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Lipa Sixth Form College

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Careers

Careers, Education, Information & Guidance

At LIPA Sixth Form College we are committed to offering the best careers advice and guidance available. Our dedicated Careers advisers are available in college every day to help you with your queries as are your lecturers/tutors. You can find our Careers Policy Statement in the policy section of our website.

Students begin developing their understanding of working in the performing arts industry from the outset of year 12 as part of studying their main subject specialism.

Focused Careers and Progressions guidance begins in the Summer Term of Year 12 and continues throughout Year 13 and beyond, for those taking a GAP year.

How can we help you?

  • Offer individual student guidance through drop-in or booked appointments
  • Deliver a careers education programme throughout the academic year
  • Organise in-house events, careers fairs, speakers, trips and open days
  • Promote career related opportunities via WAM and F2F in all areas
  • Provide help for students looking for work experience placements, part-time jobs and apprenticeships

Individual Student Guidance

The Careers Team provides drop-in sessions for individual advice throughout the week. During these times appointments are not necessary but are advisable.

General Careers Information

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=4041-careers

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Interested in University?

www.ucas.com

https://www.opendays.com/

https://university.which.co.uk/

https://unistats.ac.uk/

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

Interested in Apprenticeships?

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/apprenticeships-uk

Interested in Studying Abroad?

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/international/studying-abroad/

Interested in Taking a Gap Year?

https://www.gapyear.com/articles/travel-tips/a-parents-guide-to-a-gap-year

https://www.yipiyap.co.uk

Labour Market Information – where are the jobs of the future?

http://bridgegm.co.uk/labour-market-information

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home

 

Careers and Progression Timetable

Month

Student tutorial Activity

Information for parents

April

Progressions programme launch

  • CV writing
  • CV writing for the performing arts industry

Programme launch letter home to Year 12 parents (overview, key dates and guidelines for students and parents)

May

Introduction to HE institutions: UCAS, CUCAS, conservatoires

  • Researching courses and institutions supported by specialist teachers with experience in industry
  • Open day visits to institutions

 

June

Registering with UCAS and introduction to personal statement writing

  • UCAS: students enter personal information
  • UCAS: students enter education information
  • UCAS: students enter work experience and voluntary work experience information
  • Students learn how write an effective personal statement.
  • Open day visits to institutions

Parent event

13th June 2018: Parents’ information evening in relation to Careers and Progressions

 

 

 

 

June

20/06/2018: Careers & Progressions Fair

A range of different organisations will be in college to meet students and discuss progression options, including:

  • HE institutions
  • Student Finance
  • Apprenticeship providers
  • Employers
  • Open day visits to institutions

Parent event

Parents to be informed that, should they wish, they may attend the Careers & Progressions Fair from 3 to 5pm to find out more about their child’s potential progression options.

June

Deadline 1: 30/06/18

Students produce a first draft of a personal statement to hand in to personal tutors. Students will receive feedback on this draft at beginning of September 2018.

CHECKPOINT

Personal tutors to submit to programme managers list of students who have not submitted drafts.

Deadline 1: 30/06/18

First draft of personal statement due to hand in to personal tutors. Parents may offer support at this stage by checking and guiding students with personal statements.

 

June / July

Allocation of staff mentors (subject specialists e.g. dance, acting, music, but also foundation art, creative writing, musical theatre…in line with student plans).

 

July

Training for all personal tutors.

Reference writing: targeted at teaching staff and programme leaders

Personal tutors check students’ UCAS information and tick off on system accordingly:

  • personal information
  • education information

 

 

SUMMER BREAK

 

September

First draft of personal statement returned with feedback to students in week one.

Students work on completing UCAS / CUKAS application.

Deadline for students: 14/9/18

UCAS applicants

First deadline for second draft of personal statement and draft UCAS form.

Music CUCAS applicants

Final internal deadline for application to be completed.

Second draft of personal statement due to hand in to personal tutors. Parents may offer support at this stage by checking and guiding students with personal statements.

Parent event

Year 13 Parents evening focus on UCAS / CUCAS / FE /Apprenticeships

 

October

Deadline for personal tutors: 1/10/18

Personal tutors to return feedback on students’ second draft of personal statement (if draft was submitted by 14/9/18)

 

October

Deadline 2/10/18

External deadline for students applying for music through CUCAS

 

October / November / December

 

Audition and Interview coaching

 

Mid October

 

Predicted grades are communicated to personal tutors and added to UCAS / CUCAS application.

 

 

Deadline for English and maths lecturers: 10/18

English and maths lecturers to submit reference information to personal tutors for students who have studied / are studying these subjects.

 

November

 

Deadline for personal tutors: 1/11/18

Personal tutors to submit references for their tutees to programme managers.

 

November

 

Deadline for programme managers: 13/11/18

Programme managers to check references AND to check that the reference is in keeping with the rest of the form.

 

December

Final deadline 7/12/18

Internal deadline for sending all UCAS forms

 

 

WINTER BREAK

 

January

Deadline: 15/01/18

External deadline for UCAS.

 

December / January

Deadline: Jan 2019

Art Foundation applications completed and sent.

Portfolios prepared and uploaded, where relevant.

 

February to end of summer term

Tutorial focus

Guidance on HE/FE/Apprenticeship decisions.

Information on GAP years, student finance and student life.

Support with process of UCAS Extra.