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Nearly every student from Kilgraston goes on to university, and although their ultimate career destination and profession may not yet be known, we aim to ensure that they have a real and practical knowledge of life after Kilgraston and confidence in their choice of what to do next.
Making subject and career choices is difficult. We understand this, and to help girls with these important decisions we spend time with them as part of the Sixth Form Studies and PSHE programme.
The school is also a member of Futurewise which provides a comprehensive and personalised service to students on career choices. This programme provides ongoing membership and support from age 15 to 23. Essentially, it starts in the Autumn Term of Upper Fifth when all students participate in the Futurewise Profile, a series of online psychometric assessments based on aptitude and interests. This is followed by a one-to-one impartial guidance interview with a Futurewise Careers Adviser and a detailed profile report, which outlines possible careers they may wish to consider. In the Spring Term pupils will also have an opportunity to discuss subject choices and careers with their tutor and the Head of Upper Sixth as well as attending a Higher Education Conference.
In the Autumn term, Lower Sixth pupils will be introduced to E-profiling, an electronic document where they can record their ‘learning journey’ and achievements both in and out of school. This will prove a vital tool when applying to university and college the following year. They will also learn how to construct a CV and write a strong covering letter, important employability skills. As part of the SFS Spring programme university admission tutors are invited to Kilgraston to talk about Higher Education on topics ranging from the UCAS application process to student life and finance. We also spend time researching and preparing for work experience, which will take place at Easter or in the summer holidays.
In the Upper Sixth the girls follow a bespoke University and College Application programme designed to help them successfully apply to university and college. Visits to Higher Education Fairs and some Open Days are encouraged. We will also advise whether or not a gap year is the right choice for those interested.