Life in the Sixth Form can get very busy but ticking along in the background, you will want to start thinking about Life AFTER Sixth Form and what that next destination will be. We will encourage you to think carefully about this during Year 12; you will have a careers workshop with a professional, independent Careers Advisor, as well as two 1:1 sessions throughout the year. You and your parents will also be invited to attend the autumn Careers Convention and the summer Destinations Evening in Year 12 so you know all of the options available to you. Of course, we will encourage you to do your own research too, which is always going to help with making the right choice for you. Try to ignore what your friends are doing and focus on what you want, for your future. Find out below what are your choices and click on the tabs to the right to find out even more information about an area of interest
University is a common choice for those leaving our Sixth Form, and in many ways that makes perfect sense. In a way it is a continuation of the academic path you have been taking since you first went to school. You can specialise your learning while also getting some new-found freedom by moving away from home. However, on the downside, there is the expense, both in fees and maintenance loans, to consider.
A new development for vocational higher education in England, degree apprenticeships combine full-time paid work with FREE part-time university study. Primarily targeted at 18 / 19-year-old school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who are deterred from studying a traditional full-time programme by high tuition fees and student debt. However, the qualification is suitable for anyone.
An apprenticeship offers an alternative path into employment. It may not have the academic edge of going to university, but an apprenticeship should leave you more prepared for the workplace – which is the final destination anyway! An apprenticeship will teach you a skill or trade, while offering on-the-job experience and a pay-packet.
Heading straight out into the workplace is another option with many companies offering roles for school and college-leavers. Many of these jobs are designed to get you trained and allow you to progress up the career ladder. Of course, the benefits are clear – you will start earning a wage right away too!
A Gap Year is another option for those who wish to take some time out and get away for a new experience. Great for improving your C.V. or university application, a Gap Year can be a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some can be expensive, but you can go through a charity or many students get around this by spending some of their year out working to raise funds (plus getting some more experience) before heading out.