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Support to help students make a positive post-16 progression starts in Year 7 with an open afternoon inviting parents to help start the process of planning based on a young person’s interests and aptitudes and then continues throughout their time at RCS with a series of curriculum and event opportunities.

In Year 8 and 10 students access a post -16 providers fayre with a range of college and employer visitors present.  In Year 11 students have a drop-down day focusing on developing their employability skills and knowledge of opportunities available to them.

Throughout the year visiting professionals offer specific support with regard to applications and interview skills for those students particularly focused on securing an apprenticeship.  The activity in Year 11 is around choosing a destination that will best fit with a students intended progression and then securing it.  As well as lesson based support and input from external providers all students have access to one-to-one guidance support and appointments are made for them.

If you wish to request specific support then please do so through rmullins@rawmarsh.org

UCAS Progress

UCAS Progress allows you to search and apply to local providers in our area.

UCAS Progress www.ucasprogress.com allows you to search and apply to local providers in our area. This includes everything from colleges and sixth forms to apprenticeships and traineeships. You can search anytime and the applications section for current Y11 students will be available from the end of October. To apply for a course you will need to login to the site, add the course to your favourites, complete the information in your profile and then use the ‘applications’ tab.

To get your unique login for UCAS Progress please ask your tutor, see staff in the Library or Miss Mullins – or use the careers ‘make an appointment’ button and you will get a reply with your details.

For an overview of ucasprogress please refer to the mini-guide available here.

Further advice

Further advice for students and families – If you would like further advice you can look at the national careers service, through this you can access resources and activities online and request for an adviser to either email or telephone you.

If you would like to find out how to match your skills and interests to a range of careers then you may wish to use our Kudos Inspire software. Usernames and passwords are available from Miss Mullins in school

Have a go at this ‘careers interests’ assessment quiz to generate your own careers cloud! All you have to is choose from each set of four pictures the one which most closely matches you or your interests.  The quiz will then generate ideas for your career; for your subject choices and also suggest different apprenticeship routes that might suit you. Have a go!

FAQ

What do all the different ‘Levels’ on courses mean?

What do all the different ‘Levels’ on courses mean?

Entry level: these are generally starter courses for students who have not studied GCSE’s and the tern to concentrate on functional skills and developing literacy and numeracy.

Level 1: these courses tend to be introductory vocational courses, so for example a student may have secured several passes at GCSE and would like to go on to a career as a welder, because they have not studied welding before they need to learn the skills from scratch so they would most likely start on a Level 1 Diploma. Some other Level 1 courses may not require GCSE passes and will incorporate Maths and English as part of a programme of study.

Level 2: most RCS students gaining 5 A*-C’s are working at Level 2, so if they are choosing academic study after school they will go on to do qualifications at Level 3. However for vocational courses such a plastering and floristry they may need to begin at Level 1 or 2 since they need to develop brand new skills and knowledge.

Level 3: for academic subjects such as English and Maths these are at A-Level, when students choose A-Levels they study AS Level in the first year and then A2 Level in their second year. Students progressing onto Level 3 may also choose BTEC Level 3’s or Advanced Diploma’s – these tend to apply academic knowledge to a certain vocation – for example Sports Studies or Business.

Level 4: tends to be used in specialist vocational qualifications such as accountancy or counselling to show a significant level of professional capacity.

Level 5: is equivalent to a Foundation Degree at University, Level 6 an Honours Degree; Level 7 a Masters Degree and Level 8 a Doctorate.

How do I find out about local courses?

How do I find out about local courses?

All local study opportunities are available to search on the UCAS Progress website.

UCAS Progress

Any one can search for opportunities, also you get a username and password from school which you then use to bookmark and apply to local college courses and some apprenticeships. Alternatively all the local college prospectus’s are available from the Library in School. A great way to find out what’s on offer is also to visit the college websites themselves and look at their information on Full Time courses.

All of the above will have Open Evenings which provide a great opportunity to visit and see the facilities and meet the tutors.

What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. If you are over 16 and not planning to be in full time education you can apply. They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,400 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

All employed apprentices will get a wage. The current ‘apprentice National Minimum Wage’ is currently £3.20 per hour. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week. All apprentices undertake recognised training – generally by spending one day a week at College

How do I find out about local apprenticeships?

How do I find out about local apprenticeships?

Check: Youthi for the latest apprenticeship vacancies available in Rotherham.

Register on the national apprenticeships website: National Apprenticeships to receive emails about local apprenticeship vacancies. You can specify what type of job you would like and the locations you are prepared to work in and apply online.

Also take a look on the RCAT and DVC websites since they regularly post opportunities with local employers.

CareerMap is also a great way for you to search for local apprenticeships in your local area.

Skills made easy post live apprenticeships within the Rotherham area and showcase apprenticeships for all interest areas.

All Vacancy information will be posted on display in the school library during the spring and summer terms of Year 11. Also there is specific 1:1 support and workshops for students wishing to apply for apprenticeships from January onwards.

How do I write a ‘winning application’?

How do I write a ‘winning application’?

Students at RCS can always get help from their form tutor who knows their skills and attributes and can help them adapt these for an application. Support with completing forms and reviewing applications is also available from Miss Mullins.

The National Apprenticeships Service has also written a step-by-step guide to help anyone who is applying for a vacancy which is well worth working through: How to write a winning application

Apprenticeship Info

Vacancies and information

Click here to view vacancies from around South Yorkshire and learn more about apprenticeships.

Have you completed your A-Levels?

Click here to view vacancies from Marks and Spencers School Leavers Programme suitable for students who have completed their A-Levels.

Neuvoo Job Search

Neuvoo is an extensive job searching tool with details of local employment opportunities.

Level Up!

Information to help you make the right choices

If you are aged 13-19 and living in the Sheffield City Region then you can ‘LevelUp‘ and find information to help you make the right choices.  Find out about our local growth sectors and what sort of jobs are available and the qualifications you need to get them.

Shape Your Future

Information about local job opportunities

This brand new brochure provides students with lots of information about the job opportunities that are growing in our local area needing skilled people to fill them. Take a look and be better informed with ‘Shaping Your Future’

Moving On

Information about local job opportunities

‘Moving On’ features a range of useful and up-to-date information for young people as they leave Y11 – including features on apprenticeships, Level 3 Study and university courses.

Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

The complete guide

Apprenticeships offer a valid alternative to university, with the qualifications to match. If you choose a degree apprenticeship, you still get to graduate with your cap and gown, along with several years of work experience under your belt.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a valid option for many young people wishing to enter a profession and complete study at HE Level.

Job Guides

Overview of areas of employment

These guides give you an overview to different job roles in each sector of work.