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    Central Futures

    Preparing you for life after school

  • What is Central Futures?

    Central Futures is our programme designed to prepare you for your future beyond Central Foundation Boys’ School. Whether that be continuing your studies at university, looking for an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, we aim to help you develop the right qualifications, skills and experiences to be successful.

    What will Central Futures do for you? 

    The Central Futures programme will help you to:

    • Identify all of the different career routes available to you. 
    • Decide on the best pathway for you, whether that be university, employment or apprenticeship. 
    • Develop the qualifications, skills and experience you need to access university or employment, and be successful when you start.

    How can I be part of the Central Futures programme? 

    Every student at Central Foundation Boys' School is part of the Central Futures programme. All students will receive support at key milestones in your school journey such as making GCSE subject choices, choosing a Sixth Form education provider and choosing your degree and career pathway after school.

  • Meet the Central Futures Team

    Please come to speak to us if you have any questions related to careers, university or work experience.

    Mr Barker

    Deputy Headteacher - Central Futures (Careers) Lead


    Speak to Mr Barker about university choices, UCAS applications and entrance exams, and anything job or career related.


    Contact him on barkerc@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    Ms Mubarrat

    Key Project Coordinator


    Dr Walpole runs the Key Project for Year 10 to Year 13, but all students can also come see him with university queries or information about post-16 choices and searching for apprenticeships.


    Contact her on mubarrats@cfbs.islington.sch.uk


    Ms Browne

    Central Futures Coordinator

    Ms Browne is our Central Futures Coordinator. She is able to answer your questions on programmes and events, and help you register for them.


    Contact her on brownec@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    Ms Shaw

    Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Coordinator

    Ms Shaw is able to provide you with guidance on the range of different career routes and pathways.


    Contact her on shawd@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    Other key figures

    Sixth Form Team

    Ms Nedjdet - Head of Year 13 is responsible for Year 13 pastoral care

    Ms Patel - Head of Year 12 is responsible for Year 12 pastoral care

  • Success Stories 

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    2023 Leavers

    Well done to our Year 13 leavers. They secured incredible destinations including:



    University of Cambridge

    King's College London

    University College London

    Durham University

    University of Manchester

    University of Liverpool

    University of Warwick

    University of York

    University of Nottingham

    Queen Mary University



    They were an exceptional year group in showing dedication, organisation, resilience and taking up opportunities.


    Good luck to you all.

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    Slaughter and May Coding Workshop

    Two of our Year 13 2020 leavers, Daniel Saisani and Parker English, were part of a unique experience in the school's longstanding relationship with international law firm Slaughter and May.


    They successfully applied for the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops mentoring Slaughter and May's lawyers on coding in HTML and CSS.


    Daniel (back row, second from the left) and Parker (back row, second from the right) are pictured to the right.

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    RAF Scholarship Winner

    Year 13 2020 leaver, John Haile, has been recognised by the RAF Flying Scholarship programme for being an outstanding member of the Air Cadet Organisation. The award attracts more than 250 applications every year from across the UK, and as a successful applicant John will have several hours of light aircraft flight training funded by the scholarship.


    Image courtesy of NIAID

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    NASA/Microsoft AI Camp Finalist

    CFBS alumni, and future software engineer, Daniel Saisani, teamed up with a group of young people at the NASA AI Camp run in partnership with Microsoft. Daniel's team designed a crowdsourcing tool intended to "contribute to early detection, verification, tracking, visualisation, and notification of wildfires." The app prototype, "SpotAFire," was built using Pygame, and would utilise NASA and its satellites as well as an API call "geolocater."


    To find out more about Daniel's project click here.

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    Extended Writing

    We want to celebrate examples of extended writing within our Sixth Form. Here are some recent examples.


    George Petters entered the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College Kelvin Science Essay Prize on the topic of whether drug formulation is a science or not.


    The essay can be seen here.

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    The Perils of Antibiotic resistance

    CFBS alumni, and prospective medic Sally Pham has written an excellent article about the dangers of antibiotic resistance. The article traces the origins of antibiotics in 1928 to modern day research into resistance and so-called 'superbugs'.


    Sally is in the process of applying for university and is hoping to secure a place at a prestigious medical school by the autumn of 2019.


    You can read her excellent article here.


    Please use the "Email Us" section below, or speak to a member of the Central Futures team, if you would like to contribute media to this section of the website.

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    Extended Writing

    We want to celebrate examples of extended writing within our Sixth Form. Here are some recent examples.


    Kaan Yuksel was awarded in the "Highly Commended" category in the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College Vellacott History Essay Prize. This was for his response to the question "How important was Islam to political processes in the twentieth century Middle East'. You can read his response here. It was one of only seven options commended this highly, out of 240 excellent entries from 180 different schools.


    The essay competition for 2019 is open now. See here.

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    US Sutton Trust

    Three of our Year 13 2020 leavers were successful in their application for the US Programme hosted by the Sutton Trust.


    The Sutton Trust had over 1,000 applications, from students who had to have a minimum seven grades at A or A* (new grades 7, 8 or 9). Only 200 students were selected, and our school has three of those students, far exceeding what a non-selective school would expect.


    Well done to Abubakar Finiin, Jawwad Khan and Yacoub Yasin. The programme has supported these students to apply for top US universities, and gave them the chance to visit the east coast of the USA in the summer of 2019.

    To the right is a photograph of Abubakar, Jawwad, and Yacoub outside of Harvard University.


    Yacoub: "How many people my age can say they went to the USA...to look at US universit[ies]? From the big boys such as Harvard to the more niche universities such as the University of North Carolina. The trip had it entirely, from accommodation, to travel, to staff and colleagues. Even the bus driver was a delight to have. The experience is intense with loads of tasks to keep up with, but regardless of whether you choose to study abroad, the experience is one of the greatest you'll ex

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    Year 13 Prague Work Experience

    In June 2019 two of our Year 13 students embarked on a three-week work experience placement in the beautiful, and historical city of Prague in the Czech Republic. The two young men took up hospitality roles in Hotel Duo, a subsidiary of Jans Hotel, which is a Czech-based hotel company with three other hotels across the country.


    All flights, accommodation, and living expenses were covered through funding from the Erasmus+ programme, and our young people had the wonderful opportunity to fully experience a new and completely different culture, while developing their professional, interpersonal, and social skills in an unfamiliar environment.


    One of the students said:

    "While in Prague I was able to gain a wide range of skills, such a communicating with people on a much larger scale, as a lot of people did not speak English as their first language. I also learnt how to budget well. I was also able to explore a new country, which has helped me for university and being way from home."

  • Key Project

    The Key Project is an educational collaboration between the School, the educational charity The Access Project, and leading international law firm Slaughter and May. Along with tutoring, Key Project students receive personalised support in preparing for and applying to the most selective universities. Support includes workshops on choosing A-levels and university courses, subject-specific sessions with successful graduates in a variety of professions, one to one personal statement and university interview support, and work experience opportunities.


    For more information on the Key Project, click to visit their webage.

  • Access Aspiration

    As part of the Mayor's Fund for London, Access Aspiration aims to connect young people aged 16-18 years old with training and work placements to raise aspirations and increase social mobility. This is open to all Year 12 and Year 13 students, and we encourage you to sign up using the link below.

  • The Central Futures team are fortunate to have a wide network of universities and employers. Students have access to a variety of high quality university taster days, access programmes, employability sessions and work experience.

    Below are details of some of our current links and projects with our partner organisations.

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    Slaughter and May

    A magic circle law firm

    Slaughter and May have been working with the school for a number of years. They support the school in a number of ways including funding our Key Project which aims to increase the number of students applying and gaining places at Russell Group universities. Slaughter and May also support the school with a number of career insight sessions and provide a legal and business services work experience programme.

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    Montcalm Hotels 

    5* hotel group 

    Montcalm Hotels partner with the school in the delivery of the BTEC Level 3 Hospitality course. They provide experienced staff to deliver lessons and workshops to the students. All students on the course have the opportunity to carry out a work placement at one of the hotels. We have had a number of students employed in part time or full time roles following their placements. 

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    Reinsurance Group of America

    Global life and reinsurance company

    RGA is one of the largest global life and reinsurance company whose core products and services include life reinsurance, living benefits reinsurance, group reinsurance, health reinsurance, financial solutions, facultative underwriting, and product development. RGA's headquarters are in St Louis, Missouri, USA, but their London office provides invaluable support to our sixth form pupils. RGA provides key employer feedback and guidance to our level 3 vocational Business Studies pupils by contributing to their "Personal and Professional Development" unit. RGA have now also signed up to take part in our Central Futures Mentoring programme.

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    Allianz Global Investors

    Global investment management

    Allianz Global Investors are a valued partner of the School, as they represent a key professional sector within London's labour market. AllianzGI support our young people through the sixth form's Central Futures Mentoring programme and work experience placements for our Year 12s, and have also presented to our lower school languages pupils about the importance of Modern Foreign Languages to career pathways.

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    Alternative investment adviser

    Varde is an alternative investment adviser whose investment portfolios include restructuring, real estate, mortgages, private equity, and direct lending. Varde have become a key partner to the school, supporting us with work experience placements.

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    Data agency

    Profusion uses data science to adivse clients to make better use of their incoming data, with a focus on areas such as email marketing and business intelligence to improve the operations of their clients' organisations. Profusion runs masterclasses for our students on key topics such as developing a LinkedIn profile for future employability, or how to write a strong CV. They have also supported with internships for our Year 13 students during their last year in sixth form, allowing students the opportunity to experience working on a long-term project within the working environment.

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    Alston & Bird

    US-based international law firm

    Our newest partners, Alston & Bird, are based in the United States, but have become a keen supporter of our young people through their London office. Representing clients from a wide range of industries such as financial services, hospitality, health care, natural resources, and technology, Alston & Bird colleagues are able to support the school with a wealth of professional knowledge and experience. The firm supports with post-18 destination mentoring and will soon be acting as reading buddies for our Year 7 literacy programme.

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    Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital

    Volunteering partnership

    We are delighted to announce a partnership with the Friends of Moorfields Eye Hospital. The partnership will begin with over 40 of our sixth formers beginning a six-month period of weekly volunteering at the hospital. Pupils will take on a broad range of roles, allowing them to build a portfolio of skills that will prepare them for life beyond school. The hospital will provide that all-important experience in a medial setting, which is vital to students as they look to forge careers in medicine or in the medical sphere. It also allows the pupils to give back to the local community. That altruism is an essential trait that we wish to instill in our students.

  • School Resources

    Central Futures Handbook for Sixth Form

    A guide for parents on university, apprenticeship and employment options. Download here.

    Open Day Reimbursement Form

    Click here.

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  • UCAS Resources

    Below are a number of resources to help guide you through the UCAS application process.

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    Parent, Guardian, and Carer Guide 2024

    The Parent/Carer Guide is designed to give guidance to anyone supporting a young person applying to study at a university or college in 2024. For a downloadable file click here.


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    UCAS Sign-Up Guide for Students 2024

    The UCAS Sign-Up Guide has been created by the Central Futures team to assist you in registering for UCAS. For a downloadable file click here.

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    UCAS and Predicted Grades Policy

    The Central Futures Team is committed to ensuring pupils and families are prepared if they are pursuing a university post-18 pathway. Click here to view our most up-to-date policy in regards to predicted grades for all UCAS applications.

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    Clearing Guidance

    UCAS summary guidance of Clearing and Adjustment can be found here.

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    Personal Statement Resources

    Worksheet here.

    Presentation with examples here.

    Website on higher education advice, including personal statements, here.

  • Career Resources

    If you don't know what you want to do or want to find out more about particular careers then check these sites!

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    To use icould click here

    icould provides a whole host of career related videos to give you a first hand view of jobs and career options.

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    CV Example

    Here is an example CV.

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    Create a Start profile here.

    Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. The online platform helps young people make more informed decisions about future studies and career options that is best for them.

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    Early Careers Resources for Students

    SpringPod is an early careers resource for students to support them in exploring future career opportunities and connect students with real-world employers creating meaningful and educational encounters. Students can also search for the most up-to-date work experience opportunities being offered by some of the UK's largest and highly rated employers.

    For more information and how to sign up click here.

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    Work Experience opportunities in your local area

    Workfinder is an app-based platform that allows you to search work experience opportunities in your local area. The app will connect you with local companies that are offering young people the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a wide range of professional sectors.

    For more information and how to sign up click here.

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    Careermag for Parents - New Issue Available

    For our students that are moving into Year 11 and Year 13, career guidance and support is key in helping students make decisions that will ensure success on their future career pathway. This can be a difficult time for parents, so Careermag's new issue for parents is now available to support parents and guardians discuss plans with their children.

    To download the new issue click here.

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    Career Insights by Slaughter and May

    Slaughter and May have developed a careers insights blog for sixth for students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The site includes careers profiles, as well as key advice to support you in pursuing a career in law.

    To access the Careers Insights blog click here.

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    BBC Bitesize - Careers

    Along with a whole host of academic and revision resources and tools, BBC Bitesize also has a wide range of industry stories, careers tips, and information and advice on the world of work.

    To explore BBC Bitesize Careers click here.

  • Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

    Find the latest work experience and internship opportunities here!

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    Excellerators and Lead in to Law

    Slaughter and May's Excellerators programme is a Virtual Work Insight Scheme that provides the opportunity to experience a one-week work experience that will offer students insight into the corporate environment, during which students will be able to develop key employability skills.


    The Lead in to Law programme is run in partnership with Rare Recruitment, and is focused on increasing access to the legal profession for students from socially diverse backgrounds. This is a two-year programme.

    For more information and how to apply click here.

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    The Experience Programme

    Speaker for Schools has developed their Experience Programme to give access to all young people to high quality work experience placements by connecting schools with industry leading employers. Students can create a free account and search for work experience opportunities available across London.

    Register here.

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    Virtual Work Experience

    Springpod provides Insight Days and Work Experience opportunities to students who have registered for a free account with them. The online platform also provides a ranger of careers guides and insights for you to explore.

    Register here.

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    EY - Smart Futures

    Smart Futures has been designed improve your employability skills, whilst providing mentoring to support you in deciding on your next steps whether that be university, apprenticeship, or employment. Smart Futures will also provide paid work experience during either the Easter or summer holidays.

    For more information and eligibility click here

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    Work Experience and Employability

    The Brokerage coaches students in Year 12 and Year 13 to develop their employability skills, and connects young people to work experience and internship opportunities in some of the top firms in the UK across a wide range of sectors. Registration to the Brokerage is open to all students who fit their eligibility criteria, which can be found here.

    To register for the Brokerage click here.

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    Possible careers in laboratory research

    The Francis Crick Institute offers both lab and non-lab based work experience opportunities for students between the age of 14 and 19 years old. Most placements will be for one week, but may also be as long as four weeks or one day a week over the summer holidays. These placements will give you the opportunities to experience the range of career pathways in a science-related field, and give you hands-on experience in a professional laboratory environment.

    For current placement vacancies and information on how to apply click here.

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    Become a Coach and Sports Leader!

    Interested in becoming a Qualified Sports Coach, Sports Leader, Referee or Volunteer?If so, The Access to Sports Project runs a comprehensive Coach Education and Leadership programme.

    View and apply for all programmes here.

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    Work Experience and Apprenticeship Opportunities

    Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm, operating out of 70 countries worldwide. They have both work experience and apprenticeship opportunities that are open for applications.

    For more information on their work experience programme click here


    For more information on their apprenticeship programme click here

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    Work experience in West End theatres

    Information and application online here, subsidised places available

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    Nuffield Research Placements

    1,000 students per year have the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths course are eligible to apply. Placements are available in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.


    Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria by using their placement tool here.


    Information and application here.

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    Legal, marketing, Finance, HR, IT and office services work experience

    Kingsley Napley offers a number of unpaid work experience placements throughout the year, giving students an insight into life at a busy London law firm. Some practice areas require work experience candidates to be over the age of 18, but most accept applicants who are 16+.

    Information here, applications accepted on a rolling basis

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    In2Science work experience

    in2scienceUK is an award winning organisation which gives students from low income backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside STEM scientists, and receive the advice and information they need to progress to University and STEM careers.

    For more information click here.

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    Work experience

    Roles in technology, business, customer service and media for students aged 15-18, check individual roles for additional requirements such as GCSE grades. Sky's offices in London are based in Osterley (zone 4 on the Piccadilly line). Travel expenses covered as part of placement.

    Check here for current opportunities (updated regularly throughout the year)

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    Looking for work experience?

    Amplifi advertises work placements, internships, apprenticeships and events to help you build your career. Check back regularly for the latest opportunities.

    View and apply for all vacancies here

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    Legal Work Experience for A level pupils

    Penningtons Manches Cooper offer a work experience programme for pupils studying A levels between the ages of 16 to 18 years old. This is a five day placement in their London office.

    For more information and how to apply click here

  • University and Enrichment Opportunities

    Find the latest university and enrichment opportunities here!

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    Unsung Heroes of Science - video competition

    Hertford College, Oxford, has opened applications for this year's "Unsung Heroes of Science" video competition is now open. Hertford College wants to hear from you about who your hero of Science is, and why they inspire you to learn more about them.

    For more information and details on how to apply click here.

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    Maker Challenge - for aspiring engineers, coders, and designers

    Imperial College will be running their Maker Challenge this year, open for students aged 14-18. This is a great opportunity that will help you develop your understanding of design thinking, 3D printing, laser-cutting, prototyping, coding and much more. You will develop a creative idea from concept to prototype through 8 virtual workshops and 5 in-person sessions hosted at The Invention Rooms.

    For more information, and how to apply click here. One-to-one support for the application is available by contacting makerspace@imperial.ac.uk or by calling/texting 07517551996.

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    Free Online Lectures

    Gresham College (founded in 1597) is running a series of free online lectures covering a wide range of subjects delivered by experts in fields ranging across the arts and sciences. These are great resources for students looking to explore their subjects in more depth, and will support you in strengthening your UCAS application and personal statement.

    For the schedule of online lectures visit here.

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    Newnham College Essay Competition for Year 12 Female Students

    Newnham College of University of Cambridge are now open for submissions as part of their 2020 essay competition. You can submit an essay on a range of subjects including Biological Sciences, History, Mathematics, and History.

    For more information click here.

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    Engineering Development Trust

    The EDT's Headstart programme offers "hands-on STE(A)M activities and taster courses to encourage young people into STE(A)M-based careers." Hosted at some of the leading universities across the UK, Year 12 students will be given the opportunity to participate in workshops led by the top academics and professionals working in STE(A)M roles.


    Bursaries are available for students who meet the following criteria:

    • Students eligible for free school meals now or within the last 6 years
    • Students who are or who have been in local authority care
    • Students who are carers for family members
    • If your family is receiving Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, and you can evidence it.

    When completing the application specify that you are applying for a funded place.

    For more information, and how to apply click here.

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    City, University of London’s Masterclass series for 2020


    Available for year 12 & 13 students to apply.

    Explore a professional area in depth.


    A chance to find out more about University-level education.


    The 2022-23 schedule of Taster Days can be found here.



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    Calendar of events

    Free events, lectures and exhibitions. Book online, some events are free and others have a small fee attached.

    For dates and details, see here

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    Free online courses

    Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

    See all courses here

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    Free online courses

    Take the world's best courses, online. Join for free. Each one of the 1600+ courses is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

    See all courses here

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    Free online courses

    Sign up for free online courses on hundreds of different subjects

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    Sutton Trust

    The Sutton Trust provides a range of events and opportunities for young people to ensure they have access to some of the leading universities and careers.

    For more information on opportunities click here.

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    Reading Scholars Programme

    The Reading Scholars Programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their Higher Education application process.


    Students who successfully take part and go on to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer.

    For more information click here.

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    Taster Courses

    Choose from over a hundred courses in multiple subject areas at numerous universities in and around London. The Taster Course Programme provides Year 12 sixth form students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like. Through your chosen taster course you will experience the different teaching methods used by university academics and gain an insight into the additional facilities available, whilst meeting students from across the UK.

    For more information click here.

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    Aspiring Professionals Programme

    APP City Supports high achieving students from low income backgrounds into competitive universities, and the top professions. The programme offers mentoring, career workshops, and application support to universities and employment.

    For more information and details on how to apply click here.

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    Cambridge University Subject Masterclasses are designed to give students a better understanding of undergraduate study at the University. Each masterclass includes at least two taster lectures, as well as a session covering admissions information.


    Funded places and travel bursaries are available.

    For more information click here.

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    Discover Study Skills Online

    The University of Sheffield has a collection of online resources geared to helping sixth form students improve their study techniques and help prepare for the transition to university. Help improve your note-taking or get better at presenting your ideas on paper in public.

    To access study skills online click here.

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    Support for prospective Engineering Students

    iWantToStudyEngineering is a website created to help students compete for the most competitive university placements. Building on A level material, the website provides resources to expand your problem-solving skills, while also highlighting the "soft skills" that Russell Group and Top Third universities are looking for in applicants.

    To access these resources click here.

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    Super-curricular resources from Oxford

    University of Oxford have created an online resource library to support students expand their super-curricular activities. Browse the wide-range of topics to discover new ideas and research!

    To access these resources click here.

  • Apprenticeship Resources

    The below websites are great tools to help you research available apprenticeships, and alternative pathways.

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    Prospects allows students to research career ideas.

    For more information click here.

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    "I'm Not Going to Uni"

    Not Going to Uni focuses on apprenticeships and debt-free education, and can help you find different pathways to a successful future.

    For more information click here.

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    What's Your Next Step?

    The Big Choice is a Youth Career Network to help you find jobs, guidance and expert advice on different career pathways.

    For more information click here.

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    Career exploration, jobs & advice

    For more information click here.

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    Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes & Sponsored Degrees

    For more information click here.

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    National Careers Service

    Provides information, advice, and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

    For more information click here.

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    Apprentice Talks Podcast

    A podcast created for young people to hear first hand what it is like to be an apprentice from those who are doing the job. Gain insight into what the role of an apprenticeship is like, and how these young people are juggling study and work.

    For the podcast click here.

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    A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

    This article has been written to support parents/carers in supporting their young person in researching and applying for apprenticeships.

    For more information click here.

  • Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes

    Looking to go straight into work after you finish school? Current opportunities here!

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    National Apprenticeship Service

    Search for apprenticeships in England. You don’t need an account to search, but you need to create a free account to: apply for apprenticeships, get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications and track your applications

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    UCAS' Career Finder tool

    A searchable database of work and training opportunities – use the 'Find a job' tab to get a full view of all available opportunities. These include: employer-sponsored degrees, school leaver opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience, placement schemes and insight days.

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    Degree Apprenticeships with Jaguar Land Rover

    Earn a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover, and gain both real-world experiences and academic recognition in an evolving and dynamic sector. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as Jaguar Land Rover may move the closing date based on volume of applications. They have degree apprenticeships in the following pathways:

    • Network Engineer
    • Software
    • Software with Data
    • Data Analyst

    For more information and application details click here.

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    BrightStart apprenticeships

    Looking to work in audit, consulting, risk or finance?

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    Merchant Navy apprenticeships

    A highly paid career at sea with real responsibility: apply to be a Trainee Officer. Click here for information on different roles

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    IT apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships in cyber security/software and web development/business/digital marketing/project management

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    Tech and media apprentices

    Apply for apprenticeships in engineering, broadcast operating, business management and digital software engineering

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    Starbucks apprenticeships

    Get paid while learning new skills and gaining qualifications in Barista Mastery and Customer Service. 12 month apprenticeship with guaranteed employment at the end

    Information here 

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    Degree apprenticeships

    We're looking for bright and motivated school leavers who want a career in engineering, construction, commercial management or information technology. Fully paid-for undergraduate degree​.

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    Train to be a chartered accountant

    As a school leaver, you have the opportunity to enter into the world of accountancy through studying and completing the AAT qualification.

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    GKN engineering apprentices

    A Higher Engineering Apprenticeship with GKN will prepare you for a career within our engineering and design teams over a four year programme. Read more about the different roles here

    Information here

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    Apprenticeships with Virgin Media

    Roles in Engineering, Field Operations, and Planning.

    Joining Virgin Media as an apprentice means you’re guaranteed to work with the latest tech and the most passionate people. Rated a top employer by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service.

    Apply here

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    Legal and non-legal apprenticeships

    Legal Apprentices will either work in the Legal Services Centre, or in one of the insurance or commercial legal teams. Non-Legal Apprenticeships are designed to help you develop a career in a professional services firm undertaking roles in either finance, office management, IT, facilities or providing administrative support to a legal team.

    Apply through website

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    Higher apprenticeships

    Roles in customer service, billing, sales, engineering, HR, business management, finance, IT, cyber security and supply chain.

    Apply through website

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    Engineering/tech apprentices

    As an Arqiva apprentice, you’ll combine on-the-job experience with formal, accredited training to gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a role and career within our engineering and technology operations. You’ll join a team dedicated to service and technical excellence, providing broadcast and communication services to our renowned customers including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, EE, Vodafone, Three and Thames Water. We are now recruiting for the following roles:

    • Apprentice Field Service Technicians
    • Apprentice Satellite Operations Technicians
    • Apprentice Cyber Security Technologists

    Information and applications here

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    Engineering Apprenticeships

    KONE is an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry. Our job is to make the best of the world’s cities, buildings and public spaces. We believe that cities are part of the solution for better living. Roles in engineering.

    Information online, apply here (search using keyword "apprentice")

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    Our Apprentice programmes give you a unique opportunity to join us across different areas of our business and undertake nationally recognised qualifications and workplace training in a dynamic and challenging industry. At the same time, you will also earn a competitive wage. You will receive ongoing support throughout the scheme, with guidance and help available from your line managers, the educational provider and a buddy/mentor.


    Roles in head office, customer service, customer contact, project management, cargo, aircraft maintenance, operations (Heathrow) and business support.

    Information here

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    School leaver roles and sponsored degrees

    The Royal Navy has a clear career structure all the way to the top – if you have the drive and the talent. There are rewarding opportunities throughout your career – both on and off duty. 21 roles available including: warfare, mine warfare, hospitality, chefs, aircrew pilot, aircraft/helicopter controller, cadet deck officer, Royal Navy Police, Royal Navy Marines reserve, medical officer, engineer officer, radiographer, dental nurse, weapons engineer, seaman/sailor, aircraft engineer, operating department practitioner, communications and information systems, naval nurse, logistics, supply chain, hydorgraphy/meteorology, biomedical scientist, cybersecurity.

    • Gain professional qualifications, recognised by civilian and military employers, as well as universally-admired Royal Navy training.

    • 6 weeks paid holiday, additional shore leave (on deployment) and two weeks of adventurous training every year. Free health and dental care, subsidised living costs inc. accommodation and meals.

    Information on roles here

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    Degree apprenticeship

    We can offer you the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting engineering and design projects. You’ll study towards one of the following technical knowledge qualifications that run over a three year period on either a block or day release basis with a training provider (usually a local university);

    • Building Services Engineering Technician Degree Apprenticeship 
    • Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

    Apply here, information on company here

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    Higher apprenticeships in finance, retail, logistics and engineering and degree apprenticeships in manufacturing, corporate, logistics, retail and supply chain available.

    Apply here

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    Various roles

    The Army has the largest apprenticeship programme in the country, with about 95 per cent of new soldiers taking part and over 8,000 completing their apprenticeship training each year.


    Roles in combat, medical care, engineering, logistics, HR/finance, intelligence, communications and IT.

    Apply here

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    In the UK we recruit over 100 apprentices each year, adding to the 320 currently under training. Read more about why you should work with us.


    Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

    Advanced Level Apprenticeships

    Higher Apprenticeships

    Apply here

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    Tech and Digital Apprenticeships

    Just IT has helped over 1,000 young adults kick-start their careers into the Tech and Digital industry.

    • Apprenticeship in IT Support & Networking
    • Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing
    • Apprenticeship in Software Development

    Their apprenticeship programme combines practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll be working alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills, earning a wage of up to £1,000 per month and getting holiday pay along with studying towards an IT or Digital Marketing qualification.

    Apply online (with your CV)

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    Apprenticeships in civil engineering, transport planning, building services engineering and quantity surveying.


    Apply here

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    Trainee air traffic controllers

    Pilots need active support from air traffic control to fly safely. Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) are also essential to the efficiency of airports and the airline industry. With the ever-increasing volume of traffic, managing flights is a complex and sometimes pressurised job. As an ATCO, you’ll be using radar and other technology to track planes ‘en route’ between airports and keep in touch with pilots. Alternatively, you’ll be liaising with the planes on approach.


    People apply – and are accepted – from all kinds of backgrounds. These online games will give you a sense of whether you might have the right kind of aptitude and skills for the role. There are also strict rules about who is eligible to apply, if you qualify and are selected you can expect to receive a generous benefits package.

    Information on role here, apply here

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    Trainee accountants

    A comprehensive training contract which provides supervised training over 5 years with continued career progression with the view to study the ACA or ACCA after completing the AAT.

    As part of the programme, you will have a manager as your mentor and access to partners and senior staff for further guidance. Currently recruiting for two Accounts Assistants in the Corporate & Business Services Team and two Audit Assistant Trainees in the Charity and Not-for-Profit Team


    Candidates will have excellent GCSE’s* with a minimum of a B grade in English Language and Maths and a minimum of 120 UCAS points or equivalent (e.g. BBB at A-Level)

    Information and applications here

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    Careers in Media for School Leavers

    One in three ads around the world has been planned by one of the GroupM media agencies Maxus, MEC, MediaCom and Mindshare, which makes us the worlds largest media planning and buying agency network. Our media agencies are responsible for planning and buying advertising campaigns for a huge number of high profile brands including eBay, Sky, BT, EE, Lloyds, Unilever, Nike, Shell, New Balance, Audi, Morrison’s, Apple, Nationwide, Universal Music, Beats by Dr Dre, Universal Films, EA Games, L’Oreal, Barclays, Danone, Tesco, Paramount, Nivea, P&G, Coca Cola, Innocent Drinks, Three Mobile, Vodafone, Compare the Market, B&Q, M&S, Mulberry, Chanel, and many more.


    Alongside our apprenticeships and entry level programmes there are a number of roles you could be doing depending on your interest, skills and passions: Account Executive, Broadcast Executive, Communications/Media Planner, Data/Analytics Executive, Digital Executive, Digital Planner, Paid Social Executive, Research Executive, SEO Executive, Social Media Executive, Sponsorship & Partnerships Executive, TV Buyer or Tech Executive.

    Information on roles and applications here

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    Accounting school leaver scheme

    Our School Leaver Programme combines work experience with study towards a recognised professional qualification

    You will start working towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification (AAT) where you where you will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills you need for a career in Finance and accounting, whilst earning a competitive salary at the same time. Once you successfully complete the AAT, you will will be ready to progress towards qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). With dedication and commitment to succeed combined with our excellent training and work experience you could be a fully qualified accountant within 5 years!

    Information on roles and applications here

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    Development/Engineering apprenticeships

    We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 68,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents.

    We need students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. We have various apprenticeship programmes across our business ranging from levels 2-4. During your apprenticeship you’ll study for a recognised technology qualification. And what’s even better is this learning is complemented by on-the-job training on real, live projects.


    Roles in Software Development, Project Management, Business Intelligence and Cyber Security.

    Read about their apprenticeships here.

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    School leaver programme

    Our School Leavers Programme provides a fantastic opportunity to start climbing the career ladder. Based in a Pret shop in London, we’ll support and develop you providing you with the skills you need to be a success in the world of work. 78% of our Managers started as Team Members, so who knows what you can achieve. Read about the pay, the programme and case studies from previous School Leavers. You'll attain an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship from the National Apprenticeship Service which is equivalent to A levels.

    Applications are now open - click here to apply.

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    Join an apprenticeship that will last for at least 18 months and you’ll learn on the job. You’ll study towards qualifications. You’ll earn a salary. You’ll work on real projects with some of the best brains in the business. And you’ll connect with great training, coaching and support every step of the way. You’ll also feel well looked after and enjoy plenty of perks on top.


    Team with vacancies include:

    • Data and Analytics
    • Digital Marketing and Social Media
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Administration
    • Technology

    Information here, applications are currently closed, but will reopen later this academic year for 2020 entry.

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    Technology degree apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to build innovative solutions for clients by utilising cutting-edge technology.


    You don't need to have any technical experience or programming skills. You will start your career with a four-week bootcamp where you'll learn about working at Accenture and start your training with an introduction to Java programming.


    You'll develop expert digital, web and cloud computing skills, as well as expertise in project management, application and infrastructure development and business analysis. The apprenticeship lasts for 3 years, and you will gain a BSc Degree in Digital &Technology Solutions at the end of it (fully funded by Accenture).

    Information here, applications here

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    Retail Apprenticeships- Various locations

    Apprenticeships don’t have to be a Plan B. At least not at the Co-op. Our retail trailblazer programme is designed to really set you up for success, and propel you into the world of retail. You’ll get all the support you need, and unlike a lot of retail apprenticeship programs, you’ll receive a full time salary and won’t have to pay anything towards your learning. We’ll even give you an iPad to help you with your studies.

    Being a retail trailblazer isn’t just stacking shelves. It’s so much more. You’ll complete 11 core modules such as brand, marketing, product and team, to name a few, showing how you’ve learnt it, shown it and lived it. 20% of your time will be spent completing these modules through interactive technology, wherever’s most convenient for you.

    So that you’re set up for success, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate the required standard in maths and English. We’ll look to see if you’ve had under 12 months experience within a food retail role before, so that everything we’re teaching you is new and exciting. To find out if there is an opportunity near

    you, click apply now below.

    Apply Now


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    BP Supply & Trading School Leaver Programme

    The supply and trading school leaver programme is an alternative to university that provides you with the relevant skills and experiences needed to succeed in a business role. You will receive the appropriate development needed to be a high performing and valued employee.

    The Programme Offers:

    A 5 year structured training and development programme.

    Four job rotations in front office roles and have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of commercial activity in our oil, gas and shipping sectors such as:

    Analysing Market Data

    • Working with Product Control.  Supporting operations team on a trading bench.
      • Working with the derivatives marketing team.

      • Supporting commercial trading as part of a financial team.

    To find out if there is an opportunity near

    you, click apply now below.

    Apply Now


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    IT Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships worth discovering
    A Lloyds Banking Group Apprenticeship is a journey of discovery – and a brilliant way for you to go from full-time education into the world of work. You’ll have financial freedom and great benefits in a permanent role with no student debt. And we’ll give you the feedback and support you need to grow and develop.

    What’s a Tech Marvel (and are you one)?
    Tech Marvels are resourceful, analytical and commercially-minded people who are passionate about using the most innovative developments to help us connect with customers. From coding champs to digital novices, they’re drawn to innovation and inspired to adapt technology to improve people’s lives and transform our business.

    Apply now for our Apprenticeships here


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    School Leaver Management Degree


    Great Opportunity

    Throughout the programme you'll learn the nuts and bolts of running a busy restaurant, from managing accounts, to handling stock, you will be given real managerial responsibilities from the start.

    Apply Today





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    Harrods School Leaver Programme

    Knightsbridge London

    Excellent opportunity for candidates who are about to complete their A Levels and have a keen interest in luxury retail.

    Our 18 month programme has been designed to offer a stepping stone in to a high service selling role.

    To be successful you must be organised, confident and be driven with visable passion for retail.

    Further details can be found here.





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    KPMG 360 Digital Apprenticeship Degree Programme


    KPMG 360 Digital is a four year apprenticeship programme that combines academic study with practical work experience. You'll undertake varied work experience with technology teams across the firm. At the same time you'll also study a BSc degree in Digital and Technology Solutions with our training provider, BPP University.

    Apply Today




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    Trainee Chartered Accountant


    If you are focused on building a career in accountancy but do not want a university education, we offer the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and earn a salary at the same time as gaining relevant work experience for your CV.

    Our London office is now recruiting non-graduates for CFAB training vacancies, to start in September 2018.

    you will be given early responsibility from day one and can expect exposure to clients incorporating a wide diversity of work and various challenges that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed as an accountant.

    Apply Now


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    Advanced Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships/Training Programmes


    Skills for life, top qualifications and an opportunity to shape the future of energy. As a National Grid apprentice, you’ll be part of an organisation that has ambitious plans for the future – and you’ll be rewarded for playing your part. From a Trailblazer Level 3 qualification (worth approximately £20,000) to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.

    Apply Now


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    Legal Apprenticeship with Ashurst

    Global firm Ashurst offers a great alternative pathway into Law with their Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme. Suitable for those who are interested in an alternative route to qualify as a solicitor, with an AAB at A-Level or equivalent qualification, as well as 7 GCSE's at A-C. You do not need to have studied law to apply.

    For more information and application details click here.

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    Aerospace Apprenticeships

    Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. Whether you’re finishing your GCSEs or A-Levels, or simply looking for a new career in Engineering, IT or Business, an apprenticeship at Airbus will give you valuable hands-on industry experience along with professional qualifications. 70% of our Senior Management in the UK started out as an Apprentice so you’ll truly have the ability to achieve extraordinary things, earn while you learn and pay no course fees while you do it.


    For more information and application details click here.

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    Healthcare industry apprenticeships

    GSK work within the healthcare industry to bring innovative, high-quality healthcare products to the sector through science-led research and testing. Their apprenticeship scheme offers a range of opportunities such as science-based careers, engineering, manufacturing, and business operations. They offer both advanced and higher apprenticeship roles, as well as degree apprenticeship opportunities


    For more information and application details click here.

  • Making University Choices

    Some resources to help you choose your universities.

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    Your key tool. Build all work around this. Unifrog has lots of different ways of judging universities, including league tables.

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    The Economist

    The Economist expected earnings differential. This measures how much graduates should be earning against how much they do earn to establish which universities "add value".

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    The Complete University Guide

    For an independent university ranking guide, use The Complete University Guide to support your university search. You can also see how individual courses rank nationally across 70 subject areas.

  • Cultural Capital

    Make sure you are living life to the full by developing your cultural knowledge.

    Universities and employers look for evidence of: being an independent learner, an ability to do research, an ability to write a clear and coherent essay, an ability to think critically and solve problems and an ability to contribute ideas to a discussion or debate. You can gain all of this from cultural activities outside of school.

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    A great way to learn on the go

    TED Radio Hour–a journey through fascinating ideas with world renowned speakers

    Profile—a 15 minute profile of someone in the news.

    Thinking Allowed—Sociology podcast discussing the latest research with guests

    More or Less—BBC discussion of statistics in the news.

    Best of Today—one of the most significant daily news programmes in media, distilled into the most important or interesting segments each day.

    Seriously…-BBC podcast series of the best documentaries of the week across all of their radio stations.

    Woman’s Hour—issues for women, as well as humanity, around the world.

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    Long-form Journalism

    Find the best pieces here.

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    Read regularly and read interesting things


    George Orwell - For first readers, try 1984 and Animal Farm, and for those who are familiar try: The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    John Steinbeck
    For first readers, try Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath, and for those who are familiar try East of Eden by John Steinbeck and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Mary Shelley
    For first time readers, try Frankenstein, and for those who are familiar try: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin



    Naomi Klein

    For first time readers, try No Logo, and for those who are familiar try The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capi-talism by Naomi Klein, and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Eric Hobsbawm
    For first time readers, try The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century and for those who are familiar try Europe 1789-1848 by Eric Hobsbawm, The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James, and Citizens by Simon Schama

    Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt
    For first time readers, try Freakonomics, and for those who are familiar, try SuperFreakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, and The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

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    Theatre and the arts

    Here is a document of various organisations which provide free or low cost tickets to young people and students.

    Below are a few reasons why theatre matters, according to Dr Kevin Brown:


    Reason #10 Human Beings
    Theatre is a universal cultural phenomenon that exists in every society worldwide. Human beings are the only animal species that creates theatre. Understanding theatre helps us understand what it means to be human.


    #9 Self-Expression
    Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves more effectively. It develops our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships.


    #8 Self-Knowledge
    Theatre teaches us about ourselves. It helps us understand how our minds and the minds of others work. It helps us to see how the environments in which we live affect who we are and who we will become.


    #7 History
    Theatre is a great way to lean about history. Rather than learning history froma dusty textbook, theatre makes history come alive right before our eyes.


    Read the full list of reasons here.


    Interested in acting/drama workshops? Read about courses you can get involved with here.

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    Wider reading for university

    Reading around a subject outside of school will show you whether your interest in a particular subject is great enough to want to study it as a degree, or to work in that field.

    Where to get started?


    Cambridge University's suggested reading list


    Oxford University's Staircase 12 reading list


    iWantToStudyEngineering - A website to help you compete for engineering places at top universities


    Cambridge STEP Maths programme - free online support to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills

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    Worcester College's Bookshelf

    The Worcester Bookshelf project is aimed at sharing the books that Worcester College loves with UK state school students in Year 11 to Year 13. Each term the bookshelf is restocked here, and a free copy of the book can be requested by emailing admissions@worc.ox.ac.uk. In return, you will need to write a review of the book for the college, which will then be published on their website.


    The Bookshelf is restocked once a term, so be sure to check regularly to request your free copy!

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    Financial Times

    Use this link and your school email to register for articles for the Financial Times. For further instructions download their PDF guide.

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    "Trump In A Historical Perspective"

    The presentation from our talk on "Trump in a historical perspective" can be found here.

    This was delivered on 7th November 2018 by Dr Alex Goodall, Senior Lecturer in International History from UCL.