At Dean Trust Ardwick, we have a Careers Team committed to supporting all pupils to find their purpose and ensure that they are all placed on an ambitious and appropriate pathway when they leave us into Post-16 education, training or employment.
Please watch the following videos for guidance on exploring Post-16 opportunities and making applications.
For Year 10 pupils, finishing secondary education may still seem in the distant future, but it is vital that your child starts preparing and thinking about their future destinations now. Applications for Post-16 are usually made (especially to colleges and sixth forms) between November and January of Year 11 (a short few months away). For pupils wishing to apply to some of the more popular colleges and competitive apprenticeships, it is important that they start taking action to ensure they are in an ideal place to compete.
Employers and education providers ask for, through personal statements and school references, evidence of:
It is also important to note that all applications require pupils to submit their GCSE and vocational qualification predicted grades as evidence that they will meet the entry requirements in their applications. These predicted grades are entered in the Autumn Term of Year 11 (usually October) and the school references are produced. It is through hard work and commitment now, that your child can ensure their predicted grades are a reflection of their highest potential, and therefore support their college applications.
Careers Guidance Interviews
During Year 10, our more intensive support begins, which includes all pupils having a 1:1 Careers guidance interview. These appointments are due to begin this week with a new member of our team, Ms Victoria Orosun, a Level 6 Careers Advisor.
The aim of all meetings is to discuss pupils’ aspirations, explore opportunities and provide some follow up actions for them. All our advice is impartial and we will not ever tell a child what to do but give helpful guidance to explore future choices and how they may find out more.
Form Time Careers Programme
Form tutors will be beginning a programme of sessions which outline Post-16 pathways, destination choices, advice from Year 11s and alumni as well as hearing from employers and Post-16 providers.
How you can support your child
It is important that our Year 10 pupils begin the journey of researching pathways and opportunities, continue to develop their understanding of the world of work and developing the skills needed to become a successful candidate beyond secondary school life. You can support this by:
Please do not hesitate to contact our careers team via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, should you have any further questions at this time.
|Xaverian College||Full Time Study||http://www.xaverian.ac.uk|
|Loreto Sixth Form College||Full Time Study||https://www.loreto.ac.uk|
|Parrs Wood Sixth Form||Full Time Study||https://parrswood.manchester.sch.uk/Sixth-Form|
|Connell Co-Op College||Full Time Study||https://www.connell.ac.uk|
|Trinity Sixth Form||Full Time Study||https://www.trinityhigh.com/sixth-form|
|Manchester College||Full Time Study||https://www.tmc.ac.uk|
|Trafford College||Full Time Study||https://trafford.ac.uk|
|Stockport College||Full Time Study||https://stockport.ac.uk|
|Access Creative College||Full Time Study||https://www.accesscreative.ac.uk|
|Salford College||Full Time Study||https://www.salfordcc.ac.uk|
|Apprenticeship Finder (All sectors)||Apprenticeships||https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship|
|The Growth Company (All sectors)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.gceducationandskills.ac.uk|
|All About School Leavers (All sectors)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/#root|
|Michael John (Hair dressing and barbaring)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.mj-training.co.uk|
|Total People (All sectors)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.totalpeople.co.uk|
|The Juice Academy (Digital and Media)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.juiceacademy.co.uk|
|Damar (Business, Customer Service and Management)||Apprenticeships and Traineeships||https://www.damartraining.com|
Now your child is in Year 11, they must begin making their final decisions about the courses/apprenticeships and destinations they wish to apply for post-16. We always recommend our pupils apply to at least 3 different colleges (even if they are also planning on applying for an apprenticeship). This is to ensure it maximises their options following the GCSE results.
We understand that making decisions and going through the application process can seem daunting for young people as this is one of the first times they will be acting independently to try and secure their next steps onto an ambitious pathway of their choice. With this in mind, we offer a thorough programme of support to our pupils which involves:
How you can support your child:
Deadlines and methods of application for September 2022:
|Sale Grammar||Online or Paper||Opens January 2022|
|Urmston Grammar||Online||Opens November 2021|
|Loreto||Paper||7th January 2022|
|Xaverian||Paper||14th January 2022|
|Parrswood||Papper||31st January 2022|
|William Hulme Grammar||Paper (External applicants)||7th January 2022|
|Trinity||Online||17th December 2021|
|Connell Co-op||Online||31st January 2022 Priority 22nd November 2021|
|Whalley Range (Girls)||Online||ASAP|
|Access Creative||Online||31st January 2022|
|Manchester College||Online||February 2022|
|Trafford College||Online||February 2022|
|Stockport College||Online||February 2022|
Please watch the videos below to learn more about the application process and your child’s next steps: