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Careers & Guidance Information



Every young person is entitled to advice and skills which lead to a career pathway with an exciting future. With that in mind, Connell Sixth Form College students have a fully equipped Careers Room, and staff at the College are trained to give expert advice and are assisted by independent advisors. It is our aim that no young person will leave Connell Sixth Form College without a career pathway to follow.


Higher Education

Many students studying A Levels will be thinking about going to university as the next step along their particular pathway. As soon as students arrive at Connell, they are encouraged to look into opportunities offered by universities and consider carefully their options. We have forged links with a variety of Higher Education institutions in the North West and beyond, all of which students are invited to visit in order to get a taste of university life.

Connell also hosts visits from academic staff and students from the universities themselves who come to talk to Connell students about a variety of matters ranging from subject-specific topics to future career possibilities, and from how to be a good student to managing student finances.

At Connell, students are introduced to University widening participation programmes such as the Pembroke North Initiative and Manchester Access Programme, which select aspiring students from backgrounds in which university has played little part and offer them an illuminating programme of seminars and lectures, and a taste of what it is like to study at a world class university such as Oxford or Manchester.

When it comes to applying to university, staff at Connell guide each individual student in making the right choices, completing their application to the best of their ability and preparing for interviews. If your pathway is to go to university, staff at Connell will give you all the help and advice you need to set you on your way.


At Connell, some students think about taking on a higher level apprenticeship as their next step along their chosen pathway. These apprenticeships vary in what they offer and Connell Sixth Form College has established links with companies and agencies offering apprenticeships so that students can see the full picture of what is available to them. Apprenticeships offer work-based experience, whilst including an element of study alongside work. Talks from companies and agents at events such as the Connell Sixth Form College Careers Convention are an excellent way for students to become informed about what is on offer as they plan their future beyond college.

 Jobs and Careers

All students at Sixth Form College are thinking about their future jobs and careers and see their education as an important way of preparing for these. Whilst many see Higher Education as the next important step towards achieving their career goals and others choose to embark on apprenticeships, for some students, a job is their next step after completing A Levels or BTECs. Much of the knowledge and many of the skills gained with these qualifications can be immediately transferrable to a variety of careers. However, sometimes there can be a lot of adjustment to be made from college life to life in the workplace. This is why, at Connell Sixth Form College, students follow a full programme of CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) alongside their subject studies. This course encourages students to think carefully about all aspects of their future and advises on how to make the right decisions towards their next step. Connell has also established links with careers services and employers to provide advice and opportunities for students to go on work experience placements. Students, who do find work experience, quickly learn important skills such as good time keeping, working with others and dealing with difficult situations.