CRGS Sixth Form Futures Series
We have put together a virtual Futures programme to supplement the socially distanced face-to-face support we are able to offer. We also offer all students a session in Sixth Form to help them get started on their UCAS application form, beginning with those who are applying for Early Entry courses (Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry and those applying to either Oxford or Cambridge). In addition, all students will be given the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting or telephone call with their Senior Tutor or another member of the Sixth Form Team to discuss their current progress and future plans.
This is our comprehensive guide to your son/daughter’s next steps. It is important that each student reads this carefully and keeps a copy for reference. It is especially useful when completing UCAS applications. Click here to download a copy of the Futures Handbook.
We have put together a virtual CRGS Sixth Form Futures programme. These videos are between 10-20 minutes long and provide the information (and more) that would have been shared with students as part of Futures Day and parents/carers as part of Futures Evening. We will also send the relevant videos to Year 12 as part of a planned programme.
- An Introduction to CRGS Futures – click here to download a PDF version
- A Brief Introduction to Applying to University – click here to download a PDF version
- Getting Started on your Personal Statement – click here to download a PDF version
- Completing your UCAS Form – click here to download a PDF version
- A Brief Introduction to Applying for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – click here to download a PDF version
- A Brief Guide to Student Finance – click here to download a PDF version
- A Brief Guide to Specialist Admissions Tests – click here to download a PDF version
- Replying to Offers – click here to download a PDF version
- A Brief Guide to Results Day – click here to download a PDF version
- Careers and Destinations at CRGS
On Thursday 18th June we held webinars for students and their parents and carers to ask questions relating to Futures plans. Access to a copy of this recording has been emailed to all students and parents/carers.
This is our Predicted Grades Statement which outlines the purpose, principles and process for predicted grades at CRGS Sixth Form.
Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEAIG)
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEAIG) are key elements of our work with our Sixth Form students. CEIAG covers a range of activities and interventions that help our learners to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, as part of their ongoing learning. It is our aim that our students will be well-prepared and able to make informed decisions regarding the next stages in their lives, allowing them to thrive.
CEIAG in our school has four essential and interlinked principles:
Careers Education – a planned programme in the curriculum that gives students the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers
Careers Information – including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information and progression routes – facilitated by a range of on-line resources, including access to the National Careers Service, university research resources, the apprenticeships portal and a range of research tools
Careers Advice and Guidance – personalised help to identify long-term goals and to plan the steps to attain them – including access to advisers who can provide a careers interview
Work-Related Learning – experiences within and outside of the curriculum that help students learn about economic well-being, careers and enterprise
The Sixth Form Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has information covering topics including university applications (UCAS), careers, work experience, specialist tests, entrance examinations, gap years, apprenticeships, volunteering and student finance, to name just a few.
Labour Market Information (LMI)
It is important that students have access to high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) so they can make informed decisions when planning their future career. LMI provides access to accurate and up-to-date economic and employment information including entry routes into a chosen career, opportunities in a certain city or region, level of competition, typical rates of pay, progression opportunities and more. Click on the following links to find out more:
Download the CRGS Careers Bulletin:
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We have an extensive programme to support students through the university application (UCAS) process. In Year 12, there is a Careers Morning in May and a Futures Day in the summer term when speakers from competitive universities deliver sessions regarding the application process and give advice on writing Personal Statements. Students attend the Manchester Higher Education Exhibition (UCAS) in February/March and are given the opportunity to visit a university Open Day in June. We also encourage students to visit universities of their own choosing during June and July, as part of their UCAS research.
Oxford, Cambridge and the Pre-Professional Programme
Students who are applying to Oxford or Cambridge or for highly competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science are given extra support with specialist programmes led by members of the Sixth Form Team. This support includes a visit to Oxford and Cambridge; an Oxbridge Conference hosted by CRGS; a parents’ Oxbridge evening; guest speakers at our CRGS MedSoc as well as a Pre-Professional morning focussing on the application and interview process and the specialist aptitude tests.
Supporting Students in Undertaking Research and Making Decisions
Senior Tutors offer individual guidance and support to students relating to their choice of course and university. Students are directed to many useful resources on the Sixth Form Moodle VLE. Our Careers and Higher Education Adviser is available to support students through the application process and to assist students who are considering apprenticeships / employment. Senior Tutors provide a personalised written reference for every student whether they are applying to university or for apprenticeships / employment.
Form Tutors support students with their Personal Statements and Senior Tutors review them. This process commences in the summer term of Year 12 and is finalised in the early part of the autumn term in Year 13, by which time students should have a clearer idea of the courses they wish to pursue. Students, especially those applying for courses which require early entry, should have a strong draft completed by early September.
"The weekly guidance sessions and excellent careers information and advice ensure that all students are very well prepared for the next stage in their lives when they leave the Sixth Form."
— Dr Andy Swallow (School Inspector 2015)