Years 9,10 and 11
Careers tutorials are held for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 in which a programme of learning is taught by tutors. The aim of the programme is to help students with personal development, career management and career exploration and is supported by the following events, activities and careers assessments.
- Character Strengths - an online assessment focusing on the students’ best qualities. This is followed by a Strengths Workshop in which students begin to develop an awareness of their gifts and those of others in the year group.
- Careers using languages talk
- Careers using STEM subjects talk
- To Boldly Go – an assessment which enables students to gain awareness of and confidence in how they operate. This is followed up by a workshop which forms part of the Wayfinding Day.
- Wayfinding Day in which students take part in a number of activities designed to help them navigate their way towards fulfilling and successful educational and career pathways
- Morrisby online and interactive careers guidance tool which helps students with their A level and career choices. This is followed up by a careers guidance interview by a trained careers adviser.
- A level options morning.
- One to one A level options interview with a senior member of staff .
- Higher Education and Careers Conference.
- Careers talks in Houses given by outside speakers.
Year 12 is a time for narrowing down subject choices whilst opening doors to university and career opportunities. To this end, students take part in five careers lessons in which they learn about the university process, courses and career pathways. These lessons are supported by careers talks, events and activities that take place throughout the year. They are as follows:
- Careers talks given by alumni, parents, specialists, the Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Head of Careers on subjects such as Investment Banking, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Film Making, Law, preparing for university interviews, reflective writing and university research. Those that take place during the Thursday tutorial slot are compulsory however some are held in House in the evening and these are voluntary.
- Higher Education and Careers Conference. This takes place at the beginning of March here at Ampleforth. Over 55 institutions and courses are represented. Students choose to attend four seminars on subjects such as Getting into Medicine, Engineering, Why Manchester? Admissions tests at Oxford, Careers in Fashion, Careers with PwC.
- Higher Education Fair. This takes place in the afternoon following the HEC and gives students the opportunity to speak to delegates on a one to one basis.
- Gap Fair. This takes place at the same time as the Higher Education Fair for those students interested in taking a gap year before university
- University Open Days. Students may attend two university open days per academic year.
- UCAS morning. Students learn about applying to university and writing personal statements.
- Sixth Form Portfolio. This is a journal designed to be completed in tutorials. It focuses students on decisions about Higher Education and Careers to facilitate the UCAS writing process. Each week, students reflect on what they have learnt academically and about themselves.
- Work experience. This is encouraged during the last week of term. Students are asked to organise it themselves through friends, family and contacts.
- Interviews and networking. A workshop is held in which students are given tips about interview and networking techniques.
It is hoped that by the time students return from their summer break that many, if not most, have made a start on their university choices and started to refine their personal statement. However, for those who are still unsure about their future direction, staff are on hand to advise and guide applicants through the intricacies of UCAS and other applications. Some opt to take a Gap Year and are encouraged to plan this carefully so that it is relevant as well as fun. Specialist help is available within the Careers Department and from subject tutors for applications to Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Law and joining the Armed Services. Subject teachers are always on hand to discuss courses and career options, from art and drama schools to engineering, surveying and accountancy options.