Careers Programme

Reigate College offers outstanding progression guidance  

Situated in E106, upstairs in the Enhancement Building, Reigate College’s Careers Resource Centre is open every day from 9.00am to 4.00pm (term-time only) and has five dedicated members of Careers staff.

Ellen Walkinshaw, Associate Director Progression, is the College’s Careers Leader (see centre, photo below).

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Careers Planning

Careers planning starts before students enrol at College and forms part of the admissions process.  Here are some examples of how students are made aware of possible progression pathways before becoming students:

  • Partner School days:  Year 10 days, subject inspiration days, Year 8 and 9 gifted and talented days
  • Year 11 Applicants' events:  these usually include talks by former students and other outside professionals
  • One-to-one Admissions interviews:  these cover career aims and suitable programmes of study

Once students are enrolled at College, they receive the following careers input:

Lower Sixth year
Autumn Term
  • Students discuss their career plans as part of a one-to-one Independent Learning Plan (ILP) interview with their tutors. Notes of these discussions are recorded on the College’s database. Students in need of more expert guidance are referred for a one-to-one careers appointment
  • Students on the Aspire Programme complete a unit on developing an academic interest to help them decide what they would like to study at university 
  • MVD Society begins for students who are interested in applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry
  • Law Society begins for students who are considering doing Law at university
Spring Term
  • Get Ahead Day in February gives all Lower Sixth Students the opportunity to engage with around 100 universities, employers and apprenticeship providers at the College’s careers fair
  • A series of Higher Education Forums are run for parents to explain the UCAS process and how the College supports students applying to university
  • Employer workshops are run with employers such as Barclays, RSA Insurance, Nestle and KPMG
  • Oxbridge events are held to help the most able students decide if they would like to make an Oxbridge application
  • Students on the Aspire programme complete a unit on researching higher education courses and universities 
  • MVD society continues for students who are interested in applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry.  Events such as ‘Operating theatre live’ are offered to students, and the work experience co-ordinator helps students to find appropriate placements
Summer Term
  • Progression Day gives students the help they need to make a start on their UCAS application or CV. Students are also given advice from universities on writing personal statements and departments deliver sessions on progression routes in their subjects
  • Alternatives to HE evening gives parents and students an overview of apprenticeships and the chance to meet local employers and apprenticeship providers at a bespoke careers fair attended by 25-30 companies and organisations
  • A further Oxbridge event is held to advise students on making a successful application
Upper Sixth Year
Autumn Term
  • Students follow a programme in tutorial to support them with personal statement or CV writing and making applications to UCAS and/or apprenticeships and employment
  • Separate sessions are run for all students considering applying for apprenticeships or employment 
  • Students making an early UCAS application for Oxbridge or MVD courses are put in a bespoke tutor group in order to be better supported preparing for tests and interviews
  • Personal statement writing workshops are run in the Careers Department for those needing additional support with their UCAS application
  • Careers staff run help sessions for students not applying to university on researching their options, CV-building and Interview skills
Spring Term
  • Students who have applied to UCAS are advised on how to reply to the offers they receive and what to do on results day
On going
  • A Careers Bulletin is emailed to all students every week.  See link below.
  • Students are able to request a one-to-one careers interview with Careers staff
  • Students interested in gaining work experience can make an appointment with the College’s work experience co-ordinator
  • Subject staff make students aware of opportunities for further study, apprenticeships or employment relating to their subjects
  • Tutors support students in making decisions about their progression choices 

Careers Bulletin

Careers Bulletins are emailed to students on a weekly basis. The latest edition can be downloaded from here.

Careers Calendar

The careers calendar is accessible via the main College Calendar.

Other Careers Communication and expectations

Information regarding Careers Events is sent out each term with the students interim reports and parents will be emailed reminders.  Please ensure that the Students' Services office (contact has an up to date email address.

During their time at Reigate College students are entitled to comprehensive CEIAG support.  To see our entitlement statement please click here.

Reigate College has held the 'Investor in Careers Award' since 2006
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