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 Post 18 Careers





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Discuss anything - universities, health, lifestyle, relationships & more!


 Deciding which route to take Post-18?


Here is how we will help you make your decision...


If you have any questions please see:
Mrs Howard, Ms Scott, Mr Gascoyne,
Mr McIntyre, Mrs Lemmey, Mrs Morris or your Form Tutor.



Click here to read your Careers Entitlement Statement.
Click here to see the Green Post 18 Options Booklet 2016: this contains lots of information regarding choosing your Post 18 progression including UCAS guidance and our own internal UCAS deadlines.
Click here to see Brookfield's own UCAS Deadlines Timeline.
Click here to view the Year 12 parents Post 18 Options Information Evening PowerPoint as delivered by Mr McIntyre and Mrs Howard on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.
Click here to view the UCAS Parents Guide 2016-17. 
Click here for a list of Useful Websites and School Library Resources to help your decision making.
There are also a number of useful 'Higher Education Presentations' found in the folder in the top left corner of this website page.

The information below outlines the Career Guidance we offer at Brookfield Sixth Form to help, support and prepare students for Post 18.

 Year 12

September – May

At the start of Year 12 students are given the opportunity to develop their extra-curricular experiences by signing up to and completing a ‘Chances’ courses to gain extra skills and work experience.

There is early identification of those students contemplating Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science applications so guidance can be tailored specifically. A trip is organised to the University of Oxford for our most able students.


During assemblies and PD lessons, Year 12 students are encouraged to think about and plan their future Post 18 career paths. They should research personal development opportunities, including those run by organisations, companies and universities. It is important they attend University Open Days and Taster sessions at their earliest convenience this year.


Throughout the year, a large number of guest speakers present Post 18 progression opportunities to students, including companies, university representatives, student finance, current professionals and other agencies.


Students are recommended and selected by subject staff to attend ‘Villiers Park residentials’ to further their understanding and experience degree level study.



Once Y12 students return from study leave in June, they follow our Post 18 Options course. This is a weekly carousel programme which outlines to students the options available to them Post 18. It includes information about Higher Education as well other Post 18 pathways and qualifications including Apprenticeships. Each student receives a Green Post 18 Course Booklet which contains lots of important information and guidance, as well as sections to complete during each session. The Post 18 Options Course occurs every Thursday morning Period 1 and includes seven guidance sessions as outlined below:

Ø  Admissions Tutor:  a whole year group talk in the hall by the Sheffield Hallam University Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer – Rachel White, focussing on the Admissions Process and Personal Statements.


Ø  UCAS Apply:  Students register with UCAS. The Gold Post 18 Course Booklet details this process.


Ø  Student Ambassador: a form group Question and Answer session with a current Sheffield Hallam Student Ambassador giving students the opportunity to get a student view of what University is really like.


Ø  Personal Statement: guidance on how to plan, write and structure a Personal Statement, with advice coming straight from The University of Sheffield’s Head of Admissions.


Ø  Library and VLE: Students are shown where they can access necessary Post 18 progression information in our Library and on our VLE. Students are shown the Post 18 Careers literature we have in school including prospectus’ and also the many useful websites they can use to research their future career path.


Ø  Apprenticeship Tutor: a whole year group talk in the hall by two Senior Recruitment Consultants of Learning Unlimited who are part of the Chesterfield College group. They will provide information on looking at alternatives to University including Apprenticeships & other progression opportunities.


Ø  Non-University Pathways: a talk delivered by one of the Sixth Form Leadership Team in form rooms about alternative pathways. It includes information about Foundation Degrees, Apprenticeships, HNC’s, HND’s, NVQ’s and Gap Years.


These seven sessions are designed to give students support and information about all the options available to them so they can make informed choices. Students continually receive details and information about upcoming Post 18 events and opportunities in Assemblies, via Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Leadership Team and on the Careers display boards in the Sixth Form Study Area. These are updated regularly and include opportunities for all Post 18 Progression routes.

Post 18 Transition Day: Year 12 students also have a further day to continue with their Post 18 research whilst the lower school takes part in Sports Day in July. The Headteacher, Mr Edmonds, delivers an assembly in the morning on Post 18 options and then every Year 12 student receives a Guidance Interview with either their Form Tutor, a member of the Sixth Form Leadership Team, SLT or a Connexions Adviser, where students talk through their thoughts for Post 18 and receive help and guidance specific to them. These interviews are summarised and recorded and used by Form Tutors for follow-up support in September.


UCAS Early Applicants: Throughout June and July; students who are seriously contemplating Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science work closely with SE/AWM so they can be fully prepared for the early UCAS application deadline of the 15th October 2016.


Parents Post 18 Information Evening – June: This is an evening specifically for parents of Y12 students, informing them about what options are available Post 18, our Post 18 Options programme, UCAS and Student Finance information and looking at how they might help you in the Post 18 process.


Students are continually encouraged to attend University Open Days, ask for guidance as appropriate and to continue their research into their Post 18 route during the summer holidays so when they return as a Year 13 in September, they have an idea of what they want to do following the completion of their A2 studies.

Year 13


September- December


Every week, students have a Post 18 progression lesson on a Tuesday period 1. This is their designated time to continue with their Post 18 planning, with Form Tutors, Careers Advisors and the Sixth Form Leadership Team continually on hand to support students with their UCAS applications, Personal Statements, alternative pathways and any other Post 18 progression including Apprenticeships.


The internal Brookfield deadline for University applications to be sent to UCAS is 2nd December 2016 with the official UCAS deadline for UCAS being 15th January 2016.


(Students follow a Driver Safety programme in the run up to Christmas.)


January - June


(All Year 13 students now study either A2 General Studies or follow the Personal Development Programme on a Tuesday Period 1.)


All students are given the option of Post 18 interview practice and further guidance.


The Careers Adviser, Anne Brown and Mr McIntyre will meet with all students who are not  going to university, looking at job-seeking skills, interview techniques and CVs etc.


Guest speakers are continually organised throughout the year to deliver further information during assemblies including Student Finance.


Students are coached on their ‘next steps’ including tracking their University applications, looking at University Accommodation and Finance, Apprenticeship and Job applications and what happens on results day, including Clearing, Confirmation and Adjustment.


A Level Results Day is the Thursday 18th August 2016.




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