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Careers Opportunities for Students

When the school receives notification of resources, events or opportunities that relate to students' choices for Post-16 and Post-18, we will post them here. 

For news and events pertaining to Apprenticeships (including school leaver training contracts for Law & Accountancy), click here.


11.06.18 Reminder re. Open Evenings for Bridgwater and Taunton College

A reminder that Bridgwater & Taunton College have an Open Evening on Tuesday 12 June, 6pm - 8pm at their Taunton campus and an Open Evening on Wednesday 13 June, 6pm - 8pm at their Bridgwater campus.

These will be engaging Open Evenings, where visitors will get an idea of what life is like as a Bridgwater & Taunton College student. Our enthusiastic and helpful Ambassadors will be on hand to show you around and give you their opinion of courses and the student experience.  There will be College Life talks throughout the evening at both events.

For further information please visit or call our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234.


24.05.18 Bridgwater and Taunton College Open Evenings

Bridwater and Taunton College have their open evenings coming up next month.  You can pre-register online now.

  • Bridgwater Campus: Wed 13 June, 6pm to 8pm
  • Taunton Campus: Tues 12 June, 6pm to 8pm
  • Cannington Campus (land-based courses): 20th June, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

For full details, see their website


21.05.18 Accountancy Work Experience for Year 12/13 - KPMG Bristol

 KPMG recently opened their Year 12 and 13 Discovery work experience programmes.  Our nearest participating office is Bristol, and their programmes are taking place on the following dates:

 Bristol Discovery Day –  11th June

Bristol Discovery Week – 13th – 17th August

Please note: anyone is eligible to apply to attend the Discovery Day.  To apply to attend the Discovery Week, you need to attend a state school and either a) have been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last 6 years  OR  b) be the first in your immediate family to apply to University.

If you have any questions on these criteria, please come and have a chat.  Look online at: KPMG Work Experience.


16.05.18 Current Year 13s considering a gap year: opportunities for a Year in Industry with UTC in Plymouth

"Every second a plane takes off with UTC Aerospace Systems equipment onboard. From space exploration and defence to today’s more electric, more intelligent, more integrated aircraft – their systems make modern flight possible. And by “make it possible,” UTC mean: They start it, power it, control it, ventilate it, quiet it, land it, stop it and monitor it!

"At their Plymouth site, UTC Aerospace design and manufacture products for control, navigation and guidance for surface and air applications in the global aerospace and defence markets."

Placement Descriptions: There are 8 roles available in total: 4 in Engineering, 2 in Quality Engineering, 1 in Finance and 1 in Applications Support – please read the placement document for further details on each role.

About YINI: "We help to place pre-university students into paid placements with companies across the UK, following completion of their A levels (or equivalent) and before they start their degree. We help students prepare for company applications and continue to support them during their year-long placement, offering free access to the Master Class Series (for work-ready and technical skill workshops) and students can gain an Industrial Accreditation at the end of their placement.

"We are excited about working with UTC again this year, as they provide excellent placements and support to their YINI students."

Benefits: Successful YINI placements with UTC Aerospace Plymouth often lead to sponsorship and paid work throughout your degree and the potential to join their 2 year Graduate programme.

How to Apply:

  1. Fill in the CV template  (please see Mrs Hogan for assistance with CVs / application forms)
  2. Provide a copy of your Evidence of your Right To Work in the UK (Owing to the nature of the work, potential candidates will be subject to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and background checks and that project access restrictions may apply to some nationalities)
  3. Email your completed CV and Passport copy to Nick Aisbitt on  
  4. Confirm in your email which role(s) you would like to apply for.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28th May 2018.                                               



05.03.18 Explore Law with the University of Law - 23rd Mary from 4.30pm to 7.15pm

What: A taster workshop for year 10, 11 and 12 students to gain an insight into law and help you to discover if it is for you.  The programme includes a taster workshop which will allow you to explore several different areas of law. The event also includes a next step talk which looks at career options and what you can be doing now to maximise your chances of success in the future.

Where:  Exeter College , Hele Road, Exeter EX4 4JS

When: Wednesday 23rd May 2018 from 16:30-19:15.

Students can book a place by using the following link:


21.02.18 Information Evening Exeter College's Centre for University Level Studies (Year 13 students)

Exeter College offers a range of courses through their Centre for University Level Studies, and are hosting an Information Evening on Tuesday 6th March, from 5pm to 7pm. 

To view their courses, click here.

To attend the Information Evening, register here.

To view the poster, click here.


21.02.18 Bridgwater and Taunton College -Horticulture Open Day - 14th March

Bridgwater & Taunton College is hosting a Horticulture Open Day in March.   Students interested in a career in horticulture can learn first-hand from Jess Evans, Head Gardener at the National Trust and representatives from the British Association of Landscape Industries, about the careers available to them.   There will also be a tour of The Walled Gardens in Cannington.  The Aquaponics unit as seen on the Jamie Oliver & Jimmy Doherty Friday Night FeastĚ television programme can also be viewed by students as it is found in the botanical glass house at The Walled Gardens.

Click here for the poster advertising this event.


22.02.18 Work Shadowing Opportunity at an NGO in London (for Years 12/13)

Frontier HQ in London offers shadowing days for A-level age students to spend a day observing and taking part in the running of a successful and established NGO. 

"Frontier was established in 1998, and has grown to manage over 400 conservation and community projects worldwide.  Our staff members have gone on to work at a great variety of organisations including the United Nations, WWF, the BBC and the Foreign Office.  We aim to reach out to the next generation of socially responsible young adults, and Frontier have been awarded the Warwickshire employability charter for commitment to developing employability skills of young people. Our work shadowing days are a key part of this drive, and something we have been developing for the past few years.   This month’s work shadowing days are on the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of April at our London office close to Old Street and Liverpool Street stations.  Participants will shadow a member of staff from one of these departments:  

  • Events and Outreach
  • Online Journalism and Media
  • Research and development
  • NGO Administration
  • Overseas Operational Support

If you have any 6th-form students who you believe would be interested in attending, please do make them aware of this opportunity.  They are either able to apply directly or a teacher can submit their details on the student's behalf.   You can find further information on our web page here, as well as a downloadable application form.

21.02.18 The Ridge Café at Haldon - Weekend Work available

The Ridge Café at Haldon has 3 available weekend shifts available at the cafe, with extra work during the holidays.

9am-4pm Saturdays / 11am-6pm Sundays / 12-5pm Sunday

Applicants must be over 16 and have a reliable lift to the forest.

Please email, or message the facebook page or call the cafe on 01392 832531.


08.02.18 FAO Years 7-9: CyberFirst Adventurers - in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre

FAO: Years 7, 8 and 9

At VERY short notice, we have been made aware of a FREE event in Bodmin next Friday (in half term).  Note: although the course is aimed at students that have not yet made their GCSE option choices, CyberFirst has confirmed that interested Year 9 students can apply. 

CyberFirst Adventurers, inspiring the next generation of cyberists.

 "Our CyberFirst Adventurers course gives you and your family the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially enhance your career prospects. 

The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, to enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. It is also designed to counter the stereotype that computer science is a subject that only leads to jobs in programming and coding.  The course is aimed at students who have not yet made their GCSE choices, so that they get the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially augment and enhance their future career prospects.

As students' GCSE choices are often made in conjunction with their parents/ guardians, teachers and careers advisors, the course is designed to involve these adults too, so that they can see the benefit of students studying computer science, as well as how positive a mutual experience it can be."

The careers they will look at include Medicine, Art & Design / Web Design and Sports Science, as well as technology.

This promises to be a really exciting event.  If you would like to attend, you need to email  They will then be able to send you the full joining instructions.  The event will be 10am to 3.30pm on Friday 16th February, in Bodmin.

To learn more, see


25.01.18 Bridgwater and Taunton Open Mornings during Half Term

During February half term, Bridgwater and Taunton College is running Taster Mornings at their Taunton, Cannington and Bridgwater campuses. They are offering Year 10 and 11 pupils the chance to experience the subject you are interested in, to find out more about their courses, and discover what student life at college is really like. 

If you are interested, go to the events page on their website:

If you would like a copy of their prospectus, these are available in the Careers Library


18.01.18 Have you considered a career in the Construction Industry?

Exeter College is hosting an open day at Falcon House in Sowton, their Construction Trades Training venue.  If you are considering a career in construction and trades, or if you've never thought of it before but would like to know more, then get yourself along to learn more. 

It is being held on Tuesday 13th February (during half term), from 9.30am to 1pm.  You will need to take your lunch with you.  The flyer also says to take "work boots", but sensible shoes that are sturdier than a pair of trainers will be fine.  If you don't have suitable footwear and can't borrow some, please come and see me in the Careers Library. 

To book, you need to email, with your name and telephone number.

Click here for the college's poster of the event.


15.01.18 Bridgwater and Taunton College Open Evening - 16th Jan (Bridgwater) and 17th Jan (Taunton) (6pm to 8pm) "

"These will be engaging Open Evenings, where visitors will get an idea of what life is like as a Bridgwater & Taunton College student. Our enthusiastic and helpful Ambassadors will be on hand to show you around and give you their opinion of courses and the student experience.  There will be talks throughout the evening at both events from our Principal Andy Berry.

Students can beat the queues on the night by completing a registration form on our website today.

For further information please visit or call our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234."


15.01.18 Year 12 Only - Paid Work Experience at PwC (Bristol or Cardiff)

 Are you in Year 12 with an interest in business?  Are you thinking about your next steps once you leave school?  Do you want to work with some of the most successful organisations in the world? 

If you’re thinking about a career in business and want to discover what it’s like to work in a world-leading organisation, our Business Insight Week is a great place to start - apply by January 28th t0 join us for a week of work experience this summer holiday!

We accept applications from students studying any subjects at A Level, or equivalent. (i.e. you don't need to be studying a Business or Mathematics A level)

How to apply 

1. Apply online and create your application form here:

Applications close on 28th January 2018 - so apply now!

  1. You'll be invited to take two Psychometric tests online - numerical and verbal reasoning - and can find lots of hints and tips on these via this link: You'll want to practice some of these before as this may be the first time you have seen them. 
  2. If successful, you'll be invited to the final stage, a 20 minute telephone interview, where you'll be asked about your understanding of the programme and why you would like to join us for work experience.
  3. After this.. we'll be able to give you a call with your offer to join us this summer for Business Insight Week!

What you’ll do  You’ll kick-start your week with a days training where you’ll get to meet everyone else doing the Business Insight Week, and you’ll start building your network from day one. We’ll help to prepare you for the week ahead and we’ll give you all the support you need to succeed. You’ll decide on which office you want to work in when you apply, so you can focus on getting the most out of this experience and get a real feel for who we are. 

You’ll get a unique insight into how the world of business works, putting you a step ahead of the competition when you start looking for a job. Not only this, but if you do well, you could be on your way to a securing a permanent role with us when you finish school or college. So no matter what background you’re from or what subjects you’re studying, we’d love you to join us. Business Insight Week is taking place in offices nationwide on the week commencing 6th August and 20th August.

Who we are  We're one of the world's leading professional services organisations. From 158 countries, we advise some of the most successful organisations in the world, as well as its most dynamic entrepreneurs and thriving private businesses. Over the course of five action-packed days, you’ll spend time with our people learning about the work we do and get a behind the scenes look at how big business is done. You’ll see how we advise household brands and global organisations on everything from tax and planning for the future to understanding the health of their finances, how they can make best use of their technology and meet the challenges of a changing world of business.  Take the opportunity of a lifetime 


05.01.18 Bishop Fleming Accountants Insight Evening (Tuesday 6th February, 5.30pm - 7pm) and Recruitment for Trainee Accountant (Post 18)

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, Bishop Fleming are holding an Insight Evening aimed at students who would like to find out more about accountancy. This will be held in their Exeter office and will enable students and their parents to meet various members of the Bishop Fleming team to find out more about a day in the life of an accountant as well as the routes that you can take to study to become a qualified accountant.

Bishop Fleming LLP, Stratus House, Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3QS.

Spaces are limited so if students would like to attend then please ask them to confirm their attendance by emailing

In addition, they are currently recruiting for AAT Trainees to join their Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay offices in Summer 2018.  Aimed at Year 13 leavers, these vacancies will suit students who are keen to train to become accountants straight from school rather than going to university.

To apply and find out more information please follow the links below:

Exeter –

Torquay –

Plymouth -

If would like more information on any of the above then please contact either Ben or Molly in the Bishop Fleming recruitment team. (01392 448800).


19.12.17 Swim Teacher or Coach?

Do you want to become a Swimming Teacher or Coach?  The Institute of Swimming has asked us to let you know about the Swimming Teacher/ Coaching courses coming up in the New Year:

  • Swim England Swimming Assistant (coaching), Plymouth Life Centre, 13.01.2018
  • ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (teaching), Exmouth Sports Centre, 23.02.2018

The courses are for learners aged 16 and above that wish to become Swimming Teachers/ coaches.  Please note, it costs £309.

See Mrs Hogan for more information or go to


21.11.17 Year 12 / 13, female and considering Investment Banking?


Morgan Stanley believes capital has the power to create positive change in the world. The biggest and most impactful changes come from people like you. If you come to Morgan Stanley, what will you create?

Step In, Step Up is an introductory two-day programme designed for Year 12 and 13 female students. This programme comprises of divisional overviews, case studies, panel sessions, a trading floor tour and interactive workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to work as a team, develop their presentation skills and network with employees at all stages of their careers.

Programme dates: 13 - 14 February 2018 Deadline for applications: 5 January 2018

Register for the event here. To find out more about Morgan Stanley, please click here.


26.06.17 Ottery Library Needs You this summer!

Ottery Library are looking for volunteers this summer, to help with their programmes for young readers.  You would be helping sign up younger students to the Summer Reading Challenge, and supporting events such as Chidren's Story Time, competitions and other activities.  Anything from a couple of hours, to a regular slot. 

If you are interested in volunteering - supporting your local community and adding something to your CV, please get in touch with the library. 

Click here for more information.

Click here to see their programme of events for this summer.


05.06.17 Applying for Medicine or Dentistry for Sept 2018?

For medicine and dentistry degrees, most UK universities require applicants to sit an admissions test in addition to their other entry requirements. The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required by the majority of University Medical and Dental schools in the UK and must be sat in the summer of 2017 by candidates who want to apply to member universities for entry in 2018 (or deferred entry in 2019).

A full list of universities / courses that require the UKCAT is available via the UKCAT website. There are also practice papers and resources to help you prepare.

The test is delivered via computer at over 150 UK authorised test centres. Candidates are encouraged to register and book early to ensure they get a test slot at their chosen test centre.  Registration is open now, and closes on 19th September 2017.


16.05.17 Bridgwater and Taunton College Open Evenings

Please find following the details for the Bridgwater and Taunton College Open Evenings this summer.

  • Bridgwater Centre - Tuesday 13 June, 6pm - 8pm
  • Taunton Centre - Wednesday 14 June, 5.30pm - 8pm
  • Cannington Centre - Wednesday 21 June, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

How do you know which open evening to go to?

Cannington is the college's centre for land based courses: ranging from agriculture to fisheries management, food technology to public services, equestrian to  golf.

The Bridgwater and Taunton Centres offer some courses that are the same, and some that are different.  If you are interested, you need to look at their course information online, see what you are interested in, and then check which centre offers it.  If both centres offer it, then you also need to chose which centre you would like to study at.

Click here for their website, so that you can start your search.


10.05.17 Interested in an Australian Gap Year, working on outback farms?

We have been sent a link to an Australian Agricultural Recruitment Agency, advertising itself as being a provider of gap year experiences on farms in the outback.  If you might be interested, click here to see their website, and here for their poster.

Please be aware - we haven't made any checks on this company.  As with all gap year providers, you should do your research about the company before handing over any money.  It may well cost you more (upfront and in your wages), if you book it from the UK.  If you are considering a gap year to Australia, you may be better off contacting them once you are there.  Come and see me in the Careers Library if you want to discuss.


20.04.17 Final reminder - Explore Law - with the University of Law (Exeter University) - 4pm- 6.45pm on 10th May at Maynards School

The Explore Law event is for students in Years 10-12 that would like more of an insight into law, to see if it is for you.  The event is hosted by The Maynard School, and run by the University of Law.  The programme includes a taster workshop, which aims to give you an insight into several different areas of law.  Trainee Solicitors will be on-hand for you to ask questions and learn more about the journey that they are on.  The event also includes a "Next Steps" talk, which looks at careers options and what things you can be doing NOW to maximise your chances of success in this competitive and sought-after career.   

Click here for the poster.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Careers office (see Mrs Hogan), or email the address on the poster.


 08.05.17 Royal Navy coming into School - 11th May, 1.30pm in Careers Library at School

Following recent visits from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, the RAF and Google, we are pleased to announce the Royal Navy is coming in to school to answer your questions.  Click here for the poster.  Any questions, see Mrs Hogan.


02.05.17 North American Universities Fair at Taunton School 17th May 

We have received an invitation for students to attend the North American Universities Fair at Taunton School, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on May 17th.  The event is being attended by Universities from across America and Canada (including Harvard, NYU, Florida State...).  There are also a number of organisations attending that support students in the applications process - such as the Fulbright Commission, SAT preparation experts and also sporting scholarships agents.

If you want to know more about going to University in North America, then please go along and learn more.  With tuition fees in the UK rising, and with the support packages available to study in USA / Canada, it should no longer be seen as the expensive option. 

Click here for the poster.


27.04.17 Boat Building Academy - Lyme Regis

The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis has been in touch.  They are a small college specialising in teaching boat building, woodworking and allied skills.  They offer a choice of two courses to students aged 18+, both resulting in a Level 3 Diploma:

1. A 12 week "Woodwork Skills incorporating furniture design and making" (Cost: £5,175)

2. A 38 week "Boat building, maintenance and support" (Cost: £13,950)

For both courses, it is a full 40 hour teaching week.  Therefore students develop a high level of skill in a relatively short time.

For more information, see their website.

Grants and bursaries are available - information to follow.


25.04.17 National Medic Mentor Weekend - 1-2 July 2017, Exeter 

National Medic Mentors is an organisation designed to help students learn more about careers in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. 

Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each specialty (note - the £25 fee is waived for students from disadvantaged backgrounds).  

All proceeds from the weekend are used to support healthcare students with scholarships, elective bursaries, training and educational initiatives. 

To learn more about Medic Mentor and to register for the event, see their website.


20.04.17 Explore Law - with the University of Law (Exeter University) - 4pm- 6.45pm on 10th May at Maynards School

The Explore Law event is for students in Years 10-12 that would like more of an insight into law, to see if it is for you.  The event is hosted by The Maynard School, and run by the University of Law.  The programme includes a taster workshop, which aims to give you an insight into several different areas of law.  Trainee Solicitors will be on-hand for you to ask questions and learn more about the journey that they are on.  The event also includes a "Next Steps" talk, which looks at careers options and what things you can be doing NOW to maximise your chances of success in this competitive and sought-after career.   

Click here for the poster.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Careers office (see Mrs Hogan), or email the address on the poster.


22.02.17 Kaleider Tea Time Talks in Exeter - 28th Feb, 7th March, 14th March

Kaleider is an organisation based in Exeter, which aims to "bring people together to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences".  They would like to invite students to a programme of free talks aimed at 13-25 year olds, starting next week. 

The speakers are three young entrepreneurs who succeeded in turning an idea into a thing, and the talks are designed to be accessible, inspiring and useful to other young people.  See the attached flyer.

Hear about ethical fashion, creating a print magazine and starting a successful independent pizzeria.

Kaleider is situated in the city centre a few metres from the Corn Exchange.  The talks will take an hour or less, and will be informal.  The format is about 20 minutes of talking and then a Q&A/conversation/discussion. 


21.02.17 Skills South West Careers Event at Plymouth Pavilions 

On Wednesday 1st March, from 5pm to 7pm - students are invited to attend an Open Evening at the Skills South West Careers, Jobs and Skills event.  Free entry.  A variety of employers, colleges, universities and training providers will be present.  See for more info, or call 01823 362 800.

If you do attend, please come and let Mrs Hogan know what you thought of the event. 


30.01.17 Field's of Sidmouth is to open on Sundays, and needs part-time staff!

Field’s of Sidmouth is to open on Sundays, and are looking for approx. 20 part time workers.  Hours will be Sundays, from 10am to 4pm.  If you are interested and are over 16 years old, see their advert:


23.01.17  Events at Bicton College

Bicton College have got two events coming up.   On 4th February, they are hosting an Open Morning, for students to learn more about the courses on offer.  Then, on Wednesday 15th February they are offering a Taster Day - where you can try out any courses that you are interested in.  For more information, see their website


03.01.17 Part-time role at the Hare and Hounds

"The Hare and Hounds are recruiting!  Energy and enthusiasm are more important than experience. Training will be given to the right candidates and there are opportunities to develop your career in catering and hospitality."  You must by 16yrs+ and able to work weekend shifts.  See advert on for more details. 


03.01.17 Considering applying to an American University? 

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps pupils from British State Schools to apply to American Universities.  Their application process is now open.  If you are interested, come and see Mrs Hogan in the Careers Library.  Deadline for applications is 22/01/17.


14.12.16 Fancy a GAP Year working for IBM?  Deadline for applications is 31/01/2017

"You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. We offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do? You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme, or you could go to university and consider IBM's Graduate Programme in a few years time."


14.12.16  Looking for local part-time work?

A part-time job can be a brilliant addition to your CV and make you stand out from the rest.  If you want to find local work, then keep an eye on this website: or find and "like" them on Facebook to get regular updates.  


23.11.16 FREE Festival of Physics - This Saturday!

Late notice, but we have been made aware of an event at The Forum, Stocker Road, Exeter 9.15am to 5pm.  Acclaimed author Brian Clegg talks about time machines, and special guest speakers explore the science of animals and fireworks, plus exciting activities and exhibits from university students and other organisations.  The festival is free, but please register here before attending. 


21.11.16 Accountancy opportunity at the National Audit Office for current Year 13s

The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Their public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

The NAO have an exciting school leaver programme for Year 13s looking for professional accountancy tuition and on-the-job training, leading to a qualification as a Chartered Accountant.  You will need to be ambitious and motivated, and looking for a career in Audit. 

Highlights of the school leaver programme;

  • A starting salary of £18,000-£23,000 which will increase year-on-year to £30,000-£36,000 in the final year subject to passing exams
  • Formal training courses covering the latest accounting and auditing techniques with the ICAEW
  • Comprehensive support network, including managers who will provide support and a NAO ‘buddy’, a more experienced trainee, who will be on hand to answer any questions during those first few months
  • After qualifying you could be offered a job as an Audit Principle earning £40,000-£50,000 per year

To find out more, please click here.

For insights from one of the National Audit Office's current school leaver trainees please click here.


11.10.16 What Career Live? and What University Live?* - 3rd & 4th March, 2017 @ The NEC

 "The "What Career Live?" show will help school leavers decide what to do next, whether it's an apprenticeship, training programme or heading to university after A Levels... "What University Live?" will help school leavers identify and select which university they wish to apply to, and give parents the opportunity to find out more about how much it will cost, whether it's 'value for money' and the truth about student fees and debt."

Click here for more information about this event. 

*Please note (if you are interested in the "What University Live?" event), that we take Year 12 students to the UCAS Higher Education Fair at Westpoint, Exeter on 21 or 22 March 2017.


29.06.16 Find a Scholarship, Grant or Bursary to support you at University (including Degree Level Apprenticeships)

If you are considering University, you may be interested in applying for a scholarship to assist with your fees / costs.  "The Scholarship Hub" is a website with a search facility to find UK scholarships, grants or bursaries for university. 

There are scholarships for university students available based on many different eligibility criteria. Some are based purely on academic merit, other on financial need or on your special skills or abilities.  Click here to have a look, and do let us know if you want to apply so that we can help.

To access the site's database, you just need to register.  There is an option to be come a "member" of the site for £12/year (which gives you updates etc.) - but the free membership is sufficient.


22.06.16 - Calling all our Year 13 Leavers 2016 (and current Year 12s who might be planning their next steps for 2017...) 

EY (formerly known as Ernst and Young – one of the “Big 4” Accountancy Firms), has sent us their latest newsletter with all their different careers options for September 2016.  From a virtual Careers Fair on 7th July, to applying for jobs starting in September 2017.

In their words:

"Go straight into a full-time job with a starting salary of up to £21,500, giving you independence and responsibility – without going to university first. This can lead to the same professional qualification you'd get as a graduate. You could even qualify sooner than some graduates, without any fees or debt.

Leaving school this summer? Start your career now!"

They have a number of exciting opportunities available to students this year.  If you are looking to start your career after your exams, they are a great firm to consider.  Click here for the newsletter, and here for their schools-specific careers website.  Contact them at if you have any other questions.

Note - they also recruit at Graduate Level.  So you do still have the choice of going to University first before applying!  If you are interested in this type of Career, come and see Mrs Hogan


15.06.16 The British Army Foundation College at Harrogate

In the Army's own words:

“If you’re a 16 or 17 year old school leaver wondering what to do next, you could get your independence and a head start in life as a junior soldier at the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate.

During your training you’ll learn military skills, try out adventurous training, and make new friends. You’ll also get the chance to play sports like football and rugby and even kayaking, skiing and rock climbing. You might even have the chance to travel – this year some of our junior soldiers have travelled to Canada, France and Italy for training.

You can choose to start working towards an apprenticeship or get qualifications that will help you in civilian life. You will get Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths and you can even qualify in ICT. You won’t only learn practical skills – your confidence and leadership skills will soar.

Joining the Army is a big decision, and under-18s will need permission from a parent or guardian. You’ll be trained and supported by senior soldiers who want to see you succeed. And when you graduate from the AFC, you’ll be standing on your own two feet and ready for a career in the regular Army or whichever career route you choose.

You will earn £14,000 a year while you train – not many 16 year olds can say they earn c.£1,000 per month – and over £18,000 a year if you choose to become a regular soldier. And if you do decide to make the move from the AFC into the Army you will have over 40 trades to choose from.


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10.06.16  Have you thought about Chemical Engineering?

What is chemical engineering?

Modern society relies on the work of chemical, biochemical and process engineers - they help manage resources, protect the environment and control health and safety procedures, while developing the processes that make the products we desire or depend on.

Chemical engineering is all about changing raw materials into useful products you use everyday in a safe and cost effective way. For example petrol, plastics and synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon, all come from oil.

Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create everything from face creams to fuels.

Click here to learn about some of the amazing things that you can learn and do if you take a Chem. Eng. path.


13.05.16 Considering a career in Medicine?

 Did you know: the Royal Society of Medicine has a page of videos on their website, dedicated to giving you an insight into a Medical Career?




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