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School Liaison

Deciding what to study and learning what options are available can be really confusing for young people. Our School Liaison activities make the choice a lot easier for High School pupils and College students.

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Welcome

We are very proud at Hugh Baird College of our specialist programme of activities designed to equip young people, teachers and advisers with relevant and up-to-date careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) on both Further Education and Higher Education opportunities.

Our work with schools and colleges is designed to assist careers advisors and help students and their key influencers navigate their way through the, sometimes challenging, education landscape. Our activities are delivered at Hugh Baird College, in schools/colleges, or virtually.

They are designed to be interactive and enjoyable with lots of opportunities to meet with current students and academic staff. We hope you find this information useful in your role and our team look forward to working with you and your students in the coming year.

Ruth Burke - Further Education Marketing and Events Coordinator,
Telephone 0151 353 4473, email ruth.burke@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Gatsby Benchmarks

In January 2018 the Government released a set of careers guidance benchmarks to ensure high quality and aspirational careers advice and guidance was available to all students. The 'Gatsby Benchmarks' outline the expected standards for quality careers guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

To see how Hugh Baird College can support you in achieving these benchmarks, download our School Liaison Guide which maps each of our School Liaison activities to a Gatsby Benchmark.

Activities

We have a number of talks, workshops and presentations that we can deliver in your school or college, or virtually. If you would like us to deliver one of these, or would like to arrange a one-to-one meeting to discuss how we can support you, please get in touch by emailing ruth.burke@hughbaird.ac.uk.

  • Session length: 10-15 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1 and 3
  • Suitable for: All year groups

The Introduction to College Life session offers students a taste of what life at Hugh Baird College is like, featuring an overview of the post-16 options, facilities, support and additional opportunities available to them. The 10-15 minute presentation covers topics such as; how you can study, courses available from September, trips and enrichment activities and Open Evening information. The College has a huge amount to offer students but not every group of students have the same interests or aspirations, so we will tailor our talks or presentations to suit any audience, age and can be delivered online or face to face.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1 and 3
  • Suitable for: Y10 and Y11 students

T-levels are a new option available for School Leavers to study within the Healthcare, Construction and Digital subject areas. This session focuses on introducing students to T-levels as well as informing them of the options available to them at the College. The sessions can be delivered by T-level leads to answer any questions students may have and help gain a better understanding if T-levels are right for them.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1 and 3
  • Suitable for: Y10 and Y11 students

A-levels are highly valued by employers and universities, they can open up lots of doors to further study and careers. At Hugh Baird College, we offer 32 subjects based at our dedicated Sixth Form Centre, the South Sefton Campus. The Discovering A-levels session provides an in-depth look into what studying A-levels could be like for your students, the subjects available, how they study and how to apply.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1 and 3
  • Suitable for: Y10 and Y11 students

Vocational qualifications are work-related qualifications that Hugh Baird College offers in a wide range of career areas. Vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships are designed to acquire knowledge and skills that meet recognised standards necessary to perform a particular job. Discover how Apprenticeships work and the difference between studying a Vocational pathway vs an Apprenticeship pathway. Courses at the College range from Level 1 to Level 3, meaning that there is an option available for everyone.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1, 7 and 8
  • Suitable for: Y12 and Y13 students

When considering Higher Education, students can become overwhelmed trying to decide what subject, course type and course provider is right for them. Our dedicated University/ Student Support Team can guide you through what options are available and what qualifications students need to get onto the courses.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 7
  • Suitable for: Y12 and Y13 students

Undergraduates are increasingly recognising the benefits of staying closer to home and continuing their education locally, making the best progression into their working lives without running up debts through accommodation and living costs. In this session, we will cover the benefits of moving away to study vs the advantages of staying local and accessing some of the best degree qualifications in an affordable way, around existing family and work commitments.

  • Session length: 30 minutes
  • Can it be delivered virtually: Yes
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8
  • Suitable for: Groups of 10-50 Y13 students

This interactive workshop explains the process of UCAS and University applications alongside advice on writing a personal statement. Workshop content includes:

  • The importance of personal statements.
  • Examples of what makes a good/bad personal statement.
  • Participants will be given a framework for writing their own statement.
  • Students will be able to understand the process of applying through UCAS, identify key strengths, skills and experiences to include in a personal statement and produce a suitable personal statement to support course choices and enable them to gain the place they want.

Tours of the whole of Hugh Baird College are great for pupils who are still undecided about their choices, or for those who are keen to get a clear idea of what a Further Education College looks and feels like.

Full college tours take in a wide variety of workshops, studios and other facilities, as well as Hugh Baird College’s student services and communal areas. This is a great way to see the bigger picture and to help young people narrow down their options.

Some pupils know exactly what they want to do; the subject specific tours are designed to support them as they move towards progressing to College. The chance to visit the course areas and meet the tutors they will work with can offer pupils a great boost, showing them a glimpse of their future and motivating them to achieve their goals in school.

Taster sessions are a great way for students to really get a feel for college life and to help them make some important decisions about how they might spend the next few years. Hugh Baird College lecturers will lead structured sessions which are designed to allow your pupils to dip their toe in the water of college life.

  • Session length: 1 day
  • Can it be delivered virtually: No
  • Gatsby Benchmark: 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8
  • Suitable for: Groups of 10-20 Y12 and Y13 students

During a Faculty Discover Day students will experience first-hand what it is like to study at University and courses available to them. These will be organised by the Faculty subject area, and you can see a list of these on page 22. They will be given the opportunity to find out about specific courses, undertake a sample lecture and other activities. The Faculty Discover Day may also include a tour of the campus, finding out about student life and meeting current students from a specific subject area. Students will be able to develop a practical understanding of a HE subject area, develop knowledge of the range of courses available within a subject area, make informed decisions, recognising that choices should be related to career aspirations and personal strengths.