As well as hosting careers speakers in Sixth Form Studies, we run workshops and group activities on employability and presentation skills, giving students an insight into which skills they need to develop in order to pursue the next step. We look at how to write eloquently to provide employers and universities with a best first impression.
There is also extensive guidance on choosing a university, looking at open days, student finance and money management from representatives from Birmingham , Coventry and Oxford Brookes Universities. We run several sessions on filling in UCAS forms and writing personal statement. This process begins in Year 12 and carries on through Terms 1 and 2 of Year 13.
Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge university or courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry also receive dedicated support at the end of Year 12.
Run sessions in parallel to this for students seeking employment at the end of their time in Sixth Form. Our students can also access a very useful Adviza Careers Portal for students, parents and carers; information is constantly updated. To complement all of this, students are also encouraged to complete an employability skills audit to enable them to hone their skills during their time in Sixth Form.
Students may request face-to-face or email Careers Advice from our Adviza Careers Advisor, David Bingham. David is a fully qualified and very experienced careers guidance practitioner. In 2004 he obtained the Qualification in Careers Guidance (Level 6) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of Reading. He started out working in adult guidance for 8 years helping unemployed adults into education, employment and training. David works for Adviza and our school buys in their careers service. To make sure standards are maintained and good impartial advice given, Adviza undertake observational professional practice of their advisors David moved to working with schools across Oxfordshire providing information, advice and guidance (IAG) primarily to students from Year 9 to Year 13 and has worked with Wood Green School students for several years.
Examples of the events and advice that 6th Form give every year are:
We run a Higher Education Exchange Evening which provides parents with information about the process of applying to University at Wood Green. This provides parents with an invaluable chance to hear about the process from the University's perspective.
National Careers Service The government's website and an excellent resource for students wishing to begin to develop employability skills in preparation for their chosen job. You might want to start with their section on Career Guides for Young People if you're unsure what job might suit you.
âSkills Development website Is a very useful resource from the Scottish Government . It has a very handy Careers A-Z Tool which offers an exceptionally comprehensive database of careers information, including skills/qualifications needed, routes into careers, typical salaries and useful links. Obviously the target audience is young people in Scotland, but the advice and web links are applicable to the whole of the UK.
The National Stem CentrePromotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and has a wealth of information for any student who is interested in careers in any of the above subject areas.
â€‹National Apprenticeship Service Is a very good place to start if you'd like to learn more about apprenticeships.
There is a parent section that helpfully explains how apprenticeships work.
Is Oxfordshire County Council's excellent website offering advice and guidance for young people (aged 13-19) looking for jobs, apprenticeships, opportunities for voluntary work and advice on things like money and health etc.
Uni Compare Is a comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings.
Clearing Is a website which tells you everything you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment and offers an app which allows you to speak to universities directly.
SACU Has a Career Quiz used by students at thousands of UK schools and colleges. It aims to offer an independent & impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers