Key Stage 5 Careers


In KS5 students build on the careers exploration that they have carried out in lower school and consider options such as University, Apprenticeships and Employment. Any questions about careers, university or generally about your future don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Harrod, Careers Advisor or Mrs Millington, Assistant Principal for Post 16.

Thinking of going to university?

There are many universities with a wide variety of courses, the best solution to help you to decided is to look at the UCAS Website or Unifrog which contains a list of all universities and courses to fit your needs.

To assist with University Applications, students will get ongoing support from the end of Year 12 and throughout their time in Year 13. Annually we start this focus during our Post-18 Options Week, which includes a number of workshops and activities on UCAS and applying for university. In light of the current circumstances, we shall be providing lots of online resources and support to ensure students can make a proactive start to their applications for university.

Important dates for your diary:

Here are some updated important dates for the diary regarding UCAS:

  • 8 September 2020 – UCAS applications for Sep 2021 start can be submitted from this date
  • 15 October 2020 – Deadline for UCAS applications for Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and other early-entry courses
  • 15 January 2021 – Deadline for all other UCAS applications
  • 6 May 2021 – all university decisions should be made on applications that met the deadline on 15 January 2021
  • 17 June 2020 – if you received all offers by 3 June 2021, this is your deadline for responding
  • 10 August 2021 – A-level results day

Want to go abroad to University?

Some students today go to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the Study Overseas website or the International Education for studying abroad website.

What other options do I have?

It can feel daunting having to make decisions about the future whether this is applying to university, applying for apprenticeships, taking a gap year or volunteering. You may find that you chance you mind about what you want to do and this is perfectly ok! One of the best ways to prepare yourself will be to research all of your options and to then start to work out what is really important to you.

University isn’t for everyone and many students go on to apprenticeships or into full time employment. For information on getting into full time employment visit our links page.

We were due to work with students on a range of skills and knowledge for apprenticeships and employment during Post-18 Options Week. In light of the current circumstances, we shall be providing lots of online resources and support to ensure students can start to think proactively about their next steps after Sixth Form.

You could also take a rest from school work and take a year out, for more information on this then visit the Year out guide website.

A number of companies contact the School to offer career opportunities for our Sixth Forms leavers. See a member of the careers team for more information.

Careers Opportunities available to students in KS5 include:

  • Subject visits and events – Students have the opportunity to experience a range of events to explore options such as University and apprenticeships. We encourage students to reflect on what they have gained from these visits such as improved employability skills, course knowledge and understanding about possible careers choices and options.
  • Y12 Work Experience – All Y12 students take part in one weeks work experience at a local employer, this enables them to get a real insight into the world of work.
  • Post 18 options week – A week within the Summer term is dedicated to Post 18 options, including; University visits, guest speakers from Universities and Apprenticeships, mock interviews etc. This week helps to prepare our students for their next steps by developing the transferable skills that they need.
  • University Open Days – Students are able to attend any University open days they wish to visit, we understand that many of these will occur during the school day and we are happy to allow students to attend. However, whenever possible we would encourage students to attend outside of the school day.
  • AcTu/SMSC programme – Tutor time within KS5 will have dedicated sessions regarding Careers, including personal statement workshops, interview skills, employability skills etc.
  • Careers Assemblies – Assemblies regarding Careers will be timetabled in to cover concepts such as; why HE, Apprenticeships, Gap years and raising aspirations etc.
  • Y13 One to One career guidance interviews with Mrs Harrod – Our qualified careers adviser will meet with students, to provide independent advice and guidance to assist students in making decisions about their future education, training and jobs. This personal guidance provides an opportunity for all students to discuss their career ideas, plans, identify the support they may need and what they need to do to progress.