All Year 12s and 13s should now be registered on Unifrog and progressing as per the timetable provided by Mr Tamizian. However, please remember that Unifrog also has an excellent tool for searching MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). Most of these are free and would add valuable content to your personal statement and university applications as a whole. Therefore, please do make sure you are making the most of this site.
In case you are not already following us, we have an Instagram page (@wlfs_sixth_form) and a Twitter account (@WLFS_Sixth_Form). On these you will find regular updates regarding all sorts of different opportunities for students and regular updates of things going on at our Sixth Form!
Next Steps Conferences
For students in Year 12 the Universities of Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, Lancaster and Warwick are hosting a series of online conferences aimed at providing information, advice and guidance on what is available and how to apply.
Saturday 8th May 13:00 – 15:30: A range of subject specific sessions to find out more about the host universities, what they offer, and what they are looking for in an application alongside opportunities to talk to current staff and students.
Register for either of the conferences here.
InvestIN Summer Careers Experiences
Date: Various throughout summer 2021
Location: Online/In person depending on COVID restrictions
To find out more/sign up click here.
As Covid restrictions wind down, we are busy preparing to give students some truly unique in-person summer experiences in 12 of the world’s most exciting careers: try hacking a Tesla with cyber experts; attend a sports psychology session at Chelsea FC; or even trade the markets with bankers at the top of an iconic London skyscraper.
Big names; exciting, interactive experiences; exclusive insider access. Our work experience programmes are unparalleled. Highlights include:
- Architecture: Draw a building in a design studio
- Computer Science: Hack a Tesla car alongside cyber experts
- Dentistry: Experience emergency dentistry
- Engineering: Dismantle a 'supercar' engine with F1 engineers
- Entrepreneurship: Pitch a business plan to top CEOs
- Filmmaking: Direct actors on a film set and present at a film festival
- Investment Banking: Trade the markets in a City skyscraper
- Law: Advocate for human rights in the Supreme Court
- Medicine: Practise suturing in a London teaching hospital
- Politics: Attend a reception with MPs in Westminster
- Psychology: Experience a sport psychology session at Chelsea FC
- Veterinary Medicine: Try horse rehabilitation with top equine vets
Speakers for Schools: Virtual Work Experience Placements
To sign up/find more information: https://www.speakersforschools.org/
Work Experience (WEX) is a great way to improve your personal statement and widen your horizons and there are some fantastic opportunities on this website. You will need to create an account to apply, but it only takes 5 minutes! There are lots of February half term options being added now, such as with Spotify, Tesco and more!
Raw Music: Masterclass Series
To sign up/for more information: https://rawmusicmedia.co.uk/masterclass-series
An online masterclass series for independent artists. Lead by prominent music industry leaders, including communications consultant Amelia Ideh @putmeonit, Aly Gillani @djgilla from bandcamp, and Cori Chinnici @Coru89 from AWAL, learn more about building your own artist brand, how to successfully self-release tracks and what your own modern-day relationship looks like between managers and artists.
Sessions will take place via Zoom. Link will be available after registration.
Allen & Overy’s Smart Start Experience
Date: Monday 16th – Friday 20th August 2021
To find out more/register: https://causeway.education/smart-start-2021
Allen & Overy, an international legal practice, want to inspire young people who are talented and ambitious but might not consider a career in law or business an option for them, or don’t know how to take the first steps on that career path.
Since its launch in 2009, the Smart Start Experience has supported over 1,500 young people and won prestigious awards for its commitment to promoting opportunity through social mobility.
Smart Start offers a prestigious, high-quality route to gaining experience and skills that are highly valued by employers and education providers alike. It ensures participants need not miss out on gaining a real insight into the world of work despite the difficult circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through a five-day timetable of interactive online workshops and group tasks, participants learn about the wide range of careers available within an international business like A&O and build on the skills necessary to succeed in a professional career, from problem-solving and creativity to leadership and teamwork.
Participants will be set an overall challenge for the week, along with tasks based on Allen & Overy cases and professional scenarios. During the week, participants will also understand the importance of networking through interacting with volunteers from A&O and their commercial clients plus their fellow Smart Start participants.
In order to be eligible for the Smart Start Experience, you must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
- be in year 12 and attending, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college;
- grown up in a household where no parent or guardian has achieved a qualification at a university in the UK;
- be classed as a home student, or expect to be, by the time you apply for a university place
PLUS, you must also meet a least one of the following additional criteria. Applicants who meet more than one additional criterion are more likely to receive a place on the programme.
- You are currently in receipt of, or have previously received at secondary school, free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary
- Your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive income support or housing benefits
- You have been, or are currently, in local authority care (for a period of three months or longer)
- You are, or have been, a full-time or part-time young carer
- You came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker
- You are attending a school or college with:
- below average A-Level or Higher points score
- low rate of progression to higher education
(You do not have to tell us whether you attend a school that has below average attainment and/or progression to higher education, we will check this ourselves).
Year In Industry Placements
Date: Gap year 2021-2022
To sign up/find more information: https://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry
This is a fantastic scheme run by the Education Trust which gives students the opportunity to apply for a Gap Year paid work placement in Industry. While these work placements are primarily with STEM based companies, they also have opportunities in business and finance. They provide valuable experience and are looked on very favourably by employers, giving students a significant head start in their careers. Any interested Year 13 students should apply now whilst also applying to university, as if successful they would be able to defer their university place for a year.
If students would like any further guidance on how to apply they should contact Ms Allan email@example.com who will be happy to guide them through the process. We also have two case studies we can share from students who took part and now have started successful careers in different engineering fields.
Gresham College Lectures
For more information visit: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools
Many of Gresham’s lectures are useful for A-Levels, and also for career and study decisions, for personal statements, for ‘stretch and challenge’ and to those planning to do Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs).
You can search on their archive or see the links on the website above to pages relating to particular subjects.
Future Learn – How to write a competitive personal statement for medical school
Date: 9 week course, various start dates, 3 hours study per week
For more information visit: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/how-to-write-a-personal-statement-for-medical-school
Receiving great feedback from both teachers and students alike, this nine-lesson online course teaches you all you need to know about writing a personal statement geared towards getting into medical school.
Taught by medical students from the University of Cambridge, you’ll learn first-hand what a career in medicine is all about and what admissions tutors are looking for in applications and personal statements.
You’ll also discover how and where to find work experience, volunteering opportunities and academic materials to help bolster your application.
Using in-depth examples and gaining extensive advice throughout, you’ll find out exactly what makes a great personal statement and how best to improve your chances of getting into the competitive world of medical schools and dental schools.
You’ll then have time to have a go yourself writing your own personal statement, with feedback and advice given on every aspect of the process.
Supported by the Cambridge Accelerate Programme and taught by medical students themselves, this easy-to-access online course from In2Med is the first of its kind, dedicated to helping all kinds of students from all over the world get started with their career in medicine.
Digital Resources Hub
The University of Oxford has recently launched a digital resources hub. This hub acts as a single database of the many sources of online engagement and information offered by Colleges and Departments across Oxford.
You may already have come across Oxplore, a free website which encourages students aged 11-18 to engage with big ideas in fun and interactive ways. With students working from home, the team at Oxplore have created a new webpage with guidance and activities for getting the most out of the site.