Careers Post-16 Options - Ashby School
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Welcome Dear Parent/Carer, At Ashby School, we continue to adhere to the guidelines published by the Department for Education in response to the evolving Covid-19 situation. Unfortunately, this means we were not able to hold Ashby School’s annual careers evening in 2020. However, during this difficult time, Ashby School would like to reassure you that our students continue to receive career advice and guidance to meet their individual needs. At Ashby School, we understand that it can be a daunting process for Year 11 students and that they will be asking a number of questions, such as: Do I go to sixth form or college? Should I follow the academic or vocational route? Do I go straight into the world of work or stay in education? To help our students answer some of these, we are aiming for all our Year 11 students to receive at least one personal guidance interview with our independent careers advisor, Marie Miller. In addition, they will have access to general information on post-16 options through timetabled Personal and Social Development lessons (PSD) and sessions in tutor time that will include the Ashby School Sixth Form application process and further details on college courses and apprenticeships. As an online alternative to our usual careers evening, we have created a Careers Portal on our website containing careers advice from local companies and further education institutions We have also put together a calendar for open days (almost exclusively virtual this year) on our website. This booklet has been designed to provide information on the choices open to young people, testimonials, the decision process/deadlines and how to gain work experience to help students make informed decisions about their future, after Year 11 and beyond. We hope the information in this booklet will support you in careers discussions with your son/daughter. Yours faithfully, Miss L Ash Head of Careers
Content 1. Welcome to the Post- 16 Career Options 2. Applying for Post-16 Options 3. Application Process - Key Dates 4. Entry Requirements - GCSE Grading Scale 5. Qualifications Levels Guide 6. Sixth Form Colleges 7. Applying to Ashby Sixth Form 8. T-Levels 9. Apprenticeships and Traineeships 10. How to Make the Final Decision and Advice 11. Ashby School Careers Portal 12. Work Experience 13. National Citizen Service 14. Top Ten Tips for Writing a CV 15. Interview Tips for Students 16. Resources for Further Information
Welcome to Ashby School’s Post-16 Career Options Post-16 Education—What are my options? Parents/carers of current students should be aware that since 2013 the Participation Age law has stated that young people must be in some form of education or training until they are 18 years of age. This means your son/ daughter must remain in education or training; this can be at Ashby School Sixth Form, at a college or with a training provider as part of an apprenticeship scheme. Examples of education or employment include; Full-Time Study — including a qualification at a sixth form, college or training provider totalling 540 hours of learning per year, or around 18 hours per week. Apprenticeships — this involves working for an employer and studying for a qualification as part of your training and employment. Usually, work makes up 80% of an apprenticeship and at least 20% (or one day a week) will be dedicated to studying. Traineeships — this is an option for students who would like to do an apprenticeship but may not have the experience, skills or qualifications to do so yet. Traineeships can last for up to six months and involve a work placement, maths and English qualifications and support with finding an apprenticeship. Part-Time Study with Employment or Volunteering — this could be working in a full-time job (classed as any work that takes place over more than two months and is over 20 hours per week) or volunteering (again, over 20 hours per week) while studying part-time at college or with a training provider (totalling 280 hours of learning per year).
Welcome to Ashby School’s Post-16 Career Options How do I pay for post-16 education and training? Education and training in the UK is free for young people until they turn 19. In addition, there is a 16-19 Bursary Fund to help students from low income families pay for things like transport, food and stationery, which can be accessed at any sixth form, college or training provider you attend after Year 11. If you receive financial benefits from the government such as Tax Credits or Child Benefits, it is important that you are aware of how these can be affected once your child leaves school. If your child is in full-time education, such as sixth form or college, your benefits will remain the same but if your child progresses into paid employment or an apprenticeship, they will no longer be considered your dependant and your benefits will stop. More information can be found via the Gingerbread website. Further information which may help to parents/carers to recognise whether their son/daughter would be eligible for financial support can be found on our dedicated Ashby School Sixth Form page. Useful links: https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school https://www.gov.uk/careers-helpline-for-teenagers www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Applying for Post 16 courses Students will begin applying for their post-16 options in Autumn 2020 and the application process for sixth form, college and apprenticeships take place throughout the academic year. Please note, not all colleges have the same deadlines but early applications are still advised! This year, you will be applying directly to the sixth form, apprenticeship provider or college that you want to attend. Remember, it is vital that you apply as soon as possible as there are many other young people applying for these courses as well—make sure you don’t miss out! Apprenticeship and Traineeship - applications run throughout the academic year. Students must be 16 and have finished full-time education before starting. Apprenticeships have a much more detailed application process than a sixth form or college and may require students to find their own placements if taken via colleges. Although many students achieve the grades that they want from their GCSE examinations, it is important to prepare a back-up option in case students change their minds about the subjects they want to study or are unsuccessful in getting the grades required to progress to their college/apprenticeship/ course of choice. The dates provided on the next page should only be used as a guide. Please visit the website of the college or sixth form you wish to apply to.
Application Process - Key Dates December - March 2021 - Students are normally invited to sixth form/college interviews. Current Covid restrictions means these may be held differently this academic year. March 2021 - Students begin to receive offers from sixth forms and colleges March-July 2021 - Students accept or reject offers for different courses August 2021—Results day September 2021 - Applications for 2021/22 close Ways to apply to colleges and sixth forms There are different ways for student to apply for sixth form, college and apprenticeships. Ashby School Sixth Form - please use the online application http://options.ashbyschool.org.uk/Sixthform/ Sixth form and college websites - Application forms are often on their websites. Apprenticeships - The government’s apprenticeships portal, which allows students to make an account and search and apply for apprenticeships is https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Entry Requirements GCSEs in England have a 9 to 1 grading scale. Please take time to read the factsheet created for parents/carers on the government website explaining the GCSE grading scale. The factsheet can be found here. Do your research - No matter what you read online, it is important to check all information carefully with the institutions where your son/daughter wishes to study. A ‘pass mark’ at one institution may be interpreted differently at another. Use all the information available - As stated above, different Post-16 and Post -18 pathways may ask for different entry requirements, depending on the course and/or college. The following websites can help you find information on entry requirements (it’s also a good idea to check institutions’ websites for their requirements): Hot Courses: https://www.hotcourses.com/ Get in Go Far: https://getingofar.gov.uk Some useful references The Uni Guide - How important are my GCSEs?
GCSE Results How important are your GCSE grades? GCSE results are a really important part of a student’s academic and career journey. GCSE results can affect the following: Sixth form options available The range of further education qualifications that can be taken after GCSEs Eligibility for some universities and university courses Future career prospects Some useful references To find out more about GCSEs grades, please visit: The Uni Guide Ofqual The Student Room UCAS
Qualifications Levels Guide For further information on what the qualifications mean, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of- qualification-levels
Sixth Form Colleges Sixth form colleges typical focus on Level 3 (Advanced level) qualifications— these are two–year courses that end in an overall examination and are graded A* - U, following a similar structure to GCSEs but looking at the subject in more depth. Ashby School currently offers 29 different subjects (traditional and alternative) including A levels and BTEC Level 3 Diplomas. Students studying A levels usually select three subjects and, in some exceptional circumstances, can select four. Our Sixth Form also offers two additional enrichment courses with qualifications: Level 3 Core Maths and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an independent project that can provide students with UCAS points towards their university application. Entry Requirements Typically, sixth form colleges usually ask that students have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above but it’s important to do your research before applying, as some courses, such as A level maths, physics, biology and chemistry, require students to achieve a grade 6 at GCSE to demonstrate their deeper understanding of the subject. Please check the website for Ashby School Sixth Form entry requirements. Some Local Options Stephenson College Burton and South Derbyshire College Loughborough College
Applying to Ashby School Sixth Form Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ashby School was not able to hold its annual ’Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in 2020. However, students will still receive in-depth information about continuing their education at Ashby School and we have dedicated time to process students’ Sixth Form applications in Personal and Social Development (PSD) lessons. Details and key dates about the application process can be found below: November 2020 - Ashby School Tutors will show videos and presentations to Year 11 students about the Sixth Form at Ashby School. November 2020 - Year 11 students will receive a Sixth Form Options booklet and be guided through the application process by their Tutors. November 2020 - Students can start their applications to Ashby Sixth Form using our online service. Friday 15th January 2021 - Deadline for submitting applications to Ashby School Sixth Form. Friday 15th January 2021 - Even if students have decided not to apply to Ashby School, all students need to log on to the Ashby School Application Services to show us where they have applied. Students will receive additional support and more information about the application process in their PSD lessons during December.
T—Levels T Levels are new two-year courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A levels. They launched in September 2020 and have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ ex- perience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupa- tion. Further details about T-Levels can be found here. For Further information on T Levels visit: https://www.ashbyschool.org.uk/uploads/files/T-Level-Guide-1.pdf https://www.loucoll.ac.uk/t-levels-courses https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/study/t-levels/
Apprenticeships and Traineeships Apprenticeships An apprenticeship is a job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You're an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. It involves working for an employer in a specific role while being trained by experienced staff, in a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training at a college or training provider (four days working and one day at college or similar). The apprenticeship must be at least one year long and all apprentices must be paid a minimum of £4.15 (current rate from 1 April 2020). They can be undertaken in a variety of industries, including Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care, Business and Administration, Construction, Design, Education and Childcare, Hair and Beauty, Legal, Finance and Accounting and Sales, Marketing and Procurement. Everything you need to know about becoming an apprentice and the variety of industries where you can undertake an apprenticeship in can be found here. Apprenticeship Levels Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may: require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a Level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships Level Equivalent education level Intermediate 2 GCSE Advanced 3 A level Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree Traineeships Traineeships give students aged 16-24 the opportunity to gain relevant skills, qualifications and work experience before starting an apprenticeship. Traineeships involve a programme of up to six months of study, including a work placement, qualification in maths and English (if needed) and support with finding a job or apprenticeship once the course is completed. Students are not paid for taking part but can apply for a 16-19 Bursary Fund to help with costs. For further details and how to register for a traineeship can be found here. Useful Links Career Pilot Amazing Apprenticeships Apprenticeship Guide Government Guide on Apprenticeships LEBC
How to make the final decision Making the decision about what to do after Year 11 can be tricky. To help with these decisions, it might be worth considering the following: Where can this option take me in the future? If you are thinking about destinations post-16, for example, university or an apprenticeships, it is important to know whether the qualifications you are taking from 16-18 can help you to progress on these pathways. For further information on making informed choices visit the Russell Group’s Informed Choices https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/ or Success at School https://successatschool.org/ Always check with Mrs Miller or the college, university or apprenticeship you hope to apply to in the future. What will studying this option be like? Whatever you choose to do after Year 11, you will probably be doing it for at least one year, so it’s important that you know which learning environment and style is right for you. It’s a good starting point to decide what kind of job or career might be right for you in the future. This will also help you to determine which choices would not be good ones for you.. You can approach this in a number of different ways: Speak to Ashby School Sixth Form team Speak to your tutor Book an appointment with our independent careers advisor, Mrs Miller. Attend college open days (mainly virtual this year). You can use https:// www.opendays.com/ to make your search easier! Talk to your peers, family and friends. Visit Ashby School Careers Portal
Advice on making the final decision Ask yourself: What skills do I have? What are my likes (and dislikes)? What am I good at and enjoy doing? What are my development needs? What would I not want to spend all day doing? What are my values and preferences? How does all this information relate to a career? Ask others We understand that it is not always easy to consider your own strengths honestly and realistically, but you can gain a really good insight by discussing them with others. Start by asking your friends and family what they think you are good at and you could also discuss your skills and your post-16 choices with your tutor or your peers. You might also find it helpful to do this as part of a discussion with Mrs Miller. Use online tools There are some really useful online tools to help with career choice and consider how your personality, values, motivations and preferences might point towards careers that suit you best. Please visit the Ashby School Careers website to access online tools, Skillsometer which can help discover what jobs you might like to do in the future.
Advice on making the final decision Which? ‘Which? University’ has created a really useful resource to provide information to students to help them find out what qualifications are best for their career prospects. This guide can be found here. Take action Once you have decided what you would like to do post-16, you need to make it happen! Careful preparation and research is key. Don’t forget, if you need to, speak to our independent careers advisor and speak to your tutor to make an appointment!
Ashby School Careers Portal Ashby School Careers Portal Here, students and their parents can find the latest information on a wide range of careers and educational institutions that is usually available at our Careers Choice Evening. Representatives from a variety of jobs and professions, universities, training providers and colleges have supplied their most up-to-date careers information to help students make the right choices about their future careers. We will endeavour to update this page when new information becomes available. Further information about the Portal and careers information can be found here. Please note there is also lots of important information about how to prepare for the next stage of your journey after Sixth Form on our dedicated Ashby School Sixth Form page. Useful websites for general information on Careers: Search engines - Indeed, Reed and GetMyFirstJob can be used to find and apply for apprenticeships and traineeship vacancies. https://amazingapprenticeships.com https://www.youthemployment.org.uk https://www.llep.org.uk https://www.leics-ebc.org.uk
Work Experience Gaining experience in an industry or sector gives students an invaluable insight into career options for the future. It also stands out on a CV and shows an employer that you have gained transferrable skills and balanced your time with studies which demonstrates a positive work ethic. A few ideas of how to gain experience can be found below: Work experience - This can help students decide which career area or industry sector they might want to work in. It also allows them to build a network of contacts who may be able to assist in the future. Work shadowing - Spending time observing and 'shadowing' a member of staff in a company or organisation will give an insight into the role, duties and responsibilities and gives the opportunity to ask questions. Volunteering - This involves offering time to do something useful, such as helping a group, a charity or an individual, but without receiving payment. Being a volunteer can also help to develop employment skills and is sometimes a requirement for progression in certain career areas. There are a range of roles available in sectors in the UK, and with local and national charities. Please note, part time paid work should NOT be undertaken during school hours while in the Sixth Form. Further information and links to volunteering can be found below: Prospects Vinspired Voluntary Action Leicestershire LEBC
National Citizen Service What is NCS? NCS experience will give young people the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the summer or autumn taking on a new challenge and working together with new people in a team of up to 15. NCS is designed engage, unite and empower young people, building confidence and allowing them to experience new things no matter what their background. It is a great addition to any CV! The scheme is designed for 16 and 17 year olds but you can join the programme as a 15-year-old, as long as you turn 16 on or by 31 August of the same year). The programme is designed to allow young people to get a taste for independence and pick up skills that’ll help with their future goals. They will also be given a platform to get their voice heard and pursue a passion project to create a positive, lasting impact in their local community. How can I get involved? Further information about how to get involved can be found on the NCS site.
Top Ten Tips for writing a CV 1. Make it a suitable length - 1 side of A4 is ideal. 2. Write your CV on a computer and save a copy so that you can change it and print more copies whenever you need to. 3. Use a clear structure and layout. 4. Use spell checker and get somebody to read it and check for errors. 5. Be positive - emphasise your achievements, successes, skills and qualities. 6. Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. 7. Include information about your education history and any work experience that you have. 8. Include at least two referees. 9. Don’t lie on your CV! 10. Look online for examples, so you can see what looks good. There are some great examples below: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/example_cvs.htm How to craft a stellar CV - expert advice, samples and a professional template to help students create a truly polished document Best examples of CV formatting - essential dos and don’ts and other pointers advice to help create the most aesthetically pleasing CV How to write an outstanding cover letter - with in-depth, step-by-step analysis helping to craft an outstanding cover letter that will separate you from the competition
Interview Tips for Students Do your research- check out the company's website and learn about what it does and what its goals are. Arrive on time -if you’re not sure where the interview is, go online to find out or call the company for directions. Aim to arrive 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start. Dress appropriately - make sure you are dressed appropriately for the interview; your clothes should always be clean and smart. Be positive - about yourself, the position you’re going for and your past experience. Go into detail - make sure you give your interviewer examples when you answer questions, and link answers to skills, attitudes and attributes you have. Emphasise all your strengths - make yourself stand out from the crowd. Highlight strengths that aren’t just a result of a job or a course. Are you a natural-born communicator? Are you persistent and hard-working? Let your interviewer know. Ask Questions - this gives you the chance to clarify anything you need to know and to show your interviewer you have an enquiring mind and are genuinely interested in the job.
Need more information? Visit the Careers Library Located in the school library, the Careers Library has a wealth of information on university and college courses as well as details about a range of careers and apprenticeships. Get Online Youth Employment UK gives young people skills, careers support and tools to fulfil their potential. You can search thousands of UK jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships in UK on the Not Going To Uni website Search university courses and entry requirements at the UCAS website. The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and infor- mation on a wide range of jobs, train- ing course resources and funding. Find out how to become an appren- tice, what apprenticeships are available and which employers offer them here. Find out more how to start volunteer- ing in your local communities while gaining valuable work-experience at Vinspired. Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place at Careerspilot. Start is an online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. All About Careers allows students, graduates and school leavers. to ex- plore career, jobs & advice.
Thank You Ashby School would like to thank all the local companies and further education institutions for providing information to include on our Ashby Careers Portal. This makes a big difference to our students and their decision making. Miss L Ash Mrs M Miller Mrs B Hodgkinson Head of Careers Careers Advisor CPD, Careers & Work Experience Administrator Ashby School is an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in England. Company No. 08126868, Nottingham Road, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1DT.
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