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GM Higher Access Platform

Calling all year 9 and 10 students!

GM Higher has launched a new on line platform The Access Platform where you can connect, engage and prepare for your future HE experience! Not just online conversations…you can interact with various content from videos, blogs, photos and FAQ’s that are updated regularly. You can find out about HE, Uni, College, etc.


Are you interested?

  1. Create an account 
  2. Start a conversation
  3. Get a notification when they reply

Whatever your question is, search from over 50 staff members who are all graduates/higher education experienced. See if you can find Chloe, Kimoni or Helen who are the Manchester Hub Graduate Advisers! A safe, friendly and easy format, to get your questions answered. Get Started Here!

What Career Live and What University Live Virtual Events

What Career Live? & What University Live? will be taking place as a virtual event on 7 & 8 August. Students need to register using the link sent on Kanexion before 31 July to gain access to the virtual event platform. 

The virtual event will be a highly engaging online experience. Students will be able to speak to universities and companies to get all the information they need to make a decision about their future. Don't miss out! 

Virtual Apprenticeship Week 12-21 August

Over nine days in August (12-21) Greater Manchester National Apprenticeship Service will be offering a series of virtual events for young people and their parents, hearing and chatting to apprentices, employers and training providers to find out about the exciting opportunities on offer in Greater Manchester!
The events will offer information and support for students & parents over GCSE and A Level results day including:

  • Apprentices talking about their amazing experiences learning on the job.
  • Employers sharing their expectations of new apprentices and the brilliant benefits.
  • Training providers describing how to apply and be successful in an apprenticeship.

Students, parents and school staff can register their interest here to find out first when events go live! Keep your eyes peeled on their social media channels and GMACS for news of the events and register your interest now to make sure you don’t miss out on attending from the comfort of your own home!

National Citizen Service - One Million Hours of Doing Good

An exciting opportunity is available for year 11 students this August - Keep Doing Good. NCS as we know it cannot go ahead as planned, so they have put together a tailored programme for young people to give something back to their community, whilst still meeting new people and gaining new skills, all in a safe and socially-distanced environment.


Keep Doing Good is a completely free experience for year 11 students. Over 5 days groups of up to 5 young people will pledge at least 16 volunteering hours with charity partners. This will be based at a local hub in Central Manchester and all activity will adhere with up-to date Government guidance. There is an information flyer below with more details. If students do wish to pledge their time to Keep Doing Good, they can sign up online at:

Salford Colleges Newsletter

Summer Programme 2020

Year 11 leavers may be interested in this opportunity to earn money and develop your CV this summer. If you want more info or help with your application, get in touch with Mrs Lowrey on

Barclay’s Lifeskills: Virtual Work Experience

Due to COVID-19, like many schools, work experience was cancelled this year. Unfortunately we will not be able to get this real experience back. However, Barclay’s Lifeskills offer the following piece of work to gain a tiny snap shot of what it might have been like.


If you can complete the task at the link below and send Mrs Cooke 3 facts about what you have learnt from the process, demonstrating GOOD understanding and engagement, we will print you a virtual work experience certificate for your Progress File. Send your facts to:


Virtual Work Experience gives you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in a company that you might not normally get access to while highlighting the essential skills you might need. You’ll get to see the inner workings of a ‘digital transformation’ agency, and actively work with different departments on one exciting project, helping them solve problems and complete real-life tasks.


As part of the experience you’ll also see lots of tips as well as links through to other LifeSkills content. These are designed to help you learn how best to deal with situations you may come across in the workplace. By clicking on the links you’ll get the most out of your Virtual Work Experience and learn more about the vital skills you’ll need in the workplace.


To use Virtual Work Experience and the other great tools on our site simply log in or sign up for free. Log in or register to start your experience now:

Year 11 Enrolment at Xaverian College

Any student who has been offered a place with Xaverian will receive enrolment information home in the post with details of a day and time for enrolment. This will take place between 25 August and 28 August, though if there are any issues with the time and date assigned to the student they must let the college know. The enrolment itself will last around an hour, depending on the conversations needed. The information should have been received by students by 14 August at the absolute latest. If students have any concerns about their results, they should still attend this meeting, as the college would try to honour any offer of a place once it has been made, even if we have to look at alternative courses. 


Students on the waiting list will receive a letter by the end of July giving details of how they can submit their GCSE results for reconsideration when they receive them. They will have from results day (20 August) to 27 August to submit these, as well as the subjects they are applying for (Xaverian encourage students to ensure they re-apply for subjects they actually qualify for - many students automatically preclude themselves from a place by applying for Science A-Levels with only 5s, for example.) In previous years the college have given students the option to submit hard-copies of their results in person - this year they are asking that students only submit them by post or preferably email.


Should you have any problems about any enrolment at any college/training provider in the summer, please email  a.s.a.p. from 20 August and we will support in moving you on to a chosen destination.


Xaverian College Virtual Open Event

Virtual Year 10 materials are now live - they can be accessed at


They have put together a presentation specifically aimed at Year 10s - Welcome to Year 10 Taster Day - which can be accessed at the top of the page, and is the best place to start - it does require audio/headphones for complete involvement. That presentation also includes a link to a 360º Virtual Tour, and details of how students can email subject staff with any questions they may have. 


Do be aware that the subject-specific materials are aimed at Year 11 new starters, so some of the messages may mention preparing work for September. Hopefully, though, there will still be plenty of content for you to get to know the subjects. 


If you have any queries, please contact Mrs. Cooke at


The Manchester College School Liaison Bulletin - 6 July

Thinking About University?

Calling All Yr. 11 Planning to Attend Xaverian College 20/21


All students that have been offered a place with Xaverian have been written to, directing to them to their Virtual New Students' Day materials. As they cannot hold their usual New Students' Days on site, each department has created a bespoke video or presentation for their subject area, to help students engage with their courses for September, to aid transition and to help them decide on the courses and their College.

Students should look through and engage with as many subjects as they wish. There is a real variety to different materials. 


These sessions do not need enrolment or access live - instead the materials will be available for the next 7 days or so you can choose your own time. There is also a Welcome to Xaverian New Students' Day presentation, which gives a lot of general information about the College and about how to engage with the subject materials. 


Students should check their emails and CEDAR (Xaverian’s online learning environment) accounts for details. If any student feels they should have had these materials but hasn't, they can enquire with their personal details to


Any problems, contact Mrs. Cooke

The Manchester College - Couch to College Virtual Events - Starting Monday 6 July!

Discover everything you need to know about studying at The Manchester College this September in their series of Couch to College online sessions.

Couch to College is not just an online open day. These events will connect you to employers, open new doors of opportunity and allow you to make informed decisions about your future.


The Manchester College have launched a 3-week schedule of on-line sessions as part of their Couch to College activities which have been designed to help school leavers make the right choice about their future.

You can register for as many sessions as you are interested in. There is no limit, visit: to get a full schedule of events and further details.

Week commencing 13th & 20th July 2020

Industry expert curriculum departments will be delivering further interactive live sessions talking you through their fantastic range of vocational and technical programmes. During the final week you can find out more about college life and what support is available to you.

To view the full schedule and to book your place, visit:

The School Liaison Team will also be running a ‘Making a College Application’ session on Tuesday 7 July from 5pm to 6pm, if any students need support with completing their application we would encourage them to join their quick and easy step by step session!

Allied Health Professional Roles - webinar opportunity for year 9/10 students

If you are interested in taking part in this webinar on Wednesday 8 July 11am-12 noon, use this link to register:

Contact for questions. NB. You can’t be seen, but can post questions to be answered

Salford Colleges July Newsletter

Oldham Sixth Form College - Newsletter and Events

Further detail, providing key information about what is on offer at Oldham Sixth Form College to help students to start thinking about future options is also available online via this link:


OSFC has created a dedicated information page for Year 10 students on their website –

Here students will find information leaflets about OSFC and our course offer, as well as worksheets to help them start to plan for their future pathways.


OSFC’s virtual New Students’ Day for Year 11 is on Monday 6 July. It will also be open to Year 10 students over the summer following the live event. This website will be a really good resource to learn more about each individual course, Xtras programme and college life.

Year 11 Hopwood Hall New Starter Day

Year 10 Apprenticeship Presentation

Loreto Virtual Year 10 Taster Days - registration now open!

Holy Cross College Enrolment

As you will understand, given the current circumstances, Holy Cross have had to cancel their New Students’ Day on Monday 29 June. However, they are planning to provide students holding offers with the opportunity to ‘tour’ the college and hear from some staff via a virtual visit instead and will share this in early July.  


In addition, enrolment of new students was originally planned to take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August but Holy Cross will now extend the period for this through to Friday 28th August to ensure appropriate social distancing etc.  As circumstances evolve over the coming weeks, plans will be developed further to reflect the situation at the time.  


All students will be allocated an appointment to enrol in person.  However, if you are unable to attend in person there will be a telephone enrolment system in place as we recognise that enrolling on site may not be possible for all in the present climate. Students in this position have been asked to contact Holy Cross via e-mail at in confidence to discuss this and make alternative arrangements. More information, including details of individual appointments, will be sent to students the week commencing 6 July.


Holy Cross are also making plans to manage enrolment as a wholly 'remote' process using telephone and/or Microsoft Teams facilities if circumstances demand. Students can keep up to date with what's going on at the college by visiting their social media pages or website:


Twitter: @HolyCrossBury 


Instagram: holy_cross_bury

Snapchat: hcollege88

Holy Cross College - Online Art Exhibition

Holy Cross are holding a very special event in celebration of our Art + Design students' incredible work with an online exhibition created whilst in lockdown. The exhibition is a celebration of student artistic achievements over the past two years at college, which were cut short when the college closed in March due to Covid-19.


June 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of the college’s Art and Design Department’s annual end of year exhibition. To date over 1500 students have exhibited their work at the end of their two-year programme of study. This current show is simply named '10' to honour the 10 year anniversary of the shows, and offers a unique chance to see the students’ best work.


The exhibition itself, which opens on 26th June (you'll see a countdown for this initially), can be accessed here:

Bury College Apprenticeship Vacancies

Calling all Year 11 students!

Thinking of starting an Apprenticeship? Check out all of our live vacancies available now using the link below: 

An apprenticeship programme provides you with a direct insight into the industry you would like to progress your career in. You will have the opportunity to earn a wage whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications and training which helps to improve your career prospects.

Bury College offers apprenticeships in a wide range of industry sectors including Business, Construction, Care Industries, Electrical and Service Areas, and throughout your qualification you can gain industry-related skills and knowledge required by employers.  

If you would like any further information about the live vacancies please do not hesitate to contact a member of our apprenticeship team on 0161 280 8200.

Interested in Design and Architecture?

Apprenticeships for School Leavers 

Invitation for your students to attend our Apprenticeships for School Leavers Webinar – 23 June 2020 at 3pm – register here.

We are national apprenticeship training provider and we will be delivering a 25 minute broadcast to all year 10s, 11s, 12s and 13s across the country to fully explain the apprenticeship route and available opportunities - we would like to invite your pupils to tune in via Zoom at 3pm on Tuesday 23rd June.

Our agenda will cover the following:
1. Understanding Apprenticeships – Key Facts & Considerations.
2. LMP Education Courses and Employment Opportunities Nationwide this September.
3. Inspire ATA Courses and Employment Opportunities Nationwide this September.
4. Opportunities Available Now.
5. Eligibility & Application Process.
6. Next Steps and more
Please contact Mrs Cooke, with any queries

Hopwood Hall Virtual New Starter Day

Hopwood Hall are moving their New Starter Day online and will be held on Tuesday 30 June 10am-3pm. You will need to register as soon as possible if you haven’t already, and you can sign up here: There will be live chats with tutors and a tour round the facilities and campus. If you have any queries, please e-mail or visit the Hopwood Hall website.

GM Apprenticeship Hub

We know that many of you are talking to young people who were considering an apprenticeship, as their next destination. With this in mind we asked Matt Leigh, Programme Manager at the GM Apprenticeship Hub, for his advice to careers staff talking to those young people.

He suggests three tactics, for young people at different stages:

1) Students who’ve been through an application process and have been offered a role:
Should check with the employer whether the role is still available and when its likely to start.

2) Students who’ve applied to a provider but not yet been through the interview process with an employer:
Should contact the provider to find out whether opportunities will be available and what to expect. They should also register interest with other providers who deliver similar apprenticeships.

3) Students who haven’t done anything yet:
Should give serious consideration to staying in full time education for at least one year or looking at pre-apprenticeship programmes.

Find an Apprenticeship currently has around 6000 live vacancies in England. Some for imminent starts and some for starts in August-September. This is about 25-30% of what I’d normally expect to see this time of year. So there are vacancies, but recruitment will be competitive this year

At Home Exhibition

The national art exhibition for sixth form college students: 4 to 19 June
Dozens of sixth-form college students have submitted photographs of their life in lockdown – from their attempts to establish a routine to the emotional impact of isolation and illness.

This is an excellent exhibition, with beautiful and sometimes poignant artwork, expressing the thoughts and feelings of young people in lockdown. You can have a look by clicking here.

Allied Health Professionals - webinar opportunities for Y10/11

Bury College

Year 11 Update
Be Bury College Ready: Would all Yr 11 who have applied to Bury college access the Be Bury College Ready Website. It offers a range of brand-new tips, tools and resources to help prepare your year 11 pupils for their next steps in starting College:

Bury College has launched an innovative new podcast to support Year 11 pupils as they prepare to transition from school to college. During this exciting podcast, the Bury College High School Liaison team discuss a range of topics including enrichment opportunities, work experience placements and student support. The Bury College podcast can be accessed at:

New Applications
For any pupils who haven’t already applied to Bury College we are still welcoming applications for the next academic year online via: or an application can be download:
To support your Year 11 pupils in securing their future progression we have created a handy step-by-step guide:
If a pupil would like to read all about the wide variety of courses that we offer, a reminder that you can download the latest copy of the Bury College Prospectus on our website.

New Starter Day – Virtual Tour
Due to the current situation our New Starter Day for all Year 11 applicants will not be able to go ahead on campus on Monday 22nd June as planned.
To support your pupils in the transition to college, as well as the Be Bury College Ready resources, we are currently developing an interactive campus map inviting pupils to take a virtual tour of the college and our facilities, as well as access course information and any additional resources. We will be in contact as soon as this is available.

Admissions Update
Application Information: You can view the Bury College applications your pupils have made on the online portal: which is a live report. If you haven’t already got a user name and log in please email: Please note, we do require a data sharing agreement between College and School.

Bury College applicant interviews are taking place as normal, however these are being conducted over the phone. Please contact Admissions for any interview enquiries:
Phone: 0161 280 8200

Bury College Offer
Year 11 pupils holding an offer with Bury College can confirm their place by the following methods if they haven’t already done so:
Email: or
Phone: 0161 280 8200

Year 10 Update
Open Events 2020/21. Our Open Evenings are scheduled to take on the following dates*:

Open Evening Wednesday 7th October, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Open Evening Tuesday 13th October, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Open Day Saturday 21st November, 11am-1.00pm

Open Evening Wednesday 24th February, 5.30pm-7.30pm

*Please note we are currently in the process of reviewing our Open Events in light of the current circumstances and will provide an update in due course.

Further Updates
Art & Media Virtual Show
This year our annual Art and Media show will be virtual! You are invited to take a stroll through our virtual gallery, showcasing the hard work of our Bury College Art, Design and Media students.
The gallery is planned to go live on 18th June! We will be in contact with a link to the show.
Any further support or guidance: please contact Mrs. Cooke at

The Manchester College Application Process



Bury College Transition Resources and Podcast



Loreto College Transition Resources



Salford Colleges Newsletter - year 10 virtual taster days and year 11 virtual new starter days

Interested in the RAF?

If you have expressed an interest in the RAF; or are still unsure of what avenue you wish to go down, the RAF recruitment doors are very much open and offer a range of apprenticeships to apply for immediately, regardless of results.


If you are looking for more information, you can browse the role brochures on the RAF Recruitment App (iPhone & Android) and also find out more information or apply on the RAF Recruitment website 

Mantra Learning - Apprenticeship Opportunity

Mantra Learning are hosting a virtual live open morning on Friday 29 May at 10am. You can register on Any questions, please contact Claire Churchouse


Bury College Transition Resources

Bury College has launched a brand-new website portal to help Year 11 pupils prepare for starting College. The Be Bury College Ready portal has a range of resources to help engage and inspire you. Be Bury College Ready is live on the Bury College website and can be accessed below.


Xaverian College - Transition Information

Xaverian College wish to support your transition to college by helping you successfully prepare for your move from school to new courses. A “Preparation for Year 12” intranet page has been created. All students that have been offered a place have been emailed with the link. The resources can be accessed online


Holy Cross College - Transition Information



Success at School - a guide for parents and carers

Success at School have created a free guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. From university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years, a useful document to read.

The Manchester College - Weekly School Liaison Bulletin

The Manchester College has produced a useful booklet for school students, containing lots of useful links, resources and information.

Salford College Applications

If you are a year 11 and have applied to Salford College, please read this important info regarding transition resources and tasks which need completing before you enrol.


Unsure which career path to choose?

Calling All Our Lady’s Students! Calling All Our Lady’s Parents!
Where next after school? What career might you be interested in?

This site provides a wealth in information on Careers and where school subjects can take you.
It offers information for both students and parents.
It offers activities for students to complete to help research.
In addition there are activities based on other school subjects


New content for students
• 60 Second Interview: Apprentice Solicitor
• Future-proof jobs: Emerging careers in each school subject
• 5 jobs in Star Wars you could actually do
• Careers Action Plan to complete


New content for parents
• Helping your child overcome gender stereotypes in the world of work
• How does careers advice work in schools?
• How you can help your child develop employability skills
Remember, parents can sign up for emails here:
In addition there are 18 of Gatsby Subject Guides free to download.

If you wish to discuss further please contact Mrs. Cooke at