Sixth Form at Kingsbridge Community College
Many students choose to progress into the Sixth Form at Kingsbridge Community College to study A levels or Btec. Advanced Qualifications. There are over 30 subjects to choose from and support to make choices is offered by the Sixth Form team as well as members of the Careers team. See http://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/ if you have specific questions regarding A level subject choice for the Russell Group Universities. A small number of students opt to take the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) route which involves a combination of work placement and classroom based learning. See the Sixth Form Options information booklet for more information.
Full Time Education at Local Further Education College
Students who would prefer to take a practical or vocational course at 16 may opt to apply to a local Further Education College. Karen Arscott, the Work Related Learning Coordinator along with Liz Ponsford and Josie Cuffe, Independent Careers Advisers from CareersUnlimited are available to support students and their families to find out more about the courses available and to help with completing applications. All colleges have Open Days and Taster Sessions, and it is strongly recommended that students arrange to visit the alternative colleges before Year 11 decisions are made. Information about these events is advertised through Tutor Groups throughout the year. For students with Special educational needs, there may be the opportunity to take part in some transition days so that they are well prepared to make the move from school onto college.
If a young person has a specific career in mind and would like to explore the option of taking an apprenticeship, there is support available. We work with Careers Advisers and local employers and training providers to ensure we are up to date with the current apprenticeships that are available. We would recommend in addition to seeking advice at school, students who are keen to get an apprenticeship should register with https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship, which is a central website advertising vacancies and through which applications can be made. There are different levels of apprenticeship and students can apply from age 16 upwards. Local employers that have apprenticeships available, on occasion, contact the school and the details of the apprenticeship are distributed to the appropriate year group and posted on the KCC Facebook page.
A large proportion of our students decide to progress onto some kind of Higher Education course including a Foundation Degree or an Undergraduate Degree Programme at University. An experienced team of Sixth Form tutors guide students through the process. All students are given the opportunity to start exploring their Higher Education options by attending the UCAS Higher Education Event in Exeter attended by all the universities in the UK. The Sixth Form tutorial programme supports students through the application process. Students who decide to take a Gap Year also have access to advice on how to use this time effectively. Each year there is an information evening for parents, which covers all aspects of higher education, student finance and alternative options after A levels.
Staying on for Year 14 is an option for some students. This may be appropriate if you wish to add to the qualifications you already have in order to make your progression route easier. Please discuss this with your tutor if this is relevant to you.
Some students are keen to enter employment after A levels. Careers information, advice and guidance is available through the Work Related and Careers team for students who may wish to consider the employment opportunities that enable them to work and gain a qualification up to degree level. This option is especially attractive to students who have a career direction in mind and who are keen to progress into a real work environment where they can develop their knowledge and skills whilst working as part of a company. Each year a number of local employers offer opportunities for A level Leavers, these vacancies as well as local part-time jobs are advertised through the opportunities board in the Sixth Form building, KCC Facebook page and 6th Twitter.
If at any stage from Year 8 upwards, students require careers guidance, it is possible to book an appointment with either Liz Ponsford or Josie Cuffe, Independent Careers Advisers from CareersUnlimited at College. Please get in touch with Karen Arscott, Head of Work Related Learning on 01548 852641 ext.112 in order to arrange this.