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Careers, apprenticeships, gap years.... alternatives to university

Alternatives to university

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As part of our package of career guidance, all Sixth Form students are offered the chance to have an individual interview with a careers advisor from the Connexions careers service. These can take place at any point in the year, but we recommend getting it in early, so that there is plenty of time to act on the advice before getting into the swing of applications for university, apprenticeships or employment. Students should see a member of the sixth form staff to arrange an interview.

We now have a range of print resources in The Loft, including:

'What rocks your world?' – Jenny Mullins

'What next after school?' – Elizabeth Holmes

'The A-Z of careers and jobs' – Edited by Susan Hodgson

'Not going to Uni'

'Ultimate guide to Apprenticeships, School leaver Programmes & Sponsored degrees'

'Apprenticeships guide'

Working in engineering. – Professor Tony Price with Dr Sophie Reissner-Roubicek

Careers talks

Representatives from the following career areas have visited the college recently to speak to students as part of our scheduled lunchtime careers talks. These are open to students in all year groups and have been attended by over 350 students.

  • Law
  • Sport
  • Sales & estate agency
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Marketing
  • Science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Photo Journalism
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Medicine
  • Fashion
  • Property management
  • Human Resources
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Retail
  • Theatre
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Medical Engineering
  • Financial services

Information, advice and guidance are very effective. Students have opportunities to visit universities, hear from a wide range of professionals, including former college students, and have interviews with careers advisers. Consequently, almost all students have high aspirations for their future.

Ofsted, November 2015