16 – 19 Study Programme
- At Hitchin Girls’ School, it is our goal that all students who enter the Sixth Form do so from an informed viewpoint. Through a careful selection process involving a preliminary interview, the Open Evening, and a more detailed one-to-one interview, students have a study programme shaped around their attainment to date (based on predicted grades initially, but refined in light of achieved GCSE grades before commencing the Sixth Form), and their education and career goals.
- The programme of study in the Sixth Form at Hitchin Girls’ School is designed to provide all students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme, which supports their development and academic progress in line with their future career plans.
All students are expected to study three full A Level courses and/or applied or vocational qualifications. We also offer an Extended Project Qualification, Core Maths and Sports Leaders to all of our students to supplement their studies.
- Study programmes are focused on progression to the next level, whether in the form of traineeship, apprenticeship, Higher Education or employment. University visits, outreach visits, workshops, speakers, Unifrog and a careers fair are available to help students choose their pathway post-18. We have Careers Advisors on hand for one-to-one interviews. Students will also have one-to-one meetings with their tutors to discuss their options.
We have a detailed enrichment programme that is delivered in fortnightly lessons and assemblies. These focus on a range of themes, including study skills, core personal development topics, preparing for post-18 options, careers support and financial management. This is also supported by a form programme that complements the fortnightly lessons and assemblies.
- Students in Year 12 are encouraged to seek work experience placements, volunteer locally as part of their Ambassador role and work with their chosen departments as Learning Champions.
- Students’ personal development is further supported through opportunities for leadership and responsibility within the school, as well as the wider community. They are actively encouraged to take senior student roles.
Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of the Sixth Form programme. Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers. While qualifications remain essential, with very few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration. Therefore all Year 12s take part in work shadowing during the Summer term. By completing a placement in a relevant sector our students can gain a real advantage when applying for university, apprenticeships or work. While on the placement, they will be able to talk with and observe skilled and qualified people who can give them a better idea of what their job involves. It is also an opportunity to network and find contacts.
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