Careers, HE, Work Experience and Volunteering
Information for Post 18 Choices
We aim to ensure that every student has the pace, challenge and depth in their school experience to allow them to succeed both in sixth form and when they go on to further education, training or employment.
All about Apprenticeships
Why should I do an apprenticeship? It's a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. Training may take place on the job, at college or, for higher level apprenticeships, actually at a university or combination. Your employer will pay for your training and, in some cases, university fees.
There are over 180 different types of apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects - from arts, farming, child care, IT and accountancy to more traditional subjects like engineering and motor mechanics. Click here to see the full range. If you live in England, are >16 and not in full time education you can apply. Apprenticeships take 1-4 years.
Find out more about Apprenticeships
|Where can I find out more about apprenticeships?||Please find links to the latest apprenticeship vacancies|
Considering going to University
UCAS stands for the 'Universities and Colleges Admissions Service'. It is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK and has lots of information for students and parents. Visit www.ucas.com
Study Higher is another excellent resource it is a partnership of universities, further education colleges and other stakeholders working together to provide young people with high quality impartial advice and guidance about education opportunities. They offer a 'chat to us' function. https://www.studyhigher.ac.uk
Many universities offer taster sessions, visit the relevant university website directly for more information. Students looking for university events can find them listed via www.opendays.com and www.universitytasterdays.com or https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/study-campus-london/university-taster-courses.
Alongside their post 16 students students may consider completing an EPQ or Mooc course for further personal development. Take a look at the following resources for information.
Other useful university related websites include:
University Satisfaction Rankings
How about Oxbridge?
In recent years we have developed a successful Oxbridge application scheme, to support our most able students to apply to the UK’s elite universities. The programme is run with support from Wellington College and involves interview preparation and help with extended projects. Oxbridge have bespoke careers sites that have degree information, guides and details on extra and super curricular activities www.staircase12.co.uk and www.myheplus.co.uk.
Each year in March there is a student conference, book here for the virtual event
For more information about bursaries click here.
Did well in your GCSEs? Get a realistic view of Oxford student life on a free residential programme for Year 12 at state schools. For more details, click here.
Don't want to got to University?
Don't want to go to University?
If you want to look at alternatives or have a gap year, find our more about your options here.
Look at The Forest's Jobs, Training and Apprenticeships pages for useful links and information about creating CVs and searching for jobs
For more information about Careers support and guidance contact: Mrs Lewington, Careers Lead. email@example.com
To view live job vacancies for school leavers please visit www.schoolleavers.milkround.com
View the University of Kent Careers and Employability Services website it has information about: Get help with choosing a career, example CVs, and covering letters, practise interviews online, aptitude tests and careers related to your degree subject.
Medicspot Annual Grant Opportunity- £500 to students
Medicspot runs an annual grant awarding £500 to students, helping them get off to the best possible start as nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare workers.
The Medicspot Innovation Grant awards £500 to The Forest School students going on to study a degree or equivalent related to health, medicine, nursing or life sciences. Applications must be submitted online by 31 March each year. For more information and to apply: www.medicspot.co.uk/grant
Taking a Gap Year
Taking a Gap Year
Whether you want to work, travel and/or volunteer in the UK or abroad, here is a small sample of organisations who help with gap years. Make sure to carefully check out any company before making any arrangements, or go with a well established company with a good reputation.
|Gov.UK - Advice for gap year travellers||Frontier - adventure, conservation. teaching, healthcare and more|
|Prospects - should you take a Gap year, and search Ideas for Gap Years||Raleigh International - a sustainable development charity working with communities living in poverty.|
BUNAC - work and volunteer abroad programmes
|iGapyear - links to a range of providers|
Work Experience Virtual Work Experience, Insights and Internships
Work Experience and Internships
All Year 12 students are offered work experience. It is extremely useful for your CV and UCAS applications. It helps you decide what you want to do (or not do!) and you can get a real taste of the world of work. And when you apply for university, college or employment, it can give you an edge above other applicants. Many organisations now offer virtual work experience placements from insight into industry days, to week long placements. Most opportunities are free, but please note some may have a cost.
Register on the following websites for more information.
Or visit company websites for futher details, e.g.:
When you leave school and start college or university you could consider an Internship. Find out how to get one in the summer via:
If you are still unsure of your choices visit www.mycareerspringboard.org or
www.prospects.ac.uk/planner use their online tools and quizes for more advice and guidance.