At King William's College every member of the Sixth Form is given extensive individual help and guidance in terms of their future higher education from tutors, subject specialists, the Head of Careers and Work Experience, an independent careers advisor and the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form.
In the Lower Sixth a number of speakers from different universities and a Careers Advisory Service visit College to give presentations on university applications and each pupil completes the Coursefinder Questionnaire, which helps to narrow the choice of course and institution.
All pupils are encouraged to independently attend university open days, in particular the open days at Oxford and Cambridge, if they are considering an Oxbridge application. The Lower Sixth also attend the Isle of Man Higher Education Fair, where representatives from a large number of UK universities are available to answer questions.
At College pupils are briefed on the online Common Application for the US and the UCAS application process during the Lower Sixth Higher Education Day and they have the opportunity to progress their research and complete basic sections of the application form, with staff on hand to give advice. Pupils are also given guidance on overseas university applications and a Fulbright Commission Representative gives a presentation on US study.
Most university applications are submitted in the Autumn Term of the Upper Sixth and pupils are given extensive support by both their tutors and the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form in terms of their final choices and the completion of the UK UCAS forms and US Common Application forms. Pupils in the past have also successfully applied to British conservatoires and universities in Ireland, Europe, North America, Canada and Hong Kong, in addition to those in the UK.
A series of ‘mock’ interviews are arranged for all pupils, who are called to interview as part of the selection process, mainly those applying to Oxford, Cambridge or American universities, or those applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or an education degree. Any pupils who are required to sit university entrance tests are also given extensive guidance and support.
Pupils are actively encouraged to visit all universities they have applied to so that they are later able to make an informed choice when it comes to making final decisions.
With the publication of exam results in the summer holidays, staff are available at the College to offer advice and to help with any queries.
Careers and Work Experience is a top priority to us at KWC. It is important to explore all avenues, so that you are inspired to achieve your goals.
In Middle Fifth all pupils take the Futurewise Careers profile 'test'. The findings of this test with all the career suggestions are discussed individually with your tutor and a copy of the report is emailed to your parents and guardians. This has produced some very positive and interesting feedback, plus plenty of food for thought in previous years.
In November all Middle Fifth pupils attend the Employment and Skills Exhibition at the Villa Marina, which is followed hot on the heels by our own Careers' Evening in the Barrovian and King's Court Theatre. We welcome over 50 exhibitors, who are keen to represent their industry and possible career paths.
We have many career guest speakers throughout the year.
Work experience placements are encouraged and promoted from Middle Fifth onwards and Upper Fifth students are given ample notice that they are all expected to source a placement after their final IGCSE exam.
Work experience is invaluable on every level and references gained are often quoted from in pupils' UCAS statements. They can also confirm or otherwise future career aspirations.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students