Category Archives: Further Education

Why study languages?

Some resources, information and student feedback on the importance of taking languages at North Berwick High School.

Short presentation to set the scene.

Modern Languages develop your Career Management Skills.

Student Feedback
Languages 2019 Report for school FINAL

What do graduates do?
Find out below.
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Podcast from one of our presenters and former school student Flora.

Applying for college 2019

Edinburgh College Progression Routes here

More resources at MWOW here

Edinburgh College website here

More information here

Other Scottish Colleges here
Some thoughts on going or not going to college here

Scottish Colleges

You need to be aware of funding via SAAS if applying for HNC/D/Degree courses.

SQA qualifications framework
SQA

Personal Statement:
You will need to make a statement on why you want to apply for the course so remember to make it relevant, personal, highlighting the points about you, your qualifications and interests or career plans. Remember, places on the course you want could be limited so take this section seriously and please check your spelling and grammar.

College courses:
Can be vocational, that is, what you study will link to a career area or non-vocational, such as highers etc. that do not link directly to a specific career
It is important that you check the level of entry, is it National or Higher National, that you can meet the entry requirements (if in doubt, check with the course as soon as possible) and you have checked where they can lead to
Get ready, these courses will be available very soon
You apply direct to each college
Higher National level courses fees are applied for via www.saas.gov.uk
If you are planning to link a Higher National course to a degree course you could check with the university and ask if the course is recognised for entry

Try this website ELRAH which gives links between HN and degree courses

Tutorial: Writing a personal statement for a UCAS or college application here

Interview preparation notes
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Remember to use capital letters where necessary and check your spelling before you submit.

A career with Jaguar Land Rover

Meet former North Berwick High student James and his colleague Emily, both apprentices with Jaguar Land Rover.

J&E Presentation 17 Dec

Find out more about Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeships here

You can use the resources at MWOW here to help with your career planning.

More on STEM careers at Futuremorph here

Information and resources at Tomorrow’s Engineers here

Podcast from James and Emily on applying for their apprenticeships

Screenshot of the S3 responses to the talk

Report on the session including some interesting responses!

STEM 17 December 2018 updated

NBHS parents and carers careers update

I have delivered talks to the following year groups and you can view the sessions by visiting the individual links.
S1 here
S3 here
S4 here
S5 here
S6 here
The S2 talk will take place next term.

In addition to the above talks I am delivering an employability programme to S6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and you can follow these here

All S3 students will receive a careers interview this term to help prepare them for subject choice next term with my colleague, Chris Trotter, Careers Adviser

Other activities.
We held a very successful Careers Convention at the school on Wednesday 26 September with over 300 individuals visiting and speaking with 30 employer/education and training representatives.

I have posted a podcast of former school student George Elderfield and his journey through engineering and current role as a STEM Ambassador here

We continue to develop our Developing The Young Workforce agenda by supporting departments across the school and you can view our creative approach to this here

NBHS S5 Careers Talk 2018

Good morning everyone and welcome to your careers talk.
Mick Burns
Careers Adviser
North Berwick High

While you are waiting here

S5 tiny 2017

Today we are going to cover:
What destinations students from North Berwick High follow.
Why Career Management Skills are important.
What type of animal are you!
How you engage in the career planning process.

First up – the leaver destinations.
Now for the serious bit.
Here’s what happened to the NBHS school leavers 2015/16

We looked at how many North Berwick High students progressed on to various post-school options.

Career Management Skills

Direction is important!

Next task is to complete the Buzz Personality test and you will be asked for your animal later, so make a note of it. Make sure you look at the strengths, learning style and what you are like in a positive direction, parts of the printout you will be given at the talk. You will find this very useful when writing personal statements and CVs as well as preparing for interview questions.

Buzz-Groupwork- S5 Nov 2018

Buzz-Groupwork- S5 Nov 2018

Make sure you are registered at My World of Work here

S5 Newsletter 2018

The presentation below is a general guide and note the timings apply to making these decisions in S5 or when you are in S6.

S5 options guide
mick.burns@sds.co.uk

Dancing hands here

Engineering the future for girls

Are you about to choose your key subjects or thinking what your optionsare beyond school, then why don’t you join us for a week of fun and inspiration.
We have created five days of activities to help you find out your talents and make the words “I can do it” your new motto!
Employees from BP and BAM Nuttall and Researchers from the University of Strathclyde will engage you
in a range of challenges that will inspire you to consider a career in engineering.
If you see yourself as an engineer of the future or have never considered engineering as a career option before, but want to find out more about it, then the Engineering the
Future for girls week at the University of Strathclyde is just for you.

Engineering the Future for Girls 2019 flyer