The BBC is reporting that three free online programmes aimed at helping sixth-formers bridge the gap between school and university are due to launch this summer…
The university-led “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) will be available on the FutureLearn website…
The courses are due to begin soon after sixth-formers have sat their AS and A-level exams in June and July, when they will be thinking about starting university or applying for a degree course in the autumn.
Sheffield university is providing two courses on applying for jobs and courses and succeeding at interviews.
The first includes writing covering letters and personal statements.
The second is on interviews, covering how to research organisations, what to wear and how to deal with commonly asked questions.
Both courses include input from employers and admissions tutors and are open to anyone, not just young people.
The third, from the University of East Anglia, includes advice from lecturers and undergraduates on the skills new students will need…
Mr Smith [FutureLearn’s head of content] said: “At age 16-18 you don’t necessarily feel ready to make such an important life decision as choosing what to study at university.
“We hope that these new courses help students feel better informed and prepared for university so that they are more likely to make the decision that is right for them…”
These sound like they could be a useful resource – what do you think?
Are they something you would encourage your sixth-formers to have a look at?
And are there other types of courses, guidance or training that you would like to see offered in this way?
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