Colleges and Sixth Form

Post 16 Options

Year 11 is as you are aware a very important time for your son/daughter. The qualifications they are currently working on will lead them into their post 16 education. It is now a requirement that all students remain in some sort of education or training until they are 18, and if they have not achieved the required grade in maths and English students will continue with these subjects. The type of education your son/daughter must continue in is quite broad and includes continuing at HCC Sixth form, moving to a further education college, a traineeship or apprenticeship or permitted work with training.

All the students will complete a profile using UCAS Progress, they will also use UCAS Progress to search for courses and most local providers accept applications through this system. They will receive further support during PSHE lessons to continue with this process, the system is entirely online so students can also access it from home. The target date to have all applications completed and submitted is by the end of November. Once students have applied you are able to track the progress of their application via UCAS Progress.

Students will continue to cover careers topics throughout year 11 in PSHE classes and mentoring, they will have the opportunity to consider what career paths and courses are of interest to them. I am available to see students any time if they would like some individual support. I am also able to offer longer guidance sessions if required, these may need to be outside of normal lesson time as there is understandably a requirement that students miss as little lesson time as possible in year 11. HCC are committed to offering good quality impartial advice and guidance. Careers and transition is very individual and we aim to meet the needs of each student. There are some very good careers resources available online for generic information, please refer to the careers section of Firefly.

HCC has a flourishing sixth form provision which is gaining popularity amongst our students. We offer a variety of A level and BTEC level 3 courses. Our numbers of students progressing onto university are steadily increasing and we offer the opportunity to continue with existing subjects or try something new. There will be a taster day for students to try the sixth form during September and Mr Marsden, Head of Sixth Form, is always happy to offer assistance.

To continue onto an A level or level 3 BTEC course students need to achieve 5 good GCSE passes including maths and English. All courses at HCC are level 3 however there are other colleges available locally who offer different courses and apprenticeships at all levels. Please see UCAS Progress for details. The nearest local college is Sussex Downs, they have campuses in Eastbourne and Lewes. Please check their websites for dates of open evenings. I would encourage all students to visit as many colleges as they can to get a feel for the locations. We also have students who go on to Plumpton, again please check their website there are open events and tasters throughout the year.

Year 11 students will all be invited to attend the Wealden Careers Fair in October and there will be the HCC Careers Fair in March which this year we are hoping to expand, we have the support of our local MP and plan to add additional sessions and workshops throughout the day. If there is a specific need we can look into arranging meetings with other agencies, employers and training providers throughout the year.