Careers & UCAS
It is written into the school’s DNA that we want to help students find the course, job or training that is right for them and their unique talents and aspirations. The submission of a UCAS application (or an application for a traineeship, apprenticeship, job or even gap year) builds on prior work throughout the senior school.
Provision for students applying to university includes:
- The UCAS Hub
- A tour of English universities
- University Fairs
- Visits and talks from University admissions tutors
- Talks from former Blanchelande students currently at university
- Virtual and real open days
As a smaller sixth form setting, our approach is highly individualised, including, where suitable, interview training, personal statement guidance, preparation for entrance tests and for Oxbridge. Students are also given training in two essential facets of independent life: finance and food!
Blanchelande School aims to:
- raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons;
- inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points in learning and work;
- provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
- provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
- develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
- support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
- support students to see learning and careers development as a life-long process.
We deliver a comprehensive programme of careers-focused lessons (through PSHE), one-to-one guidance sessions, interactive events and careers fairs.
TELOS – Our unique careers speaker programme
Through TELOS, our students gain direct access to entrepreneurs, directors of industry, community leaders and others across a wide field of sectors. Links with local recruitment agencies provide guidance on how to make a successful application, including: tailored interview training; writing an impactful CV; and composing a persuasive covering letter. Work experience is an integral part of Year 12, and pupils are given the support to find placements in relevant and skills-directed working environments.