Careers and UCAS

After Year 12 exams are over, we begin our UCAS and careers programme with Year 12 students. During PSHE time students will have external speakers coming in to talk to them about their options after sixth form, apprenticeships, university and the application process.

Further to this the programme includes sessions with the Head of 6th and 6th form tutors to help students to make decisions about what courses to apply for and guide them through the application process. Below is a list of useful websites for students who are applying to University or looking for jobs.

 

Careers and Qualifications
www.movingonmagazine.co.uk

Discover careers and qualifications information with 'Moving On' magazine, including a new ‘Careerometer’ which allows students to compare wages, working hours and job prospects for different careers that they might be interested in.

 

Applying to University
www.ucas.com

This is the first stop for those considering university or looking to find out more information. The answers to virtually all your university queries can be found here. Spend a good amount of time browsing the information. We recommend that parents look at the pages specifically for them. 

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk

This is a great site to use when choosing between universities.

www.university.which.co.uk

This is a very good source of advice to help choose your university, get advice on personal statements and so forth.

www.whatuni.com

This is another useful site for comparing universities. You can enter a subject, your predicted grades and get a list of recommendations. There are also very helpful statistics on each university so making comparisons is very easy.

www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide

These are very clear, easy to use league tables. Find out the top universities for each subject. If you are a subscriber you can see a similar guide on The Times website.

www.push.co.uk

This is an alternative guide, giving information on all aspects of University and comparisons between Universities. You’ll need to buy the book or subscribe to get the full picture.

www.opendays.com

The university and college open day directory. The book online section is useful.

 

Student finance
Student Finance on www.gov.uk
www.thestudentroom.co.uk

Lots of useful advice for both prospective and current students.

www.scholarship-search.org.uk

Look here for scholarships that are available for different courses.

NHS Student Finance

This is for nurses, chiropodists, physiotherapists, radiographers etc. Dentists and doctors will also need to use this site but only in the latter stages of training.

 

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge
www.ousu.org

This is Oxford’s student union site with information from current and past students. Go to the ‘prospective students’ pages for targeted advice and download the prospectus while you’re there.

www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/prospective

This is Cambridge’s student union site, providing advice and information to help you through the application process from a student’s viewpoint.

www.ox.ac.uk

This is the university of Oxford’s website, providing clear information about what they are looking for. Particularly interesting are the video clips showing admissions interviews.

www.emma.cam.ac.uk/admissions/videos/interviews

Six mock interviews at Cambridge University

www.admissionstestingservice.org

Details about some of the admissions tests that Oxford and Cambridge courses may require applicants to sit.

 

Graduate careers
www.prospects.ac.uk

Click on ‘careers advice’ to find out what sort of jobs graduates do in all different subject areas.

 

Employment
www.reed.co.uk

Good careers advice and a job finder too. There is a useful section on constructing a professional looking CV.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

A one-stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs including links to live apprenticeship opportunities

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