Welcome to our Sixth Form. Here are a few stories and photographs of students who have left school and gone onto either apprenticeships or into Higher Education.
Work experience is valuable for all students. It gives an insight into a professional field, and can also look impressive on a CV and Personal Statement.
In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding carers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog, an award-winning online careers platform. Students in Bebington are introduced to Unifrog in Year 7. They can use the careers platform to track and progress their career journey.
Click here to view James' apprenticeship journey.
Link to past success stories.
We also have set up a parent login so that your parents/carers can use Unifrog as if they were a student themselves, allowing your parents/carers to support you fully. The form code your parents/carers need is: parentsbebington and they can sign up here:: www.unifrog.org/code
The UCAS search tool brings up all the courses at a particular university, rather than all the courses that might be of interest to students across different universities.
Unifrog is a fantastic online tool that connects sixth Form students to the best University courses for them both home and abroad, as well as live Apprenticeship vacancies across the UK. It enables students to compare courses and vacancies using different factors such as distance from home, qualifications required, social life and potential salary.
Co-op Academy Bebington host careers fairs each year and sixth form students have the opportunity to speak to local employers, apprenticeship providers, local colleges and Universities. Sixth form subject leaders are also available during the evening. The careers fair is an opportunity for students to explore options available to them that they may not have considered before.
Year Twelve Students also have the opportunity of completing one week of work experience, and have access to the Careers Advisor where they can arrange for careers interviews to ensure that they are aware of future pathways and their next steps for getting to where they want to be.
Working towards achieving Gatsby – Your school Sixth Form
A stable careers programme – Benchmark 1
“Every school and college should have a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team.”
Learning from labour market information – Gatsby Benchmark 2
“By the age of 14, all pupils should have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options. Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children. An informed adviser can help them make the best use of available information.”
Labour Market Information:-
Encounters with employers and employees – Gatsby Benchmark 5
“Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter*with an employer. A „meaningful encounter‟ is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace. This can be achieved through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.”
Activities in Sixth Form
- Sixth Form Induction
- Information evening
- Student Finance session
- University campus visits
- Unifrog training
- Updates on LMI
- Careers Fair
- Mock Interviews
- UCAS Personal Statement Workshops
- Future Focus Day
- Parents’ evenings
- National Careers Week
- National Apprenticeship Week
- Work Experience
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
- SEND Activities and Transition Review – Adviser input and also present at reviews
Focus on University
The decision about what to do when you have left school or college is difficult for many students, especially at a time when there are several alternatives to university such as degree or higher apprenticeships. Further information about this later . . .
You might decide to apply to university because:
- Sometimes it is the only entry route to many careers – e.g. medicine and dentistry. Over the past few years though, many professions have become accessible through a degree apprenticeship: e.g. Solicitor It should be stressed through, that degree apprenticeships in this sector are not that common (although this is changing) and are the opportunities that do arise are highly competitive!
- It is the most common route of entry to many other careers.
- There are only a few apprenticeships locally for those with A’ level and equivalent qualifications.
- It is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for most students.
- Overall, it does still offer financial gain over the course of your working life - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51676530 “Over their working lives, male graduates on average gain by £130,000 and female graduates by £100,000.”
Focus on Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)
|Name||Level||Equivalent Educational Level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE Passes at grade A* - C or 9-4|
|Advanced||3||2 A Level Passes/Level 3 Diploma/International Baccalaureate|
|Higher||4, 5, 6 and 7||Foundation Degree and Above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor's or Master's Degree|
You can find out more here –
- By using your Unifrog account