Progression support

A formal Progression Programme will take place in Year 12 and Year 13. At certain points during the year, the normal Year 12 timetable is suspended to allow students to follow a series of activities aimed at the transition from Sixth Form to university and the world of work.

  • Progression Events – a comprehensive programme of activities, designed to prepare students for higher education, employment or apprenticeships
  • Sixth Form Work Experience – all Year 12 students will be offered a placement during the Summer term
  • Guest Speakers from a variety of employment sectors and HE institutions
  • Visits to Universities, apprenticeships and work placements
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Package talks from leading professionals
  • A Higher Education and Finance Information Evening
  • Scholars Programme

All students are given access to UNIFROG. This is a portal for accessing invaluable information regarding university, careers, apprenticeships, employment and also MOOCs. All students should complete a number of MOOC’s throughout the two years.

UCAS

In June, students will register with UCAS and begin the online application form. Students will be advised about entering subject details and, specifically, about drafting their Personal Statements. Careers information will be available for all students whether they intend to go to university or not. This is complemented by mock interviews and careers advice delivered by representatives from several local and national firms. In addition, there are talks from University Admissions personnel and visits to a number of universities.

Oxbridge

For students aspiring to Oxbridge, or other leading universities, a programme tailored for preparation to such institutions runs throughout the year, called the ‘Scholars Programme’. This includes information and guidance sessions from Oxbridge staff, the opportunity to apply for Summer and Easter residentials, open day visits, interview preparation, discussions sessions and mock academic interviews.

University open day visits

Students are permitted to attend 4 university open day visits in the Summer term at the end of Year 12 and in the Autumn term of Year 13. Permission must be requested by your parent/carer by email to tar@harrogategrammar.co.uk

Work Experience

In addition, we expect all students to undertake a week of work experience during the Summer Term in Year 12. This provides valuable experience for those planning employment after Sixth Form. We also know that universities are seeking increased employer engagement from applicants; therefore as well as enhancing employability skills students can draw on this valuable experience when applying to university.

Students are supported throughout by a team of experienced staff. These include:

  • Sixth Form Tutors – fully up to date with subject and curriculum options and all aspects of UCAS
  • Three Student Support Managers offering on-going support on all aspects of Sixth Form life
  • A highly qualified and experienced Student Adviser who can advise on all aspects of progression and careers
  • An independent external careers adviser
  • Access to UNIFROG destinations website. This is an award winning platform which helps students to make intelligent choices about their future while allowing teachers to track their progress

Any member of our team is available to meet with students and parents/carers to discuss options at any stage.