Taster days help students decide their future


Student numbers at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College are set to rocket next week as more than 1,000 young people from across North Staffordshire take part in a ‘Find Your Feet’ experience.

Year 11 school pupils from across the city, Stone, Stafford, Endon, the Staffordshire Moorlands and Cheshire border towns will spend a day getting a taste of Sixth Form College life on Monday 27th or Tuesday 28th June, at the state-of-the-art campus in Leek Road, Stoke.

Students who have applied to Staffordshire’s only Sixth Form College, will get the opportunity to experience a tutorial, with a ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ activity and will then try out any three of their chosen subjects, with taster lessons in A Level and BTEC subjects from Accounting and Law, Business and Media to Sport/PE, Art and Performing Arts.

Other subjects will include Music/Music Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish), Religious Studies/Philosophy, where students will explore computer thinking and pleasure. Prospective science students will have sessions in the state of the art University Quarter Science Centre undertaking experiments relating to gas and pressure. There will also be sports activities at lunchtime and at the end of the day.

Prospective students will also get a chance to test drive the colleges new innovative Futures Programme. The Futures Programme covers 13 career pathways in a range of fields such as Creative Arts, Journalism, Medical Sciences, Finance and Engineering, and has already received support from employers including the Royal Bank of Scotland in Hanley, Staffordshire Police, the NHS, The Sentinel, Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Wade Ceramics.

The Futures Programme will provide students with an ‘academic apprenticeship’, providing an essential link between their studies and the key skills and experiences they need to excel in their chosen subjects and career.

Principal Mark Kent said:

“Find Your Feet has become a real highlight in our annual calendar as it offers students a great opportunity to try out subjects they have chosen to study in September for the next two years and to sample college life.

“These unique and inspiring taster sessions help them to make an informed decision, not only about the subjects they want to study, but also on any future career they may be considering.

“Sometimes that’s not an easy decision to make at 16, which is why our staff are on-hand throughout the day to offer support and advice to them.”

Students and parents can also find out more about the courses on offer at the Sixth Form College in a series of dedicated Meet The College Events the next one which is on Tuesday July 5 from 4pm-6pm. For more details contact Carly Wild on 01782 854221.