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University and careers

Our hope for all of our students at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form is that they choose to move on from us to study a maths, science, technology or engineering type degree at one of the UK’s top universities.

We will do all we can to foster that goal, and support you to successfully gain places on top courses in our country’s most competitive universities. 

UCAS preparation

We are developing a comprehensive programme to make sure Sir Isaac Newton students are focused on university as a destination - even before they begin their studies with us. For example, we make sure that all of our students are aware that the particular A Levels that they choose can influence which universities and courses they will be able to study in the future. Did you know for example that the UK’s top universities have a preference for at least two facilitating subjects, eg maths, further maths, the sciences, geography, history, languages (classical and modern) and English literature? 

Throughout your AS and A2 years we will arrange for numerous academics, researchers, and lecturers from different universities to visit us and give talks on their work, and the rewards and challenges of university-level study. We will also arrange trips to universities in order for you to discover first-hand just how amazing and personally rewarding studying for a degree at a top university for three years truly is. 

In the final half term of your AS year, and continuing in the autumn of your A2 year, we will help you finalise your choice of courses and universities. We will make sure that your personal statement will be of a stand-out quality, full of brilliant examples of science-related experiences and the skills acquired through STEM visits.

Vitae Programme

Our Vitae Programme is delivered through form time and includes university preparation, an introduction to apprenticeships and employability skills. It provides an opportunity for students to research universities and career options, with staff on hand to offer support and guidance.

This programme is also supported by Vitae Days where students spend the entire day focusing on their university applications and preparing for their next steps.

Careers Programme

Name of Careers Lead:  Richard Champeney

Contact: richardchampeney@inspirationtrust.org

Introduction

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Student entitlement

All students in Years 12 and 13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact Richard Champeney - Careers and Opportunities Coordinator

Telephone: 01603 280940; Email: richardchampeney@inspirationtrust.org

Year group

Provision

12

An integrated program of careers support based upon the 8 Gatsby benchmarks including:

  • Highly developed guest speaker program
  • Weekly “Careers Bulletin” outlining opportunities coming up
  • Self-referral careers meeting request either with STEMM specialist or L6 qualified advisor
  • Research tools including Unifrog and START/Plotr
  • Access to residential university courses
  • Medicine and Oxbridge Societies
  • UCAS support program
  • Access to research placements at UEA, Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Imperial College and others
  • Support for UNIQ at Oxford
  • Sutton Trust application support
  • Bespoke work experience placements for selected students
  • Trips and visits to employers, HE providers and careers fairs
  • Norfolk Summer School
  • Bespoke work experience opportunities via NCC WEX13
 

An integrated program of careers support based upon the 8 Gatsby benchmarks including:

  • Highly developed guest speaker program
  • Weekly “Careers Bulletin” outlining opportunities coming up
  • Self-referral careers meeting request
  • Research tools including Unifrog and START/Plotr
  • HE Scheme subject support sessions in preparation for admissions and aptitude tests
  • Self-referral careers meeting request either with STEMM specialist or L6 qualified advisor
  • US and EU university application support
  • Mock interviews both in house and with subject specialists
  • Bespoke help with identifying apprenticeship opportunities and the application process
  • Bespoke work experience opportunities via NCC WEX
  • Help via “Clearing” on results day

Useful links

Careers and Employability Guidance Links

University and Higher Education Links

 

 

 

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity.

The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by Elle Lewis-Smedley.

This information will be reviewed in summer 2019.

Further information

For more information, see our careers and opportunities policy or contact our careers leader Richard Champeney at richardchampeney@inspirationtrust.org or by telephone on 01603 280940.