Bright Futures & University Guidance

From First Year to Sixth Form, we use PSHCEE lessons, lunchtime sessions and after school activities to encourage students to be aware of their interests, skills and ambitions, and how those might relate to plans for their future. These include:

  • Weekly “Find Your Future” Friday lunchtime sessions with Alumnae, parents and university or apprenticeship experts talking about their career or area of expertise
  • Enterprise challenges
  • Action-packed employability event with Wise-Up teamwork experts
  • Bright Futures evenings for parents and students, focussing on opportunities with subject areas
  • The annual Bright Futures Fair – a chance to speak to 35 different employers, university and apprenticeship representatives

All students can have a careers interview with me at any time, or they can find me two lunchtimes each week at Bright Futures Drop-In Clinic.

Tutors are a fund of knowledge about the choices and decisions facing their tutees, and will be able to provide appropriate websites and resources for further research. There is a Bright Futures rep for each curriculum area too, who will be able to point interested students towards careers and university options related to their subject. We also have a Bright Futures Resource Centre in Jerred Study Centre, packed with books, prospectuses, information sheets, and inspiration.

Lots of interactive programmes on the school intranet can be accessed at school, or from home. They are designed to help you find out about which careers and courses might suit you, and to discover more about individual career areas. For some hints and tips on choosing the right career for you, try some of the following websites:

https://icould.com Lots of quizzes, videos and links to help you find out more about what’s out there

www.sacu.com Take the picture quiz, and print out your own careers and degree word cloud. Lots of useful information too.

www.informedchoices.ac.uk/subjects The Russell Group designed this tool for choosing Sixth Form subjects - it allows you to select subject combinations and generate possible degree areas.

www.how2become.com A great resource for information on popular careers, plus lots of help with selection tests

www.completeuniversityguide.co.uk League tables plus much more to support degree choice

www.university.which.com.uk Advice on A-levels, apprenticeships, university and student life

www.ucas.com Lots of information on university and apprenticeships. Their subject guides are a great place to start

www.unistats.ac.uk The official website for comparing UK higher education course data

https://university.which.co.uk/advice/apprenticeships All the information and links you need to start exploring degree and higher apprenticeships

https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/ A fund of information on Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes and Sponsored Degrees

Bethan Ferguson
Head of Bright Futures Programme

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