Higher Education & Careers
At St Bede's all students are encouraged to look carefully at higher education options and our KS5 careers programme is an essential part of our personal development curriculum, that focuses on preparing students for the next stage of their education, training and employment. We strongly advise university or degree apprenticeships and help explore where these could lead them to in their future career journey. We assist students in a number of ways including:
- Encourage students to assess their own skills and personal qualities.
- Providing information and helping students to complete university and specialist college applications via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
- Provide easy access to information via Unifrog - an online further education search platform.
- Organise a structured programme of careers education.
- Offer guidance through personal interviews and group work.
- Offer guidance with planning and writing your personal statement.
- Arrange a wide programme of meetings and work experience.
- Arrange a Looking Forward Day with talks and workshops on a range of higher educational areas.
- Arrange an employer fair attended by local employers offering jobs, apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
- Provide information about university open days, apprenticeship vacancies and other higher education opportunities via the student portal.
Tutors plays a key role in writing a student's reference, and this is where the precious individual relationship between tutor and student is really beneficial.
Through the tutorial programme, students will prepare for the next stage in life through activities such as mock interviews and if they are thinking of higher education, university visits. If applicable, we will also help them prepare for Oxbridge entry, interviews and how to apply for courses such as Headstart.
For information about booking a careers appointment, please visit https://www.st-bedes.surrey.sch.uk/96/careers-appointments
Helpful tools for sixth form students
Each student will receive a login and tutorial on Unifrog, which supports students to make informed decisions about university courses and higher apprenticeships.
We also have an independent careers adviser from Innervate available to give students impartial advice and guidance on higher education, careers and where subject choices may lead. All students are encouraged to make an appointment, whereby an action plan will be drafted. To make an appointment, please visit our Careers Appointments.
The Careers and Higher Education bulletin is shared with sixth form students on a weekly basis and they can access it at any time via the student portal.
Applying for university
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the admissions organisation for higher education in the UK. To keep up to date with the latest information visit www.ucas.com.
Students can use Unifrog to search for suitable courses.
UCAS has an information tool for parents – which you can use for advice, hints and tips to help your child, or someone you care for, through the application process. Parents can also subscribe to a parents newsletter via this link.
It also includes links to student finance information, where you can find out more about fees and any financial support you're eligible for.
What is an apprenticeship?
- Combine on the job training while obtaining a job specific qualification
- Study from intermediate to degree level
- Duration of apprenticeship is between 1 and 6 years.
- You will be paid at least the minimum wage and any educational costs will be paid by your employer.
Click here to view the gov.uk fact sheet on apprenticeships. Apprenticeships – fact sheet
The school receives regular updates from local companies regarding apprenticeships and these are published on the student portal. Unifrog is also a good source of information on available degree apprenticeships.
View our Useful Links section for more information on apprenticeships and where to find vacancies.
Looking Forward Day
Looking Forward Day is a dedicated day of workshops relating to higher educational options and how to access and utilise the supporting resources available to help students make decisions about their next steps.
Year 12 work experience
In Year 12, students undertake one week's work experience in the summer term. This is independently arranged but must be authorised by the school and follow the school's process.
Work experience provides you with:
- An insight into different industry sectors and careers.
- An opportunity to use and apply skills and knowledge in a professional environment.
- The development of ‘employability skills/soft skills’ –such as communication, working with others and problem solving.
- The tools to build confidence and self-esteem by showing you what you can achieve outside school.
- The opportunity to network, make contacts, enhance your CV with skills and a reference for your UCAS application.
Further information about Year 12 work experience will be sent directly to students and parents. We are using a new system this year so please do not use any old work experience forms - thank you.
Year 13 is a busy time academically for the students, however, Innervate Careers appointments are available to students still looking for advice. We also hold workshops that include interview techniques and UCAS workshops with tutors.
The sixth form bulletin and the student portal is regularly updated with new opportunities in all areas of higher education and students are signposted to these every week in tutor time.
Useful university and apprenticeship links
www.unifrog.org - The complete destinations platform - all St Bede’s sixth form students to have login access
www.ucas.com - University open day information and downloadable prospectuses
www.unistats.ac.uk - The official website for comparing UK higher education course data
www.university.which.co.uk - What to study, where to go and how to get there
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk - All round guide
The Guardian University guide - Guardian Newspaper University Guide
The Times Good University Guide - The Times Newspaper University Guide (subscription required)
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - Search apprenticeship and other options
www.apprenticeships.org.uk - Government apprenticeship website
www.amazingapprenticeships.com - Higher level Apprenticeships