Life in University & Beyond

Throughout the Sixth Form at St Mary's Worcester we  provide a programme of careers guidance and work experience as well as tailored support during the university application process to ensure each young woman makes the most appropriate choices and decisions. 

Applying to University 

During their first year, all students take part in an intensive UCAS programme to help guide them through the university application process. This involves a number of guest speakers and trips to various organisations covering a range of careers and professions, plus attendance at a university convention. 

Students are also offered individual career interviews and centigrade testing to guide them towards appropriate university courses.  Individual attention is given to each young woman’s personal statement and references in order to ensure a rapid and positive response. All girls are given appropriate practice for interviews or subject-specific testing and those girls applying to Oxford and Cambridge are given the necessary extra tuition and interview practice.

Careers Education

Our effective careers education enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful decisions about learning, work and life that are right for them.  

The School is a member of ISCO, (Independent Schools Careers Organisation) and as such, students benefit from on-going professional advice and guidance throughout their AS and A2 courses.

We invite a wide variety of speakers from the fields of Science, Medicine, Education, Law, Commerce and the third sector to provide insight into their careers and this year we will also host our first speed dating style careers evening!  

We also run sessions aimed at strengthening personal integrity, time management, study skills, interview techniques and assertiveness in the workplace.

Work Experience 

Year 12 have an allocated weekly timetable slot for work experience. It is expected that the work undertaken maybe directly relevant to their university application or other work-based activity that complements their career aspirations. This year, for example, one of our Sixth Formers is a member of the committee organising the Worcestershire Woman of the Year Award. Our thanks go to the local community who help to provide our students with such meaningful work experience placements.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a chance for students to set up and run their own business with members of their year group. They will work independently to develop their entrepreneurial skills under the guidance of their link teacher and a local business advisor.

Each company is entered into the national Young Enterprise Company competition and every student will have the opportunity to take an examination in Enterprise, based on their experiences of running the company, leading to a recognised, respected qualification from OCR. 

The whole experience is superb preparation for any professional, developing skills in communication, team-working, organisation, innovation and leadership.

We will be holding an Open Evening for prospective students on 17th October.  To find out more about the event and to register your interest please call 01905 357786 or click here to order a prospectus.