Sixth formers face great challenges as they plan their future. They have left behind compulsory education, although the participation age is rising on the years to come and many already see some form of Further Education as essential for the changing job market. Furthermore, Higher education is changing quickly too: with Tuition fees and student loans making the economic decision about whether to go to University a more difficult one than ever before. While the long-term financial benefits of a degree may no longer appear so enticing, young people are increasingly faced with the dilemma that many employers are, nevertheless, looking for graduates to fill vacancies. Finally, the options other than employment and Higher Education can need explanation, notably the possibility of apprenticeship.
For all those reasons, Backwell Sixth Form places a high value on the information, support and guidance we offer our students. We dedicate much of the sessions in our tutor and assembly programme to future planning, we work closely with the Learning Partnership West and we have recently created the role of Sixth Form Student Advisor to guide individual students.
Most importantly the Sixth Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Team are always available to students – and parents – to discuss the issues facing sixth form students. Please use the materials provided or contact us for further support.
Sixth Form Handbook 2016-17
Post-18 Presentation (June 2016)
Year 12 Parent's Information Evening Presentation (September 2016)
16-19 Bursary Fund : Information and Application form (September 2016)
What to do when your exam results are known
UCAS Guide 2017
Russell Group Guidance
Gap Year Database
Gap Year Fact Sheet
Student Finance England www.gov.uk/student-finance
Not going to university? www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/
Year in Industry http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry
For more apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities, please check out our Careers and Work Experience page (under Student Zone) on the school website.
Careersnearhere.com is a free resource for tutors, parents and for young people. It is supported by social media and it’s mobile friendly - so if the Wi-Fi is slow one day why not get out the mobiles and take a look? It provides simple signposting direct to local opportunities in a range of careers whether you are looking for volunteering , work experience or taster days to help guide future choices.