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After Sixth Form

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Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
Fawley Road
Southcote
Reading
RG30 3EP

Tel: 0118 957 4730

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Apply Now

Thank you for your interest in applying to join our vibrant and successful sixth form at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School. We hope that you will thrive in our sixth form in the next 2 years and be successful so you have the opportunities to make the right decisions in the future.

A copy of the application form can be found below.

Courses:

We offer a fantastic range of subjects for young people that will enable you to make those important decisions in the future. Students are expected to take a minimum of 3 subjects from the option blocks. All students will be timetabled the Extended Project Qualification. Students wishing to choose a combination of subjects that is prohibited by these blocks should contact the school to discuss their requirements as it is sometimes possible to find solutions to these issues.

Extra-Curricular

We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities: Duke of Edinburgh award, Peer Mentoring, Cafod Ambassadors, Adopt a teacher, PE, an Elite Rugby Programme, and Work Experience.
Our PSHE and tutor sessions will ensure you develop as an individual, whilst giving you the skills and confidence to make informed choices for your future.

More information

Full information can be found in the 6th Form Prospectus.
If you would like any further information please contact Ms Jordan, Head of sixth form: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application process:

Apply Now: Complete your application and return to Head of Sixth Form by Friday 15th December 2017. Applications can by sent by post or email, or delivered in person to the school office.
January 2018 - interviews will take place at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School.
February- a letter of confirmation will be sent to all successful applicants.
June-July- transition programme and parents information evening.
August results day- students will confirm their place and course choices.
September- Year 12 Induction programme begins.

During Sixth Form

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Sixth Form places value on each individual, encouraging and supporting every student to make the most of their many and varied talents. We expect our students to take every opportunity to ensure that at the end of their Sixth Form studies they fulfil their academic potential and develop into confident, well-rounded young people, ready to take their place in the world.

Head Boy and Head Girl

Students who apply for the Head Boy and Girl positions undergo a rigorous and competitive selection process, as they would for a job once they have left school.

The Head Boy and Girl lead the whole school throughout the year and head up the School Council. Other responsibilities include arranging social events, speaking at all important whole school events and coordinating several Sixth Form events always working alongside the Head of Sixth Form and the Head Teacher. As school leaders they will attend key meetings such as the Wellington Leadership Conference and be given additional privileges above and beyond those granted to other pupils. Download a full job description​ and the application form.

Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl

Working alongside the Head Boy and Head Girl you will collaborate on Sixth Form improvements and planning major events. In addition you will become the head of either "The Community Programme", Adopt-a-teacher, "The Literacy programme" or Newsletter editor. Download the full job description​ (attachments).

Music and Drama

As with sport, there are opportunities for Sixth Formers to lead and perform in the drama productions or the school band and/or orchestra. Sixth formers represent the school in the choir and perform at concerts. They are actively encouraged to help with coaching the younger year groups in both music and drama.

Year 13 Yearbook Committee

Pupils are selected to edit and print their own leaver's book. This involves regular meetings to discuss the layout, design and articles for their yearbook. As well as the yearbook the Sixth Form act as the editors to the school website blog.

Literacy Programme

This programme allows Sixth Formers to volunteer as a weekly commitment to read with designated younger students who will benefit from their time and maturity. This will develop students in Sixth Form and shows our younger pupils what it means to be a successful Sixth Former.

Adopt-a-Teacher Programme

This allows Sixth Form students to volunteer on a term-by-term basis to help support a teacher in a subject that they enjoyed in lower school. Whether it's one period a week or several, you will be able to help in a wide variety of ways including delivering lessons, helping coach pupils, preparing materials and even co-teaching if you feel confident enough!

Sports Opportunities

Sixth Formers are actively encouraged to assist younger year groups with Sport by helping through coaching, mentoring and even taking training sessions in conjunction with the PE department.
Sixth Formers will have the opportunity to represent the school at sporting events including football, rugby, cricket basketball and athletics. All these sports develop leadership skills and sixth formers are seen as role models to the younger students. Furthermore, Sixth Form students play a key role in the successful delivery of Sports Day each year.

The Brilliant club – Scholars programme

Last summer I, along with 3 other students, was invited to take part in "Brightside's The Brilliant Club" Scholars Programme.  This is a non-profit organisation that aims to introduce university level of teaching to gifted and talented students.  We travelled to our initiation ceremony at Wadham College, one of the campuses of Oxford University, where we were given our assignment.  This was to write a 2,500 word essay focusing on the issues involving social media in heritage organizations such as museums. At first glance I was uncertain if I should complete this scheme as I honestly had very little knowledge on this topic.  However, despite this, I actually managed to graduate the programme and surprisingly achieve a 1st grade along with a Distinction. We received this during our graduation ceremony at Southampton University. None of which would have happened without the guidance from our PHD mentor from Royal Holloway University through our weekly tutorials.

I would definitely encourage anyone to have a go and take part in this opportunity as it honestly has increased my confidence about writing essays at university level.  It has also, especially, informed me much more about what my chosen course at university next year entails.

Germina Do Rego - 6th Form Student

Why Bother?

Being an 11 - 18 school there many good opportunities for our Sixth Formers to be role models and potential leaders. The development of leadership skills is a real strength of our Sixth Form and students must remember that in the competitive world of university places and securing employment that it is expected that they have moved above and beyond just turning up for lessons!

Something else?

In Sixth Form we are always looking to develop new ideas and opportunities for our students. If you have a particular area of interest or something that you would like to get started in Sixth Form that we do not already offer why not meet with Mr Caldwell to take your idea forward and make it a reality!

After Sixth Form

​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!

Courses

So you're here because you might want to come to Sixth Form, but you don't know what the words mean, what the courses are about or what qualifications you need in order to get on to them? Well you're in the right place!

Level 3 Courses

These are the courses that most people think of when they think of Sixth Form. They are what most pupils move on to after finishing their GCSEs/BTECs at the end of Year 11. Level 3 qualifications recognise the ability to gain, and where relevant apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. At Blessed Hugh Faringdon we have a wide range of Level 3 courses which you will find in our course guides and can be studied over one or two years depending on the course.

Option Blocks

Pupils are expected to choose four subjects from option blocks 1-6. You cannot choose two subjects in one block. All students must study a minimum of three subjects to remain in Sixth Form, so choosing four gives flexibility if one does not work out as expected.
Pupils wishing to choose a combination of subjects that is prohibited by these blocks can contact the school to discuss their requirements as it is sometimes possible to find solutions to these problems.

Course Guide

AS/A2 LEVELS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6 Optional Extra Subjects
Physics Psychology Further Maths Biology Chemistry Maths Polish
Business Studies Music English Literature Fine Art Sociology History Extended Project Qualification
Drama French English Language Photography Philosophy and Ethics   Elite Rugby
    Design and Technology Product Design Geography      

BTECs

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6
BTEC Travel and Tourism (Subsidiary) BTEC Computing (Subsidiary) BTEC Sport (Subsidiary) BTEC Health and Social Care (Extended Diploma) BTEC Health and Social Care (Subsidiary) BTEC Science (Subsidiary)
  BTEC Travel and Tourism (Diploma) BTEC Travel and Tourism (Extended Diploma)     BTEC Sport (Diploma)
    BTEC Health and Social Care (Diploma)      
Level 2 Courses     Level 2 Re-sits    
  Travel and Tourism   GCSE Maths GCSE English