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Careers and Guidance

Information for Students and Parents

At TWSF we regard Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEAIG) as essential a part of the student experience as their A level and BTEC subjects.  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.  It is for this reason that all students at TWSF are placed on one of our Pathways.

Our Pathways programme ensures that students have access to four key areas of CEAIG:

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 Unifrog, plenary sessions from visiting speakers from industry and companies 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 wellbeing, careers and enterprise

Students are continually given 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.

Higher Education and Further Training

We have an extensive programme to support students through the university application (UCAS) process. In Year 12, there is a Futures Fair when representatives from a range of universities as well as industries and companies attend to offer advice on Higher Education and Further Training.  We also have a number of universities who provide plenaries and run workshops in skills required for Higher Education and Further Training including CV and Personal Statement writing. Students attend a university and careers convention at Edge Hill University 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 specialist members of the Sixth Form Team. This support includes a visit to Oxford and Cambridge; an Oxbridge Conference; a Parents’ Oxbridge evening as well as advice focusing on the application and interview process and the specialist aptitude tests.

Supporting Students in Undertaking Research and Making Decisions

Our tutors are highly experienced in offering individual guidance and support to students relating to their choice of course and university. Students are directed to many useful resources on Unifrog – an interactive online resource covering the wide range of opportunities in Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Further Training. Specialist staff are available to support students through the application process and to assist students who are considering apprenticeships / employment. Tutors provide a personalised written reference for every student whether they are applying to university or for apprenticeships / employment.

Personal Statements

Form Tutors support students with writing their Personal Statements and this is overseen by the Pastoral Manager.  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 8 Gatsby Benchmarks

Thomas Whitham Sixth Form are working towards meeting all 8 of the following Gatsby Benchmarks through our Careers education program:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal guidance.

Careers and Guidance Policy

To read our policy on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, please click on this link: CEIAG Careers Policy (to be reviewed July 2019).

Pathways into Careers and Futures Program

To view our Careers Program, please click on this link: TWSF Pathways into Careers and Futures Program 2018-19.

Review of Careers Program

We regularly review our Careers Program with Students, Staff, Parents and Employers to measure and assess the impact of our Careers guidance. Here are the results from our recent Parental questionnaire:

Careers Newsletter

To view our Careers Newsletter (published in October 2018) which includes news about information regarding our Careers Futures Fair and Employer Speed Networking event, please click on the following link: Careers Newsletter October 2018.

Useful Websites

For further guidance we have provided a list of useful Websites for Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance:

Information for Employers

If you are an employer/business owner and would be happy to be involved in our Employer-related events, including work-experience placements, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details below. Please take a look at our TWSF Pathways into Careers and Futures Program 2018-19. 

Careers Lead Contact

The Careers Lead at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form is Amina Begum.

Telephone: 01282 682272


Alternatively, please contact the Main Office: 

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