Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education and guidance contributes to preparing young people for adult life by providing them with knowledge and skills to enable them to plan and manage their journey through learning, training and into work.

QE school is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (IAG) through a combination of tutorials, personal development programme, curricular studies and enrichment activities.

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

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• 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:

University_Information.pdf

Preparing_to_write_your_Personal_Statement_(2).pdf


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 (www.ucas.ac.uk) and on university website.

 A-Level-Requirements.pdf

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


Apprenticeships

Please follow the link below to some useful information and guidance relating to Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeship_Information.pdf


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