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An Introduction from Mr G. Owen

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Welcome to the Sixth Form blog/news page. I will post on here at least every Monday and more often as the occasion demands. It’s not a formal site as such and will not replace official announcements and letters but its intention is to reflect on sixth form experiences and events, to keep abreast of good practice in Post 16 education and to alert students and parents to opportunities now and for the future.

I know students have plenty of work to do in their A level subjects but I have an impassioned view that it is what they do beyond that which can often make the real difference in personal development, employability and fulfilment. So you’ll hear plenty on here about those opportunities.

Just to kick off I’ll mention three of my favourites:

future learn
TED Talks
Reading books

 

TED talks is an online video library of thousands of talks on a huge variety of subjects. Always interesting, usually challenging and often entertaining.

Future Learn offers free online courses from universities and specialist organisations. I’ve done two so far and several students have taken them up. Have a look – they’re brilliant

Reading books makes a difference.

Have a great 2017!

 

 

UCAS and Careers blog

 

The last few weeks seem to have gone by in a blur with, in no particular order: exams,reports, university visits, soft skills workshops, leadership hustings and elections, sports day, maths conference at Manchester University, UCAS exhibition etc etc. (Did you know etc is short for et cetera which means 'and other things' in Latin?)

Anyway, in a last desperate attempt to get students to look at the blog page I promised that this one would be dedicated to all the best links to help with University and careers advice and guidance.

Have a great summer.

So here are the best places to visit:

Useful links for Sixth Form Students and Parents

Apprenticeships page https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

All you need to know about apprenticeships

UCAS    https://www.ucas.com/  

All the information you need about University choices and applications. Some great videos to help you get started. Also see the link to the widget!

STUDENT HUT   http://studenthut.schools.instapage.com/

'like tripadvisor for sixth formers’ a guide to universities

Which University   http://university.which.co.uk/

One of the many great online university resources

Unistats  https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

The official website for comparing UK higher education course data

The Complete University Guide http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

Does what it says on the tin

Guardian website http://www.theguardian.com/education/universityguide

Probably the best newspaper guide. Also the general website is a great source of subject support and general knowledge

Not going to uni http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Great for apprenticeships and jobs – much better than the official apprenticeships site!

National careers service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Full of useful advice and support

Student Finance England http://slc-apps.co.uk/Quick-Start-Finance-Guide/Home.html

A guide to help you through applying for finance for University

The Sutton Trust   https://www.suttontrust.com/

Brilliant Charity which helps students explore university options

And a few other useful sites, including the fantastic

Future learn https://www.futurelearn.com/

Why not try a free online course. Run by universities, available to sixth formers in a range of subjects. Guaranteed to enhance your Personal Statement or CV.

Family Lives http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/

Advice website for parents with teenagers. Some useful guidance.

Student Hut -The Complete Guide to Revision http://www.studenthutrevisionguide.instapage.com/

Does what it says on the tin.

TED Talks   https://www.ted.com/

A fantastic resource for developing stretch and challenge in your subject and general knowledge. Great for inspiring your EPQ project and adding spice to your University application