UCAS, Apprenticeships and Careers
At Nower Hill we consider it to be really important that students understand all the options available to them after 6th Form. There have never been more options and we provide students with a lot of guidance and support about post-18 options, beginning early on in Year 12. Most of our students decide to continue into Higher Education, but an increasing number are successful at obtaining highly sought-after degree apprenticeships (which involves a student working for an employer at the same time as studying for a degree) as well as higher apprenticeships.
The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 12 Post-18 Options Evening for parents, which was held on 19th June 2019, can be found here:
About degree apprenticeships
More than 80 universities in England now offer degree apprenticeships.
This includes many Russell Group universities too and they offer more than 61 different degree apprenticeship programmes. The degrees that are offered through degree apprenticeships are exactly the same as the degrees that would be achieved if you were studying full time. Many degree apprenticeships also combine professional status – so it’s a double bonus. The cost of the degree is still the same as studying full time (£9000 per year) but the apprentice will not be expected to pay for this. All fees will be paid for by the employer and the government, therefore apprentices will not have any student debt.
The 6th Form has a dedicated UCAS Advisor, Mrs Shah, who will help students to find the right courses and write their personal statements. One of our great strengths is our excellent advice and guidance regarding post-18 options, and Mrs Shah is an essential part of this. Mrs Shah meets individually with each Year 13 student regarding their personal statement and every candidate called for interview is offered mock interviews with subject specialists. We have been told many times by parents and students that our UCAS preparation is outstanding.
Another important facet of post-18 progression is work experience and careers guidance for Year 12. We offer all Year 12 students work experience in the summer term which serves to strengthen their UCAS application and allow them to experience first-hand, work in their chosen field before committing themselves to 3 or more years of study.