So What Next?A guide for Year 12 students for options at 18
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STARTING POINTSMAKING A START | 3A TO DO LIST | 3NEED IDEAS? | 4CAREERS & EMPLOYMENT | 5HIGHER EDUCATION | 5-6
UNIVERSITYINTRODUCING HIGHER EDUCATION | 9THE WHY, WHAT AND WHERE OF HIGHER EDUCATION | 9 - 10WHAT TO STUDY | 10 HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY | 11APPLICATIONS TIMELINE | 12ADMISSIONS ADVICE FROM LISA JOHNSON | 13INSIDERS VIEW: NATASHA BARNES | 15-19
HE FINANCE GRANTS AND STUDENT LOANS | 21 - 24DEGREE OR WORK? BY SEAN PARTRIDGE .....24-25
STARTING WORKWANT TO WORK? | 27 JOBS IN NORFOLK | 27 APPRENTICESHIPS | 28 CASE STUDY DANIELLE WILLIAMS | 29
So What Next is for Year 12 students on Level 3 courses (such as A Level, BTEC National Diploma, or OCR Diploma).It talks about your options at 18, where you can find out more and how to make applications.
If you are doing a course like GCSE, BTEC First or NVQ 2 which finishes at the end of this year, you can: Stay on for a level 3 course such as A Level, BTEC National or NVQ 3. Start a job or work based training, such as an Apprenticeships.
Youll find more information on these options in the Connexions Norfolk publications Moving On and Your Next Move. Contact Connexions Norfolk for your personal copies.
APPLYING FOR JOBS | 30 - 32GOING FOR AN INTERVIEW | 32- 33FINDING WORK WITH help you choose | 33CASE STUDY JOSEPH OKEEFE | 34DONT DO THIS | 35
STUDYING LOCALLYSTUDYING IN NORFOLK (& SUFFOLK) | 39FINDING AND APPLYING FOR LEVEL 2 & 3 COURSES IN NORFOLK | 39FINDING COURSES WITH help you choose | 39 HE FOR NORFOLK | 40 STAYING OR GOING | 41
ADDING TO YOUR APPLICATIONVOLUNTEERING AND MAKING GOOD USE OF YOUR GAP YEAR | 43 VOLUNTEER NOW | 43 A YEAR OUT | 44 ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF TAKING A GAP YEAR | 44 FINDING OUT ABOUT A GAP YEAR | 45PLANNING YOUR GAP YEAR | 45CASE STUDY ISOBEL DRAGONETTI | 46 CASE STUDY REBECCA SAVAGE & TANYA EDWARDS | 47 - 48
If you are on the first year of a Level 3 course(e.g. AS/A Level, BTEC National Diploma) you will have four options at the end of next year:
Starting work or training. Going to university. Doing another Level 3 course, for example
the Art Foundation course. Taking a gap year. See pages 44-47 for more on taking
a gap year.
FIRSTTake some time and think about the skills and knowledge you already have and what you will need in the future. Different courses and careers require different skills. On the UCAS website many courses have Entry Profiles describing the skills they require. Similarly Job Descriptions list the abilities and skills you need to do a particular job. Use Entry Profiles and Job Descriptions to identify those skills you need to develop if you want to go into a particular course or career.
BUILD YOUR OWN SKILLS BASETake advantage of all the opportunities available now and in the future. Get involved in community activities; think about volunteering. Would work experience or work shadowing help? Also look at your part-time work: even the most basic job can help build skills like communication and working as part of a team.
MAKE A NOTERecord the things you do and, later, you can use this as evidence that you have the skills needed for a job or course. Begin now and make writing job applications or UCAS personal statements much easier next year.
SUMMER TERM YEAR 12Research and decide
Use the sources of information in this booklet Speak to your tutors and advisers Attend the Higher Education Convention on June16th Some university courses ask you to complete an
entry test (e.g. Medicine). Check if you need to do one and when. More on the UCAS website
Go to university and college open days Investigate companies who offer the job you want Think about work experience or work shadowing Research sponsorship for university You can make an initial registration with UCAS
AUTUMN TERM YEAR 13Begin applying
Main period for making applications to university and nursing through UCAS
Time to apply for sponsorship For jobs, larger national companies begin to recruit
SPRING TERM YEAR 13More applications and decisions
Local companies recruit more actively Make speculative applications for jobs You get decisions from universities. (If you dont have
any offers, or reject all your offers, you can continue to send applications via UCAS Extra)
Some Art and Design courses take UCAS applications through to 24th March
SUMMER YEAR 13Exams and results
Continue applying for jobs If you are not successful in finding a university place
you can apply again through Clearing.
A TO DO LISTMAKING A START
PERSONAL ADVISERS FROMCONNEXIONS NORFOLK
Your Connexions Personal Adviser can help with: Guidance to help you decide which course or career
would suit you best Advice about how you could achieve your ambitions
in life and about how to overcome or deal with issues that affect you
Information on any subject you need to explore
Maybe you need some other support. Perhaps you have adisability and need information and advice about how toapproach education and employment providers. A health or lifestyle issue might be a barrier to you achieving what you want to do. Whatever your circumstances, your Personal Adviser can help or refer you to a specialist agency if you both feel that is the way forward.
Personal Advisers work in every high school and college in Norfolk as well as at Connexions Centres throughout the county. If you wish to speak to a Personal Adviser.
Check with your Tutor or Head of Year when the Personal Adviser visits your school or college
Visit or phone your local Connexions Centre refer to back page for details of all the centres
YOU CAN ALSO: Visit the Connexions Norfolk websites
helpyouchoose.org and talkaboutyou.org Access Connexions Direct who provide an advice
service over the phone, via the web or through text messaging. See back page for contact details.
MORE INFORMATION AND IDEAS
NOT SURE WHICH CAREER WILL APPEAL?
Use Kudos a careers database and a guidance program: particularly useful in the early days of exploring careers ideas. Most schools and colleges in Norfolk have Kudos on their networks. It takes about 20 minutes to do the question and answer routine to generate some new careers ideas.
WANT TO GO TO UNIVERSITY BUT DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO? TRY:
Higher Ideas specialises in quickly generating ideas and giving information about degrees and similar courses: useful for introducing ideas for further research. Many schools in Norfolk have Higher Ideas.
Course Discover also available in some schools and colleges. Database of HE courses with an ideas generator and other general information. http://demo.coursediscoveronline.co.uk
The Stamford Test on the UCAS website www.ucas.com. Answer some questions and get a list of suggestions about suitable degrees.
Course Finder on www.ukcoursefinder.com Complete a study interests questionnaire and it checks through a database of 50,000+ courses to help you find your dream course
BOOKS Careers 2010 careers information made simple Jobfile a careers encyclopaedia Jobs and Careers After A Levels looks at 40
people who started work after A Level and the jobs they do
COMPUTER PROGRAMS CLIPS 530 articles describing over 1,200 jobs.
Available over the internet as E CLIPS. Youll need a password from your school or college.
Kudos a do-it-yourself careers interview on the computer
Both these programs should be available in your sixth form or college.
WEBSITES Jobs4U on www.connexions-direct.com a good
careers information database Apprenticeships www.apprenticeships.org.uk www.prospects.ac.uk good for careers after
university Self employment? Try www.princes-trust.org.uk
and www.shell-livewire.org www.careersbox.co.uk access to a careers film
library all free to view online. See real people doing real jobs!
Most companies and professional bodies now have their own websites probably the quickest way to get information on any one job. Web addresses can be found in Careers 2009 or Jobfile.
www.sectorcareersinfo.co.uk - gives access to over 20 sites on specific career sectors
CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT HIGHER EDUCATION
BOOKSMany of these should be available in your sixth form or college.
Art and Design Directory a detailed guide to art and design courses in colleges and universities
Creating your own UCAS Personal Statement - tips on getting your Personal Statement right.
Degree Course Offers useful book which is best known for its list of the grades required by universities for particular courses. Also contains other helpful information on ad