University Of Sussex

Dates for this year’s Summer Schools for Year 10 are as follows:

Week One - Wednesday 5th July – Friday 7th July 2017
Week Two - Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th July 2017

Students will experience a mixture of academic sessions within their chosen strand, a tour of the campus, a sports and leisure evening, a chance to hang out in the Student Union, key note lectures around top tips for university and other topics, staying in university accommodation, as well as the chance to speak with our Summer School Ambassadors (who are all current students here at the University of Sussex).

This year we are taking applications online, via the following link:

Things to note:

Application Criteria - Students must be First Generation (first in their family to go to university excluding siblings). Priority will be given to those who meet this criteria unless there are other mitigating circumstances.

Up to 3 places per school, to ensure fairness we will only allocate up to 3 spaces per school per summer school. All applications are a show of interest, and no places are guaranteed until students receive a confirmation letter from us.

• Applications close on Friday 24th March 2017.

• Places on the Summer School are free of charge, with all accommodation, travel and food paid for.


Year 11 - Post 16 Choices

Further information, advice and guidance will be available to students through a series of after-school presentations and PSHE lessons. We would also encourage Year 11 students to attend as many college open evenings as possible.

At PCS we also have a well-stocked careers library, if you would like to look at information on specific careers. If you need help accessing any of the websites below or would like to book a careers meeting, please see Miss Newman in the Library.

Check out the careers based websites below for help with everything from Apprenticeships to Work Experience.

Write a CV Guide

General Educational Information - Finance, volunteering, higher education, employment - Education updates including English Baccalaureate

National Career websites - National Careers Service -National Health Service - Nursing and Midwifery Council - Army - RAF - Navy - Merchant Navy - Ministry of Defence - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research - Advice and guidance to parents & carers
with regards to the options open to students after leaving school - Careers films on the web - an impartial online careers guidance and information program
- Interactive careers guidance questionnaire
- Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas - Discover and explore careers you'll love - Online careers resource - General information for young people - School Leaver Career and Course Information

A levels - Making A level choices - Brief outline of subjects and where they may lead

Apprenticeships - To register and see vacancies - To see local Training Providers - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech - Southern Water

Post 16 Destinations - University listing/course search and entry requirements - City College Brighton and Hove - Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne and Lewes - Brighton - Brighton - Worthing - Plumpton, Lewes - East Grinstead - Bexhill - Hastings - Ringmer - Uckfield - Council for Independent Colleges

Universities All you need to find the right uni! - League tables and rankings - Represents 20 leading UK universities - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university - the one stop site for apprenticeships,
gap years, distance learning and jobs

Volunteering - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience

Study abroad

Understanding what employers want

Additional Information, Advice and Guidance

Prospectuses and Application Forms

College prospectuses and application forms will be available from the careers area at the back of the library from early October. There will be lots of help on completing applications forms available from PSHEE teachers and mentors over the next few weeks.

Top Tips for parents to help your child succeed:

• Encourage healthy breakfasts
• Ensure your child stays hydrated
• Organisation is crucial!
• Use a notice board / fridge for key dates
• Encourage good sleep patterns (8 hours a night)
• Attend all PCS Year 11 events and College Open Evenings
• Refer to the homework timetable (found on PCS website). Students should be doing some homework every evening,
this is good practise, not only for GCSE’s but for college too

Please make sure that you take full advantage of all the help and support available to you
Remember - Good attendance and punctuality are crucial for a good reference and future success!


Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100