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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:

Screen Writing, Direction and Production in Film (Sept 2018)
Artificial Intelligence (Oct 2018)
Central Saint Martins and Careers in Fashion (Oct 2018)
Becoming an Actuary; Statistical Probability and Risk (Oct 2018)
London Stock Exchange and the Financial Sector (Nov 2018)
Russell Group Universities presentation (January 2019)
Paramedic (January 2019)
Marketing, Branding and Graphic Design (January 2019)
Cyber Security, Legitimate Hacking and Deep Penetration Testing (February 2019)
International Study Opportunities (March 2019)
Careers Week incorporating Careers Fair (March 2019)
Medicine (March 2019)
Teaching (March 2019)
Engineering (March 2019)
Languages and Translation Services (March 2019)
Carrers in the RAF (Sept 2019)
Engineering (October 2019)

Our next Careers speakers:


Career and University Guides:

A useful guide ‘Informed Choices’ produced by the Russell Group for Year 10 – Year 13 pupils and parents can be downloaded here.

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

www.yourfuturecareer.co.uk – careers information, advice and case studies
www.targetcareers.co.uk/futurewise & 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: Ms St.Aubyn

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