Careers & UCAS
All Sixth Form students receive extensive careers and university advice in their last years. This includes independent careers advice and guidance from the School’s provider, CXK, and enrollment on work-placement schemes after GCSEs.
“Almost all students continue from Year 11 into the sixth form, with virtually no drop out between courses. As a result of the high quality careers guidance and excellent teaching that they receive, almost all proceed to higher education and more than half proceed to leading universities of their choice.”
UCAS Guidance: The school provides specific support to those selecting degree courses in Higher Education. Each student receives individual guidance from a number of teachers who have specialist knowledge of a particular range of degree courses. In addition, there are numerous group and individual sessions to assist with the completion of the UCAS application form.
Oxbridge: Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge are guided through the application process as part of the UCAS system. However, specialist teaching beyond the demands of A Level (and for the sixth term entrance papers for admission to Cambridge) may be available if appropriate.
Lectures & Visits: Sixth Formers have the chance to hear speakers on a wide variety of topics, to meet and hold discussions with representatives of many professions and occupations, and to attend careers conferences and Higher Education Open Days.
Careers: Information on careers education, careers advice and guidance including apprenticeships and work related learning comes under the umbrella of ‘Futures’ at Cranbrook School.
All year groups are able to access Futures information from the school library, through their tutors and online. The Futures school year includes an annual careers fair each autumn term, enrichment sessions for Years 9 and 11 led by an independent careers provider, one-to-one independent careers advice and guidance for students from Year 10 upwards, organisation of work experience for Year 11, and a ‘What Next’ careers day for Year 12. The school also publishes a weekly Futures bulletin with information about courses, open days, lectures, taster days, apprenticeship news and other relevant information for students making decisions about their next steps.
There are also many useful publications in the Futures area of the school library to help students and the websites listed below also provide helpful information.
Students are given advice and help with their decision making at every stage of their school life and they are encouraged to be realistic about the subjects they choose to study at GCSE and A Level and beyond. Although choice of subjects during a student’s school career is important we feel it is equally important to look at other skills, as well as educational qualifications, such as adaptability, versatility and the ability to cope with pressure and uncertainty. During their time at Cranbrook, students are encouraged to look out for opportunities to develop these skills by taking part in extra-curricular activities, attending courses and taster-days and volunteering. There is regular information published about these opportunities in the school’s Futures bulletins which are available through tutors, the library and online.
Apply to Uni is a new and unique portal site designed with the student experience in mind, providing a wide range of up to date information on all aspects of applying for a university place, including comprehensive details about the application process itself, completion of personal statements and an interactive map of university locations as well as containing links to its own library of e-magazines; each one concentrating on a different occupational area.
Parentadviser has been written by and for parents of students with the particular aim of providing information in a one-stop shop approach on topics which are difficult to track down and extremely helpful when faced with a young person’s decisions regarding degree and university choice or suitable alternative. Parentadviser is an invaluable source of advice on areas such as decision making, student finances, university league tables, taking a gap year and alternatives to university.
Other Useful Websites
Science coures/taster days/year in industry
Engineering courses/taster days
Courses/conferences for medicine
Apprenticeships and Early Careers: