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Sixth Formers Look Beyond Bolton School

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Girls in Year 12 took part in a careers day which allowed them to expand their horizons and consider some of the different options open to them after finishing their A Levels. The day consisted of helpful talks from a variety of university representatives, and also gave pupils the opportunity to do personal research and register for UCAS.

In addition to this, five alumni returned to School to talk about various options following A Levels.

Emma Saunders has just finished her studies at the University of Alabama in America, where she majored in Geography, and is about to start a Masters degree at the University of Manchester. She is also an international swimmer. She talked to pupils about university in America, from the realities of the additional tests required and the costs, to the sports and academic scholarships that are available, and including the experience of life in another country.

Samara Motasham talked to pupils about employment at eighteen. After finishing her A Levels and leaving Bolton School, Samara chose not to go to university and instead began her career. She talked to pupils about the difficulties she faced, particularly with seeing all of her friends having a completely different experience, but also the rewards she has reaped as a result of her decision.

Old Boy Nathan Brennan talked about volunteering with Projects Abroad. He discussed the different kinds of volunteering experiences available, from providing aid to refugees to working with the Red Cross to helping with education and sports projects and much more, and also discussed the wide variety of locations available as well. He talked about his own experiences with volunteering and the huge difference this can make.

Hannah Furey spoke with Sixth Formers about the life of a medical student. She is currently studying at the University of Leeds and was able to talk about her workload, the realities of being a medical student compared to some other degrees, and a number of other aspects to her studies. She also strongly advocated that the girls should visit universities they are considering and the cities or surrounding areas, as they will be working closely with the local community and need to like where they will be studying. The girls were able to ask lots of questions and find out more about what it is really like to be a medical student.

Ms Teichman also talked to girls about the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) which is an aptitude test used as part of the admissions process for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Biomedical Sciences in some universities.

Finally, Old Girl Sarah Pearl talked to pupils alongside her colleague Shalin Saujani about psychometric assessments and the work she now does with Thomas International, a company which provides psychometric assessments. They discussed the different kinds of profiles that can be created and where different people fall on the spectrum. This was a great interactive spectrum that got pupils thinking about the usefulness of this kind of test and where their own strengths might lie.

The University of Aberdeen, Lancaster University, the University of Nottingham and the University of York provided talks on Personal Statements, Student Life, Research Skills at University, Interview Techniques which included a practical element, and University in Scotland. There was also a talk from The Skills Company about Higher Apprenticeships.

The Beyond Bolton School Day helped to focus the Sixth Formers’ thinking about their futures after A Levels and got them to start thinking about the next steps that they need to take in order to make the right decisions for them.

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Emma talking to pupils about studying in the USA

Emma talking to pupils about studying in the USA

Samara discussing employment at eighteen as an alternative to university

Samara discussing employment at eighteen as an alternative to university

Sarah running a workshop on psychometric assessments

Sarah running a workshop on psychometric assessments