At College, we believe that Higher Education and Careers guidance is intrinsically linked and of the utmost importance. We also believe that this guidance should start as early as possible, allowing our students the opportunity to explore their options and make decisions. The Higher Education and Careers department is based in our well-stocked, welcoming and informative Careers Library, which is committed to offering information and guidance on gap years; degree courses; universities and institutes, both in the UK and abroad; work experience; other alternatives to higher education, including apprenticeships and specialist colleges, and career ideas and planning.
Higher education and career provision
In the Third Form, we gently introduce the students to the idea of different careers via a host of talks and events and the online careers tool, Fast Tomato.
In addition to the tutorial programme and in-House career talks, the Fourth Form undertake a written and online profile assessment with Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA) to evaluate their strengths and interests and to highlight potential career and further education options.
Following on from the Fourth Form provision, at the beginning of the Fifth Form Cambridge Occupational Analysts return to College to deliver 1:1 interviews to discuss each individuals ‘profile’ based on the outcomes of the assessments and suggest areas of research. This is followed up by discussions in the tutorial programme.
Lower Sixth Form
- 15 Minutes for the Future programme: Every Lower Sixth student will have a 15-minute meeting with the Higher Education and Careers Advisor in the Spring Term to discuss higher education and career ideas and thoughts.
- University Day and Fair: A day dedicated to university options. Talks delivered by visiting speakers on how to choose the right course and university as well as Degree Apprenticeships options from the National Apprenticeship Service and an inspiring workshop on writing a successful personal statement, followed by a university fair attended by some of the top universities in the UK.
- Pre-University Week: a week dedicated to university preparation and UCAS applications, which includes external speakers on managing student finance at university, scholarships and international applications, basic cookery and first aid skills for students and a department day, giving students the opportunity to visit local businesses relevant to their university subjects.
Upper Sixth Form
Dedicated support by the HE and Careers team to those applying through UCAS and to other institutes of further education; application writing, choosing the right course and university and managing offers.
Fourth Form – Upper Sixth Form
- Annual Students’ and Parents’ Careers Meeting: Career talks and a Careers Fair for both students and parents at the end of the Spring Term.
Ucas and Universities
College handles a large and diverse range of university applications to both UK and International universities.
We have dedicated staff who oversee the Oxbridge and Medicine, Dental and Veterinary Medicine applicants. Students applying for these competitive universities and courses are given 1:1 support with their application forms from specially selected mentors, receive guidance on, and practice papers for, the increasing number of university tests such as the Medicine BMAT and UKCAT and Law LNAT, as well as those for Oxford and Imperial; and attend master-classes on interview techniques.
Mrs Rebecca Evans, our full-time Higher Education and Careers Advisor, is available, throughout the week, to give advice on degree and university choices and provide feedback on personal statements.
All students who have left College and subsequently wish to apply to university are overseen by the HE and Careers department.
Careers and Work Experience
Careers guidance and personal skills development are considered central aspects of a pupil’s education at College. A combination of workshops, talks and events from both staff, Old Cheltonians and invited guests, as well as organised informal assessments, are used to lead the comprehensive tutorial programme that underpins the message of the department. These opportunities are used to highlight to the students the wide variety of options available to them.
Whilst most of our students continue on to university, we are also keen to promote alternative further education routes in the form of Degree and Higher Apprenticeships and Foundation Diplomas and students are given the opportunity to hear about the many different opportunities in the workplace.
The HE and Careers department works closely with the Development department and the Cheltonian Association, as well as local and national businesses, creating a network of work experience opportunities for the students. Students are also given guidance and advice on CV and cover letter writing, the importance of networking and how to present themselves in an interview.