Students who enter the Sixth Form at The Blandford School receive excellent guidance to prepare them for their progression choices. So whether students wish to continue in higher education or to seek employment or apprenticeships, they receive advice through the Progression Programme which begins in Year 12 and continues into Year 13.
In Year 12, students are introduced to progression through a series of linked tutor periods which outline the ways in which they can start researching areas of interest. Some students on level 3 courses will choose to look at University and will begin their research by using the https://www.unifrog.org/ and www.ucas.com websites. Others will want to look into apprenticeships. The Spring term of Year 13 is a good time to start looking into higher level apprenticeships (those suitable for 18 year old students on A level courses). Alternatively, students who want to enter employment immediately after A levels will be supported by our Careers Adviser and help from the Sixth form tutor team.
Level 2 students will be advised on vocational courses at local colleges, apprenticeships or employment. Some Level 2 students also use their BTEC qualifications as a stepping stone to A level study.
Once students who want to go on to university start to research areas that they are interested in, they are encouraged to attend Open Days and research courses carefully. Tutors and the Progression Team help them to make informed choices and support students in their applications. In addition, we offer support through a range of events, designed to help students in their transition to Higher Education.
An annual visit to the Higher Education Fair at Bryanston School
Students are invited to attend a range of workshops ranging from Biochemistry to Law, aimed at informing students about course structure, admissions and graduate careers opportunities.
To raise aspiration and de-bunk the myth of Oxford and Cambridge.
Higher Education Fair at Bournemouth University
Attended by University representatives from throughout the U.K.
A Progression Day
Giving students clear advice on writing personal statements, admissions, UCAS applications and finance.
Opportunities to meet past Blandford students
With those who have gone on to complete degrees or successful careers or Gap Years.
Student Finance Presentation
Information for students and parents about financial support and funding for University study
In addition, we offer students mock interviews to prepare them for the university admission process. We advise and help students gain valuable work experience in local businesses so that they are differentiated from other potential candidates.