Deciding what you want to do when you've finished Sixth Form can be difficult. During your time in Blessed Hugh Faringdon Sixth Form you will receive extraordinary levels of support to help you in the next steps once you leave us. We'd always tell you to take your time, do your research and make an informed decision that's right for you. If it's University you will benefit from our unrivalled support for applying to University, and if you're after something else you can use the many resources below to help get you thinking about what happened once you leave Blessed Hugh Faringdon Sixth Form.
When you've finished sixth form you will have five main options you may like to consider:
- Study a higher education qualification full University or College
- Go on to an Apprenticeship
- Study full-time or part-time at a further education college
- Get a job
- Take a Year Out
Option 1 - Study a higher education qualification full University or College
You could choose to go into higher education (HE) to complete a Degree, HNC or HND or Foundation Degree. You don't have to study HE qualifications at university - some further education colleges offer a range of HE courses too.
UCAS (The University and College Admissions Service) is the only way by which you can apply to study Higher Education. On the site you will find information about
- UCAS TV This allows pupils to see short Videos that will answer almost any question you may have on the process of
- UCAS Apply This allows pupils to apply to five Universities at a cost of £23
- UCAS Track Once you have applied this service allows pupils to see their application, view their offers and eventually accept/decline
Option 2 - Go on to an Apprenticeship
If you choose to go on to an Apprenticeship, you'll get the chance to learn hands-on skills, earn money and gain qualifications, such as an NVQ, Functional Skills and technical certificates.
Find out more about Apprenticeships in the area by searching on http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
If you're trying to decide between university and an Apprenticeship, make sure you watch BT apprentice Caroline Woodall's film on the icould website.
Option 3 - Study full-time or part-time at a further education college
If you're not ready to start a higher education qualification or if you want to complete a qualification in a subject you've never studied before, you can choose to study at a further education college.
Further education colleges offer a range of courses at all different levels so there's usually something for everyone.
You can work towards one of the new Diplomas if you're under 19, Functional Skills if you need to improve your literacy, numeracy or IT skills, an NVQ or a vocationally related qualification (VRQ). Use the post-16 calendar to find out what to do and when.
Option 4 - Get a job
Try to look for a job that offers some sort of recognised training. If you find a job that doesn't offer any training, you could think about doing a part-time course or some distance learning. Some employers offer opportunities for you to develop skills and experience through part-time learning or training. You may be able to get an NVQ or industry certificate while also earning a wage. Getting qualifications can lead to higher wages and better opportunities for promotion.
- Visit the Advisa website
- You could also visit www.wiltscoll.ac.uk/careers to help you plan your career online, a superb tool to help you challenge yourself!
- www.icould.com features a rich bank of videos and career stories and videos that can help inspire you to do something you never thought of doing before!
- www.guidance-research.org/future-trends lets students see current and future trends in employment which should allow you to tailor your choices and career hopes accordingly!
- www.Careersbox.co.uk lets you see more videos of certain industry areas to see if you can find something of interest!
- sacu-student.com offers a great independent and impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers!
Option 5 - Take a Year Out
The world is your Oyster, and there are simply too many things we could write here about what you could consider doing. Travelling, working, volunteering or even taking some 'me' time tow work out what your next step is. The excellent http://www.yearoutgroup.org/ may be worth a visit to help you consider what opportunities are open to you.
Another splendid opportunity can be found at CAFOD where you will get paid for your year out! For more information why not visit their website and take a little look at the scheme here. It is spoken of very highly amongst those that have opted for it!