Post 16 information
1. Year 11 Post 16 Evening
This evening, which takes place on Monday 9th October at 6pm, is designed to inform parents about Post 16 routes and to provide both students and parents with an opportunity to talk to representatives of different 6th form institutions, as well as other Post 16 providers. There will also be information about Apprenticeships, and college staff will be on hand to field any questions. Laurie Simpson, our Independent Guidance Advisor, will be available and would very much like to discuss your child’s transition to Post 16.
Starting at 6pm, there will be a presentation in the Main Hall for parents. During this time, students will be able to visit representatives of the 6th Form Centres in the Dining Hall. After the presentation, parents are welcome to join their son or daughter. All the main Post 16 providers will attend this event.
2. UCAS Applications
From this week, students will be undertaking activities that support their Post 16 applications. This includes completing an initial assessment form to allow us to ascertain whether your child needs additional support in making decision around Post16 study. Following this, student will be writing their personal statements with their support of their form tutors. Your child will also be taught how to log on to the UCAS website to complete their online application. Although we will support your child with this process, it is important that they fully engage with process in order to complete their application by the deadline of the 8 December 2017.
3. Open Evenings
Post 16 institutions all hold open evenings for prospective students. These evenings represent an important opportunity to find out information about the different courses offered and to get a flavour of what life at the different institutions might be like.
Attendance at the relevant events is key to students making informed decisions about where to go and what to study Post 16.
Making the most of Post 16 Events
This is an exciting but potentially confusing time, when you will be making some very important decisions about your future.
College Open Days and Evenings offer you the chance to visit the centres you are thinking of attending. Once there, you can talk to staff and students about available courses, and ask questions about 6th form life.
Don’t miss this opportunity as it can really help you to make a good decision. There will be plenty of people around to talk to you; they will be ready to answer your questions, and to help you with any problems you might have.
Before you go…..
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- What are my skills and interests?
- What subjects do I currently enjoy, and which are my best?
- Do I want to do A levels, or another suitable qualification?
- Which centres can I get to? How would I get there?
- What career am I interested in doing, and what qualifications would help me to do it?
- Which centres offer the courses and subject combinations I am interested in?
- What influence are friends and others having?
- Have I considered all options including Employment and Training and an Apprenticeship?
- Have I read the college prospectuses, or gone on their websites?
- Have I got older friends or relatives who can tell me about the different centres and different courses?
When you visit a centre…..
- Try to talk to students who are already on the courses
- Check out where a course might take you in terms of work/training or higher education
- Check out what you need to be accepted onto a particular course – what are the entry requirements?
- Check out suitable alternatives to your main choice – remember, always have a plan B.
- Check out costs such as equipment, clothing, field trips, and books.
- Check out the ‘feel of the place’. Would you fit in and be happy? What does it offer in addition to the course?
- Check out opportunities to extend yourself with extra-curricular activities
- Check out transport arrangements; these can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/education/transport
When are the Open Evenings?
- Cambridge Academy for Science & Technology (UTC) Wednesday 18th October from 5.00 - 7.00 pm & Saturday 4th November from 10.00 am - 2.00pm
- Comberton Sixth Form Thursday 2nd November from 6.30 - 9.00pm
- Parkside Sixth Tuesday 31st October from 5.30-8.00pm
- Bishop Laney Sixth Form (Ely College) Wednesday 1st November from 6.00-8.00pm
- College of West Anglia (Milton) Saturday 18th November from 9.30am - 12.30pm
- Impington International Sixth Form Tuesday 7th November from 6.00 - 9.00pm
- Long Road Sixth Form College Wednesday 18th October from 5.00-9.00pm & Thursday 19th October from 5.00-9.00pm
- Netherhall Sixth Form Tuesday 17th October from 6.00-8.30pm
- Hills Road Sixth Form College Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November from 5.00- 9.15pm
- Cambridge Regional College Friday 13th October 2017 from 3.00-7.00pm, Saturday 14th October 2017 from 9.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 18th November 2017 from 9.30 am -12.30pm, Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 9.30am – 12.30pm & Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 9.30am – 12.30pm
Are there any useful websites?
All the sixth form centres have websites, which can be accessed via a search engine. Other websites offering useful general careers advice include:
4. General Information
There is a wealth of helpful information online. The most useful sites are listed in the ‘Making the Most of Post 16 Open Events’ leaflet.
Below are examples of the sorts of questions that students should be considering when using these resources.
• What is a modern apprenticeship?
• Is help with transport available to travel to a sixth form centre?
• What qualifications are needed for a beauty course?
• What grades are needed at GCSE to start an A level course?
5. Exam Results
Exam results will be issued on Thursday 23rd August 2018. If there are issues with results then students might have to contact sixth form centres, so it is advisable not to be away on this date.