Our Careers Department continue to offer support and guidance to all students as they progress through the academic year.  

Please find below their latest update, which includes information on:

  • University courses and information
  • Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Medical Careers
  • Short courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Careers

University courses and information

To find out more about the two-year degree plan to cut cost of tuition fees, please click here.  

The University of Warwick have introduced a new degree called Technology, Health and Wellbeing Sciences.  Entry requirements are ABB including Maths or a Science.  For more information, please click here.

For more information about the University of Buckingham’s degree in Security, Intelligence and Cyber (2-year degree), please click here. A typical offer is BBC-BBB.

For information about  the Film and Video Production Technology BSc at the University of Surrey  for students doing Maths A level, please click here

University of Surrey -  Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) or BMusc (Hons) unique in the UK, blending rigorous musical study, advanced investigation of audio engineering and mastery of sound-recording operation and practice.  Aimed at students interested in engineering and music.  Entry requirements: predicted AAA in Maths, Music and Physics.  For further information, please click here.

For information about UK higher education application trends, please click here

Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Medical Careers

If you are an aspiring Medical student please click here to find out more about NHS current affairs, to help with the medical school interview preparation.

For information about careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry, please click here

NHS Health Careers has developed an online questionnaire to help students identify which health care career suits them.  For more information, please click here.

VetCam 2019 – Introduction to Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University on 8th, 9th and 10th April 2019.  Two and a half day residential programme for students in Year 11 and Year 12 who are interested in applying to study Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University.  To view a provisional programme for the event and for more information, please click here. The 2019 course fee will be £240 for the all-inclusive two-and-a-half-day course.

Veterinary nursing taster courses 15th April 2019 at the Royal Veterinary College.  For more information, please click here

Short courses

Science and Engineering

The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people participate in Science and Engineering.  They have a wide range of short courses available across different age groups and abilities in subjects such as naval architecture, astrophysics, engineering, computing, electronics and robotics, and aerospace engineering for students in years 8 – 12. For more information, please click here. They are extremely popular so do book early.


The British Film Institute runs a series of residential courses designed to help young people aged 16-19 find out more about the breadth of careers opportunities in the film industry including animation, documentary making, screenwriting and VFX.  For more information, please click here


The Summer School in Homer 22 – 26 July at UCL offers a variety of intensive language and literature classes taught by some of the world’s foremost Homeric experts.  It would be of interest to Classics students.  For application forms and other enquiries, please email the Director of the Summer School: homersummerschool@ucl.ac.uk

Headstart courses

Headstart offer students in Year 11 and Year 12  the opportunity to attend one or more  of their STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) themed courses at some of the UK’s universities.    For more information, please click here.  Application deadline is 1st February

PwC Digital Insight Week - Join PwC in a UK city for a week-long training programme designed to prepare students for the work in the digital world.  Applications close at the end of January.   For more information, please click here.


To find out more about Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships with GSK, please click here.

Government Economic Service degree apprenticeship programme which combines the opportunity to work in a central government department or agency whilst studying for a degree in economics with the University of Kent.  Applications are open until 20 January 2019.  For more information, please click here.

The Deloitte Brightstart higher apprenticeship programme which offers school leavers a professional career and salary whilst studying for a globally recognised professional qualification.  For more information, please click here

The  Nestlé Academy advanced, higher and degree level apprenticeships which include engineering, food manufacturing, supply chain, chartered management, human resources, operations management, packaging, finance, digital marketing and data science.  For more information, please click here

The Morrisons retail management degree apprenticeship programme which combines paid work as an in-store team leader with studying for a degree in retail leadership at Sheffield Hallam University. For more information, please click here.


The Secret Barrister – a blog written by a junior barrister specialising in Criminal Law.  For more information, please click here.

The Football Careers Directory, published by Careers in Football, provides information and profiles of over 100 careers in football including the qualification and experience needed to access them.  For more information, please click here

Equine Transition  - a free quarterly digital magazine that provides information and advice about the range of careers available in the equine industry.  For more information, please click here

ShareTown is an imaginary town created to explore the way citizens, technology and local government live and work together.  It is not intended as a prediction, but a source of inspiration to encourage younger students to think about the ways in which individuals and community interact.  To visit ShareTown, please click here

Please find below the latest information about enrichment activities.

The 2019 Bank of England and Financial Times school blog competition has just been launched. For full rules and instructions on how to enter, please click here

Subject taster days for Year 12 at Jesus College, Cambridge - February 2019 half term holiday.  Each free taster day will run from 11:00 – 16:15 and will include lunch. The provisional dates for each subject are as follows:

  • Monday 18 February 2019 (AMES, Architecture, Classics, English, History of Art, Linguistics, MML, Music, Philosophy, Theology)
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019 (Archaeology, Economics, Education, History, Geography, Land Economy, Law, Politics, HSPS)
  • Thursday 21 February 2019 (Biological Natural Sciences, Medicine, Psychology and Behavioural Science, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Friday 22 February 2019 (Physical Natural Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics)

The 2019 York Literature Festival Creative Writing Competitions are now open for entries. This year’s theme is MOON / SPACE. Entries can be poems or short stories.  There are three age categories: Under 11 years; 12-15 years; 16-18 years. Poems should not be longer than 28 lines and short stories should not be longer than 1,500 words. If students want to enter they must email their work to Miss Thompson by the end of Saturday 30 March and she will submit it.  

Research in Sciences Year 12 Study Day (for female students)  University College, Oxford 18th February . A copy of the provisional programme can be found here. To apply, students need to submit an online application form, which can be found here. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 January.

University College, Oxford, is holding a Medical Sciences Study Day on Thursday 28 February for Year 12 students interested in the Medical Sciences, such as Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Psychology.  The day will include lectures and workshops from the university’s tutors and graduate students.  A provisional programme for the day can be found here.

On Monday 4 March, University College Oxford is holding a study day for Year 12 students interested in Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  The day will include lectures from University College Oxford  tutors in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.  The day will also include some information and guidance on the Oxford aptitude tests (the MAT and PAT).  You can see the provisional programme here.  To apply for a place, students need to submit an online application form, which can be found here for the Medical Sciences Study Day and here for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Study Day.  Please give Miss Thompson’s and email address as the supporting teacher.  These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline for applications is 24 January for Medical Science and 28 January for Mathematical/Physical Sciences. 

Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize, Corpus Christi College, Oxford - The third Peter Cane Prize for Legal Reasoning by an Aspiring Lawyer (2019) is now open to applicants (deadline Monday 4th Feb 2019 at 5 PM). The prize was launched in 2017 and seeks to promote engagement with the ideas and reasoning behind law and legal studies, and particulararly to encourage those from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply to engage with the academic study of law. The final shortlisted candidates each year are invited to attend an afternoon event at Corpus Christi, with legal workshops and an award ceremony, which in 2019 will take place on Tuesday 12 March. You can find the question, sample answers, and all necessary information here.

Chatham House's (The Royal Institute for International Affairs) magazine, The World Today, and the Financial Times are running a competition for the best short article by a school student on a topical issue of international affairs.They are inviting school and college students around the world who are aged between 16 and 19 to send an article of up to 500 words to answer this question:‘If you were UN Secretary-General for a day, what would be your first action, and why?’You can find more information and submit your entry here.

Manchester University's Maths Department run an annual online Maths competition for school students up to Year 13 called the MathsBombe.  The competition starts on Wednesday 30th January 2019, but you need to register your team beforehand (you can do this here using school registration code 4DT6O8). A team consists of at most 4 members. 

The University of Sheffield is delighted to coordinate the Harry and Margaret KrotoPrize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning.  The prize is awarded annually to students aged 11-18, from any school in the world, for the best video about any Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject matter.  All entries must be submitted using a completed 'schools' entry form' emailed to thinkahead@sheffield.ac.uk by Friday 29th March 2019.

Cyber Discovery is a unique programme run by the UK Government, designed to introduce students aged 14-18 to the field of cyber security, highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving them. Whether you know a bit about coding, have heard of Linux, or you've never even considered a career to do with computers, you can have a go at Cyber Discovery; no prior experience is required. The programme offers support to gradually build your knowledge and guide you through unfamiliar concepts. Free and accessible online material means that you can get to grips with Cyber Discovery outside of lessons and work through it in your own time.  You can register for the programme and find out more here.

Please click here for details of the Adam Smith Institute's Young Writer on Liberty Competition.