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What are you going to do after Sixth Form?

Sixth Form is ultimately about gaining the best qualifications that you can. However, these qualifications should enable you to make the next step in your life. It is essential that you are prepared for life beyond university and can gain access to your next pathway during your time with us.

Going to University

Many of our students go on to university. They know that a strong application is essential in being successful in gaining a place at their preferred university. Much research is needed to make sure that you choose the right course and university.

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Writing a Personal Statement

Writing an effective personal statement is essential to sell yourself to universities. You need to make yourself stand out from the crowd and convince the admissions tutor to offer you a place on their course. Careful research, planning and redrafting are key skills to make your personal statement as good as possible.

Seeking Employment

Some students will feel that, for their own reasons, university is not for them. Instead, getting a job will be their preferred option. As we all know, competition for jobs is increasingly competitive and you will need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Having a high quality application letter, CV and interview technique are essential to help you get your ideal post.

Below are some websites that will help you to look for the right jobs for you. Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses and your areas of interest will help you to search and apply for jobs that will suit you and that you have the right skills set for:

Writing your CV

Having a high quality CV that sells you to potential employers is vital. You need to tell potential employers what you have achieved academically and what relevant work (paid or voluntary) experiences you have had, as well as other activities and achievements that you have got. A CV is an easy way to do this and once you have done it you can use it time and time again, adding updates as and when necessary.

The wording of your CV needs careful thought; you need to promote yourself using positive language but avoid being over-confident!
Take a look at these examples:

Job Applications and Interview Preparation

Once you have found a job or Apprenticeship you want to apply for, it is important that you write a high quality application letter or form. Hopefully you will get invited for an interview –careful preparation for such an event is vital. Look at these websites to help you to get ready:


Apprenticeships are a great way to gain extra qualifications whilst getting paid for working. There is a wide range of apprenticeships out there which can cater for a wide array of careers and pathways. There are details of what an Apprenticeship is all about and what’s on offer on the websites below:

Student Finance

Tuition fees and being able to afford to go to university is a big issue for lots of students and their parents. It is really important that you know what tuition fees are all about, how much they are for your university choices and how you would pay them back. Have a look at these websites to learn more about student finance:

Living Away from Home

Living away from home can be an exciting yet daunting time. Everything that our parents/carers did for you suddenly has to be done by you! Managing your money, laundry, food shopping and housework can be a juggling act and one that may take time to get used to. Read the advice on the website below to help you get prepared for life away from home: