Careers, Higher Education and Destinations
The majority of 6th form students go on to higher education and all students are supported throughout the process of choosing and applying to university courses by tutors, 6th form staff and the school’s careers and higher education adviser. Beginning in the Spring term of Year 12, students are encouraged to research higher education options carefully, including visiting universities and attending taster events. Visiting speakers from universities and employers contribute to the annual UCAS day for students. An evening providing detailed information about preparing to apply for specific subjects takes place in the Spring for Year 11 and 12 parents and students, and a general higher education information evening is held for Year 12 parents and students in the Summer Term.
The careers office is situated in the Sixth Form Centre (SFC), and operates an open access policy, with students able to call in for information and advice, or make appointments for longer discussions.
Those aiming at the most selective university courses, including Oxford, Cambridge and medical schools, are supported through weekly meetings and discussion groups, guest lectures by academics, admissions test and interview preparation, and dedicated all-day sessions each term. The school also hosts the Borough’s annual Top Universities conference. Additional opportunities are advertised via email and the BGS Careers Blog (see the BGS websites page), and extensive resources related to careers and higher education, including student finance arrangements, are also available in the Careers room on Fronter.
The school places a strong emphasis on providing for every individual, and the careers and higher education adviser is also available to support any students considering a change of direction at any stage during their 6th form studies. Students choosing to go straight into employment after the 6th form are encouraged to make appointments for advice on job opportunities and applications.