The Principal specialises in providing careers and higher education guidance, and has 15 years’ experience in this field. She has an ‘open door’ policy and students are encouraged to consult with her as often as needed, meaning each student receives highly personalised and expert careers guidance throughout his or her time at the college.
Most students at the college aspire to go on to a good university, and one of the main reasons why they enrol at Westminster Tutors is because of our expertise in this field. Each year at least 90% of our sixth form leavers progress on to university, and we have a remarkable year-on-year record of 50% of our UCAS applicants taking up places at the UK’s prestigious Russell Group universities.
Students begin their UCAS preparation in their AS level year by completing a Centigrade assessment which matches their interests and abilities with appropriate degree courses. Both the Principal and Vice Principal act as UCAS tutors and each student is assigned to one of them so that they are fully supported throughout the entire application process. We also offer specialised guidance on applications to overseas universities, including colleges in the US, and to art colleges and music conservatoires in the UK.
Students are prepared for the world of work by a careers education programme that is integrated into our PSHCE sessions, with topics covering writing CVs, interview technique and in-tray tasks which form part of many job applications. The Principal also monitors the development students’ CVs to ensure they have gained work experience relevant to their goals and aspirations.
For the students who have decided they do not wish to go to university, the Principal provides advice on apprenticeships and vocational training qualifications, and provides support throughout any necessary application process, including checking students’ application forms and writing references. When students are unsure of which career direction to take we also use the sophisticated Morrisby online careers programme to help students identify career paths which are appropriate to their talents and skills and will be satisfying and interesting for them.