Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) enhancement
UCAS Progress provides information and advice to students, parents and teachers about different opportunities, post-16 education and training. You can search for and apply to a range of courses, including A-levels, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and supported internships. It is the online application system for post-16 learning. It is a central interface where you can manage and track your applications to post-16 providers.
Knowing what to do can be tough so UCAS Progress have lots of information and advice available on https://www.ucasprogress.com/search to help you get started. There are lots of videos and support pages for students and parents. Students can find career ideas, take the Buzz quiz, and find out what all their post-16 options are.
Each student has a username and password. Students MUST NOT self-register. It is vital that students use the account that has been set up by Thomas Estley to enable us to support you in the process. If your son/daughter has lost/forgotten their login username or password, please email Amber Colquhoun (Careers Lead) at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to reset this for you.
UCAS Mentors – Each Year 11 student has been allocated a UCAS Mentor, highly likely their tutor, who will support and offer guidance to enable them to complete UCAS Progress effectively. They will also write a reference.
Parent support– How you can help…
• Describe skills and personal achievements, things they are proud of
• Describe any work experience or development of independence where you have learned new skills
• How would they describe themselves in positive way and what value would they bring to the college/ 6th form/ apprenticeship?
• Why are they applying for the course what especially interests them about it?
• What do they have to offer – Why do they think they are suitable for the course(s)?
• Describe long-term career aspirations if they have any
We access many sources of information through professional networks, internet digital based resources, collaborative partnerships complimented by experienced staff who are passionate about your child’s future. There is no such thing as the best pathway and working together we can support your child to choose the best pathway for them.
What grades do I need to take A-levels?
You normally need:
However, the specific requirements needed to study A-levels will vary across schools and colleges. It’s important to check what you will need with the school or college you are looking to study at.
Who are they for?
If you’re thinking about going to university, most higher education courses require specific A-levels or combinations of A-levels (or alternative level 3 qualifications).
If you’re not sure what career or job you want to do, studying a selection of A-levels can be a good way of keeping your options open.
Choosing A-level subjects
The most important criteria for choosing A-levels subjects are:
Useful link to find out more: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/16-18-choices/search-and-apply/qualifications-you-can-take/levels
Vocational qualifications include:
Where can vocational qualifications lead?
Vocational qualifications have been designed in partnership with employers, universities and professional or trade organisations – this means that you can develop the skills that employers want. You can also acquire the knowledge needed to progress to a higher level – such as a degree level course. Often employers encourage their employees to gain vocational qualifications whilst at work.
Vocational qualification levels can be compared to other qualifications. Entry Level qualifications build confidence and help people prepare for further learning and work. Level 2 qualifications are the equivalent of GCSE grades A* to C (grades 9 to 4 in the new GCSE grading system*) and Level 3 qualifications are equivalent to A levels. Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Foundation Degree and Level 6 equivalent to an honours degree
BTECS and NVQs are vocational courses. A BTEC Extended Diploma is the equivalent to 3 x A-levels.
(Refer to diagrams above regarding levels and grades)
All students interested in apprenticeship will need to let Miss Colquhoun, Careers Lead, or the careers adviser know as we will be delivering sessions to help them become work ready. In these sessions we will support them to; create their CV, research vacancies, build their professional network, complete effective applications and prepare for interviews. Students will be notified of these sessions and letters will be sent home via ParentMail. Attendance is strongly encouraged. The first sessions commence on Thursday 2nd November.
National Apprenticeship Service: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
For students to search vacancies and creating an account
Find out more about apprenticeships https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
For increasing knowledge and understanding for UCAS mentors
For vacancies and links to the Apprenticeship Hub a broker for young people
IT Apprenticeships: http://www.3aaa.co.uk/
Plumbing/ Electrical http://www.jtltraining.com/
Security Service: https://www.mi5.gov.uk/careers/opportunities/school-leavers
Helpful labour market information https://www.llep.org.uk/investing-in-our-people/choosing-a-career/guide-to-the-local-labour-market/