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University & Careers Advice

Careers Support

Halewood Academy has a full time Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinator Lesley MacCallum who is based in S24 on Homebase 2 (opposite the Sixth Form homebase).  Lesley is available every day during break and lunch times to answer any careers related questions or to help with CVs/applications. 

Students can also get help from Stuart Nicholls our impartial Careers Advisor from Career Connect, who gives careers guidance through one to one interviews and lunchtime drop-in sessions.  This can include information on university applications, apprenticeships, gap years and student finance.  Stuart is in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is based on Homebase 2.

 

University Application Process

Students begin working on their UCAS personal statement in March of Year 12.  Several drafts are produced and proof read by Sixth Form staff before the online application is submitted in October of Year 13. 

We have good links with local universities and students are informed about open days and shadowing events.  University representatives come into school to speak to students about the UCAS application process, personal statements, student finance and university life.

Work Experience

A work experience placement enables students to develop their employability skills and helps them think about jobs they could do in the future.  Work placements can enhance university and job applications as admissions tutors/employers value relevant work experience.

All Year 12 students at Halewood Academy have the opportunity to go on a 1 week work experience placement in July.  Students are encouraged to organise their own placements related to their career interests.  Lesley Macallum also some placements available for Year 12 students. 

Apprenticeships

Students interested in doing an apprenticeship after leaving Halewood Academy Sixth Form can see our impartial Careers Advisor Stuart Nicholls for a guidance interview.  The National Apprenticeship website www.apprenticeships.org.uk has a vacancy search as well as information about apprenticeships.

Careers Resources

The links below will take you to a wide range of careers websites giving you up to date information to help you plan your future.

Connexions

local information on careers & jobs

National Careers Service

careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs & training courses

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National Apprenticeships

 Local apprenticeship vacancies and information on apprenticeships

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Careers Box

careers videos

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icould

videos, articles & quizzes

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Plotr

explore different career worlds

Futuremorph

career opportunities in Science & Maths

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Bright Knowledge

guide to careers, education & student life

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Studential

guide to GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships & university

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Growing ambitions

career routes & job profiles

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NHS careers information

careers and work experience in the NHS

Step into the NHS

UCAS

wide range of information on universities and how to apply

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Which? university guide

what to study, where to go and how to get there

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Student finance

information on finances for university students

Student finance

Not going to uni

alternatives to university

notgoingtouni.co.uk