup.

There are 7 major websites to use when looking for work:
www.worktrain.gov.uk
www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
www.fish4jobs.co.uk
www.3wjobs.co.uk
www.jobsite.co.uk
www.sector1.net
www.e4s.co.uk

Apprenticeships

You may wish to enter an advanced modern apprenticeship when you leave college. Local training providers can be accessed through www.apprenticeships.org.uk

You should click on ‘Courses’ then ‘Work and Training’ which will show a list of all training providers and the occupation areas they offer.

Another useful website to look at is All About School Leavers (www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk).

The first activity you need to do is to decide which courses you should be considering by going to www.ukcoursefinder.com. This questionnaire consists of a series of multiple choice questions, your answers will determine courses suitable for you. It should take approximately 30 minutes.

It will ask you to estimate your final grades in UCAS tariff points so that it can make realistic course suggestions. Use the tables to the right to work out how many points you will have. Remember that you do not get points for AS results in subjects you are continuing to A2 because they are included in your final A2 grade.

If you have completed an AS and gained a grade but are not taking the subject to A2 level those AS points do apply separately.

You can also select the area of the UK where you would like to study. Once you have completed the whole questionnaire you will be presented with a list of possible suitable subjects. You can then click on any which appeal to you and it will list the universities which offer courses in that subject. If you click on a particular university it will provide basic information about it including a direct link to the website address. Another useful resource can be found at www.coursediscoveronline.co.uk. This allows you to search using various criteria including UCAS tariff points and university location. N.B. This site can only be accessed on college based computers.

When you have gathered together all the information you require you should construct your own ‘Which University is best for me’ grid listing your personal criteria and matching the courses and Universities and colleges to it. This should reduce your choices – remember you can apply for a MAXIMUM of 5 courses on your UCAS form.

You need to think carefully about your own personal preferences:

  • What grades does the course require?
  • How far away from home do I want to go?
  • What reputation does the University have for my subject?
  • What are the facilities like for my subject?
  • What have previous graduates gone on to do?
  • Will I get accommodation in my first year?
  • Will I have to cook my own meals in my first year?
  • Does the University have a good night life?
  • Is it a campus University?
  • Do I want to live in a large city?
  • Is there a Premier League football ground?
  • Will I get the opportunity to go abroad as part of the course?
  • Is it a sandwich course?
  • How will I be assessed – continuous assessment ? end of course/module exams?
  • How much will the fees cost me and what financial support (including bursaries) will be available?
  • How much will my accommodation cost?

Interviews

Congratulations, you have been selected to attend a university interview, how do you make sure that you present yourself best on the day? The following guidelines suggest ideas for a successful approach to interviews.

Thorough preparation before an interview is essential:

Read back through your personal statement so that you can confidently talk through your achievements, recent studies and work experience.
Research the university; use websites etc to find out as much as you can about any university specialisms or research programmes. Familiarise yourself with the content of the course you are applying for; be able to identify and discuss specific areas of interest.
Think about questions you can ask the interviewer, if you leave it until the last minute your mind will go blank. Don’t ask the interviewers about personal research they are doing or what the course entails (you should already know that!).

Check travelling times, give yourself enough time – you don’t want to be late.

Check if there is a particular dress code, if unsure ask in advance and dress appropriately

Watch online demonstrations of academic interviews to give you an idea of what to expect.

Interviews can be very stressful; the interviewer does know this and do make allowances for nerves.

You will be on interview from the minute you enter the premises – Don’t sit on your phone, take a book/paper with you to read whilst you are waiting.

Take a folder with you with a copy of the your personal statement, submitted written work (if applicable) and references to help you stay focused.

Recap what you wrote on your personal statement and make sure there are no discrepancies between it and the real you.

Bear in mind that the person showing you around will almost certainly be giving feedback to the interview panel.

Do not waffle, good verbal communication skills are important in interviews – speak clearly and make good eye contact.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t really understand that question, can you re-phrase it?’

For up-to-date information on loans and fees visit the Student Support Direct website. Also visit the Student Loans Company ‘hub’ and video.

Another useful site explaining University bursaries, scholarships and awards information can be found at the Gov.uk website.

A site that can help you and your parents assess your entitlement to financial help can be found here.

Student Finance Calculator: http://www.studentfinancecalc.com

...And You're Off!

To help you with the transition to University several websites have been developed.

If you want to get to know students who are intending to study the same course as you at the same university as you, before you start, then go to You Go Further (www.yougofurther.co.uk).

We don’t want you to starve or overdose on junk food when you get to university. Good ideas for nosh on a budget can be found at Student Recipes (www.studentrecipes.com).

Other Useful Websites:


Duke of Edinburgh Award

What is The Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh is an award at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Pupils at KSA sixth form have the opportunity to achieve their Gold qualification.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do! Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You can find out more information on The Duke of Edinburgh Award website.

 

So why do it?

Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!

You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, and continuously challenge yourself.

What do employers think of people who have done The Duke of Edinburgh Award?

Then there’s all the other stuff;

  • Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • You’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community.
  • Be fitter and healthier.
  • Make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Duke of Edinburgh Award - Our Lady & St. Chad Catholic Academy