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  • Advance Award - Academic Success
  • Advance Award - Community Engagement
  • Advance Award - Employability Skills
  • Advance Award - Work-Related Learning

Advance Award

For years both employers and admissions tutors have been keen to recognise not just academic success, but other aspects that form such a key part of a student’s preparation for life in the world beyond education and we agree with them.

Warlingham Sixth Form College offers its students the opportunity to achieve the Advance Award  by achieving targets in four distinct areas within the College : Academic Success, Community Engagement, Employability Skills and Work-Related Learning.  The award encourages our students to foster links with the wider community which gives them opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.   

Students achieve credits for gaining qualifications, developing various skills and/or undertaking various qualifying activities. The College awards three different levels of Advance Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold - according to the number of credits accumulated.

 

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Academic Success

The Academic Success element is obtained by achieving two or more Level 3 qualifications, e.g. A Level, BTEC and/ or CTEC. Students can earn 15 credits per qualification.

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Community Engagement

The Community Engagement element is made up of in school and/or community based volunteering activities (service to others) and self-improvement. In-school and local community service attract 1-2 credits per hour and students can engage in personal development activities, which attract 5 or 10 credits each.

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Employability Skills

The Employability Skills element requires students to show evidence of progression and competence in at least five of the nationally-recognised seven skills shown below.  Each skill developed can add 6 credits. 

  • Perseverance, Resilience and Motivation
  • Communication
  • Negotiation and Persuasion
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork / Working with Others
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership
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Work-Related Learning

The Work Related Learning element should be completed in the Summer Term of Year 12. Students arrange one week of work experience for which they will earn 30 credits. They may also be able to earn additional credits for relevant part-time work. In addition, 5 credits are awarded for attending a careers/skills fair and 2 credits for attending a talk on the World of Work.

As a result of participating in the programme, each student will be a ‘more rounded’ individual and one fully prepared for their university, apprenticeship or place of work of choice.  By the time our students have completed the Advance Award, they will have developed a CV with knowledge skills and experiences that sets them apart from their peer group.