The Futures Programme

Introduction

Our Futures Programmes are designed to introduce our students to specific careers as part of their extra-curricular studies. The programmes are designed to develop interests in areas such as Medicine and Teaching to broaden student’s knowledge and understanding of these vocations. We also deliver programmes that support applications to Oxford and Cambridge as well as Mathematics courses at all universities.

The aim of these courses is to introduce students to new topics, away from the curriculum, for research, interest or discussion. Students will have the opportunity to visit businesses and universities as well as attend guest lectures as part of the programme. This can lead to work experience in these areas which is essential for university applications.

Students can opt to take one or more of these courses when applying for the Sixth Form.


Future Oxbridge

Our students can achieve anything they want to! This includes gaining places at our most prestigious institutions. The course introduces students to life at Oxford and Cambridge, outlines the opportunities and benefits of attending these universities and challenges the perceptions students may have about them, and the people who study there!

The application process to Oxford and Cambridge is different to that of the other higher education institutions. An application is made through UCAS but there is an earlier application deadline, as well as an additional application form for Cambridge applicants. The high percentage of students requiring interviews and additional entrance exams means that further support is required to increase chances of success.

Our Oxbridge programme begins in Year 10 with Excel programme and continues once students join the Advanced Academy. Students with a high number of level 8 and 9 grades at GCSE are offered the chance to join the group. Their academic performance is monitored carefully throughout Year 12 to ensure they are supported to perform to the highest levels. After Christmas, students get the chance to visit the two universities on residential visits.

They are encouraged to study for an EPQ and apply for the Nuffield and Sutton Trust summer schools which provide outstanding opportunities to learn from the finest academic experts in their field. In Year 13 students meet their tutor on a weekly basis to prepare for the interviews and admissions tests take place in November and December.


Future Teachers

As part of the wider opportunities offered within the Sixth Form, students can get a real experience of life from the other side of the desk! As well as taking part in professional development meetings, teaching seminars and teaching & learning workshops, our Future Teachers also experience teaching from within the classroom. Buddying with outstanding classroom practitioners, Future Teachers students take part in early years, primary, secondary or even further education classes in subjects in which they have strengths and enjoy. Working with experienced teachers and younger pupils provides a very real experience of the profession; Future Teachers will learn how to lead groups, model tasks and enthuse young people in their learning. This style of teaching practice is recognised by all universities and colleges offering courses in teaching, and can fulfil part of the entry requirements for Bachelor of Education degree courses.

As part of the scheme, students will take part in a cross-school seminar with guest educationalists who will inform and inspire, providing valuable insights into the profession.

The Future Teachers scheme facilitates a real partnership between school and student, promoting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.

 


Future Medics

At NT6 we look to give students the right guidance and support in preparation for a successful career in Medicine. Medics can only apply to 5 medical schools, and their deadline is the 15th of October each year.

Students are supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of the profession as well as achieve the A* and A grades expected of them.

Students on the programme experience a range of medical disciplines. They attend medical conferences, University Open days, engage in workshops run by medical students on different medical issues, as well as being mentored by them in their studies. Work experience is a vital part of the application; we have links with Plymouth and Exeter Medical Schools that provide visits for our students.

Students will gain guidance on university subject requirements with the help of an academic mentor. Students are expected to undertake work experience over the two years and read widely about the medical issues and advances that are constantly being made