To assist students in choosing the appropriate subjects at school, presentations, workshops, subject based lectures and other events to enhance the decision process, are held during the year for both students and their parents. Students will receive detailed information during the Option Choices presentations, in the form of a booklet, outlining the IGCSE, AS-Level and A-Level subjects offered at the school, as well as a description of the syllabus and which university courses these subjects could lead you to.
In Year 3 important choices of subjects in preparation for pre-GCSE study are made. We encourage our students to actively participate in activities that will encourage them to think about their careers paths and future goals; one such activity is a 'Careers 4 U Workshop'. Administered together with a UK-based educational organisation consisting of trained consultants, it is our young students first step towards making the right decisions, for them.
Once in Year 5, we believe it is important for our students to investigate the general career areas they are interested in. This is significant in helping students to choose their A-Levels, thus enhancing their University application. One of the ways in which the school assists Year 5 students in making such decisions is encouraging them to participate in the ‘The Morrisby Profile’, which is a skills and personality test. Administered by the school, The Morrisby Profile is UK based, independent, and one of the most comprehensive and scientifically robust assessment systems in use today. It is also approved by The British Psychological Society.
Yellis is an accurate student monitoring system established by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) - part of Durham University. CEM is recognised around the world for its pioneering educational research and school monitoring and is currently used in over 36 countries worldwide. Using Yellis, teachers can monitor and measure students’ academic performance by subject, thus, aiding academic monitoring and target setting. At The English School we use Yellis to provide the student and the school with a wide range of performance indicators and attitudinal measures so that we may track the progress of individual students and ultimately set targets.
United Kingdom University applications are ‘surging’ and Universities are facing a huge stream of applications for places. This trend, teamed with the reduction in Government funding for higher education, has led to a decrease in the number of places available and an increase in the competition for places.
We believe it is essential for us to prepare our students to their maximum potential, and encourage them to acquire some type of relevant work experience. In order to help facilitate this process, the School has a portfolio of employment opportunities that students can take advantage of. This will not only provide them with a competitive edge over other students, but also offer them the opportunity to develop a timely and realistic understanding of what is involved in their future career.
The UCAS Application is, perhaps, one of the most crucial tasks our students undertake whilst at School. We ensure that our Careers Staff are appropriately trained so that they may offer constructive guidance at this point. A number of small-group training sessions form an important part of this process to ensure that all sections of the application are completed accurately.
‘Which Universities rank top for my chosen course and what are their Entry Requirements?’. One of many questions that we are asked every year by students. It's vital that students receive up-to-date information when choosing what and where to apply. It is for this reason that we not only ensure our Careers Office has the latest resources available, providing us with the latest statistics, but also that our students are referred to reliable sites and literature before making such important decisions.
Many of our students choose to aim high and will prefer to apply to the more competitive and prestigious universities. For this reason, the school felt it was important to incorporate a formal Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) programme within the existing Careers Service. This means that students achieving or predicted to achieve straight A’s and A*’s in their GCSE’s, have the opportunity to:
- Attend presentations outlining the Oxbridge application process
- Meet and network with English School graduates now studying at Oxbridge.
- Gain experience of an interview through practice interviews organised by the School.
- Attend Critical Thinking sessions, aimed at enriching their general knowledge.
- View and borrow literature taken from Oxbridge University Recommended Reading Lists.
- Obtain information about appropriate and relevant Summer School programmes.
Admission Tests are becoming customary in some selective Universities and experience has shown that ‘bench-mark’ results are often used to ‘cut-off’ applicants. It is, therefore, crucial that access to literature that can assist our students to familiarize themselves with these tests are made available and that they are directed to dependable links that will provide them with reliable, accurate on-line practice. Students are also encouraged to register for our Admission Test preparation classes.
When the time comes to apply to University, many of our students will be invited for an interview; in particular for courses such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, teaching, as well as Oxford and Cambridge. Although we like to avoid having our students be perceived as ‘trained’ when they attend an interview, we feel it is important to get at least one practise interview. This is in order to practise their interview technique and to demonstrate their knowledge comfortably in an unfamiliar environment.
One of our Department's most favourite events in the calendar and a chance for our school community to meet with people from diverse backgrounds and to discuss the opportunities available in studying for a degree abroad.
Another of our Department's popular events is the School's Careers Fair. It is an opportunity for our students to gain an insight into possible careers including Environmental Research, Engineering, Architecture, Finance, Law, Medicine, PR & Advertising, to name but a few of the career areas that are represented at our Fair.
In order to enable our advisors to provide useful advice and suggestions on which combination of Universities could be considered when completing the UCAS form, we have a database of statistics and this affords us the opportunity to make realistic suggestions. The School feels very fortunate to have developed a sound reputation with Universities, due to a large extent to the students it has sent to them, and the contribution they make once at University. This reputation has allowed us to keep in personal contact with a number of Institutions which offers us the opportunity to network and to keep them informed of our achievements.