We want you to make the most of your time during sixth form and as well as studying hard in your subjects, we will provide you with access to a vast array of support and information to aid your plans for life after Cowes sixth form!
In addition to our dedicated careers lead, Miss Gibson, we also work with our careers advisor from Island Futures, to offer impartial 1:1 careers guidance. Here is a snapshot of the support we can offer:
Education & Training post-18 - University and Apprenticeships
We have excellent partnerships with universities including University of Southampton, University of Portsmouth and the Southern Universities Network (SUN). You will have opportunities to attend taster days, workshops and residentials on campus, as well as receiving regular visits at the academy from their outreach teams, who will deliver assemblies and presentations on how to complete university applications, write personal statements and apply for student finance.
We also receive regular visits from the Oxbridge outreach teams, offering a huge amount of support for students considering applications to read at Oxford or Cambridge.
If you are considering university as a future option then please explore the UCAS website to start to get a feel of the opportunities that are available to you https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate.
We understand that university might not be every students’ choice after sixth form and to provide you with the full range of information, advice and guidance, we work closely with the local apprenticeship providers and ALPHI Network to deliver up-to-date information on apprenticeships; including where to find them, how to apply, what they will entail in terms of work/study balance and how much you can expect to get paid. There is no central ‘hub’ for all apprenticeship opportunities but many can be found either directly on a companies own website, through UCAS or https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
Employability Skills – Work Experience and Enrichment
During your time with us in the sixth form, we want you to grow and develop your skills, both academically and to prepare you for future employability! To that end, we work closely with all local employers and industry sectors, to be able to provide you with the best range of work experience and volunteering opportunities. Work experience is invaluable, and in some cases, essential, to demonstrating to future universities and employers that you have the commitment and passion that they are looking for. In particular, students have found placements with the NHS and BAE systems to be extremely beneficial.
We are excited to offer the opportunity for entrepreneurs to take part in Young Enterprise, empowering students to set up and run a company under the guidance of a business volunteer. Students make all the decisions about their business, from deciding on the company name, managing the company finances and selling to the public. YE teams gain practical business experience and key skills.