Summary of the Careers Programme

Queen Elizabeth's School aims to ensure that all young people have access to good and realistic information and guidance about the full range of career pathways available to them.  We aim to make sure that our students are self-confident, skilled and career-ready.  This will be achieved through a programme of high quality activities, advice & guidance.

Careers support within the sixth form

We are well aware that decisions about future Higher Education courses and careers are of the utmost importance at this stage in your life. Bearing this in mind, we have a wide-ranging and comprehensive programme of careers advice and education. All students have unrestricted access to the Careers Library, Careers and Higher Education advice, including detailed assistance with UCAS applications.

QES sixth form tutors, Heads of Year and the Careers co-ordinator work together in providing the following opportunities to our students:

• Individual 1:1 Careers guidance interviews to help students decide what to do after Sixth

• A Careers Education Programme which will cover all Post 18 options.
• Tutorials on how to apply for University.
• Advice and guidance on how to write a professional UCAS Personal Statement.
• Mock university interviews.
• Mock employment interviews.
• Assistance when applying for gap year.
• Assistance when seeking voluntary work.
• Guidance in how to write a professional CV, covering letter and job application.
• Career talks – On a regular basis, we will have speakers from different professions coming into school to talk to students about their specific career. All students have the opportunity to attend talks that are relevant to their studies and therefore possible future careers.
• University open days.
• Visit to a local University.
• Supporting students who arrange their own work experience placements.

University Applications

Making plans to get into Higher Education involves important decisions and it can seem like a journey into the unknown. At QES we support all students hoping to go onto University and encourage them to fully research their course and career ideas. Please follow the links below to some important information and guidance:



A level/BTEC Study

It is important that when choosing your A levels/BTECs  that you seriously consider what career you may wish to pursue afterwards as this can strongly influence what advanced level subjects you decide to study.


Below is a list of advanced level subjects which are most commonly essential requirements for different degree courses. If you know you want to apply for a certain degree, it is advisable that you take these essential subjects at advanced level. To maximise your chances of gaining a place at a competitive university, it would also be wise to choose one or more of the other useful subjects for the degree in question.


Please note that entrance requirements for individual universities and courses vary and so it is essential that you use this guide in conjunction with more detailed information on the UCAS website ( and on university website.


GCSE’s Choosing your GCSE subjects

There are a number of different factors you need to consider when choosing your four GCSE subjects to compliment your ‘core subjects’. Please follow this link to some of the most common questions that students ask:

GCSE Choices


Please click on the following link for information and current apprenticeship opportunities:  Apprenticeships


Revision Tips

Everyone feels nervous about taking exams. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your revision time and keep those nerves under control.

It’s important to remember that an examination is a test of learning, not memory. Examiners want to see evidence that you have drawn on your knowledge to develop a reasoned argument, rather than replicate course notes and textbook facts. Revision should be a process of consolidating understanding rather than cramming as much information as possible before the morning of the exam.

Please follow this link for further information and guidance:
Revision Tips