As students progress through Key Stage
3 and Key Stage 4, they will be exploring
lots of different opportunities in the wider
world. Through their exposure to colleges,
higher education institutions, apprenticeship
providers, employers and other opportunities,
they will have a myriad of choices to navigate.
As teachers and advisors, you will have signposted them to potential futures, whilst as part of your programmes (and through the Gatsby Benchmarks) they will have had their eyes opened to them. It is important that we are guiding students through the process, making sure they have an ambitious but also a realistic vision for the future.
English Language and Mathematics at GCSE
are imperative for students who are looking to
progress to higher education. It is important
that you reinforce the significance in achieving
a Grade 4 or above for them to progress onto
both Level 3 and higher education provision.
For some courses GCSE Science will also be very important, particularly if your student is thinking of studying courses such as Science (including Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Veterinary Science).
When students are investigating their Level 3
post-16 courses, I would recommend that they always
have one eye on their next steps and to make
sure that the courses they are selecting are
going to enable them to progress to it.
Some students will have ideas that are potentially going to prove challenging for them in terms of their academic abilities and you will no doubt have to spend time steering them towards appropriate opportunities.
It is important that whilst a student may not be able to progress towards a Medicine degree, there may be other opportunities within the NHS or healthcare sector that they could explore. It may be that you show the different pathways to both the students and their families, in order to demonstrate that you are suggesting good alternatives looking ahead to their future.
It is important that throughout the process
your students are guided to review entry
requirements for both their Level 3 and higher
education options. I would recommend
they take time to review sixth form/college
prospectuses to find out what would be
required to move onto their chosen Level 3
Alongside this, it is also important for them to closely look at university prospectuses and websites to ensure they are considering making the right option choices for the higher education course they may wish to pursue in the future. Certain university courses will need students to have completed particular post- 16 subjects, and it is important students are aware of this.
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by Lydia Greenhalgh
posted on 1 Dec '22
As our working weeks get busier, you might be wondering how you can share university information in a way that prevents parents and guardians from having to make a mad midweek rush from work to your school or college hall. This blog provides a few tips towards successful school and college parental engagement.
by Erin Wilson
posted on 21 Nov '22
Since leaving the higher education sector earlier this year, I have been vocal on social media about the lessons I learnt in my job about myself, the working world and the sector of higher education. This blog introduces what I learned - and how schools can benefit from university engagement.