Honiton Community College Post-16 Course Guide
Transition to Post-16
We value our Post-16 students very highly and place great value on the contribution that each individual student makes to the school community as a whole. The College believes that it is the good working relationship between parents, carers, students and staff that will help guide student’s development to realise full potential; academically, socially and emotionally. We aim to develop independent, ambitious and successful individuals who set themselves high expectations and achieve or exceed their potential.
We know for many students that the gap between finishing their GCSEs and starting Post-16 qualifications requires a huge step in their skills, knowledge and time management. We closely monitor progress and we personalise the support that is needed in order to achieve the individual’s full potential. This is done through target setting, regular contact meetings with tutors and communicating with parents/carers.
On application to Post-16 we will provide each student with relevant information regarding subject choices and career links so they are equipped with the knowledge of their next step. We will meet with them individually to discuss their future pathway and offer further guidance that is required. Students will be invited to attend a transition to Post-16 Programme after the completion of GCSEs in the summer term where students can fully immerse themselves into their new subjects and the Post-16 Community to prepare them for the September start. Support in the skills required to become a successful Post-16 students is given from the moment of application and throughout their journey with us.
16-19 Study Programme
All students on the 16 – 19 Study Programmes at Honiton Community will have a core academic aim that is tailored to the needs of the individual student including substantial qualifications at Level 3. The Study Programme also includes Work Placement in Year 12 and a Personal Development Programme (PDS) that includes personal and social development, a 16 – 19 careers programme and preparation for life.
Preparing our Post-16 students for life after College
We also have a clear focus on preparing students for life after Post-16. Whether they choose university, apprenticeships or employment, our students are given careers guidance and advice that prepares them to make a valued choice in their future career. As a team we focus on the following characteristics:
Raise awareness about the impact a quality or characteristic can have on potential success
Encourage personal reflection of the presence or absence of particular qualities in the student
Engage the student in a task that develops their practice
Create a non judgemental environment / culture in which students can critically assess themselves and then support then in making improvements
Personal Tutors at Honiton Community College
The tutor plays one of the most pivotal roles in student progress and achievement, and is often the first point of reference for parents or carers. They will have oversight of each tutee’s daily attendance at lessons and all aspects of their timetable including enrichment activities. They are also responsible for monitoring each tutee’s progress and well-being through communication with the Head of Post-16, subject staff, parents and the students themselves.
16 – 19 Financial Bursary
The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund is given to the College by the government to pass on to those students who need financial help in order to stay in education. The bursary can be used to help with the cost of transport, paying for books, essential trips and other expenses associated with their study Programme. There are a range of criteria for eligibility and each application is assessed individually through the completion of the application form and by providing the necessary evidence. The amount awarded will vary in each case, but it could be as much as £1,200.
If you receive free school meals, or if you or your family are in receipt of any benefits then you may be eligible and should consider applying. Please see the application form for the full list of criteria and more details on how to apply.
We believe in developing the whole individual. It is vital for young people to develop skills and talents in today’s competitive environment and we encourage them to do that. We also want them to enjoy their time with us and there is a wealth of enrichment opportunities for students to explore and get involved in.
Life After Post 16
All university applications take place through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). Preparation for university application begins in Year 12. Students are entitled to attend open days during school time and all students are taken to some South West Universities as part of our Careers Plan. addition, tutorial activities are run to support the consideration of their courses and completion of the personal statement. Parent/carers will be invited to our Post 18 information evening, which outlines the UCAS application process and student finance. Students will be encouraged to carry out wider reading or gain required work experience throughout the summer holidays to enhance their application to their chosen universities. All students will be asked to assess their aspirations and where they stand in meeting the entry requirements. In light of this, tutors will assist students in setting realistic, attainable targets to help them to make successful applications.
Students capable of successful application to Oxbridge are given additional support with their applications and are invited to attend open days at both universities. Those students in receipt of bursaries and are first generation from their family to attend university are also eligible to apply to Sutton Trust Summer Schools. Students wishing to study medicine /dentistry /veterinary science are also given additional support with their applications. There is help and guidance on the UCAS site to assist students in the all important task of choosing the right courses for them. www.ucas.com
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