FAQs

Year 13 Next Steps

Videos

Click here to access in your own time a bank of free videos aimed at helping you make choices about universities and degree courses.

StudentStream – StudentStream brings together video content featuring vital advice, help and expert knowledge from universities and colleges across the UK. Whether you are at the beginning of your journey towards higher education, or currently at university and want to know more about life after studying your undergrad degree, we have the perfect content for you. Simply use the search function in the top right of the homepage to find the videos that are suitable for you, or select Pre Uni, At Uni, or Post Uni to find a number of different categories to help inform, motivate and inspire you.

Y13 assembly Accepting offers and Student Finance
https://www.youtube.com/embed/HWGtidkZIA4?rel=0&autoplay=1
Top 5 Tips for Preparing for University
https://www.youtube.com/embed/RBNvXqpNsqs?rel=0&autoplay=1
Top 5 Tips for Apprenticeships
https://www.youtube.com/embed/GZQJF2X2aMY?rel=0&autoplay=1

Key Dates

Early Application Deadline: Oxbridge/Medicine/Veterinary/Dentistry

Applications for these courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on Friday 15 October.

All other UCAS Applications Deadline

Applications for all other UCAS Undergraduate courses except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 26 January.

When are you likely to hear back from unis?

The wait for decisions on your application can be agonising. It’s a good idea to use this time effectively by familiarising yourself with the decisions the unis you’ve applied to could make, so you know what to expect and what to do when the time comes.
Each university and college will make their decisions at different times, meaning you might hear back before your friends do, or vice versa. However, there are deadlines by which they will need to have decided:

  • 19 May 2022 – if you send your application by 26 January 2022.
  • 14 July 2022 – if you send your application by 30 June 2022.

If a uni you’ve applied to doesn’t make a decision by the appropriate deadline, that choice will be automatically made unsuccessful.

Student finance deadline (for students starting university in September 2022)

TBC but likely to be on or near Fri 20 May 2022 (you can apply after this but might not receive funding in time for the start of term)

A Level Results day

Thursday 18 August

University Course Search

All these sites provide guides on what to consider as well as help for those who have no idea:

https://www.whatuni.com/degrees/courses/
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/how-choose-right-undergraduate-course-you
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/student-advice/what-to-study/choosing-a-course
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/choosing-a-course
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/choosing-a-course/how-to-choose-the-right-degree
https://discoveruni.gov.uk/search-landing-page/

University Rankings

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

The best UK universities 2021 – rankings | Education | The Guardian
https://www.ukuni.net/uk-ranking/subject

Apprenticeship Vacancies

With most of the following websites you can (and should) sign up for apprenticeship job alerts.

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices/browse-apprenticeships
https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/apprenticeships/apprenticeships-england/how-find-apprenticeships-england
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies/
https://apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies/
https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/
https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/advice/best-apprenticeships-uk

https://uk.indeed.com/Apprenticeships-jobs

Other Useful Resources

University prep:

The Brilliant Club: Videos on preparing for life and study at University

CV writing:

Student finance guides/info:

Year 13 Transition Work

Each department has put together some wider reading for you to engage with in over the coming weeks and months as you prepare for University. We hope you find them useful and interesting!

Art Wider Year 13 Transistion Reading List Yr13
BIOLOGY Year 13 TRANSITION WORK
DRAMA Year 13 TRANSITION WORK
English Language Year 13 transition
English Literature Year 13 Transition Work
Geography Year 13 Reading List
GERMAN Year 13 TRANSITION WORK
GRAPHICS Year 13 Transition Work
HISTORY Year 13 TRANSITION WORK
ITALIAN Year 13 TRANSITION WORK
Law Transition Work
Media Studies Reading List and ACADEMIC WEBSITES
Media Studies Yr 13 Transition work
Year 13 Business and Economics pre-University preparation
Year 13 Chemistry Transition Work
Year 13 Computing Further Reading
Year 13 Maths Transition
Year 13 Physics Transition Work
Year 13 Psychology Transition
Year 13 Sociology Transition Resources

11 into 12 Transition

Each subject has made available a suite of work to help prepare you for Year 12. There is a mixture of research you can do, activities to complete, videos to watch and wider reading.

We would strongly advise that all students access the work set by the 4/5 subjects that they are considering studying in Year 12 – we know you have been asked to select 3 to study but from experience we know that sometimes these change between now and September! The transition work has been set up on Showbie. Each subject has set up a specific Showbie class for Year 11 into 12 transition, the class codes have been emailed to all Year 11 parents and students and are also being made available to all external students.

If you need a reminder of all the subjects on offer please go to the Post-16 Curriculum page.

Sue Taylor ALPS Apprenticeships talk to parents

Post-16 Pathways – Alternatives to A Levels

16-19 Bursary Fund

The new 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post 16. Bursary funds are to be used to help pay for the costs related to participation in full-time education, such as the costs of transport, equipment, books, travel, exam costs, school meals, trips, and visits. Students who meet the criteria are invited to apply for a bursary which will be allocated based on individual need. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th September 2020, however we appreciate that financial situations change throughout the year and therefore we will accept applications after this should the need arise.

Click here for further information and the application form

Post-16 Curriculum

All students in the Sixth Form will study a minimum of three Level 3 qualifications (there is an option for some students to study 4) alongside an enrichment programme consisting of spiritual development and key skills. As part of the key skills offering, all students have the option of completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We offer a wide variety of A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses. For details of all the qualifications that we offer in the Sixth Form please scroll down.

Mrs Risman, has put together a short video to help you understand the different types of qualifications and to help you make the right choice about what to study in the Sixth Form. Please make the time to watch it before you have a look at what the subjects have to offer.

 

Choosing the right options post 16

Over the course of the two years there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in the Student Leadership Team, sports teams (either through the Sports Academy or by coaching the younger students) and wider life of the school. We provide an extensive range of careers support and guidance so that our students are supported, prepared and ready to take their next steps.

The subjects we offer at the SJB Sixth Form

Level 3 BTEC Qualifications

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied ScienceLevel 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production

Pearson Level 3 National Extended Certificate in BusinessNational Extended Certificate in Sport

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

GCE A Level Qualifications

BiologyBusiness Studies

ChemistryComputer Science

Drama and TheatreEconomics

English LiteratureEnglish Language

Film StudiesFine Art

Further MathematicsGeography

Graphic CommunicationHistory

MathematicsMedia Studies

Modern Foreign languages (French)Modern Foreign languages (Italian)

Modern Foreign languages (Spanish)Music

Philosophy and EthicsPhotography

Physical EducationPhysics

PoliticsProduct Design

PsychologySociology

Sports Academy

The SJB Sports Academy will provide a professional training and competition structure for our sporting students to thrive in whilst also continuing with the usual high level of academic achievement provided by the SJB sixth form team. All the academies will train on a Friday morning and will have a full programme of games on Wednesday afternoons. These sessions and games will be led by high quality coaches from Chobham Rugby Club, Woking Blackhawks and Woking Cardinals. The vision is that these teams will become the pinnacle of sporting success at the school achieving success in local, regional and national competitions.

Students will also be fitness tested on a regular basis and they will have 2 periods a week where they are timetabled to use the fitness gym carrying out the personalised programme written and monitored for them by a personal trainer from Advanced Sport. This will ensure their strength and conditioning improves in a safe and effective way.

Looking good is another important part of feeling professional and we will provide all the academy students with playing kit, training kit and a kit bag so that they are easily recognisable to other students at the school and so that we make the right impression when we take part in fixtures.

This really is a brilliant opportunity for students to play a high standard of sport, developing their skills and fitness whilst also receiving a brilliant education at SJB sixth form.

For more information on how to apply please contact Mr Newman

Extra-curricular Opportunities

We offer an enrichment curriculum for our students, which is undertaken every Wednesday afternoon. This varies year upon year.

Our programme this year includes:

  • Sports Academies with professional coaching (Netball, Basketball, Football, Rugby)
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Volunteering at a local primary school
  • Volunteering at a local community centre
  • Big Issues – engaging with and debating current affairs
  • School Magazine
  • Art project (decorating steel drums)
  • Gym
  • Multi-sports
  • Young Enterprise

Our opportunities relating to music are as follows:

  • SATB Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Music Tech Club
  • Solo recital opportunities
  • Chamber group opportunities
  • Music trips to West End shows and orchestras
  • Music Tour biennially
  • School production, most recently Grease and Little Shop of Horrors

Leadership Opportunities

  • Sixth Form Committee, including the roles of Head Boy/Girl, Deputies, Social Reps
  • Mentoring programme (where Sixth Formers buddy up with students in younger years to offer mentoring, whether that be support within a particular academic subject or more general social/confidence support).
  • Wider School Leadership (where Sixth Formers head up various teams of student leaders from younger years. School Teams to be led include: Charities, Environment, Teaching & Learning, Spiritual Life, House Captains, Wellbeing, Digital Leaders.
  • Sports Leaders (where Sixth Formers can lead sports clubs for younger years or assist/take charge of coaching for younger years).

Internal Applicants

All students studying at SJB in Year 11 are entitled to a place in the Sixth Form, if they meet the admission criteria.

For information on admissions please refer to our Admissions policy, and if you have any additional questions please email the Sixth Form Admissions Manager Mrs N Risman at n.risman@sjb.surrey.sch.uk

Throughout Year 11 there are many opportunities for the students to see what is available in the Sixth Form and to discuss their options with a member of staff. In the first half of the spring term, all students, along with their parents, will meet with a member of the School Leadership Team to discuss a number of things, including post-16 options.

Click here to access the admissions policy 2022-23

Exam Results

SJB A Level Headline Figures 2018-19

  • 72% A*, A or B grade
  • 92% A* to C
  • 99.5% A* – E

Percentage of all exam grades

  • 12% were at an A* grade
  • 25% A grade
  • 35% at a B grade.
  • 21% C grade

69% of our students achieved two or more grades A*-B