Online courses launching to help sixth formers bridge the gap between school and university

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…”

More at: Massive online courses set sights on sixth formers


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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  1. FrostlynneLynn

    SchoolsImprove the course is already available to sixth formers to help bridge the gap – the International Baccalaureate.

  2. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove these sound like a good idea but why only offer them after exams? Could be useful earlier as part of #careers

  3. Nor_edu

    FrostlynneLynn SchoolsImprove even the IB doesn’t offer courses in these skills. Could be useful for AtL in IBCC

  4. FrostlynneLynn

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove students study Diploma and CC. Students on return tell us how far ahead they in ‘ready to study skills’ for uni

  5. Nor_edu

    FrostlynneLynn SchoolsImprove I agree entirely- great fan of IB but that’s not what the article is about…

  6. FrostlynneLynn

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove yes, I realise just speaking up for IB whenever I can U0001f60a. Have good Saturday!

  7. RoseChem2

    Admissions officers look for commitment to study and these moocs really demonstrate that. Also, consider that East Anglia has written their course because they see a lot of students who have no idea about how to work at university. Given the chance, I’d make a subject specific mooc and an introductory mooc (of the UEA type) obligatory for all UCAS applications.

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