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Monday, 8 December 2014

Choosing Between Sixth Form and College

sixth form versus college

In the previous article I talked about the perils of marketing hype in relation to career decisions.  Much of the "information" that is put before young people is actually advertising in support of a particular post-school option.

This may not be that obvious on a superficial glance and it is important that our kids develop an awareness of the extent to which "careers information" is seeking to steer them towards a particular choice (staying on in the Sixth Form or applying to local FE colleges, for example) rather than setting out all the options in a fair and balanced way.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

What does a Town Planner do?

Town Planner

Town planners are involved in shaping our towns, cities and rural areas. They prepare long-term plans, make proposals for new developments and examine the proposals of others.

The work of a town planner may include:
  • visiting sites to assess the effects of developments
  • collecting information and writing reports
  • analysing data and preparing policies
  • advising councillors and other decision-makers
  • negotiating between groups with different interests

What does a Radiographer do?

diagnostic radiographer or therapeutic radiographer

There are two types of radiographer. Diagnostic radiographers deal with patients with a variety of injuries and illnesses. They assess patients' needs before using a range of sophisticated equipment to produce images to diagnose the injury or disease.

Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver programmes of radiation treatment to cancer patients. They explain and agree treatments with patients, their relatives and carers, as well as monitoring progress throughout the treatment.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

What if I get a D or E grade in Core GCSE Subjects?

What if I get poor grades in Core GCSE Subjects?

Some young people might not ask that question but their parents probably will!

What does “core subject” mean?

This is one of those questions where it depends who you ask. The basic idea is that there are certain subjects that are so important that they are compulsory for all students. Officially, the core subjects are English, Maths and Science. In many schools the list will be broadened to include History, Geography and a language.

Changes to A Levels and AS Levels from 2015

changes to A levels and AS levels

The government and Ofqual have announced major changes to A levels and AS levels in England mostly beginning in September 2015.

The key changes to A levels:

  • Since 2014, there has no longer been a January assessment window. This change applies to current A levels as well as the new ones starting in 2015.
  • A levels will be fully linear, with students sitting their exams at the end of the two-year course.
  • AS levels will be stand-alone qualifications and will no longer contribute to an A level grade. Their purpose will be to encourage curriculum breadth and they will remain broadly at their current standard.
  • It may be that in some subjects it will be appropriate for the AS level to be designed to be co-taught with the first year of the A level.