Milton Keynes College paving the “Pathway” straight into jobs for A Level students

Tue 02 Dec 2014

An exhilarating new approach to A Level study is being introduced by Milton Keynes College designed to set students on the road to their chosen careers through specially designed Pathways.  The exciting new plans were revealed at a special Open Event at Milton Keynes College’s Bletchley Campus to a packed room of enthusiastic potential students and their parents in readiness for next year’s September intake.

The initiative is a pioneering proposition for the young people of Milton Keynes.   Career pathways will offer students choosing their next move in education a ready-made industry-relevant group of A-Level subjects to study, enabling them to pursue their chosen career or University degree in a particular area of interest.  A Level Pathways have been designed for a wide range of careers in a variety of professions including Legal, Social Science, Criminology, Literary Professions, and Business. Students will be guided on which courses will offer the right skills and knowledge for their chosen career. 

Ricky, 22 wants to go into the police force, “When I was 16 I had no idea what subjects to take to help me achieve my career goals, I studied subjects such as music at A Level for two years as a result. I’m coming back to study the Criminology pathway as recommended by the College. That will include me taking Law, Psychology and Sociology with some work experience thrown in too. The package to suit my career goal is all laid out ready for me and it’ll be nice to study what is actually relevant.”

“This is a very exciting initiative,” says Dr Julie Mills, CEO and Principal, Milton Keynes College. “It’s designed for students who want an alternative to secondary school education in dedicated and grown-up surroundings with a focus which is more about their future than simply amassing qualifications.”

Applicants signing up for “A Level Pathways” will get the added benefit of being based in a dedicated building for sixth form students with everything they need in one place. Highly qualified teachers will offer industry-relevant tuition in a flexible, adult environment with the chance to join excellent clubs, sports activities and societies.

In addition to study, work experience opportunities for students will play a key part in this new study shake-up, allowing students to road-test job roles, expand their personal development as well as boosting their CVs. The College is proud to have relationships with over three thousand local and national businesses, many of which provide access to training, work experience and employment opportunities.

Addressing the hundreds of excited potential students all keen to get their place in 2015’s intake, Leigh Fletcher, Faculty Director- Academic, Foundation & Care Studies said, “There is a reason we’ve created these Pathways.  This isn’t an idea we’ve plucked from thin air. The CBI, Confederation of British Industry, informed government that graduates are leaving University well studied and highly qualified, but are not sufficiently work-ready. These Pathways are the answer. They will enhance our students’ opportunities to excel into their chosen careers on a part or full-time basis after a combination of studying and work experience placements.”

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