Careers & higher education

    At KAS we help to prepare our Sixth Formers for life after school by providing high quality, impartial careers information, education and guidance.

    Each student will receive individual advice and support both at the beginning of Year 12 and the beginning of Year 13 to ensure that they have chosen the correct programme of study that will enable them to realise their aspirations post-A-level. We monitor the needs of all students in order to guide them through the whole higher education process, whether this is UCAS, Art, Drama or Music schools. We also help prepare students for the world of work, should they choose not to follow the path of higher education.

    Higher Education applications

    Workshops are organised in which Year 12 adopt the role of admissions tutor as the first part of their preparation for writing personal statements. Students and parents are given specific guidance to support them with this. Students are offered the support of their subject teachers, tutors and very specific one-to-one support from from our HE/UCAS adviser to both develop their statement, and receive individual guidance through their application process using the UCAS ‘apply’ programme.

    Oxbridge applicants are supported by the Head of Department of their chosen subject, their tutors, and deputies. Post A-level applicants are fully supported and invited to return in the autumn of their Gap year for help with their application. Parents are kept well informed through various presentations and literature in order to best support their children.

    Resources

    We have a well-stocked and up-to-date careers library. We run sessions in small groups to help familiarise students with the careers library and the variety of resources that are available to them. This includes books about particular jobs, prospectuses containing information about different courses and computer programmes. We provide a wide range of resources, reflecting the different needs, varying abilities and aspirations of our students.

    Support from the wider School community

    The parent body and Old-Alfredians play a very important part in the programme. We collect information on the occupations of our parent body and use them to help with careers where relevant. Parents will come in to present master-classes in their specific field and support us in the Careers Fair, and Old-Alfredians are frequently invited to share their experiences and support students.

    All Year 13 undergo an interview in a subject of their choice to be conducted by professionals in their field – Year 12 act as observers and offer positive and negative feedback.  We use our contacts to arrange subject specific interviews for Oxbridge applicants. We also offer students practise interview training.

    Support from outside agencies

    We continue to establish and maintain links with other outside agencies, to ensure that students have access to impartial information. We have presentations from GAP organisations on the opportunities for students during a GAP year as well as talks on GAP Safety. A representative from the Push Organisation delivers an introductory talk to all Year 12 on the important factors to consider when applying to higher education as well as the minefield of student finance. All Year 12 visit the UCAS HE Fair and we aim to take Year 12 to one University Open Day once they have finished their AS exams.

    Work Experience

    We help students to arrange a work placement in Year 12, reflecting their vocational and curricular interests. The placements are monitored by visits and the experience is evaluated both by the employer and student. We assist students to develop CVs and write letters of application to help them secure a placement. The programme aims to encourage students to analyse their strengths and weaknesses with the aim of developing greater self-awareness, in preparation for making informed choices for their future. We work closely with each student in conjunction with their teachers, tutors and parents to enable them to manage their own lifelong learning