Post-16 Get a Taste of Their Futures

Post-16 learners have been exploring their university options over the last couple of weeks with visits to Bradford University, Manchester Met University and Liverpool University.

On 16th June, all Level 3 Year 12 learners visited Bradford University to attend the UCAS fair. The exhibition allows universities to present themselves to their potential candidates, inspire young people to attend university and answer any queries. There were also exhibitors from other organisations such as Student Finance, the British Army and apprenticeship providers.

Following this, on the 22nd June, 15 Bradford Academy learners attended Manchester Met open day to tour the campus, meet lecturers, enjoy course-specific seminars and generally get a feel for what university life is like. On 24th June, a further 15 learners attended a similar event but at Liverpool University.

Scott Hinsley, post-16 pastoral manager, said: “It’s really important to give our learners insight into all of their options. Many of them don’t know how much is on offer to them and we want to make sure their futures are as open as possible.”

One of the learners who went to the UCAS fair had previously not even considered university: “I never thought it was something I wanted to do; getting a job and earning money just made sense. When I got talking to some of the universities at the fair then it just sounded really exciting. It doesn’t sound anything like being in school. I’m definitely going to go to some open days because I actually want to apply now.”

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