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 career. 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.
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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.
University Preparation via Unifrog
Sixth Form pupils have access to the Unifrog support website which is an excellent portal and resource which seamlessly links with UCAS and other provider application services.
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 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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