Guidance and Advice
Whilst many students join the College with a clear intended career path, others are less decided about where their future will lie. This is no cause for alarm! However, the choice of A Level subjects will inevitably narrow the career path students are likely to pursue, so it’s important to get university guidance and make informed choices at this stage.
In-depth career assessment
With university guidance and careful discussion, it is normally possible to make a clear and sensible choice of A Level subjects, according to the most likely degree or career options. The key is finding subjects that are the right ‘fit’: subjects that you both enjoy and have an aptitude for.
Where there is uncertainty about the best subject choice, we may suggest a personality-oriented careers assessment*, carried out by a trained careers counsellor. This consists of a range of questions that identify traits, aptitudes and preferences relevant to future careers and study. These are explored further with the help of the careers counsellor.
As a careers assessment may influence the choice of A Level subjects, it is important that evaluations are made early. Ideally, where a student wishes to undergo a careers assessment in order to select A Level subjects, we should be contacted before the beginning of the course to arrange an appointment with a careers counsellor.
*Please note that an additional fee is charged for testing and subsequent advice.
Your Personal Tutor
Students are also assigned to a Personal Tutor who ensures that they are meeting the challenges of academic work. Regular meetings are held to discuss study issues, largely based on the progress reports generated by subject tutors. Help is also given in organising study time, prioritising work and refining various study and exam techniques.
Students invariably develop a helpful and constructive working relationship with their Personal Tutor. If a student is falling behind with work, a strategy is adopted to remedy matters. Where it is thought desirable, parents may be consulted to support any remedial action required.
Oxford Tutorial College’s Coordinator for Personal Tutors is Jenny Ballam. Jenny joined the College in 2009 as a Tutor in History of Art and English, beginning to serve as a Personal Tutor shortly thereafter, and creating the current Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme. She also occupies the specialist role of Safeguarding Officer. Having attained Certificates in Mindfulness and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), she is interested in a holistic approach to supporting the whole student.
|Pauline Rutter||MA, BEd (Hons), BA (Hons)|
|Hayley Geary-Andrews||BSc, PGCE|
|Sevasti Ioisfidou||MA, BA, QTS, DELTA|
|James Platt||BA, MSt|
|Ian Jakeaway||MA (Oxon)|
|Helen Gromley||BS, PGCE|
|Mark Huggins||BA, PGCE, PG Cert SEN, NA SENCo|
|Robert Mealing||BA, CELTA|
|Michael Collins||BA, MA|