During the Sixth Form, students will receive a wide range of information designed to help them make a positive decision about the future. The majority of students who attend Borden Sixth Form will take up a place at the University of their choice. Some will take a Gap Year and the remainder will go directly into work. It is important that whatever pathway the students decide to follow, the decision is a positive one based on evidence gained during the Sixth Form.
Advice is available from a range of different sources: Unifrog (an online careers platform), Mr Brinn, Mr Whiting and Miss Andrews-Lucas along with Form Tutors and subject teachers. Throughout the spring term in Year 12 students have talks from a range of outside speakers on different aspects of University life and the benefits of taking a Gap Year. There is an opportunity for all Year 12 students to take up a work shadowing placement in Term 6 as well as a careers day where individuals from different professions and HE institutions come in and deliver talks in July.
Towards the end of Year 12 students will gain substantial advice on their own career path, including an explanation of the process of applying to University or work.
All candidates applying to University submit their application via the UCAS ‘apply’ system. This is an internet based application process and as such can be accessed from any computer with the internet. Applications will be completed in the autumn term of Year 13 and students are strongly encouraged to have made their choices by the end of Year 12. This is essential in the case of those students applying to Oxford and Cambridge as well as those interested in studying medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. Preparation for interviews is given to those
students who require it.