Our Careers Programme

At Thomas Paine Sixth Form we are committed to preparing you for your future and empowering you to reach your academic and personal potential. You will begin preparing for your next steps from the moment you arrive at Thomas Paine Sixth Form.

We work in partnership with the Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme (HAS), University of East Anglia and Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO). Partners of HAS also include Oxbridge, University College London and Norwich University of the Arts. These organisations offer a wealth of information and provide a range of opportunities, including interview preparation, trips and visits.

Open Days

We run visits to the University of East Anglia, and to Oxbridge universities. In addition, we are happy to support you attending open days at other universities.

Work Experience

As part of your sixth form experience you will complete work placements in a sector related to your own aspirations. The precise format and timing of this will depend on what is most suitable for you, and you will develop a personalised programme of work experience with your personal tutor. We use WEX Norfolk, an online work experience programme to support this as well as seeking opportunities directly with employers.

Careers Programme

You will have access to careers advice throughout your time with us. Our Careers Advisor and Higher Education Champion mentor students with regards to future aspirations. We offer advice and guidance on careers and higher education in Year 12, followed by expert assistance in preparing your university/apprenticeship applications in Year 13 or taking your first steps into work. We organise regular careers events, with guest speakers from a variety of sectors, and workshops on applying for jobs, managing your finances and advancing your career.

Our Academic Literacy Programme teaches students about critical thinking, self-directed learning and literacy skills that differ from those experienced at KS4. The course covers aspects of SPaG, structured writing, note taking, research methods and referencing which prepare our students for university and other Post 18 destinations, as well as support students in their A-Level studies.

Thomas Paine Sixth Form (TPS) sessions take place once a week for an hour and cover a range of topics from how to be an effective sixth form student, becoming an adult and preparation for your future. This programme compliments the form tutor programme and enables greater diversity of content. Within this session we also run the Academic Literacy course, which supports students in their academic writing and research.

An overview of our careers programme can be found below. 

Year group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 12

Target-Setting/Aspiration Survey

HE Network Survey

Post 18 Information Evening

TA6 Sessions - HE Champion/UEA
Outreach/Guest speakers/Apprenticeships

1-1 Mentoring HE Champion

Norfolk Scholars


Careers - Exploration Course - Tutor Programme
Implement November

NEACO Survey

Careers Exploration - Tutor Programme

1-1 Mentoring - HE Champion (NEACO)

1-1 Mentoring - Apprenticeship Champion (NEACO)

TA6 Sessions - HE Champion/UEA Outreach/Guest

Why do people go to University? (UEA

Which Higher Education course is right for me? (UEA

Norfolk Scholars Mentoring - 1-1/group sessions

Apprenticeships Awareness (UEA)

Mock Interview Workshop (ASK)

Apprenticeship registration/Applicati on workshop (ASK)

1-1 Mentoring HE Champion

Work Experience

TA6 Sessions - HE
Champion/UEA Outreach/Guest speakers

What makes a great personal statement?

UEA Outreach - How does UCAS

Norfolk Scholars Mentoring


Apprenticeships Fair

Tutor Programme - UCAS/Personal Statements

Year 13


Post 18 Information Evening

1-1 Mentoring with HE Champion (NEACO)

Norfolk Scholars - Mentoring

UCAS Registration/Applications

Personal Statements Guidance

Apprenticeships - Applications

Mock Interviews/ Workshops

NEACO Survey

Careers Exploration - What makes a great CV - Tutor Programme

Student Finance

1-1 Mentoring HE Champion (NEACO)

How does student finance work? (UEA Outreach)

Norfolk Scholars Mentoring (VP)

Apprenticeship registration/Application workshop (ASK)

Leavers Guidance Support

Norfolk Scholars leavers sup

You are also welcome to attend any of Thetford Academy’s careers programme events, with regular guest speakers from a variety of different sectors, and workshops on applying for jobs, managing your finances and advancing your career.

For more information, please contact our Career Leads below or phone the office at 01842 754875.

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