Progression and Higher Education
Stockton Riverside College is committed to supporting students to accessing Higher Education. Stockton Riverside College is also a provider of Higher Education so we are involved in the North East Collaborative Outreach Partnership programme Future Me which aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider Higher Education. You can find out more about Future Me here: https://futureme.ac.uk/
With around 80% of students each year electing to go into Higher Education, SRC Bede has a strong history of supporting students through the UCAS application process. With over 50,000 courses available from Viking and Norse Studies to Cosmetic Science it can be a challenge to find the right course for you. However with so much variety making your decision can be difficult. So, to help you in this process from your first year you will develop a knowledge of the options at Higher Education Providers through a robust tutorial programme and calendar of events (Link to college calendar and events page).
SRC Bede students have access to Unifrog – The Complete Destinations Platform.
The secure platform provides students with up to date careers information and data to help support them in their decision making. Students can use the platform to keep a unique and individual record of activities and interactions with employers and universities; search for careers information; find higher education courses both at home and abroad; search for apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
Tutors and teachers can provide instant feedback on personal statements supporting the UCAS application process and will support in group and one to one tutorials on UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service https://www.ucas.com/ is the central point for information on Higher Education courses and the service that UK students use to apply for university. If you know what you would like to study start researching your options now as this may influence your A-level choices.
Many students are now considering the advantages of studying apprenticeships, particularly those at Higher and Degree level. Apprenticeships are jobs which offer specialist training in that career. Apprentices benefit by earning as they learn.
Meet Tiffany and Bethany, two students of our students who decided to go on to an apprenticeship programme after SRC Bede:
Role: Production Technologist
Subjects at SRC Bede: A level Biology, Psychology and Drama
Previous school: St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
After A levels, Tiffany secured a Production Technologist role at Fujifilm Diosynth Technologies based in Billingham and hasn’t looked back since, saying: “At the time, no one really knew about higher apprenticeships so I didn’t realise it was an option. There’s some really great ones out there, especially for STEM careers.” Excelling in her apprenticeship, Tiffany won NEPIC’s Apprentice of the Year award in 2016 and was offered a permanent position with Fujifilm. She also studies a fully-funded degree part-time in Biological Sciences at Teesside University.
Role: Marketing Officer
Subjects at SRC Bede: A level English Language, Maths and French
Previous school: St. Patrick’s Catholic College
During her second year of studies at SRC Bede, Beth realised university wasn’t for her. She spoke with the careers department to help figure out her options and attended an apprenticeship information session. Deciding that marketing was the subject that sparked her interest, she applied for the Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship at Stockton Riverside College and was offered a position within the marketing department. Impressing in her role, she progressed onto the Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration. Beth said: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship because I gained on the job experience and I was getting paid to do something I love, and I still am! After finishing my apprenticeship last year I was offered a full time job as a Marketing Officer.”