"The careers talks are always so varied and they give you a much better idea of what field you might want to pursue after leaving school" Ben, St Oswald's 


Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

Careers tutorials are held for students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in which a programme of learning is taught by tutors. The aim of the programme is to help students with personal development, career management and career exploration and is supported by the following events, activities and careers assessments.

Years 7 and 8

  • Careers talks 

Year 9  

  • Character Strengths - an online assessment focusing on the students’ best qualities.   This is followed by a Character Strengths Workshop in which students begin to develop an awareness of their gifts and those of others in the year group.
  • Careers using languages talk.
  • Careers using STEM subjects talk

Year 10

  • Wayfinding Day.  Students take part in an employability workshop in which they learn about the skills needed for the world of work.

Year 11

  • Morrisby online and interactive careers guidance tool which helps students with their sixth form and career choices.  This is followed up by one to one discussions with tutors.  
  • Sixth Form options morning.
  • Higher Education and Careers Conference.
  • Careers talks in Houses given by visiting speakers.

Year 12

Year 12 is a time for narrowing down subject choices whilst opening doors to university and career opportunities.   To this end, students take part in fortnightly careers lectures in which they learn about the university process, degree apprenticeships, courses and career pathways. These talks are supported by events and activities that take place throughout the year.  They are as follows:

  • Higher Education and Careers Conference. This takes place at the beginning of March here at Ampleforth.  Over 55 institutions and organisations are represented.  Students choose four seminars on subjects such as Getting into Medicine, Engineering, Why Manchester? Admissions tests at Oxford, Careers in Fashion, Careers with PwC and degree apprenticeships with Nestle.
  • Higher Education and Gap Fair.  This takes place in the afternoon following the  HEC and gives students the opportunity to speak to university, degree apprenticeship and gap delegates on a one to one basis.
  • University Open Days.  Students may attend two university open days per academic year in Years 12 and 13.
  • UCAS morning.  Students learn about applying to university and writing personal statements.
  • Unifrog. The complete destinations online platform, Unifrog is used for university, degree apprenticeship, subject and careers research.
  • Sixth Form Journal.  This is a journal designed to be completed in tutorials. Its purpose is to help students reflect upon their academic work and co-curricular activities with a view to supporting the decision making process regarding Higher Education and careers.
  • Work experience.  Students are encouraged to organise work experience during the school holidays through friends, family and contacts.
  • Networking. Students learn about networking and find out about careers and work experience opportunities by taking part in a networking event with Old Amplefordians.
  • Careers panels.  Students join panels of speakers representing a range of employment sectors such as Technology, Law, Banking, Property, Entrepreneurship, Journalism and Film-making.
  • Careers forum.  Old Amplefordians offer tips and advice to students about the sectors they work in.  This is organised by the Ampleforth Society.

Year 13

It is hoped that by the time students return from their summer break that many, if not most, have made a start on their university choices and started to refine their personal statement. However, for those who are still unsure about their future direction, staff are on hand to advise and guide applicants through the intricacies of UCAS and other applications. Some opt to take a Gap Year and are encouraged to plan this carefully so that it is relevant as well as fun. Specialist help is available within the Careers Department and from subject tutors for applications to Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Law and joining the Armed Services. Subject teachers are always on hand to discuss courses and career options, from art and drama schools to engineering, surveying and accountancy options.