At UVHS Sixth Form our shared aim is to provide students with the tools to grow into responsible, resilient and well-rounded citizens, going beyond the purely academic to help them develop their interests and talents and prepare them for future success in the world.
In addition to the personal development students will undertake in lessons, with a curriculum focused on delivering essential knowledge and significant cultural capital, our Sixth Formers will be encouraged to take advantage of extra-curricular activities, super-curricular activities and opportunities to develop their employability skills while studying at UVHS.
Students at UVHS will have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of clubs and societies outside of lessons. These include, but are not limited to, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, Reading Buddies, Maths Buddies, self-defence, Chess Club and a variety of musical ensembles such as Wind Band, Swing Band and Choir. In their weekly tutorial session, students will find out about opportunities such as Dream Placement, the Cumbria Volunteering Service (CVS) and the National Citizenship Service (NCS).
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This involves independent study beyond the classroom but focused on subjects already being studied. We encourage our students to read widely, watch documentaries and listen to podcasts to develop their knowledge independently. Through the Unifrog careers platform, students are encouraged to enrol on MOOCs (massive online open-access courses) to further their understanding of an academic area of interest to them; they are also pointed in the direction of the ‘Read, Watch, Listen’ section of the platform where they can find out how to explore further the subjects they are interested in. In school, our VIC VI+ scheme supports students preparing to apply for courses at the UK’s top universities, including in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, through a variety of clubs and opportunities like Vic Medics or the Maths STEP club. There is also a Law Society, English Society and Extension Physics Club. Students can also undertake the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) equivalent to 0.5 of an A-level.
Providing students with the ‘soft skills’ needed to thrive in the modern world is also a priority at UVHS: we do this through encouraging all students to take advantage of volunteering opportunities and provide them with the support to undertake relevant work experience. Every student will have the chance to speak to our Sixth Form careers advisor who can, in addition to drawing up an individual career plan, inform students of work placements in relevant areas. As part of their tutorial programme students will listen to talks on interview skills and gaining the right kind of work experience.