Important Options Beyond Post 16

Pre-school, primary school, then secondary school followed by sixth form – but what happens after?

The possibilities are endless. From taking a gap year to volunteering for an organisation, or going straight into work.  From choosing from a range of different level apprenticeships up-and-down the country to the many universities – and if it is a university, when the decision needs to be made, which university? Stay at a local university, move further afield to an Oxbridge campus, one of the many other Russell Group universities, a modern university, or a red brick university – and where do these establishments tally in gaining students the career they aspire to?? 

Coombe Dean’s Post 16 Centre offers many opportunities through various events that make this choice so much easier.  We are very fortunate to have been selected to take part in a new scheme offered by Oxford University. Over the next two years, participating students gain support for every step of the way, with a dedicated outreach team to facilitate.  Students attend a variety of workshops, and next term, will have the chance to visit Oxford University itself! Should students decide to apply to Oxford, they will receive one-to-one guidance with personal statements, and support with interview techniques.

Students attended their first session on Tuesday 26th November, along with students from Hele’s school, and found out more about what A-levels are required for a variety of courses. They also discovered that a whole range of courses are widely available at all universities  Some courses, such as Medicine, will require A-levels such as the Sciences. Others however, such as Law, could be made up of a wide range of A-levels depending what sixth forms has to offer.  Topics, such as scholarships, were available to discuss, along with much financial support – making Oxford accessible to all!

Students wishing to take part in future sessions, or who wish to have a look at Oxford University, should register their interest with me.


V Koehler-Lewis