Careers, UCAS & Further Education
Our support with careers, UCAS and FE applications is something that we are really proud of and is a bonus of choosing BHSA at Sixth Form. We see it an important means of motivating students and raising aspirations. It encourages students to see learning and career development as a life-long process. It has an important role to play as part of a broad and balanced education, helping individual students to build the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to:
- Understand themselves, their strengths, weaknesses, personal qualities; and have a balanced view of their potential
- Use the opportunities provided by BHSA and the wider GDST network to build up work experience and undergraduate insight
- Make informed choices about education, training and career progression by meeting with our independent careers advisor from Career Connect
- Develop self-reliance and take responsibility for their own decisions now and in the future
- Prepare for our lives after school – develop our understanding of adult responsibilities, including effective relationships with colleagues
Careers education at BHSA will be built into your curriculum – each school faculty has a careers champion responsible for ensuring their students can identify the transferable skills that their subjects provide. PHSE lessons have a careers focus at various points in the year and form tutors have a programme to follow in the Spring term that focuses on job markets and local labour market information. In addition to this if you want to be a little more independent then our firefly section ‘You and Your future’ has lots and lots of information specifically targeted at improving students understanding of life after school.
At BHSA we want to make sure that we have objective and personalised careers information and so we work with Career Connect. Career Connect is a charity with an outstanding reputation for providing high quality Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance for young people in schools and colleges.
The Careers Advisor who will be working at the academy is Kim Dickson, she is in school every week on a Thursday and is available for drop in sessions or longer sessions by appointment. In the spring term, you will also have a year 12 one on one interview with Kim to discuss HE or FE. Kim will have worked with pupils from each year group at different points over the academic year so you may already know her. However if your child is in Year 11 they will have the opportunity to have an one to one careers guidance interview in the coming weeks.
One to one careers guidance interviews will give your child the opportunity to discuss future career ideas, subject choice and suitable post 18 provision. Kim will also deliver group sessions with pupils that will introduce the world of work, jobs for the future and a range of other careers related topics. Kim will be available during Parents' Evenings if you have any specific questions or wish to discuss post 16 options and career choices.
We are proud to guarantee that each of our year 12 pupils will participate in a week of work experience, usually in February. BHSA support you every step of the way and work with career connect to ensure that your placement is in some way linked to the future that you want. Students may also ‘self-place’. In the past we have had students spending time in London, even Paris for their work experience!
What is Unifrog and MOOCS?
You may have seen that we offer our sixth form students access to unifrog and a range of MOOC courses – but what are they?
Unifrog is a programme that helps students identify what type of university might be right for them. It helps students compare in terms of subject, geographical area and entry requirements. It also helps student’s select local apprenticeships. All students will get a personalised log in for this service and they can then use this space to develop their personal statements using the personal statement guidance section.
MOOC’s are Massive Open Online Courses – they range from Archaeology to Zoological science and everything in between. As the name suggests they are free to access short courses that you can study online and they are delivered by some of the best universities from across the globe. They show a prospective university admissions tutor that you are ready to go the extra mile.
Once you have decided where you want to go and how you want to get there – staff at BHSA are ready and willing to support these decisions. Lunchtime UCAS sessions help ensure that you are completing your forms correctly, mock interviews prepare you for the tough admissions testing and for those applying to Oxbridge we have specialist sessions designed to maximise your applications. At the end of year 12 all students will participate in Future Focus week – dedicated curriculum time to support this process. Form Tutors will then continue this on into year 13. Students will also get the opportunity to attend careers fairs and a range of after school optional sessions such as the ‘Powerful Women’s project’ (Monthly evening of speeches and networking) or ‘Lecture Fest’ (evenings where visiting guest lecturers will deliver 30 minute lectures on their area of research)
University and community links
We are very lucky to have links with some excellent universities. We partner regularly with Liverpool John Moores, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope, University of Chester and Bangor University. We even offer a residential trip to one of these sites to help you get a feel for halls of residence and campus life.
We work closely with Wirral Young Chamber giving our students unique access to the Employers of Wirral and we are a member of the Liverpool Career Hub to ensure that we are regulated and getting the most of local opportunities.