Careers and University Information


Year 12 students begin the process of completing their University (UCAS) applications in June each year.  In preparation, students attend a UCAS convention in March, with over 100 universities in attendance.  For further information on the process please visit the UCAS website.  Their personal statement advice page is a great place for students to begin. The personal statement is probably the most time-consuming part of the application.  Advice includes a video, a personal statement timeline, a mind map, and a worksheet to help students through the process.  UCAS also have a step-by-step Apply 2017 video and their new video wall is worth looking at too – it contains ‘how-to’ videos and advice from current undergraduates on what to expect. 

UCAS have also produced an interactive parent tool which gives a top level overview of the entire application journey. It’s user-friendly and packed with useful information and advice. Alongside this, they have also created a series of 90 second videos, illustrating how parents can best support their son or daughter throughout the application journey. They include advice on how to apply, open days, and funding and finance information.  The UCAS 2017 Parent Guide is essential reading for anyone helping a student navigate the admissions process (also available in Welsh), and you can also subscribe to their monthly newsletters which give parents timely advice and updates every few weeks. 


As part of their tutorial programme, students will also investigate all other Post 17/18 career options. A number of students have investigated and applied for Apprenticeships including Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Accountancy, Water Management and Hair Dressing. Students are encouraged to register on the National and Cornwall Apprenticeship websites and regularly check the vacancies.

Another potentially useful website is notgoingtouni which offers information on gap years, foundation degree programs, apprenticeship vacancies, gap year jobs and distance learning courses.

This infographic is a simple visual explanation of the different elements of an apprenticeship, from levels to subjects.

Uni's Not For Me have also produced 'Alternative Ambitions' newsletters promoting alternatives to university: April Edition. May Edition.

Which? University have produced a Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, with degree level apprenticeships leading to a university degree - without tuition fees.


Students can register for careers updates and explore the National Careers Week website for useful careers links.  Alternatively there is a wealth of careers information available via the National Careers Service and Careers South West

Wondering which jobs you might be best suited to?  Try the free Psychometric careers survey available from the BBC to find out which careers suit you best.  You can also explore the TARGETjobs website and try their "Careers Report" career planning tool to find out which jobs match your skills. You can also sign up for vacancy alerts based on career areas that interest you.

There are hundreds of great careers to choose from here in Cornwall. MadeItInCornwall has picked 30 of them to give you some ideas about what people are currently doing in the county, how they have got to where they are now and what sort of qualifications they need to do their jobs.


Student Finance applications open in January. Students need to register and apply online.

For information on the changes in student finance please visit Money Saving Expert where you will find a special guide by Martin Lewis which shows the 20+ key facts every potential student, parent and grandparent should know including a "You Can Afford To Go To Uni" guide and videos explaining Student Finance. 


Find out more about free University Summer School places.

Headstart: Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects? The EDT offer an opportunity for students in Year 12 to attend a week long taster course in STEM-based subjects at university. There are courses available in a vast array of subjects from aeronautical engineering to marine biology and everything in between. Details about this amazing opportunity can be found here.

Inspiring future engineers and scientists.

Workshop Conferences - Courses for Future Professionals.

CV writing and Interview tips - Alec

Love living in Cornwall but want a degree - Combined Universities in Cornwall is the place to look.

Want to come back to Cornwall when you've finished univeristy? Brighter Cornwall offers information on scholarship bursaries, work experience placements in Cornwall and opportunities to attend networking events with graduate employers in Cornwall.

In Year 11 and need advice on which A-level subjects to choose?  The Russell Group of leading UK universities has published a guide to post-16 subject choices. Informed Choices was produced in collaboration with the Institute of Career Guidance and is aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. It includes advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open. Click here to open the Informed Choices document or here to see the video.





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