Preparing for your future
Discovering your passion.
We want students to leave the University of Birmingham School with the skills, virtues (or personal qualities) and experiences that will help you discover your passion, and give you the confidence and skill to pursue this.
We also wish to prepare you with the experiences that employers and higher education institutions seek. We believe that active participation in all that the School has to offer will allow each student to achieve this.
We have bespoke careers support from the University of Birmingham Careers and Employability Service, and you will be able to book regular careers meetings to seek advice. You will also benefit from lectures, seminars and enrichment opportunities with a considerable number of external partners, including with our Corporate Partners and the University of Birmingham.
For example, students have been able to get involved with and win awards for a HS2 engineering scheme with Network Rail, been on business walks to Google Campus, Edelman PR, Mazars and Wesleyan Insurance, worked with Flatpack Film Festival and social enterprise Beatfreeks, and been mentored by professionals from Shoosmiths and KPMG.
Supporting you to apply to University.
Students are encouraged to visit a wide range of university and college Open Days. Speakers from the University give presentations, guest lectures and seminars to the Sixth Form to help with this.
Students hear talks from the admission team at the University of Birmingham, as well as take part in personal statement writing masterclasses. Students will also receive ongoing support from your Sixth Form tutors and other staff to help you create a compelling personal statement.
For those students applying to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, as well as other subjects for which there are admissions examinations, you will be given the opportunity to have specialist tutoring during enrichment. You will also have an opportunity to sharpen your interview skills, by undergoing mock interviews with Professor James Arthur, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Staffing) at University of Birmingham, and a School governor.
Exploring a range of pathways.
Sixth Form students are also supported if they decide that University is not the best option for them. We have speakers from apprenticeship providers who come into school to talk about their schemes and we also provide guidance on completing application forms and interviews. Students can find further information about apprenticeships and the new degree apprenticeships here.
Real life work experience.
Whilst most students in the Sixth Form arrange their own work experience placement(s), we will support you in planning, undertaking and learning from your placement and, where possible, utilise the alumni network of the University as well as the School’s Corporate Partners and Community Champion network.