One of the most striking changes in the Sixth Form programme at Benenden in recent years has been the growth in Careers education and advice. Ninety-nine per cent of our Sixth Form go on to university or other institutions of higher education and we aim to enable every student to choose an appropriate course at the best possible university.
For Six Two, the academic year begins with the all important university application forms, which are now completed electronically. Most of these are finished and despatched to UCAS by the end of October, weeks ahead of the mid-January deadline.
Interviews for places at Oxford and Cambridge take place just before Christmas and the candidates know the outcome in the New Year. For all those who face interviews, there is interview training from professional trainers and an Oxford admissions tutor. Many of the teaching staff volunteer to give practice subject interviews in the days prior to a university interview.
The Sixth Form programme of talks, lectures and seminar suppers complements the Careers programme. Recently these have included a representative from an American University, a GAP year speaker and a general introduction to university life. A Higher Education Evening is held each March with advice and talks from representatives in such fields as law, medicine, psychology and engineering.
Guide to Higher Education for University Entry
A guide to higher education and careers choices is produced each year for girls in Upper Fifth and Six One. The following questions are addressed:
- Why go on to higher education?
- What and where should I study and how do I find out about courses?
- How do I apply to university?
- What about a GAP year or studying abroad?
The Careers department constantly seeks ways to improve and enhance the careers education on offer to the girls. We are cheered by a comment from a visiting Senior that in her day “careers was just a few leaflets in a cupboard”! Things have moved on a great deal from then.
- Head of Sixth Form Guidance and Careers: Dr Marcus Allen
- Careers and Higher Education Adviser: Mrs Hilary Martin
- Careers and Higher Education Adviser and Coordinator: Mrs Jane Gerrard