Helping pupils to find the right path.
The right career choice can make the difference between having an unfulfilling life and an exciting, happy life. At Adams we believe pupils should make choices that suit their passions as that is the route to job satisfaction and contentment.
Our careers education is designed to help pupils develop a good understanding of themselves. So, we encourage students to start thinking about their career options early in their time here. Very few will have a clear idea in KS3 of what path they wish to follow so research will be needed to ensure they pick the right subjects when choosing GCSEs and A Levels. Future careers are again a consideration for Sixth Formers and staff are always available to talk to pupils and their parents about the best options. All Year 11 pupils do work experience after their GCSE exams. This can help them to decide what kind of career will enthuse them in the years to come.
Employability skills can be just as important as exam results and the wide range of House events, clubs, societies and trips available at Adams help them to develop these. By combining these with a broad educational base, practical experience and access to the best information and advice (including visits by outside organisations), we can ensure they are equipped to make informed decisions about their options.
For the vast majority of our Sixth Formers those options will involve a university degree, but there are also other routes available for pupils who would prefer to go into an employment- based training programme such as an apprenticeship, pursue a military career or go straight into a job. We also provide advice to pupils considering a gap year and continue to support pupils who apply after their A-Level results.
In this section of our website, pupils and parents can find up-to-date information about courses and events designed to help pupils make informed decisions about their future. You will also find information about the wide range of organisations we work with to provide additional information and support.
Mrs B J Hayes
B.A. Hons. (Comparative Literature/French, University of East Anglia)
Head of Sixth Form & Careers
Law tasters at Keele University
University of London Taster Courses
McKinsey & Company Leadership Academy
- Develop vital leadership skills
- Explore exciting career opportunities
- Build a network of like-minded peers
Sutton Trust Summer School - Application now open
Liverpool University - Physiotherapy
University of London Taster Courses
Loughborough University Engineering Experience
Jon Dennison Bursary
- Coventry University - Aerospace Engineering
- University of Liverpool - Aerospace Engineering
- University of Salford – Insight into Engineering (girls’ only)
- University of Sheffield - Broad Based Engineering
- Queen's University, Belfast - Broad Based Engineering
- University of Glasgow - Broad Based Engineering
Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers
Applications for the Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers NOW OPEN
What is it?
The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support high achieving Year 12 students from state schools across the UK to explore US study and access leading universities
It includes two residentials in the UK, before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities. An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.
In the past six years, we have helped more than 300 British students get places and funding at top US universities. The Programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.
How much does it cost for students?
The programme is free for students – including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more, all costs are covered by The Sutton Trust and its donors.
Who are we looking for?
To be eligible to apply, students must:
- Currently be in Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), or Year 13 in Northern Ireland.
- Have always attended a state school or college (non-fee paying) in the UK
- Not hold US citizenship
- Be from a low-income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
- Be interested in US culture and higher education
Additional criteria: we are looking for applicants who also meet the criteria below. The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to secure a place:
- Would be the first generation of their family to attend university
- Have been eligible for free school meals
- Attend a school or college with a below-average A Level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression into higher education
- Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression into higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
- Have excellent GCSEs or S4 qualifications:
- England and Northern Ireland: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above, or near this level
- Wales: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above, or near this level
- Scotland: Have achieved at least six B passes at National 5 or above, or near this level
When is the deadline for students to apply?
Students must submit their application by 20 January 2019. However, we strongly advise they get started earlier, as the application form requires some thinking!
Where can I find out more and apply?
There’s lots more information on our website: https://us.suttontrust.com and the application form can also be found there.
For student videos about their US week last year:
Morgan Stanley Step In Step Up Programme
Study days at University College Oxford
Research in Sciences Year 12 Study Day - 18 February 2019 (for female students only)
University College, Oxford is hosting a day showcasing science research at a leading research university. With a choice of lectures across the Medical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, this event is aimed at Year 12 students at UK schools who identify as female. As well as an insight into science research from tutors and research students, this will be an excellent way for students to engage with subject/s of interest in preparation for applying to university. Alongside this, students will get the opportunity for an insight into life at University College through College tours with undergraduates and lunch in our dining hall. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Friday 18 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website.
Medical Sciences Year 12 Study Day – 28 February 2019
University College are excited to host an engaging and challenging study day for 60 Year 12 students interested in the Medical Sciences, such as Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Psychology. The day will include lectures and workshops from Univ’s tutors and graduate students. The day will be a valuable opportunity to help you decide on a degree subject, as well as explore subjects you are interested in beyond your school curriculum. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Thursday 24 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website.
Mathematical and Physical Year 12 Sciences Study Day – 04 March 2019
University College are offering a study day for 60 Year 12 students interested Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The day will include lectures from Univ’s tutors in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. The day will also include some information and guidance on the Oxford aptitude tests, the (the MAT and PAT). Alongside this, you’ll get the opportunity for an insight into life at University College through College tours with undergraduates and lunch in our dining hall. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Monday 28 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website. All enquiries should be sent to Nelli on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance notice of Summer Term study days:
We also plan to run two more Study Days for Year 12s later in the year. Check our website for details of how to apply in the Spring Term.
- English and History Study Day – Thursday 13 June 2019
- Social Sciences Study Day – Thursday 20 June 2019
Other events in Oxford
The other Colleges and Departments in Oxford run a large programme of events for students and teachers. You can always check out this handy calendar to see what might be on offer. http://www.ox.ac.uk/outreachevents.
Engineering Experience Residential
Loughborough University are now accepting applications for their annual Engineering Experience residential for Year 12 students.
The two day residential gives Year 12 students the opportunity to visit three of their engineering departments to experience studying this subject area at undergraduate level. In addition to this, students will be provided with all meals and an overnight stay in a hall of residence.
• Interested students are invited to complete an online application form at lboro.ac.uk/engexp
• Offers of places on the residential will be made based on the information received within their application form (rather than on a first come first served basis).
• The deadline for receiving applications is 12 noon on the 4th January 2019
• The cost of the event is £60 per student (to cover meals and accommodation).
Internship with Odgers Berndtson
Year in Industry placements
The Year in Industry (YINI) placements offer students the opportunity to gain professional development by working at a reputable company. We help place students in top UK companies and organisations every year, including, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, Network Rail, ScottishPower, Leonardo, Schneider, Syngenta, P&G plus many more. Typically, the programme lasts for 12 months and comes with a good salary.
We have placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, business, marketing, finance and logistics. Our placements offer students the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Around a quarter of all our students are sponsored through university each year and many of our partner companies see The Year in Industry as an important part of their graduate recruitment programme.
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
A Year in Industry placement can fast track their future career, greatly improving employment prospects. 97% of students who have undertaken a Year in Industry feel they are more employable, as it adds massive value to a CV as well as greatly increasing confidence and maturity levels.They will be paid a proper salary
- Be expected to undertake a challenging job, which will both be stretching and relevant for your future studies and career path.
- We provide an optional maths course for all placed students who are school leavers
- Free workshops included during placement, covering project management, presentation skills, leadership and management
- Support throughout from YINI mentors and the placement companies
- The possibility of summer placements during university or moving on to apprenticeships with the companies
- Possible sponsorship through university
- Apply on line at our website http://www.etrust.org.uk/the_year_in_industry/apply_now.cfm
Vacancies are added throughout the year and can be found via this link http://www.etrust.org.uk/year-industry/vacancies
London Law Work Experience
Barclays Creative Horizons 2019
Want to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to become a successful Digital professional? Then the exciting range of apprenticeship programmes at Vodafone will set you well on your way.
Apprenticeship opportunities with Balfour Beatty
Apprenticeships and trainee positions at top companies
We've put together all the latest school/college leaver jobs and apprenticeships at leading employers across the UK.
On their four-year Apprenticeship Programme, you can become a specialist in your chosen area of Advisory, Audit, Tax or Business Services & Outsourcing. You’ll develop specialist skills and have real responsibilities alongside training and mentoring that you might not get at university. BDO also give you paid time off to study towards industry recognised professional qualifications.
JLL Surveying Degree Apprenticeships
Morrisons Manufacturing Apprenticeships
Local food manufacturing company
Knighton Foods, based very close to Newport, are looking for people who want to make a real difference, those who want to succeed and make things happen in one of the UK’s leading powdered food and ingredients businesses.
Clinical Engineering at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have a number of apprenticeship schemes starting in September. Further details of all of the schemes are available here.
The National Audit Office
School leaver and apprenticeship applications are open
The Aspire Programme offered by Close Brothers, a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading, gives school leavers who have or will achieve in excess of 112 UCAS tariff points the opportunity to join a two year training programme which combines paid work (£19k in year 1 and £20k in year 2) with personalized training and study for the Professional Diploma in Banking & Finance. For more information, go to: https://www.closebrothers.com/careers/welcome-aspire-programme
Unilever, the global consumer goods producer, offers a broad range of apprenticeships at different levels, including business & technology, research & development and supply chain & engineering. For more information, go to: https://www.unilever.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships
Grant Thornton, one of the world's leading independent assurance, tax and advisory firms, offers a five year school leaver programme. For more information, go to: https://trainees.grantthornton.co.uk/our-programmes/school-leavers/
BMW Group has vacancies for 30 UK based apprentices who will work directly alongside skilled and experienced employees in a wide range of roles, including human resources, finance, logistics, engineering, maintenance and IT. Training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some will have the opportunity to progress to degree level. For more information, go to: https://news.bmw.co.uk/article/bmw-group-apprenticeships/#gref
TARGETcareers has information about school leaver and apprenticeship opportunities with more employers, including AECOM, EY, Tesco, IBM, Rolls Royce, PWC, Morrisons, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Goldman Sachs, Sky, Deloitte, RCP, BAE Systems, Fidelity International, Smith & Williamson, Balfour Beatty, JLL and Airbus: https://targetcareers.co.uk/search/jobs
Flying Start Degree Partnership Programmes with PWC
J.P. Morgan apprenticeship programme
Stemettes on tour
In the six years since its foundation in 2013, over 40,000 young people have attended Stemettes events designed to inspire and support young women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics based careers. Details of forthcoming events with employer partners including DXC Technology, BT, Air Products and Schroders are available via: https://stemettes.org/#calendar
Undergraduate study in the USA
The National Apprenticeship Event
WorldSkills UK LIVE
Many thanks to all of the organisations, companies and individuals who have provided help and support to our pupils by attending one of our events or providing interview experience. If you would like to get involved please do get in touch with Belinda Hayes.
In order to make informed decisions, pupils need to be aware of labour market information. LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This tool supplies data and information from the Labour Force Survey; the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings; the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures.
New online apps launched to transform careers advice for students
The next generation of students will be able to take greater control of their future career paths through new online apps that were launched yesterday, which empower them to make better choices about where and what to study.
AccessEd for ThinkUni, which offers students a ‘personalised digital assistant’ bringing together data on universities, courses and financial outcomes that are easy to explore and compare.
The Profs have created TheWayUp!, a game for students to simulate different graduate career paths to help them make better choices about their future. It also aims to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds set aspirational educational and career goals to increase their chances of achieving them.