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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.


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.


Click here to apply


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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