Equip students with the knowledge and skills that they need to make realistic and informed decisions about their learning and work through a programme of careers education;
Provide supportive, impartial careers advice and guidance to students on the range of options available to them at times which best meet the needs of the student.
Students have the opportunity to gain work experience in both Year 12 and Year 13 and enterprise activities are run across all year groups.
All students have access to impartial careers advice from both Mrs Farrell and Mrs Daly. In Year 12 all students have an individual interview with the DEL officer on post 16 options.
We greatly value our links with parents and we attend a number of parents’ evenings throughout the year.
Parents can also contact us during the school day to discuss courses or careers that are of interest to their son or daughter.
All Year 12 students are encouraged to take up face-to-face advice and guidance from a careers adviser to help them explore a variety of education and career options and draw up an individual careers action plan to help them make a successful transition to post-16 learning.
During their time in the sixth form students are also encouraged to arrange at least one face-to-face appointment with a careers adviser during their free periods. Students can also have follow up appointments or ongoing contact through careers classes. Parents are very welcome to attend appointments or to contact the careers department.
Information about career planning tools, how to get a job, careers events, education and training and how to contact the Careers Service Northern Ireland.
Inspirational video clips of people who have experience of working in a variety of jobs.
Short films and current news articles covering a wide range of careers.
Information and advice for 16-24 year olds including subject choices, work experience, sponsored degrees, school leaver schemes, gap years and student finance.
A comprehensive guide to careers, education and student life including a useful student calculator to help budget for university.
The information service for careers in the NHS in England.
Find out more about the 350 careers in the NHS and register for a free careers welcome pack.
An inspirational website for aspiring medics produced by St George’s University of London.
Comprehensive information on applying to medical school.
The British Medical Association produces an annual guide to becoming a doctor, which lists the entry requirements of each medical school.. Visit the ‘developing your career’ section.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guides to becoming a vet or vet nurse can be found in the education section of the website.
Includes advice for aspiring vets on getting into vet school and links to animal related websites.
The British Dental Association website contains topical issues related to dentistry.
The British Psychological Society website has a helpful section on careers and accredited courses.
An inspiring website for those interested in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Go Cracker contains information and news for young people about science technology and engineering subjects, industry sectors, apprenticeships, universities and employers.
Information on aerospace career pathways and entry routes as well as details of competitions, scholarships, vacancy news and events. Register to receive the free newsletter and join the aviation skills network for free advice.
Information and free advice from industry experts on careers in the construction.
Information on the range of exciting opportunities in chemical, biochemical and process engineering career. Register to receive the free newsletter and details of events.
The Chemnet section of the Royal Society of Chemistry website contains careers information and support aimed at 14-18 chemistry students.
The Institute of Physics site contains careers information and resources for students.
Inspiration for how to make a difference with a career in biology.
Bright Crop aims to inspire young people to explore the many careers in farming and food supply.
Information and case studies about the many different careers working with plants.
A site for young people from age 11 upwards interested in courses and careers related to maths.
Digital careers website for 14 to 19 year olds.
The Financial Skills Partnership website contains extensive information on career opportunities in the finance sector.
The national information resource on careers with languages.
Information careers in law. Start by downloading the Beginners Guide.
The University of Law’s Future Lawyers Network for aspiring and current law students.
Provides information on the range of career choices n the world of property and puts you in touch with people who can help you get started.
The website of the Royal Institute of British Architects has a useful careers section. Download the Think Architecture booklet for information on becoming an architect.
Information, and resources to help develop careers in the creative and cultural sector.
Learn more about working in the music business.
Learn more about working in the design industry.
Learn more about working in cultural heritage.
Learn more about working in the theatre.
The student advice pages offer advice on training and careers within the theatre, media and broadcast industries.
A guide to education and career opportunities in the creative industries.
The UK professional body for those with an interest in sport and exercise science. Download the Career Guide for information on courses and careers in sport.
Career profiles and opportunities in the world of sport. Sign up for the free newsletter to keep up to date with careers advice and jobs.
UCAS, the official site for all UK universities and colleges offering higher education courses, is a good starting point for course research. The site offers guidance on choosing the right course and has links to the websites of all the higher education providers. Applications are made on-line through UCAS Apply and there is a step by step guide on how to apply and track an application. There is information for parents on how to support students to research and apply for courses and the option to sign up for regular newsletters.
University prospectuses can be viewed on-line and there is usually the option to request a hard copy from the university. Current prospectuses are also kept in the careers library.
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In addition to A level entry requirements students should check well in advance of their application whether they will need to fulfill additional requirements. For example many medical and dental schools require applicants to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test or Biomedical Admissions Test as part of the admissions procedure; Oxford, Cambridge and an increasing number of other universities have their own admissions tests for specified subjects; some law schools require students to take the National Admissions Test for Law; students applying for music and performing arts courses may need to prepare for auditions; and those applying for art and design related courses may be asked to email a mini portfolio shortly after submitting their application as well as providing a full portfolio of work if they are selected for interview.
- Which subjects really interest me?
- What are my talents?
- What grades will I realistically achieve?
- Would I like to combine subjects or concentrate on just one?
- Would I like some experience in the workplace as part of my course?
- Would I like to study abroad as part of my course?
- Would I like a vocational course to prepare me for a particular career?
- How would I like to be assessed – exams, coursework, practicals?
- Do I want to live close to home, a different part of the country or go abroad?
- Do I want to live on a campus, in a big city or a rural location?
- How much will it cost - tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses, travel?
- Which universities are good for my subject?
- What are the facilities like?
- Is there a good range of clubs, societies, social events?
- What are my career goals?
We hope our students will talk through their ideas with family, friends, teachers, careers advisers and university admissions tutors, remembering that not all the information they receive will be impartial, before weighing up the evidence and making their decisions.
The official universities and colleges admissions website. A massive site to keep coming back to. Students use Apply and Track to make their online applications and monitor progress.
A questionnaire to help identify courses linked to a student’s interests and ability.
This graduate website is also a fantastic resource for 6th form students considering university courses. Start with the options with your subject section to research the type of careers that different degrees can lead on to.
An independent site from Which? to help students make informed choices. You can refine searches by subject, location, interests etc and it includes data on eg.graduate salaries, number of applicants receiving offers and much more.
Includes information on university choices and applications, league tables, student finance and examples of personal statements.
A comprehensive university search site with the option to sign up for monthly newsletters.
An independent site which demonstrates the links between what people study and their jobs and earnings afterwards.
Independent UK university league tables and advice on university and subject choices.
The official website for comparing higher education and courses.
Provides a quick way to order printed prospectuses or view on-line versions.
A calendar of university open days.
A database of university taster days.
Details of residential taster courses in, science technology, maths and engineering subjects.
Free online courses from leading UK and international universities.
Information about tuition fees and student finance.
A 6th Formers Guide explaining how student finance works.
The NHS business services authority site includes details of the NHS Student Bursary Scheme which is available to eligible students on some healthcare related degree courses.
Search for UK scholarships, grants or bursaries today on this comprehensive database.
University guides written by students.
Independent guide to UK universities, open days, gap years student life & finance.
The Student Room is where students can ask other students for advice.
Details of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test for admission to some dental and medical schools.
Details of the Biomedical Admissions Test required for some medical, biomedical and veterinary courses and other admissions tests for specified courses at several universities.
Details of the national admissions test required by some law schools.
Includes podcasts of university lecturers speaking on topics related to the A level curriculum and information on careers related to subject areas.
Advice for parents on the range of post 18 options.
Guidance from the Russell Group of UK universities aimed at year 11 students making appropriate post-16 subject choices for a wide variety of university courses.
Information on over 750 job profiles, advice on job hunting, starting up your own business and regional job market information provided by the Local Enterprise Partnerships. This looks at the situation in England.
Information about career planning tools, how to get a job, careers events, education and training and how to contact the Careers Service Northern Ireland.
Information on all types of apprenticeships. Register to search and apply for vacancies.
Advice and vacancy information for school leavers on school leaver programmes, apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, gap year activities and distance learning.
Includes an extensive list of school leaver programmes and internship opportunities.
Details of a range of current apprenticeships, training schemes and courses for young people.
Advice, jobs and career information for students interested in school leaver schemes.
Subscribe to the newsletter and magazine for information on apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
Universal Jobmatch is the Government website where you can search and apply for full and part time jobs.
Employment4Students contains a wide range of holiday and gap year jobs, part time work, internships and graduate opportunities.
Provides tips on writing your CV, finding a job and handling interviews.
Information service for careers in the NHS in England. Register to make the most of the NHS vacancy search
Information on careers in the finance sector. Register to be kept up to date with job and work experience opportunities.
Information on courses from South West College. Details about the Technology and Skills Centre
An organisation providing information about international university education specifically designed to answer the questions that British students have when thinking about studying abroad. The degree courses listed on this site are taught in English.
Helps students to make an educated choice about universities abroad.
Advice for students worldwide who are considering studying abroad for an international education.
World university rankings, course guides and study abroad information for students and parents.
The Central Applications Office for higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Information on courses, application procedure etc. There are currently no tuition fees for EU citizens though there is an annual student services fee. Students are not eligible for a UK student loan. Students applying for medicine or veterinary courses could consider increasing their chances of success by applying to an Irish university in addition to their ucas application. Click here for a useful download of the medical school application procedure. To achieve the points score required for entry UK students are advised to take 4 A2s. Students also need to register for the HPAT admissions aptitude test.
This website is a "one stop shop" for all HE provision in Ireland.
The US-UK Fulbright Commision is the official source of information on applying to US universities from the UK. They hold regular information events including the annual US College Day in London where students and parents can meet representatives from US universities. Choosing the right university requires considerable research as there are 4000 state-funded and private universities. Studying in the US is more expensive than the UK but there are more opportunities for bursaries and scholarships and students need to allow plenty of time to research these.
This is a commercial organisation which guarantee to find courses and scholarships for students applying to US universities. They work with a consortium of 120 US universities who are trying to attract more international students.
Harvard College has a UK website for potential British applicants which includes details of the SATs tests, financial aid etc. Bursaries are based on need not merit to enable Havard to attract top applicants regardless of financial background.
Maastrich University is an internationally orientated institution in the Netherlands with 45% of its students from abroad. Most courses are taught in English and there is a strong problem based learning approach. Annual tuition fees are much lower than the UK.
Websites relating to studying in Europe:
Information on Canadian universities.
An international students guide to studying in Australia.
A large number of UK universities participate in the Erasmus scheme which offers students studying at UK universities the opportunity to study in another European country for part of their degree course.
We cannot overstress the importance of thorough research before embarking on a course of study abroad and it is essential that students allow themselves plenty of time to consider their options. There are a number of excellent resources in the Careers Library including the Study Abroad Guide for school leavers published by learnabroad.ie in association with The Irish Times. This guide is focused on providing details of degree programmes, taught through English in Western Europe, together with opportunities to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science in Eastern Europe.
Those who are aiming for a career that requires relevant work experience may find suitable opportunities volunteering with CSV. The Year in Industry arranges high–quality paid placements for students in their gap year before or during a degree course. Their focus is on engineering, science and general business placements, and university admissions tutors are often impressed by students who participate on this scheme.
Very comprehensive information and ideas to help you plan your gap year including helpful blogs and chat areas, fundraising tips, overseas jobs etc etc
Includes a step by step guide to planning and choosing a gap year as well as advice on safety, health, money and the many other things to consider
Information and advice with links to numerous organisations for work, study and volunteer placements in the UK and overseas. Produces the annual Gap Year Guidebook
Information and advice on taking a gap year and finding paid work or volunteering abroad
The International Citizen Service is a Government funded development programme of overseas volunteering opportunities for 18-25 year olds
Search by postcode and type of work for local, national and overseas volunteering opportunities
Volunteering England is an independent charity committed to supporting and enabling volunteering
Database of 300,000 worldwide volunteering opportunities which can be matched with an individual’s availability and experience
Information on volunteering and training opportunities in the UK
Vinspired is a charity which connects 16-25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in England
Volunteering opportunities for young people at Harrogate Hospital
The Engineering Development Trust’s Year in Industry scheme offers high quality paid placements in engineering, science, IT, finance and logistics
A specialist company offering healthcare related work experience placements abroad
A UK based volunteering organisation offering gap year opportunities in Asia, Africa and America
BUNAC organises US summer camps and many other paid and volunteering programmes abroad
Gap year travel advice for students visiting Australia
Details of part time jobs, temporary jobs, holiday jobs and internships for students
The government website includes a range of links to search for volunteering information and placements
Current advice from the Foreign Office about foreign travel