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West Suffolk College’s mission is to help local schools, academies, and sixth form colleges giving the best information and advice to young people and their future prospects.
We offer a range of activities including talks, workshops and enrichment events for primary, secondary and special school students plus students with SEND. These can be at your school or at West Suffolk College. Depending on the group size, location and the time of the year, activities can be tailored to meet their needs. All of these activities are designed to help your pupils make informed decisions about their future.
Most of these activities are provided free of charge, but some career advice services will incur a charge.
To view the current Primary, Secondary and SEND Schools Engagement Activities Calendar, click the link below.
What we offer and booking form:
We believe enrichment is an integral part of the curriculum, we believe it helps students to develop their interests and abilities, provides valuable learning experiences within or outside of their studies, and promotes independence and interpersonal links such as boosting self-confidence. We strongly believe everyone has a right to learning and development opportunities and so we open our enrichment to all ages.
Enrichment and Booking Form
Primary Science Boxes:
Primary Science Boxes are aimed at primary schools, based around the national curriculum and containing everything the teacher requires to deliver an engaging STEM lesson, from lesson plan to equipment. Each box contains cross curriculum links to maths, English and other subjects as appropriate.
Curriculum Specific Sessions:
We offer ‘Hands On’ curriculum specific activity sessions, at your school, run by our curriculum team where students can explore and speak to our experienced tutors. (Example activities Beat the Flood, and Bridge Building)
STEM Engagement Events:
We host STEM related events throughout the year, these events provide students with the opportunities to interact with the curriculum team and companies, who use STEM within their day to day operations. These include Hidden Science and the Big Bang Fair, dates included within the Key Dates list on this page.
We can offer a wide range of activities and workshops at your school or sixth form, or here at the college. Depending on group size, preferred location and the time of year, each activity can be tailored to your individual needs.
Listed below is a selection of the activities we currently run. They are designed to give you an insight into how we can help your students whilst they make important decisions about their future, with specific sessions for school leavers and special schools/students with SEND, HE and apprenticeships. We can also create custom activities and programmes for you, if you prefer.
Outreach and Booking Form
Presentations / Talks
Our presentations / talks offer students a deeper look into Post 16 options. They are suitable for Years 10 to 13 and can be delivered at your school or sixth form, either to a single class, whole year group or school assembly. School leavers could benefit from a careers orientated presentation to provide your pupils with information about all Post 16 and Post 18 pathways available to them and can be generalised or a specific focus such as Apprenticeships, Higher Education, Vocational and Technical routes, A Levels.
Our application workshops will provide your pupils with tips and advice about which course or apprenticeship they should apply for, how to apply and what to expect at their interview. This can be provided to either a single class or on a one-to-one basis and are suitable for Years 10 to 13.
GCSE/A Level Results support
We can attend your school or sixth form on either your mock results days or your actual results days in August. We will provide your pupils with the full range of options if their results were not what they were expecting and they are now unsure of their next steps.
We can attend events at your school, for example hosting information stands at parents evenings and careers events to provide information, advice and guidance to your students and their parents on our West Suffolk College and University offer.
We understand that choosing where and what to study after GCSE’s can be a difficult decision. It’s hard to imagine how unique studying at West Suffolk College might be. We can offer your students the opportunity to experience our courses for themselves by attending one of our Taster Days. This will give them a chance to really get a feel for college life and to see what they could achieve. Alternatively we can provide a campus tour, which is a great way to get to know what the College has to offer.
Transition and Booking Form
With a campus tour, pupils can explore our learning environments and look at the facilities available. Information on how to apply and the admissions process will be discussed.
Taster sessions at West Suffolk College or University of Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds)
These sessions are designed to help your pupils choose the right options for their future and give them the opportunity to get a feel for College life. Whether pupils are thinking of leaving school after Year 11 to enter Further Education or after Year 13 for Higher Education, Taster Sessions allow your pupils to try out our offer. These can be tailored to your individual needs, however a typical Taster Session would allow pupils to spend time with two different vocational areas. In addition, our careers advisors will be on hand to provide careers guidance to help them make informed decisions. These sessions are designed for pupils in Years 10 to 13 and we will work closely with you to ensure your pupils get the most out of their experience here.
SEND Pathways and Learning Support presentations
We’ll come to your school to deliver these presentations which are designed to provide students with the opportunity to fully explore their options, find out more about college and ask any questions they may have in order to plan and prepare for making the right decision for them.
SEND Parent Events/ Careers Events (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance)
By attending Parent Events and Careers Events at your school, we can work closely with you to provide information, advice and guidance on SEND provision and Learning Support at West Suffolk College.
SEND Pathways and Learning Support campus tours and talks
We can offer your students the chance to experience what college is like and find out more about SEND provision and Learning Support by arranging tours and talks tailored to meet your students’ needs.
Support at College Open Events/ Taster Events
Open Events and Taster Events are a great opportunity for students to experience all that college can offer but we understand that this can be a new and different situation for them. To help students gain the very most from these events, our team can offer appropriate and specific support as required for individuals.
Tailored Transition Opportunities
Our team will liaise with you to provide transition opportunities that are tailored to meet the individual needs of your students. Whether it is a personal tour of the college, a chance to see what goes on in a particular department, the opportunity to spend some time in an area of interest or a reassuring talk over a snack at the college café, it can be arranged and supported by us.
The introduction of the Department for Education Careers Strategy (Dec 2017) and the Careers Guidance for Schools (Oct 2018) require all pupils to have access to independent careers guidance. Gatsby Benchmark 8 (personal guidance) states that every pupil should have the opportunity for an interview with a Careers Advisor who is trained at the appropriate level.
Our Careers Advisors are qualified to Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and have years of experience working with a full range of people from Year 8 through to adults. Working together we can help you provide impartial and independent careers guidance within your school. Our friendly and approachable advisors offer a tailored programme to meet the needs of you and your pupils and can work either in group sessions/workshops or a one-to-one basis.
Serviced Offer and Booking Form
Years 7 to 9
First Steps – thinking about your future: We can help with career exploration; labour market: what's out there; personality types and breaking down barriers.
Making GCSE choices: We can help with decision making; linking subjects to careers; skills matching and challenging stereotypes.
Years 10 to 11
Step-Up: We can help with exploring Post 16 options; one-to-one careers advice; choosing a specific pathway and making an application.
Years 12 to 13
Onwards and Upwards – life after sixth form: We can help with choosing a University; UCAS applications; Higher and Degree Apprenticeships; making applications to employers; gap year choices and further learning options.
Years 9 to 13
Labour Market Information (LMI) session: This session helps pupils to understand the labour market and changing world of work. It has a focus on future demand for jobs and skills to enhance employability success and when choosing their next steps. The understanding and application of LMI is central to ensuring young people are equipped with the information needed to make well-informed decisions.
Years 10 to 13
Mock interview preparation session: The aim of the session is to start pupils thinking about how their interview will go what they can expect and how to get the best out of the experience. We will help pupils develop their answers to the types of questions they will face in an interview. In addition, we can provide mock interview sessions to assist pupils to: know what to expect when you interview for real; learn effective ways to answer different types of questions; be more comfortable and confident during interviews; have successful real interviews. Prior to these sessions we will provide a list of jobs that pupils can search and apply for and will requires cover letters and CV's.
Training sessions for School Careers Advisors and teachers: We can deliver training for teachers and careers advisors who help pupils considering their next steps.
14-16 School Links Offer
We’ve got an active, hands-on range of subjects to add to the school core curriculum which is perfect for your more practically minded pupils.
Finding the right study route for different pupils is important and could mean taking subjects that are not normally available in school.
We are able to widen the education experience for all young people in Year 10 upwards and will work in collaboration with the school or other education provider to provide a programme which suits both the pupil and yourself. Our 14-16 courses are designed to give pupils the skills and knowledge to give them a head-start into further education or apprenticeships.
14-16 School Links Offer and Enquiry Form
Our 14-16 offer is subject to numbers and therefore your pupils can either be in a bespoke group or infilling into one of our full-time courses. We are planning to provide provision in the following areas, but this is subject to change:
• Motor Vehicle
• Hair and Beauty
• Health and Social Care
• Hospitality and Catering
• Public Services
• Animal Care
• ProActive Education *
*This programme allows pupils to partake in activities to develop life skills and work towards a qualification in a safe, alternative environment which is very different to school. This programme is a great introduction to college life and will provide your pupils with the tools to manage the world of work and/or education.
If you are interested in exploring the School Links offer, please complete the enquiry form below: