The two years of the Sixth Form at King’s are inevitably over all too quickly and, almost from day one, students’ eyes are opened to the myriad opportunities in their life beyond school.
Most of our King’s Worcester Sixth Form Pupils proceed to higher education when they leave King’s, with 83% of our students gaining places at their top choice universities.
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Our careers team, which includes our Careers Lead, Careers advisors, Head of UCAS applications and specialist medical, Oxbridge and international applications leads, along with our Head of Sixth Form and House Tutors are all on hand to offer advice and guide to students throughout the application process.
Not only will Sixth Form students will have access to Unifrog, an online platform which is an excellent portal and resource which seamlessly links with UCAS and other provider application services, but students also have support through a programme of events, workshops and talks to ensure that you’re aware of the range of opportunities beyond school.
Dedicated Application Specialists
Head of Medical Applications: Mrs Sears
The Medical Society provides continuous support for all those applying for careers in Healthcare, be they Medics, Vets, Dentists or Nurses. We provide UCAT/BMAT coaching, and comprehensive guidance on getting into a medical career from selecting the right universities for each individual through to UCAS personal statements, work experience placements and prep for interviews. We deliver one-to-one sessions as well as weekly groups to explain and guide through each stage of the process.
Head of International Applications: Mrs Shearburn
The Head of International Applications offers guidance and support for students when making applications to overseas universities. They Organise overseas university open days (online and/or in-person) and book guest speakers from overseas universities’ admissions departments.
They also offer support on School Profile and Transcript for US colleges, provide advice on SAT/ACT as well as liaise within the school with the pupil’s House/Form Tutors and the students to help facilitate applications.
Head of Oxbridge Applications: Dr McLaverty-Head
The Head of Oxbridge Applications supports our Sixth Form students with their applications to Oxford and Cambridge. In the Lower Sixth, this involves encouraging students to enrich their academic CV as well as explaining the basic procedures for applying. We attend an Oxbridge conference and encourage students to attend Open Days. In the Upper Sixth, they help students with their personal statements and coordinate academic support from the relevant departments, such as help with entrance tests. If they are offered an interview, we run practice interview sessions and bring in recent OV Oxbridge students to give advice.
Oxbridge Universities Preparation
Every year we have a percentage of pupils making an application to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. These applications involve a number of additional stages when compared to applications for most other UK institutions. To support King’s pupils through this process, we run a dedicated programme of activities and guidance which begins in the Lower Sixth.
The King’s Oxbridge programme includes:
- Introductory talk with feedback from successful applicants in the year above
- Departmental support and guidance, e.g. on wider reading, mock interviews, and guidance on how to prepare for entrance tests
- Wider reading presentations are given by students to their peers to help them develop their interest in their chosen subject areas
- A visit to the Oxford and Cambridge conference held in Edgbaston towards the end of the spring term
- A talk on personal statements for Oxford and Cambridge applications
- A dedicated Oxford and Cambridge preparation day in the summer term including a one-to-one meeting with a member of staff to help provide focus for preparation over the summer holidays
- Visits to both Oxford and Cambridge university open days
- Support in completing additional forms, e.g. the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)
- Additional mock interview practice at the Interview Evening in November
- A series of final preparation sessions in the four weeks prior to interviews
King’s pupils have had considerable success in gaining offers for places in recent years for a range of different courses including; Medicine, Natural Sciences, History and Politics, Classics, Modern Languages, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Theology.
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At King’s our Careers Department aim to ensure that careers advice and guidance is available to all pupils to help them make sensible and informed decisions regarding higher education and subject options at University as well as future career choices.
We aim to help students discover their passion for their future careers. Advice is offered on a variety of career-related issues, including university and other higher education courses, apprenticeships and school-leaver schemes, subject and option choices, gap years, and placements in industry.
In the Sixth Form the emphasis is on exploring the range of pathways available after A-levels and building an awareness of those relevant to career goals. With 90% of pupils moving on to university, there is a strong Higher Education component within the programme but pupils are also encouraged to explore the increasing range of Post-18 apprenticeship and school-leaver opportunities.
A full programme of workshops, talks and discussions is organised by the Head of Careers and the Head of Sixth Form, relating to the different aspects of the application procedure to universities in the UK and abroad. This includes the use of the Unifrog platform, plenary sessions focusing on the applications procedure to university and the financial awareness required, an Open Day visit for all Lower Sixth pupils, and a presentation to parents about all aspects of Higher Education and other Post 18 Options.
All Lower Sixth pupils are encouraged to undertake a week of work experience. The range of placements which students have secured has recently included Morgan Cars, Houses of Parliament, Southco, GKN Aerospace, Qinetiq Group and Sanctuary. Other pupils have helped in local primary and special-needs schools and shadowed in law firms, hospitals, and veterinary practices.
Pupils are encouraged to find work experience out of the Worcester area and placements have been arranged by the MFL Department in France and Germany.
One regular feature is an evening in November when members of the Upper Sixth have the opportunity to experience a mock one-to-one interview with employers, parents, or friends of the school with expertise in particular areas.
Conferences and Careers Talks
In recent years we have arranged our own Healthcare Conference, Law Day, Media Day, Engineering Conference, Modern Language Conference, English Conference, Finance Day, Women in Leadership Conference, and Property Conference. These conferences are always popular and insightful for our pupils
During the summer term, we hold a Lower Sixth Business Skills Workshop where pupils are taken through a series of challenges and workshops led by representatives from local businesses and companies.
The Department also arranges a number of before-school and lunchtime careers talks given by people working in various professions. Recent talks have included forensic science, accountancy, finance, medical research, architecture, law, journalism, as well as Headstart, the Year in Industry scheme and other Gap Year programmes.
King's Sixth Form is the next step in your educational career. Our aim is to help young people gain all the vital knowledge, academic results, life skills and strength of character that they will need to tackle future challenges.