Post Sixth Form

Applying to University

Every year Trinity Academy Sixth Form successfully supports a large number of students through the process of applying for University courses. In 2014, all our students who wished to apply were successful in securing University places, with over 80% of students attaining a place at their first choice University and over 98% of students attaining a place at their first or second choice University.

The compulsory Tutorial Programme that all students participate in assists students in assessing whether applying to University is appropriate for them. Tutors and the Sixth Form Leadership team support students through the detailed research required before submitting a University application through UCAS.

Students will have the opportunity to:
• Attend specialist talks led by University Ambassadors;
• Attend the UCAS Convention at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena where all Universities are represented;
• Attend Open Days at Universities;
• Receive specialist assistance in writing their Personal Statements, from the Sixth Form Team who have been trained by admissions officers from Imperial College London and Oxford University;
• Attend Student Finance talks;
• Attend the annual ‘An Evening With..’ along with the parents to hear information about university from representative from University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Leeds and University of Huddersfield
• Receive mock interviews to prepare them for University interviews/selection processes;
• Speak to a specialist Careers Advisor within the College.

https://www.ucas.com/

To begin your application for Apply 2016, register with UCAS and ask a member of the Sixth Form Leadership Team for the Trinity Academy buzzword.

Apprenticeship and Career Opportunities

Whilst at Trinity Academy, students will be given the opportunity to consider various employment opportunities open to them when they leave Sixth Form – should they decide not to pursue Higher Education.
Opportunities include the following:

• The Sixth Form College has developed links with local companies and the armed forces who will help the students to seek and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.

• Students have access to the Academy Careers Service Advisors who assist students in considering apprenticeship and employment opportunities.

• The Sixth Form Leadership team helps support students through the apprenticeship and job application process by offering advice on writing a CV, completing a successful application form and writing a well-structured, focused covering letter. Mock interviews can be organised to assist students in preparing for the interview process.

• Students are offered the Alternative to Higher Education Booklet which details Leaver Programmes, Apprenticeships and Sponsored Degrees.

Some of the Class of 2015 students decided to pursue the apprenticeship route and were successful in attaining positions across a variety of industries – notably metallurgy accountancy, renewable energy, business and administration and retail as well as pursuing positions in the Armed Forces.

There are some useful links below:

http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
http://doncastercounciljobs.co.uk/index.aspx
www.businessdoncaster.com
http://princes-trust.org.uk/
https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/
http://www.army.mod.uk/join/join.aspx
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/Careers/Royal-Marines

GAP YEAR

There are a variety of reasons why students take Gap Years. Some students wish to take a break from education; others would like to see the world or organise a work experience placement to improve their chances of employment.

There are many ways of spending a gap year, including:

• Paid employment in order to save money for University;
• Organising some paid or voluntary valuable work experience;
• Travelling or working abroad;
• Partaking in an organised gap year trip.

If students are considering taking part in an organised gap year, ensuring they have completed their research is a necessity. Good starting points include various websites – such as: www.yearoutgroup.org and www.projecttrust.org.uk (who we have links with) since member organisations are required to abide by a code of practice and should be reputable.

Ideally students should consider the following questions when approaching gap year organisations:

• Who can take part and how are candidates selected;
• What is known about the company providing the gap year experience;
• What are the cost implications;
• How will time be spent;
• Who will benefit and why are UK people required.