Careers and College Information

All Year 11 students have been informed that they can apply to City and Islington College with our support. This will take place in school hours in November. These applications must be completed by Friday 15th December 2017.

However, it is very important that each student also applies to several other colleges to give them the best chance of a place at college next year.  Support for college applications is currently available 3 lunchtimes a week; your child should make an appointment with Ms Ibrisim (Careers Advisor) if they need support with this.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?

  • Please sit down with your child to discuss the progress they have made on college applications.
  • Check they have booked a place/visited colleges on Open Days (Nov/Dec – some more in spring) and applied to at least 3 colleges by the end of December.
  • Help them prepare for their interviews in spring.

Any student who does not have an offer of a college place by the end of the spring term will be invited with their parent/carer for a meeting in school to discuss how to progress with this.

Please note – School will support  students throughout their final year however it is the responsibility of the student, with the support of their family to ensure they have a college place in September 2018.

If you have any queries, please contact Ms Ibrisim at Ibrisim.s@holloway.islington.sch.uk

For your information:

The general timeline/process for applying for college is on the back of this letter as a guide

A list of local colleges can be found below. Students can, of course, apply to any college they wish.

What is the general timeline/process when applying to college?

Autumn Term

 - Decide on area of study/college course (e.g. BTEC in Business Level 2 /3 x A levels).

 - Book a place on college Open Days (at least 3) where they are thinking of attending for the next 2 years

 - Attend College Open Days (with/without parent)

 - At Open Days, ask the college students/staff about the course, what work they could go on to when they finish etc

 - Decide on the colleges they like

 - Apply to these colleges (it is a good idea to put a second choice of course on each application - just in case actual results are lower than you expected).

Spring Term

 - Student then gets a letter of invitation/message asking them to attend an interview

 - Student must show the school the invitation in order to attend the interview

 - Student receives an offer of a place (or several offers) on that course for September 2018

Summer Term

May/June - Students takes their GCSE exams

August – Students receive their results

August – College sends students a letter(s) with enrolment instructions for September.

Apprenticeships

If your child is interested in an apprenticeship, there will be information from specialist advisors later in the term about these. The actual apprenticeship openings/time to apply for these is generally from Easter onwards.

However, there are 2 important points to remember here;

1 - Every student should still apply to college as apprenticeships are very competitive

2 – If the student is certain that they would prefer an apprenticeship, they should begin researching/register on the national website now;

www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

This site will tell them about how apprenticeships work, pay, conditions, types of apprenticeships etc. 

There is also a ‘live’ apprenticeships area they can look at to see what is currently on offer.

COLLEGE OPEN DAYS

Please support your child to help book their place at college open days. Colleges are accepting bookings in October and November.

City & Islington College www.candi.ac.uk

There are 5 different centre’s in Islington:

Centre for Applied Sciences - Saturday 11th November 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm

Animal Management/Care, Applied Sciences, Engineering, Forensic Science, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Optics and Sport Science and Coaching

Centre for Health, Social and Child Care - Tuesday 28th November 2017, 4.00pm-7.00pm

For courses in Beauty and Complementary Therapies, Child Care and Education, Counselling, Hairdressing and Barbering, Health and Social Care, and Public Services. We also offer supported learning courses for students with learning difficulties and disabilities

Centre for Business, Arts and Technology - Wednesday 15th November 2017, 4.00pm-7.00pm

For courses in Art and Design, Business and Enterprise, Computing and IT, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Production, Performing Arts: Dance, Drama, Music, and Photography. We also offer supported learning courses for students with learning difficulties and disabilities

Sixth Form College - Saturday 11th November 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm

For A Levels only

Centre for Lifelong Learning - Monday 4th December 2017, 4.00pm-7.00pm

For courses in Accounting, Bookkeeping and Financial Services; Professional Services; Access to Higher Education; ESOL and EFL (For students who need to learn English before they go on to sixth form college)

Centre for Business, Arts & Tech - We have a range of courses for learners with a  variety of moderate to severe learning difficulties and disabilities, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, mental health issues and physical difficulties. Please come and see us to discuss your child’s needs

Westminster Kingsway College     www.westking.ac.uk    

King’s Cross Centre – Wednesday 22 November 2017 4.00pm–7.00pm

Victoria Centre – Saturday 2 December 2017 10.00am-2.00pm

Barnet & Southgate College www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk  

Southgate Campus - Saturday 11 November 2017, 10am - 1.45pm

Wood Street Campus - Saturday 04 November 2017, 10am - 1.45pm

College of North East London www.conel.ac.uk/news-events/open-days.html

Tottenham Campus - Wednesday 22nd November 4.00pm-6.00pm

Can't make the Wednesday? Why not attendone of their Open Evenings on Mondays. Every Monday during term time - 4.00pm-6.00pm

Enfield Campus - Wednesday 22nd November 4.00pm-6.00pm

Can't make the Wednesday? Why not attendone of their Open Evenings on Mondays. Every Monday during term time - 4.00pm-6.00pm

Woodhouse College www.woodhouse.ac.uk/openday.aspx Saturday November 18th 2017 - 9.30am until 3.30pm

Camden School for Girls www.camdengirls.camden.sch.uk Tuesday 21st November 2017 - The evening session is now full. Tickets for the morning and afternoon sessions are available to book online

Islington Consortium – IC6 www.ic6.co.uk/

Open Evening at COLA Highbury Grove - 8th November 5.00pm–7.00pm

Open Evening at St Aloysius' College - 5th December 4.00pm–6.00pm

London Academy of Excellence www.laetottenham.org.uk  Thursday 16th November 6.00-8.00pm

All London Colleges - www.londoncolleges.com/

There are many more colleges to choose from. Your child can apply to any college as long as they have the grades/attendance/reference needed. There will also be more open days are in the spring term.

Other useful Careers sites:

National Careers Service nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk (Go to Job Profiles) Over 800 job profiles. Used in schools, colleges and universities.

I Could www.icould.com go to Explore Career Videos – by job type

Plotr www.plotr.co.uk/careers Easy to understand careers guidance. Connected to live labour market information, post-16 and post-18 courses and apprenticeships

Careersbox www.careersbox.co.uk national careers film library, a careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs

My World of Work (quiz to help you look at suitable career paths if you are not sure) www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options

Success at School www.successatschool.org/careerzones Wide range of careers in each area and answers popular questions. Also links to apprenticeships with Rolls Royce, NHS, BT, Nestle’s etc