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:

Autumn Term

  • The Careers department provides guidance on subject choice at Choices Day and at Interview
  • 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. During the day 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
  • Beyond Reigate Information Evenings are run for parents to explain the different routes available to students when they leave College and the support College gives students
  • Employer workshops are run with employers and alumni
  • 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
  • Students select their upper sixth tutorial pathway
  • A Careers Fair is held and attended by 25-30 companies and organisations
  • A further Oxbridge event is held to advise students on making a successful application

Autumn Term

  • Students opt to join one of our Upper Sixth tutorial pathways to support them with their progression plans.
  • 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
  • Students interested in applying for apprenticeships are encouraged to attend a range of talks during National Apprenticeship Week and a trip to the National Apprenticeship Fair


  • A Careers Bulletin is emailed to all students every week.  
  • Students are able to request a one-to-one careers interview with Careers staff
  • Students who need help arranging an experience of the workplace 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