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LXX and Beyond LXX and Beyond What are your plans after leaving Rugby? What are your future goals? What should are your plans aftertoleaving Rugby? What you do now achieve these goals? What are your future goals? What should now to achieve these Whatyou aredo your strengths? How do you deal goals? with your weaknesses? What are your strengths? How do you deal with your weaknesses?

Aims of the Careers and HE Programme Aimsand of the Careerstoand Programme • To provide advice guidance helpHEyou to make informed and realistic decisions about your options when you leave school. • To provide and guidance to help you skills to make and develop advice awareness of the qualifications, andinformed qualities needed realistic decisions about your options you leave school. for successful entry into university andwhen the working world. • To develop awareness of the qualifications, skills and qualities needed for successful entry into university and the working world. By Rugby School Careers and Higher Education Department Debbie Horner, Lucy Waweru and Jane Higgins Jon Horner By Rugby School Illustrations Careers andby Higher Education Department Debbie Horner, Lucy Waweru and Jane Higgins Illustrations by Jon Horner

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Contents Page Topics covered from October LXX to October XX

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Options after Rugby School

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Events and Activities

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Careers Events

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The World of Work

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Work Experience

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Writing a CV

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Deciding on your university course

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Types of Higher Education awards

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University Jargon Busters

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The UCAS Application Process

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Writing your Personal Statement

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Resources to help you with your HE and Careers research

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Investigating Gap Projects

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A checklist of your HE and Careers activities and Tasks

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Topics covered in HE lesson from October LXX to October XX Options after Rugby School Researching options Job application Writing a CV Planning a Gap Internships Work experience Making yourself employable Choosing a course Choosing a university Writing a Personal Statement UCAS application process Interviews

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What are your options when you leave Rugby School?

Gap Year

Internships Year in Industry

Art College

Music

University

Options

College

Work

Drama College

Study Abroad

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Options after leaving Rugby University In your Higher Education (HE) lesson you will cover all aspects of the university application process • Choosing your course and university • Open Days • Taster Courses • Writing a Personal Statement • Completing your application You should visit universities, attend Open Days and enrol on taster courses. You will also meet university representatives at the HE and Gap fair on Speech Day and at the University of London Road show here at school in the summer term. Gap Year You will get information on how to research, plan and apply for your Gap Year. There is a wide range of organisations offering a variety of options. The Gap Year providers invited to attend our Higher Education and Gap Fair have either been used by Rugby School pupils in the past or have been researched and considered appropriate and worthy of consideration. Gap Year reports from ORs are available in the careers library and they can help you narrow down your choices. Ask the careers department about the Dewar-Pilkington and BulkeleyEvans Funds which can give sponsorship towards the cost of your Gap Paid Internships and a Year in Industry Increasingly students are taking up a year’s employment before going to university. School Leaver Programmes at the best firms are competitive and typical applicants present top A levels grade predictions and excellent employment competencies. In the Management and Leadership event you will meet some of the employers offering these schemes. From time to time representatives of these companies come to Rugby School to give talks and specific advice about the options on offer. We give guidance and support to those interested in applying to these schemes. Horizons Scheme

Scholars Scheme Scholarship Programme

Futures Scheme Law Gap Programme Working in Engineering and Science

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Work and Study Some employers also offer a work based degree. You study for 6 years while working and getting paid. The employer also pays your Higher Education fees. These courses are mainly in business and finance. KPMG is an example, offering sponsored degree courses in Accounting, at Durham, Exeter and Birmingham. Work and Employability Help and guidance is given to make sure you are fully aware of the competencies employers want from both school leavers and graduates and you will write a basic CV. The Management and Leadership day will give you the opportunity to understand and try out some of the competencies that employers expect. Studies Abroad If you are interested in studying abroad, we will signpost you to specialists who will give you information and guidance for universities outside the UK. QS University Worldwide Rankings: www.topuniversities.com America www.fulbright.org.uk The following are advisers that Rugby School pupils have used • Jon Tabbert Associates Limited www.jontabbert.com • Lisa Montgomery http://www.edvice.net/6.html • Michele Collias sw-mc@hotmail.com Europe • www.bachelorsportal.eu • www.studyinholland.co.uk • www.astarfuture.co.uk • www.learnabroad.ie Australia and New Zealand • www.studyoptions.co.uk Private universities in the UK • Buckingham University • NCHUM – New College of Humanities www.nchum.org

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Events and Activities The LXX year Oct –Dec - Complete Self Audit - Investigate Options - Research Universities - Book Open Days - Book and attend Taster courses - Apply for Headstart courses - Apply for uni residential courses - Apply for Summer Internships Christmas Holidays - Early December Open Days - Visit Days - Attend Futurewise courses and events Jan – April -

Book and attend Open Days Investigate Gap options Careers Convention Write CV Complete table of possible courses First draft of Personal Statement

Easter Holidays - Work and work experience - University visits May – June - Book and attend Open Days - One to one guidance interviews - Finalise course choices - Write a good draft of your Personal Statement - HE and Gap Fair in School on Speech Day - Management and Leadership Conference in School

The XX Year

Sept - Dec - Register and complete UCAS online application - Admissions Tests - Open Days in early September - Apply for internships and other Gap activities - Interview Practice Jan – March - Register and complete online application for student finance - Attend university interviews - Receive notification of decisions from universities - Respond to university offers once you have heard from all your choices April – June - Respond to offers - Contact firm choice for accommodation - Finalise Gap Year plans - Apply for Gap funding - Change your contact details from school to home address - Print off your UCAS application August September -

Receive Exam results Confirm place at university Go through Clearing or Adjustment if required Reading for your course

If you are applying for the

Summer Holidays following year you must - University visits contact the careers - UKCAT test - IELTs department in the first - Reading around your subjects week of September - Final draft of Personal Statement - AS results - Discuss final 5 university choices with your parents Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Careers Events The Careers Department runs a number of events throughout the year to provide information and engagement.

The Higher Education and Gap Fair

This takes place each year on Speech Day. Pupils and parents are able to speak directly with University representatives, Admissions Tutors and Gap Year providers. A typical list of attendees Universities

Universities

Gap Organisations

Aberystwyth University University of Bath University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge University of Cardiff Cass Business School University of St Andrews University of Southampton University of Warwick University of Durham University of East Anglia University of Edinburgh

University of Manchester University of Nottingham University of Oxford Queen Mary New College of Humanities John Tabbert Associates (US) Laureate Hospitality SOAS University of Exeter University of Kent Kings College London University of Leicester University of Liverpool

Art History Abroad Africa Asia Venture Changing Worlds Coral Cay Event Business Academy IBM John Hall Venice Lattitude The Leap Orchard School of Cookery Outreach International Year in Industry SkiVo2 Projects Abroad

Management and Leadership Conference This conference takes place each year in June. It introduces the LXX to the soft skills required to operate effectively in the working world and an insight in to what graduate recruiters have to offer them before and during their university studies. Pupils work in teams with their contemporaries from two other schools engaging in a number of business based exercises. Each of the teams is headed by a facilitator from firms such as Deloitte, Accenture, PWC, KPMG, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and others.

The Careers Convention – An Opportunity to Inform and Inspire

This is an event that is run every other year and brings together about seventy speakers who talk about a day in their working life. Panels of three speakers from similar occupational backgrounds provide an overview of different industry sectors. The focus for the day is to gain an understanding of the work involved behind the professional title. Panels include entrepreneurs, medicine, the arts, environmentalists and many more. Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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The World of Work We cover the processes used to gain employment • Opportunities that help you to develop key competencies • CV writing • Interviews • Other methods used for selection What are employers looking for? Skills and Qualities (Competencies)

How have you achieved or used these skills? OR How can you develop them?

Initiative, self-motivation and enthusiasm Flexibility and adaptability Willingness to learn, inquisitive Leadership Confidence Communications skills Team working Commitment Problem solving Self-awareness, focused, and realistic Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses?

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Work Experience Employers expect you to have evidence of academic achievement combined with plenty of work experience. Securing a placement or internship while at university is extremely competitive and work experience is the differentiating factor between those who succeed in securing graduate positions and those who do not. Almost three quarters of graduate vacancies advertised by city investment banks, top UK employers and half of the training contracts offered by leading law firms are likely to be filled by graduates who have already completed work experience with the employer. Top Tips • •

Build a portfolio of work experience and career taster days while at school and at university to help secure graduate placements. When looking for work experience opportunities, exploring family and friends networks can be the best starting point.

The careers department may also be able to assist with contacts via the Rugbeian Society. Examples of work experience carried out by other Rugby School students • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accounts offices Architectural practices Art galleries Banks Care homes Charity shops Coffee shops Engineering firms Factory production lines Farm shops Garden centres Media firms Retail outlets Shadowing medics in hospitals Solicitors firms Sports clubs Veterinary practices Working in prep schools Thursday afternoon Rugby School activities

NB Your work experience does not have to be linked to your university course unless you intend to apply for a professional course such as medicine, engineering or teaching. Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) Your CV is your marketing tool. You need to explain concisely and clearly to an employer what you will bring to the position, and why they should choose you. Employers will rarely spend more than 2 minutes reading your CV, and if they receive tens or even hundreds of CVs they will be looking for reasons to reject it so it needs to be brief and to the point. You may also include a covering letter. There is no perfect CV template, and each employer may require a different emphasis on a particular aspect of your employment or qualifications. There are, however, some basic rules on how a CV should be written and the information that you should include. •

Neat and typed unless otherwise instructed

Brief, no more than two sides of A4, use bullet points, avoid being wordy

Positive, stressing achievements and skills

Tailored towards the skills and requirements the employer is looking for

A basic school leaver CV should include •

Personal details: name, address, phone number and email address. Because of age discrimination law, you no longer have to include your date of birth • A personal profile which sells yourself and your key qualities • Academic qualifications and any other training from previous jobs, with the most recent first • Evidence of the key skills that are relevant to the post or placement you are applying to e.g. ability to work in a team, ability to solve problems, communication skills • Work experience, starting with your most recent first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate • Interests/hobbies • References, ideally two with contact details Some employers will not accept CVs and instead use their own application form. For guidance on writing CVs visit: • • •

www.allaboutcareers.com/careers-advice/cv-tips/how-to-write-a-cv www.prospects.ac.uk/writing_a_cv.htm Example of advice from an employer - www.pwc.co.uk/careers/experienced/how-towrite-a-cv.jhtml Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Deciding on your university course “Know the UCAS website as well as you know Facebook”

1. I have no idea what I want to study • Look at what past Rugby pupils have done • Revisit and consider your Futurewise report • Go to Degree Course Descriptions and research courses related to your A level subjects or topics in your general interest. Complete the skills and interests questionnaire on the course page • Arrange a one to one with the careers department • Talk to your parents and your tutor • Look at guides on the UCAS website www.ucas.ac.uk • Complete Questionnaire on UK course finder • Attend Open Days 2. I have an idea of the subject area but not sure of the course • • • •

Use UCAS course search to look at available courses in related areas Use Degree Course descriptions to find out about related subjects Examine the course information on university websites or Degree Course Descriptions and make a pros and cons list of the courses Attend Open Days

3. I Know the course I want to study • • • • • •

Read course information on UCAS course search or uni websites Use university websites to compare different courses – look at teaching methods; course structure and content Look at league tables and unistats to find out what people think about your course at different universities Join yougofurther to see what other students are doing about planning their applications Read around your subject Attend Open Days Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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10 things you must consider when choosing a course and university Since you are going to be living and studying at the university for 3 years or more it is important to ensure that the course is right for you and that the institution will help you achieve your best. 1 The course • Does the course cover all that you want to study? 2 The entry • Are you likely to achieve the grades required? (be requirements realistic) • Do you have to sit an entry exam such as LNAT for law or UKCAT / BMAT for medicine? • Do you need any specific grades in particular subjects? • Are any specific GCSE grades required? 3 Location • Where in the country is the university? Can you get there easily? • What type of university is it? Is it all on one site or spread out? City or rural? 4 Facilities • For study – equipment, library and resources • For social – clubs, societies, sports, music or activities 5 Accommodation • Where will you live? What are the halls of residence like? • Do first years get priority for halls? 6 Cost • How much will the accommodation or travel cost? • What financial support is available from the university? Any scholarships? 7 Industry links / • Are there good links with industry? accreditation • Will the course exempt you from certain professional qualifications?( e.g. Accountancy, Psychology, Engineering or Law) • What do graduates of the course do? 8 Study abroad / • Is there the possibility of studying abroad? work experience • Does the course offer work experience? 9 Reputation and • Does the university have a good national / league tables international reputation for the particular course you wish to study? Check league tables but be careful, this may be subjective and can vary from year to year • Beware that there can be variation in standards from one department to another within the same university. 10 Methods of • What is the balance between lectures, tutorials, teaching group projects and independent research? How will you be tested? Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Keep a record of the courses you are investigating Course and Code

University

Specific GCSE Requirements

A Level/AS Requirements

Psychology

Bath

A in Maths and English if not offered at A Level

A*AA

Specific subject requirement e.g. Chemistry for Medicine At least one Natural or Social Science

Additional Entry Tests e.g. UKCAT grade requirements None

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Any work experience requirements

Are you likely to meet the entry requirements

Working with people, volunteering

Probably


Types of Higher Education Awards Bachelor’s Degree

Qualification awarded by a university or college after 3 or more years of study. The qualification is awarded in degree of honours (hons) 1st 2nd or 3rd. Some universities may offer an ordinary degree without honours. Top honours increase chances of employment or further study.

BA

Undergraduate degree with a humanities focus (3 year course)

BSc

Degree with a science focus. For Business, Economics or Psychology courses, it indicates the high level of maths and statistics content (3 year course) You can apply for this after you complete your first degree MA - Master’s with an Arts/ humanities focus MSC - a science-based master’s degree 4 years Integrated Master’s course is where the 3 year undergraduate study plus an extra year equals a Master’s degree. One subject only Two subjects, equal time spent on both Two or more subjects, the proportion of each may vary Wide range of choice and flexibility Will include an organised period of time spent in industry or abroad (4 year course) Some courses operate a programme called Erasmus/Socrates where students spend 3 months to a year in another European Country. The entry requirements may stipulate you should have been in certain employment for a length of time, and you may also need a letter from your employer

Master’s Degree Awarded to a student demonstrating a mastery of a specific field of study or area of professional practice Single Honours Joint Honours Combined Honours Modular Sandwich Study Abroad

Work Based

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University Jargon Buster Admissions Tutors The person in each department or faculty who is responsible for application forms and other enquiries about the admissions process. Entry requirements (EP – Entry Profile) Each university or college has different requirements. These can be particular GCSEs, AS, A2 grades or Tariff points, or nonacademic requirements, such as having a health check or work experience. Faculty A faculty is a number of academic departments that are grouped together for teaching, research and administrative purposes. For example: Faculty of Science, Faculty of Business and Law, etc. Sometimes they are also called Schools e.g. School of Health Studies. Freshers Students beginning their time at a university are often referred to as Freshers and a Freshers Week will be organised to introduce students to university life. This will include social events and a tour of the university resources. Halls/Colleges Halls of residence are blocks of student accommodation, which either provide meals or selfcatering facilities. Some universities have a collegiate system rather than halls. Priority for residence in halls/college is usually given to first year students. There are usually a variety of other facilities like laundrettes, common rooms and TV rooms. They may have shared kitchens and bathrooms or they can be self-contained. Higher Education Higher Education (HE) includes study at a university or college of higher education. Most people studying at this level are aiming for an undergraduate degree.

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Plagiarism Plagiarism is when someone uses someone else’s writing or ideas and pretends that they are their own. When writing your personal statement you must be careful not lift phrases or paragraphs from past personal statement or from examples on the internet. Semester Some universities divide the student year into 3 terms; some divide it into 2 semesters. A semester is half a study year. Student Loans These are low interest loans from the government to help students pay their living and study costs whilst they are at university. Student Services A department within the university which provides a range of support services to students including financial advice, accommodation, disability support, careers service, education guidance, counselling etc. Tariff Points The UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to qualifications used for entry to higher education. Most top universities will specify grades rather than points. Tuition Fees Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and may vary depending on what and where you study. UCAS Universities and Colleges Admissions Service for the UK. Most students apply for full-time courses online through UCAS. Undergraduate You go to uni as an undergraduate and graduate at the end of the course with a degree including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (BEd) Vocational Vocational courses are career specific. This means the course relates to a certain area of work, e.g. teaching, law, accounting, nursing or medicine. Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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UCAS Application Process The UCAS website www.ucas.com gives you all the information you need to make a successful application and it is important that you familiarise yourself with it and use it regularly. The following are the six main steps for completing your application Step 1: Choosing courses There are thousands of courses available at hundreds of universities and colleges, and each one suits some people better than others. You need to make sure the course is right for you by researching the details carefully before applying. Step 2: Applying The careers department, your tutor and Hm help you complete the online application through UCAS Apply. UCAS sends your application to the universities and colleges you have chosen. Step 3: Offers You find out if you have been accepted by logging on to the UCAS online tracking system known as Track. You reply to your offers through Track. You should also respond to interview invitations through Track. Step 4: Results On Results Day in August, download your results from the school intranet then check Track to see if you have been accepted on your course. Step 5: Next steps If you receive different grades than expected or change your mind, there are other options available. Call the careers office to discuss these. Let the careers department know early in Sept if you are applying via UCAS for the following year. Step 6: Starting University or College Make sure you have everything ready, such as accommodation, finances, travel arrangements, books and equipment required for the course. If you need help finding out what you have to do before you start, contact the university Student Services department.

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Writing your Personal Statement Start thinking about your personal statement early in the LXX It is not an easy task! You are aiming to prove to the admissions tutor that you have the skills and qualities to succeed on the course and to explain what you expect to gain from it. You have a maximum of 47 lines to do it in (a page of A4 in font size 12). PLAN what you want to say and how to say it. Make sure your statement is structured, positive and easy to follow. Most people write more than 5 drafts so allow plenty of time. What you should write about?  

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Explain why this is the course for you. Why have you chosen it? Keep it positive. Explain how your interest in the course has developed and what your ultimate goals are. Be enthusiastic and show that you have researched the subject area Mention any job, placement, work or voluntary experience and the skills, motivation, insight and knowledge gained from these Include details of extra - curricular activities such as DofE. These can show your interests, maturity, self-reliance, ability to relate to others and your ability to take responsibility. If you are planning a year out explain how this will benefit you and your future studies or career ( if relevant) Mention the qualities you can bring to the course and the university/college Be truthful. You are likely to be asked about your personal statement if you are called for an interview Check the quality of your writing. This is an important document and it could make the difference between a university offering you a place or not. Don’t rely on spell check.

Make sure you show your statement to your tutor and the subject teacher for comments. Spend a lot of time on it to make it as near perfect as possible. Remember: You are responsible for your final draft. Plagiarism/copying – a warning! UCAS now apply similarity detection software to analyse all personal statements and to detect possible incidence of plagiarism. The tool will indicate to higher education staff any elements or phrases of a personal statement which are the same, or similar to other personal statements held within the UCAS library. Any statements showing a potential level of similarity of 10% or greater are reviewed by members of the UCAS Similarity Detection Service. They will notify universities of any cases where there are reasonable grounds to suspect collusion. The universities will decide on what, if any, action they need to take. This may include rejecting the application. Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Guidelines for writing a UCAS Personal Statement You should write your personal statement in Word and then copy and paste it into the UCAS form. The UCAS form does not have a spell check facility and times out regularly without saving. Using font size 12 Times New Roman or Calibri, you have 4000 characters or 47 lines. You cannot use features such as bold, italics or underline. When pasted on to the online form, UCAS automatically standardises the font size and style. Use these statements to help you make initial notes. 1. What do you like about the course? Give details of any relevant background to your interest. How and why did your interest develop? 2. Explain particular interests you have in your current subjects and give details of any relevant skills developed through your studies. 3. Write down any employment work experience or voluntary work which is relevant. 4. Describe your personal characteristics and skills that are relevant to the course. Give evidence of how you have portrayed them in or out of school. 5. Give evidence of other achievements e.g. positions of responsibility, prizes etc. 6. Briefly state your social, sporting or other interests and activities 7.

Project your future plans or ambitions. What do you hope to do once you have achieved your university qualification?

Further information •

http://www.ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/personalstatement/

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Personal_Statement_Library

http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/

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How to structure your personal statement Tailor your statement to the type of course you are applying for. Professional courses will require more evidence of work experience and career understanding while theoretical courses need evidence of a higher academic focus such as reading outside the A level syllabus.

Introduction – What do you like about the course? Why have you chosen it?

Academic Skills – state and explain the skills and knowledge that you have gained through your studies or extra reading that make you suitable for the course. Read course content and candidate profile on prospectuses, university websites and UCAS (don’t assume you know what they want or what they will teach). Make sure that you are addressing all your five choices.

Discuss relevant skills developed in work experience, volunteering, Thursday afternoon activity and part-time jobs

Explain your involvement in extra-curricular activities including key achievements in this area

Conclusion – sum up your reasons for choosing the course or discuss future plans/career

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Resources to help you with your research Experience Courses and Career days

Investigating University Courses

www.etrust.org.uk/headstart Engineering, Science and Maths

Use Course Search on www.ucas.com

http://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/ Engineering

UCAStv video guides http://www.ucas.tv/ucas/video/XKPKL

www.opendays.com - All university Open days

Individual university websites. Look at Undergraduate Courses.

www.workshop-uk.net - Physiotherapy, Criminal law, Vet-med, Physics, Business and Management, Chemistry and more.

Degree Course Descriptions http://dcd.coa.co.uk

ww.epoc.org.uk - investigate Law and medicine

http://medlink-uk.net - investigate a career in medicine

www.prospects.ac.uk – find out about the career options with your university course

www.prelaw.org.uk – investigate a career in Law

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk – Working for the rd NHS, the 3 largest employer in the world

www.myfuturewise.org.uk – You get a discounted price for taster courses and career days

www.allaboutcareers.com – look at all job possibilities and how to get there

www.careers.lon.ac.uk/tasters/ University of London taster courses

www.myfuturewise.org.uk – Log in to your account.

www.icould.com – watch videos on careers and subjects

www.creative-choices.co.uk – what can you do if you are creative?

www.directions.org.uk/ careers in Finance

Investigating Career Ideas

League Tables and Guides •

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

www.timeshighereducation.co.uk

www.guardian.co.uk

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk

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Investigating Gap Projects

A gap involves taking time out either before going to university, during your course or afterwards. This gap can take a few weeks or a whole year. You can travel, work or volunteer (or a combination of these) in another country or in the UK. It is important to make productive use of your time out, with a focus on developing your skills and gaining valuable experience to further your career. (prospects.ac.uk) The Dewar-Pilkington and Bulkeley-Evans Fund can help towards the cost of your Gap. Ask in the Careers Department.

The following are examples of organisations used by ORs.

www.gap-year.com A good starting point for gap ideas and advice

www.volunteeruganda.org To support communities in Uganda in their efforts to rise out of poverty, help bring about permanent, sustainable development through educational infrastructure development, job creation, health promotion and volunteering. www.projects-abroad.co.uk Volunteer projects, work experience and gap year placements.

www.ventureco-worldwide.com Travel to adventurous destinations is a privilege: the opportunity to work closely with indigenous communities is a revelation: the experiences you earn and memories you return with will become part of who you are. www.sportlived.co.uk Helps you discover a new country and develop your passion for sport. Play or coach sport during a gap year or summer break. Anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months, it's the perfect way to combine sport, adventure and travel. http://www.lattitude.org.uk/ placements offer opportunities to learn new skills, share knowledge and gain confidence through dealing with different people, cultures and life styles completely different to what you are familiar with at home. Rugby School Higher Education and Careers Department

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Checklist of HE and Careers Activities and Tasks in the LXX Activity

Details

Self – Audit (blue form)

Completed in HE lessons. Captures where you are and what you have to offer so far.

Curriculum Vitae – CV

Started in HE lessons but completed independently. The CV produced is basic and you are strongly advised to seek further guidance if you are applying for a specific role.

Course research on UCAS, university websites and Degree Course descriptions

Narrow your interest to a subject area or course. Make sure you are confident at describing and discussing it.

Table of courses of interest

Completed in HE lesson and also at your own time.

Career subject taster courses attended or booked

Use the websites on page 21 to make a list of taster courses you are interested in. Make sure you apply early as these courses are competitive and ‘sell out’ quickly.

Open Days attended or booked

Register on the Open Day website. Make a list of unis of interest.

Work Experience completed or/and organised for the holidays

Make a list or use the work experience booklet. Keep a reflective diary.

Reading around your subject

What are you reading outside lessons? Ask your teachers to recommend texts. Keep up with current affairs in your subject area. Keep a reading diary.

Prepare for Uni admissions tests where necessary

Are you booked for any tests you need to do? Do you need to go on a practice course? Attend practice sessions organised at school.

Personal statement draft

Ask subject teachers and your tutor to read your personal statement.

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