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Hazel Grove High School

HAZEL GROVE Sixth Form

Post 18 Pathways

 

Choices at 18
 

Applying to university 

Student Finance 

  https://www.gov.uk/student-finance -Student Finance England Website

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/   - The Money Saving Expert

Alternatives to university 

Post 18 higher education programme at HGSF 

Hazel Grove Sixth Form students follow a structured post-18 programme to help them make the best possible choices, whether in higher education or in employment.
 
Year 12
 
Introduction to Higher Education
 
October – Introduce post 18 ideas in assembly, enrichment & tutor time.
 
October onwards – Excellence Programme begins – for students interested in Medicine, Veterinary Studies, Law and/or Oxbridge - Programme of advice, activities, visiting speakers and trips. Applications for summer school places are usually made in January.
 
February - March – All Year 12 students begin to look at post-18 choices.
 
March - UCAS Manchester Convention.
 
Visiting speakers provide information on various aspects of higher education and other post-18 alternatives.
 
Individual Advice and Guidance
 
March onwards – Tutorial work with form tutors focuses on post-18 choices and visits can be made to higher education fairs and university open days.
 
Opportunity for guidance interviews with the Careers Advisor who works closely with the Head of Sixth Form and the student’s form tutor, ensuring a high standard of service for each student.
 
Summer Term, after AS exams finish
 
June – Work Shadowing – This is a two week opportunity for students to make their own arrangements to visit or shadow professionals in an employment area of their choice. It will give first-hand experience to help students to see their future more clearly, help them draft their personal statements and demonstrate their commitment to their chosen career direction.
June and July- Students start the practicalities of applying to university, including training sessions on the UCAS application process and drafting personal statements with guidance from form tutors. Visiting speakers provide information on student finance, university applications, employment and gap year opportunities.
 
Students who express an interest in employment after the Sixth Form are given practical help in accessing vacancies and are supported throughout the applications process.
 
Year 13
 
September onwards – Students finalise personal statements and UCAS applications. UCAS deadline for Medical, Veterinary and Oxbridge applications is 15th October. Internal school deadline for all other applications is 15th November with the UCAS deadline being 15thJanuary. Oxbridge interviews are in December. All students will receive their UCAS replies throughout the school year and narrow down their offers to their first choice and their insurance choice by 7th May.
 
Students interested in alternatives to university after Sixth Form are encouraged and supported by form tutor, Head of Sixth Form and Careers Advisor in the process of researching opportunities, preparing CVs, making applications and practising for interviews.
 
Exam Results Day Service
 
The A Level Results Day in August is a vital one for Year 13 students and it is essential that they attend in person on the day to make decisions, depending on the results they receive. The Head of Sixth Form and other staff are on hand to assist and advice with the options available to students on Results Day and immediately afterwards.
 
Year 12 students can attend if they wish but do not have to attend in person on the day. However, advice is also available to them in relation to A Level course choices following their AS results.

Parents guide to higher education 

not going to university 

Useful websites 

Applying to University and Higher Education Guidance

 http://www.ucas.com University course search information and applying to university

 http://www.purepotential.org covers all areas of HE including admissions tests

 http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/ An invaluable guide to scholarships available at universities

and some straight forward guides to student finance

Which Univserity

https://www.ucas.com/events/exploring-university

 Register for your UCAS card

 http://www.opendays.com/

 http://www.tqi.ac.uk‐ looks at quality of higher education in UK universities and colleges

 http://www.prospectusuk.com/ order your own prospectus from all universities

 http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/ International Excellence Group ‐ Help with post‐16 subject choices

 http://www.unistats.direct.gov.co.uk/ information from students about courses, compares and contrasts

 http://www.thegooduniversityguide.co.uk/

http://www.educationguardian.co.uk/ ranks universities and courses

 http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ graduate careers website and general info on different degrees

 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ ‐ ranks universities and courses

 http://www.independent.co.uk/ A – Z of degrees, useful careers and H.E guidance information

 Find Courses

 http://www.bestcourse4me.com/ Choosing the right course at the right university

 http://www.ukcoursefinder.co.uk/ helps you find your ideal university degree course

 http://www.hotcourses.com/ limited but helps identify courses relevant to key areas of interest

 Student Finance

 http://www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk/

 Not going to University?

 http://www.getintomusic.org/ looks at courses/careers in Music and the Music Industry

 http://www.icould.com/ Films and features from real people in real jobs sharing their stories

 http://www.gapyear.com/ award winning site

 http://www.gapyearmatch.com/

http://www.careersbox.co.uk/

 Information on Student Life and Services

  http://www.one4uni.com/ laptops/accessories/software at discount prices

 http://www.studentsurvivor.org.uk/ from the charity UNIAID is a game in which users must keep a virtual student alive until graduation by keeping their affairs in balance.

 http://www.skill.org.uk/ for students with disabilities

 http://www.uni4me.com/ student views

 http://www.studentroom.co.uk/ student opinions

 Enhancing your University Application

 http://www.suttontrust.com/ Summer Schools and courses

http://www.uniq.co.uk/ University of Oxford Summer School

Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Career

http://www.jobhero.com/choosing-career-guide/