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Careers and Higher Education Guidance

At Battle Abbey, our aim is to inform and excite pupils about the opportunities available to them while in School and also looking ahead to the future. The Careers Department engages and inspires pupils so they feel confident about their decisions and choices when planning the next stage in their academic lives. We offer a comprehensive and blended programme of Higher Education lessons, one-to-one guidance sessions, interactive events, career briefings, specialist speakers, interview training, GAP year planning and assistance with targeted and productive work experience placements. The department works closely with teaching staff and tutors to guide and support pupils through their selection of GCSE and A level subjects, and then university and course choices. We ensure pupils are well informed and move on from Battle Abbey with an action plan for the future supported by a good academic record, a developing CV and a readiness to meet the challenges of university and the working world beyond.

If any parents or former pupils would like to speak at a future Networking Lunch please get in touch with our Careers Department: careers@battleabbeyschool.com

Whatever point a pupil is at, whether choosing subjects for GCSE or A level, degree courses or gap year options, career or jobs, it is vital that they decide what matters to them, carry out their own research, ask questions and then weigh up the pros and cons of each option before making a decision. 

Careers Network Lunches and visiting speakers so far this academic year:

Banking (Sept 2017)
Interior Design (Oct 2017)
Oxbridge and the Civil Service (Oct 2017)
Design (Nov 2017)
Architectural Design (Nov 2017)
Journalism (Jan 2018)
University Life (Feb 2018)
Media & Journalism (Mar 2018)
Law (Mar 2018)
Reruitment (Mar 2018)
Taking a Gap Year (Mar 2018)
Legal and Law Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Careers Advice Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Police Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Manufacturing Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Charity Sector Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Veterinary Medicine Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Marketing Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Medicine Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Finance Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Contractor Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Art Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Education Careers Fair (Mar 2018)
Royal Air Force Careers Fair (Mar 2018) 
Brighton Film Course (Mar 2018)
Marketing & Communications (Mar 2018)

Latest Careers round up letter (March 2018)

Our next Careers speaker:

TBC!

Listed below are some useful websites to help with research and decision making:

www.yourfuturecareer.co.uk – careers information, advice and case studies
www.myfuturewise.co.uk & www.inspiringfutures.org.uk – career advice, guidance and planning programmes
www.centigradeonline.co.uk – information on UCAS courses and updated courses for those going through clearing
www.prospects.ac.uk – jobs and work experience, careers advice, university & postgraduate study

Gap Year information:

www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry – UK student placement experts
www.raleighinternational.org – sustainable development organisation for young people
www.gapforce.org/gb/gap-year-programs – gap year programmes and volunteer abroad projects
www.vinspired.com – UK volunteering charity

Extended Project Qualification

Universities tell us that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3 is an excellent preparation for undergraduate study as it gives real evidence of independent, critical thinking. It is a stand-alone qualification, an extension from studies, which enthuses students by offering the opportunity for open debate and research on their own topic. Students from Year 12 can opt to take the EPQ, alongside their A Level studies and will be taught skills such as researching effectively or time management. It is essential that students work independently, but have a supervisor and subject mentors who assesses their progress.

It focuses on:
• A solid and coherent grounding in a specialist topic
• An ability to undertake independent and self-directed learning
• The ability to think laterally, critically and creatively
• Problem solving
• Reflective learning
• Self-management
• The development, presentation and communication of information
• The delivery of a presentation to an audience

EPQ Supervisor: Mr Rowe

Results Stats and Recent University Destinations