Sixth Form Careers Programme
‘...Making decisions about my future was daunting but I felt really supported throughout the process. The guidance offered was excellent.'
LEH Sixth Form Student
The Sixth Form Careers Programme covers a wide variety of topics which aim to prepare the girls not only for their Sixth Form studies but for both university and their intended careers.
The careers service provided at LEH includes:
- A large and experienced team of dedicated Careers staff, who offer individual support and guidance throughout the Sixth Form and the UCAS process
- An extensive planning and enrichment programme for students applying to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, run by the LEH Oxbridge Co-ordinator
- Preparation for additional university entrance tests and university interviews
- Introduction to and advice on applying to American universities
- Preparation and support for work experience applications and internships
- An information evening for parents and students about UCAS, with a specialist speaker
- A number of annual events with Hampton School: Careers Fair, Gap Fair and Higher Education Fair
In addition, the Sixth Form receive weekly Careers lessons addressing a wide variety of issues relating to Careers and Life Skills including:
- Overview of life in the Sixth Form
- Centigrade reports to help identify career, degree subject and university compatibility, followed by a one-to-one interview with a member of the LEH Careers Team
- Introduction to the university application process, including UCAS, choosing a degree course and university, open days. All students receive a copy of the Sixth Form Guide to University Admissions. (Please click on the cover here to view.)
- Writing a personal statement through in-school seminars and lectures by University Admissions Tutors
- University talks to introduce leading institutions in the UK and Europe
- Employability workshops
- Advice and support on making a university application through UCAS
- Graduate recruitment – looking ahead to future careers and what the application process involves
- Student finances and loans
- Ex-pupil talks on a range of topics such as making the most of university life
- Inspirational speakers visit to talk about their careers
The opportunity is also taken to touch on the development of both personal and social skills, and topical issues, such as Resilience, Personal Safety, Healthy Eating & Budgeting at University, Managing Stress and Using Social Media Responsibly.
Many of the sessions are delivered by visiting speakers, and the School regularly invites admissions tutors and lecturers from leading universities to talk to the girls; former pupils also come back to speak about their chosen careers and universities.
The Careers Room itself is well-stocked with up-to-date literature about universities, courses and careers, and is also used for small group research.