As the Sixth Form grows at Haileybury Almaty there is a very clear need to provide Sixth Form students with detailed information about their options after completing their A-Levels. They should be researching which courses and universities to apply for, and to consider other options, from the start of Year 12 and, if possible, before.
Year 12 and Year 13 students at Haileybury Almaty have access to presentations in school by representatives of universities throughout the world, and university fairs held in Almaty, such as the British Council UK Education Exhibition and Education USA events. In the Sixth Form, students have the support of the Head of Sixth Form and their Form Tutors in helping them work through the mass of information available online and in ensuring that representatives of a wide range of institutions visit school. This guide though will provide a starting point and a source that they can refer back to as they make their choices.
It is very important that parents are fully informed about the options available to their son / daughter. Students, parents and the Head of Sixth Form and Form Tutors need to have a continuous dialogue about the options available and the most informed, aspirational and realistic choices to make. Some parents may be familiar with the application process in some countries but they need to be kept up to date with the most recent developments and opportunities. Parents will also be informed, whilst their son / daughter is in the Sixth Form, by being invited to attend presentations on applying to universities in different countries.
In choosing, at the end of Key Stage 3, subjects to study at IGCSE and, at the end of Key Stage 4, subjects to study at A-Level, students set themselves on academic pathways that influence what they will be able to study at university. For example, to study Medicine in the UK Chemistry A-Level is required. Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and their arents, can benefit enormously from knowing the future options available and thinking carefully about which academic pathway and career options to pursue.
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