Colleges Share Good Practice
Worcester Sixth Form College teachers all travelled to Cadbury Sixth Form College in Birmingham on Friday 24th October, which was a staff training day. The day focused on changes to A Level and BTEC courses, particularly the major changes to A Levels that are due for September 2015. This activity was organised by the Midlands Sixth Form Colleges’ Examination Consortium of which Worcester Sixth Form College is a member, along with Cadbury College, The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, King Edward’s College, Nuneaton, and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. 256 teachers from these colleges attended the training day at Cadbury College. Altogether these Colleges are responsible for approximately 17,700 subject entries for A Levels and BTECs. The day was also attended by representatives from all the examination boards, including Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the OCR awarding body, so teachers were able to find out at first-hand what the new courses would involve before choosing which board’s syllabuses to offer to students next September. Ruth Scotson, Assistant Principal in charge of Staff Development at Worcester Sixth Form College said:”. Worcester Sixth Form College has a clear strategy of how we will respond to the A Level changes to continue to give students maximum choice and flexibility in their studies. However, the training day was a fantastic opportunity to share good practice between colleagues and to get to grips with the intricacies of the new courses”. Michael Kitcatt, Principal of Worcester Sixth Form College, said: “Sixth Form Colleges have tremendous breadth and depth of staff expertise because we specialise in courses for 16-19 year olds, particularly A Levels. This training day has got us off to a flying start with the new courses because we have been able to pool this expertise from the five colleges in order to choose the exam boards that will enable our students to continue to excel once A Levels change.”
Worcester Sixth Form College students’ experience 'Forensics and Crime Scene Science'
Students on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Professional Programme were treated to a presentation on working in 'Forensics and Crime Scene Science' by Dr Ian Parker of Teeside University. Dr Parker brought 'Stan' along to give the students an opportunity for some hands-on experience using UV light, just one of the many techniques used in this type of work. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Professional Programme is new this academic year and aims to prepare students interested in STEM careers for application to university or to STEM apprenticeships. The programme is delivered by experienced careers advisors and science teachers during the autumn term and students receive informal one to one support throughout the application process. In addition, speakers from the professions and from university academics or admissions tutors are regularly invited to the College The College also offers Professional Programmes in Medicine, Healthcare, Law, Business and Finance, Teaching and Media which students can join in addition to their A level or BTEC courses. For more information about the Professional Programmes and other courses available, please visit the Worcester Sixth Form College Open Evening on Tuesday, 18th November (5.30pm – 8.30pm).