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Pathways to success

7 January 2021

During Michaelmas term 2020, Westminster City School sixth formers discovered more about future career fields by participating in our innovative pathway programmes.

Our students have enjoyed learning more about working in finance, law, policing and criminology or medicine with expert advice and guidance from our Sixth Form staff who lead our four extra-curricular pathway programmes. 

Last term, students on our Pathway to Medicine attended fortnightly meetings where they discussed a journal they had read and presented information on a topic that they had researched. Each fortnight, students also joined an online lecture or watched a documentary on which they then wrote a one-page essay to submit to their pathway leader. 

Sixth formers on our Pathway to Law also took part in online sessions as part of City University’s Widening Participation programme, as well as meeting to discuss different areas of law with pathway leader, Mr de Silva.

Our Pathway to Finance students took part in two careers sessions during our Michaelmas term. Both events looked at internship and work experience opportunities, with pathway leader, Mr Taufik, coaching each sixth former on how to complete placement applications. This Lent term, our Pathway to Finance students should take part in a CV building workshop which will develop their CVs with a focus on applications for finance internships. 

Our four pathways – in Finance, Law, Policing and Criminology or Medicine – help students learn more about a particular industry and discover if they would enjoy a career in that field. Participants gain work experience, receive mentoring, attend lectures and seminars, get interview practice, receive support with university applications, and more.

Ms Dennis, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Our photo, above, shows members of Year 12 (now in Year 13) heading to the University of East London in winter 2019 for the launch of our Pathway to Policing and Criminology. While the global pandemic has curtailed external activities and trips, like this, I’m so pleased that our sixth formers have continued to enjoy participating in our pathways, thus learning more about future study and career opportunities.”

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