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Support & Guidance

Computer Science A-Level at The Bedford Sixth Form 2021

Everyone has different needs when it comes to support and guidance. At The Bedford Sixth Form, our team of Student Services advisers make sure that we provide the support you need, when you need it.

Our Careers Advisers are available throughout the year, you can contact them using the Live Chat icon in the bottom of your screen (available Monday – Friday 8.00am-5.00pm, or leave a message if outside of these hours) to make an appointment or email for further information.

Personal Achievement Tutor

You will be assigned a professionally trained Personal Achievement Tutor when you start your course who will give you one-on-one support throughout your time with us. You will also meet your tutor regularly, together with the other students in your tutor group, to keep you informed of everything going on at The Bedford Sixth Form or to work on group projects, such as career planning.

UCAS journey

We have a dedicated team and comprehensive programme in place to support you through the UCAS application process. We encourage you to start preparing your UCAS applications early, so it is with teachers by late October for a standard entry, or by late September for Oxbridge or Medicine, to be reviewed and checked. We also run drop-in sessions throughout the UCAS application period, where you can get advice about the whole process.

Careers advice

Throughout your time with us, our careers advisers are here to help you find the right path, providing impartial advice and guidance on everything from your university choices or training and work prospects, to CVs and interview preparation.

Financial support

Our Student Services team are here to provide you with practical advice on student bursaries, travel costs, higher education funding, grants and much more. We also have a range of financial support packages available to help with essential costs, such as equipment, books, clothing or meals, as well as bursaries for vulnerable students or those in severe financial hardship. In addition, we have an Academic Excellence Bursary available for eligible students.

Personal counsellor

Our counsellor is available to help if personal difficulties are getting in the way of your studies. We provide quiet spaces where you can talk through your problems with a counsellor, and work towards making them easier to handle.

Additional support

If you have an identified learning difficulty and/or disability you may be entitled to additional support. This could include: help in and outside of class; the loan of specialist equipment you may need to complete work; support with making special arrangements for taking exams; support in accessing our facilities.

Care Leaver Covenant

We are committed to providing the support our students need so that everyone achieves their full potential and has an exceptional and transformational experience. Find out more information here on how the support we offer to care leavers studying on our courses and how to access this.

A safe environment

We take the wellbeing and safety of every single student very seriously. We strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment at The Bedford Sixth Form, and have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies in place to ensure that young people and vulnerable adults studying with us do so in a safe and secure environment. If you have any concerns about these issues, our trained staff are here to help.

The Bedford Sixth Form has a safe haven space, reflection and prayer room for use by students.