• Central Futures 

    Preparing you for life after school

  • What is Central Futures?

    Central Futures is our programme designed to prepare you for your future beyond Central Foundation Boys’ School. Whether that be continuing your studies at university, looking for an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, we aim to help you develop the right qualifications, skills and experiences to be successful.

    What will Central Futures do for you? 

    The Central Futures programme will help you to:

    • Identify all of the different career routes available to you. 
    • Decide on the best pathway for you, whether that be university, employment or apprenticeship. 
    • Develop the qualifications, skills and experience you need to access university or employment, and be successful when you start.

    How can I be part of the Central Futures programme? 

    Every student at Central Foundation Boys' School is part of the Central Futures programme. All students will receive support at key milestones in your school journey such as making GCSE subject choices, choosing a Sixth Form education provider and choosing your degree and career pathway after school.

  • Meet the Central Futures Team

    Please come to speak to us if you have any questions related to careers, university or work experience.

    Mr Samuel

    Assistant Headteacher - Head of A-level

    Head of High-Achieving Pupils and UCAS

     

    Speak to Mr Samuel about university choices, UCAS applications and entrance exams. Mr Samuel also leads on A-level provision. You can find Mr Samuel next to Ms Nedjdet's office above the Common Room.

     

    Mr Stevens

    Assistant Headteacher - Head of Vocational

    Mr Stevens is responsible for all vocational education and work experience.

    Mr Harriott

    Key Project Coordinator

     

    Mr Harriott runs the Key Project for Year 10 to Year 13, but all students can also come see him with university queries or information about post-16 choices and searching for apprenticeships. You can find Mr Harriott in the Sixth Form Centre.

     

    Ms Shaw

    Information, Advice and Guidance Coordinator

    Ms Shaw is able to provide you with guidance on the range of different career routes and pathways. You can find Ms Shaw in the LRC.

     

    Other key figures

    Sixth Form Team

    Mr Barker - Deputy Headteacher has overall responsibility of Key Stage 5 and Sixth Form

    Ms Nedjdet - Head of Year 12 and Year 13 is responsible for your pastoral care

    Ms Browne - Learning Mentor Year 12 and Year 13 will help you with your everyday questions about attendance and independent study.

     

  • Success Stories 

    2017 Leavers

    Well done to our Year 13 leavers. They secured incredible destinations including:

     

    University of York

    University of Warwick

    UCL

    King's College London

    Durham University

    Loughborough University

     

    They were an exceptional year group in showing dedication, organisation, resilience and taking up opportunities.

     

    Good luck to you all.

    Extended Writing

    We want to celebrate examples of extended writing within our Sixth Form. Here are some recent examples.

     

    Kaan Yuksel was awarded in the "Highly Commended" category in the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College Vellacott History Essay Prize. This was for his response to the question "How important was Islam to political processes in the twentieth century Middle East'. You can read his response here. It was one of only seven options commended this highly, out of 240 excellent entries from 180 different schools.

     

    The essay competition for 2018 is open now. See here.

    Photography

    PERSIXN

     

    Kiyan Zarrinchang Fard has been working hard to develop himself as an aspiring photographer. He has dedicated himself to this art form, and has produced some wonderful pieces. 

     

    His website, http://persixn.com/, showcases his work beautifully. It demonstrates his ability to capture the beauty of London, while also emphasising its breathless intensity.

    UNIQ Oxford Vlog

    Last year CFBS student Berkan Marasli attended Oxford University's summer residential programme, UNIQ, and was one of approximately 800 students chosen to take aprt out of the nearly 4000 applicants from across the UK. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college for one week in the summer. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford. Participants also take part in a variety of social activities in the evenings.

     

    Berkan made a vlog of his week at the university, showcasing his experience.

     

    Please use the "Email Us" section below, or speak to a member of the Central Futures team, if you would like to contribute media to this section of the website.

  • Sign-up for UCAS.

    Follow our Sign-up Guide.

  • The Central Futures team are fortunate to have a wide network of universities and employers. Students have access to a variety of high quality university taster days, access programmes, employability sessions and work experience.

    Below are details of some of our current links and projects with our partner organisations.

    Slaughter & May 

    A magic circle law firm

    Slaughter & May have been working with the school for a number of years. They support the school in a number of ways including funding our Key Project which aims to increase the number of students applying and gaining places at Russell Group universities. Slaughter & May also support the school with a number of career insight sessions and provide a legal and business services work experience programme. 

    Montcalm Hotels 

    5* hotel group 

    Montcalm Hotels partner with the school in the delivery of the BTEC Level 3 Hospitality course. They provide experienced staff to deliver lessons and workshops to the students. All students on the course have the opportunity to carry out a work placement at one of the hotels. We have had a number of students employed in part time or full time roles following their placements. 

    Capco 

    Financial consultancy firm 

    Capco are the closest of our business partners, with offices only one street away. Capco offer our students the opportunity to carry out work experience at the firm and experience life as a consultant. Students learn about a number of areas in finance, analyse data, create professional presentations and get the opportunity to build networks with Capco employees.

    Tech City Stars 

    connecting the tech sector with young londoners 

    Tech City Stars are an apprenticeship provider in the Tech/Digital sector. Students receive intensive employability skills training before applying for apprenticeship roles. Tech City Stars are definitely one of the most innovative and dynamic apprenticeship providers we know.

    Pret a Manger 

    food retailer 

    We are a partner school of Pret a Manger. Pret have supported our career insight events giving students the opportunity to find out about careers in the retail hospitality sector. Students will also soon be visiting the Pret Academy to gain an insight into life as an apprentice.

  • School Resources

    Student and Parent Guide

    A guide for parents on university, apprenticeship and employment options. Download here.

    Welcome Back Assembly

    See our advice on your return to school. Download here.

    UCAS/Which? Parent guide 2018

    As a parent, guardian, or someone with caring responsibilities, you’re likely to be one of the most important and trusted sources of information and advice to your child. With that in mind, UCAS and Which? have joined forces to bring you this guide. It’s designed to give you the tools to guide and support a young person applying to study at university or college in 2018, through their decision-making and the UCAS application process.

    Download the guide here under the heading "Guides to help you".

  • Career Resources

    If you don't know what you want to do or want to find out more about particular careers then check these sites!

    To use icould click here

    icould provides a while host of career related videos to give you a first hand view of jobs and career options.

  • Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

    Find the latest work experience and internship opportunities here!

    Rolls-Royce work experience at Heathrow

    Download application here and email this to workexperience2@rolls-royce.com

    Applications should be received at least two months prior to the start date you are requesting

    Saturday Jobs Programme

    Islington Council have launched a campaign to support young people to gain their first part-time paid job. The Saturday Jobs programme is now in its second year and aims to provide job opportunities for young people in Islington.

    View details here, application form here, application guidance here, and two job descriptions here and here.

    BBC work experience

    Television, radio, news/journalism and business/support work placements available.

    Information and application here, some placements take U18s

    Work experience in West End theatres

    Information and application online here, subsidised places available

    Nuffield Research Placements

    1,000 students per year have the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths course are eligible to apply. Placements are available in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.

    Information here, apply here

    Legal, marketing, Finance, HR, IT and office services work experience

    Kingsley Napley offers a number of unpaid work experience placements throughout the year, giving students an insight into life at a busy London law firm. Some practice areas require work experience candidates to be over the age of 18, but most accept applicants who are 16+.

    Information here, applications accepted on a rolling basis

    In2Science work experience

    in2scienceUK is an award winning organisation which gives students from low income backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside STEM scientists, and receive the advice and information they need to progress to University and STEM careers.

    Information online, apply here

    Journalism work experience

    Love magazines/dreaming of a career in journalism? Bauer works with more than eighty influential media brands, including heat, GRAZIA, Closer, MCN, Parkers, MATCH, Magic 105.4, Kiss 100 and Kerrang.

    Apply here for various opportunities

    Work experience

    Roles in technology, business, customer service and media for students aged 15-18, check individual roles for additional requirements such as GCSE grades. Sky's offices in London are based in Osterley (zone 4 on the Piccadilly line). Travel expenses covered as part of placement.

    Check here for current opportunities (updated regularly throughout the year)

    Looking for work experience?

    GoThinkBig advertises work placements, internships, apprenticeships and events to help you build your career. Check back regularly for the latest opportunities.

    View and apply for all vacancies here

  • University and Enrichment Opportunities

    Find the latest university and enrichment opportunities here!

    TAP Steps to Law society

    Giving you an insight into the world of law, The Access Project's Law Society will provide you with:

    • LNAT support
    • Case study and critical thinking workshop
    • Work shadowing opportunities
    • Networking opportunities

    To apply, fill out an application form here

    TAP Medicine and Dentistry Society

    Want to know what it's like being a Medic or Dentist. Join The Access Project's society. You'll receive:

    • BMAT and UKCAT support
    • Clinical Skills workshops
    • MMI and Interview Practice
    • Trip to a medical school
    • Networking opportunities

    To apply, fill out an application form here

    UNIQ summer schools

    UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University. They are the University of Oxford's ONLY official summer school programme for students studying in their first year of further education. Courses are available in lots of different subjects that the University of Oxford offers. At least six GCSE (or equivalent) grades (typically A*-A; A personal statement detailing interest in their chosen course and motivation to attend UNIQ; School information (current state school and past school); A-level (or equivalent) courses; Teacher referee contact details.

    Click here to apply. Applications close at the end of January 2018.

    BANK OF ENGLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

    For Year 13s:

     

    The programme will provide you with:

    • Up to £30,000 to support living costs during your undergraduate degree

    • Paid summer internships

    • Mentoring, coaching and support from a member of our team

    City, University of London’s Masterclass series for 2018

    City, University of London’s Masterclass series for 2018

    Available for year 12 & 13 students to apply.

    Explore a professional area in depth.

     

     

    A chance to find out more about University

     

    Find out more

    Essay Competitions

    The University of Cambridge has a number of essay writing competitions.

    History can be found here. (Kaan Yuksel's winning essay is available above).

    English can be found here.

    Science can be found here.

    Sutton Trust - US programme

    The Sutton Trust is continuing its flagship US programme to give bright, state school students a taste of life at an American university. The programme, delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, is centred on a one week summer school in the US (in previous years at either Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University or Harvard) with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after. The programme provides participants with a wide range of activities to help them make the right decisions about American higher education. The Sutton Trust covers all programme costs, including residential events, accommodation and travel.

    To apply, click here. Applications close on 14th January 2018.

    Calendar of events

    Free events, lectures and exhibitions. Book online, some events are free and others have a small fee attached.

    For dates and details, see here

    Queen Mary University Shadowing Scheme

    The Queen Mary University Shadowing Scheme is designed to allow individual students who meet specific criteria to experience a lecture, chat to current students about university life and receive information on the specific support that staff in the university’s well-being services, Advice and Counselling and the Disability and Dyslexia Service provide. Students can select from one of the degree subjects below, they will spend the day with an undergraduate student studying in that area:

    • Drama
    • English
    • History
    • Geography
    • Politics
    • Alternatives to Medicine (this could include Biomaterials, Biomedical Sciences, Biology or Pharmacology)

    To apply, click here. Deadline for application is 16th February

    University taster courses for years 12 and 13

    Over 200 free one-day courses hosted by universities across London. Try a new subject, visit a university you haven't been to before and gain subject knowledge ahead of applying to university

    View full list of courses here and apply using links in sheet

    SOAS Masterclasses

    SOAS, a top-third University in London, run Masterclasses which are subject based and usually last for half a day. They consist of a topic based lecture and interactive activity, led by a SOAS academic. There are also workshops and a Q&A session with Student Ambassadors who are studying the course.

     

    They offer a fantastic way of getting an experience of Higher Education in a subject you're interested in.

    In2Surrey

    In2Surrey is part of Surrey University’s Widening Participation programme. The scheme is designed to aid those students who have the ability and desire to study at the University of Surrey achieve their goals regardless of their social background or personal circumstances. Students on the In2Surrey Programme typically receive offers at least a grade lower than the standard offer.

    To apply, click here. Applications close on 22nd January 2018.

    Free online courses

    Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

    See all courses here

    Free online courses

    Take the world's best courses, online. Join for free. Each one of the 1600+ courses is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

    See all courses here

    Free online courses

    Sign up for free online courses on hundreds of different subjects

  • Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes

    Looking to go straight into work after you finish school? Current opportunities here!

    UCAS' Career Finder tool

    A searchable database of work and training opportunities – use the 'Find a job' tab to get a full view of all available opportunities. These include: employer-sponsored degrees, school leaver opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience, placement schemes and insight days.

    National Apprenticeship Service

    Search for apprenticeships in England. You don’t need an account to search, but you need to create a free account to: apply for apprenticeships, get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications and track your applications

    BrightStart apprenticeships

    Looking to work in audit, consulting, risk or finance?

    Higher apprenticeships

    Looking for opportunities in accountancy, tax or investment?

    Merchant Navy apprenticeships

    A highly paid career at sea with real responsibility: apply to be a Trainee Officer. Click here for information on different roles

    IT apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships in cyber security/software and web development/business/digital marketing/project management

    Tech and media apprentices

    Apply for apprenticeships in engineering, broadcast operating, business management and digital software engineering

    Starbucks apprenticeships

    Get paid while learning new skills and gaining qualifications in Barista Mastery and Customer Service. 12 month apprenticeship with guaranteed employment at the end

    Information here and applications here

    Degree apprenticeships

    We're looking for bright and motivated school leavers who want a career in engineering, construction, commercial management or information technology. Fully paid-for undergraduate degree​.

    Digital and IT apprenticeships

    Arch is making a difference to the lives of young people and to the productivity of UK employers through apprenticeships in IT, Digital Marketing and associated jobs. Arch Talent Solutions helps recruit new apprentices, check their website for current vacancies.

    Apprenticeships in
    Business, Accountancy, Finance
    and Law

    Considering a career such as Accountancy, Financial Services, Investment Operations, HR or Marketing? Then a Professional Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.

    Information here, search vacancies here

    Train to be a chartered accountant

    As a school leaver, you have the opportunity to enter into the world of accountancy through studying and completing the AAT qualification.

    GKN engineering apprentices

    A Higher Engineering Apprenticeship with GKN will prepare you for a career within our engineering and design teams over a four year programme. Read more about the different roles here

    Information here, search and apply for vacancies by region here

    Apprentice Technical and Cyber Security Consultant

    Looking after the company's IT systems, cloud services and assisting in identifying future technologies is a great opportunity to earn money while you learn in a government funded apprenticeship and complete a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship.

    Apply here

    Apprenticeships with Virgin Media

    Roles in Engineering, Field Operations, and Planning.

    Joining Virgin Media as an apprentice means you’re guaranteed to work with the latest tech and the most passionate people. Rated a top employer by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service.

    Apply here

    Legal and non-legal apprenticeships

    Legal Apprentices will either work in the Legal Services Centre, or in one of the insurance or commercial legal teams. Non-Legal Apprenticeships are designed to help you develop a career in a professional services firm undertaking roles in either finance, office management, IT, facilities or providing administrative support to a legal team.

    Apply through website

    Higher apprenticeships

    Roles in customer service, billing, sales, engineering, HR, business management, finance, IT, cyber security and supply chain.

    Apply through website

    Actuarial apprenticeship

    Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. The technical support team is part of the largest team within Retirement, Defined Benefit Consulting, which provides advice on running many of the largest UK Defined Benefit (or Final Salary) pension schemes.

    Typical work will include: complex data manipulation, calculating and valuing the benefits of individual members, pension scheme valuations, accounting disclosures, monthly client billing, cross-departmental projects. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there will be an opportunity to join and progress within the Consulting Support Team. We will provide ongoing support enabling you to complete the exams and become a Certified Actuarial Analyst.
     

    Qualifications required: Based on predicted grades – three A level passes equivalent to 112 UCAS points (2017 tariff) including at least a B grade in Maths.

    Information and applications here

    Engineering/tech apprentices

    As an Arqiva apprentice, you’ll combine on-the-job experience with formal, accredited training to gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a role and career within our engineering and technology operations. You’ll join a team dedicated to service and technical excellence, providing broadcast and communication services to our renowned customers including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, EE, Vodafone, Three and Thames Water. We are now recruiting for the following roles:

    • Apprentice Field Service Technicians
    • Apprentice Satellite Operations Technicians
    • Apprentice Cyber Security Technologists

    Information and applications here

    Engineering Apprenticeships

    KONE is an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry. Our job is to make the best of the world’s cities, buildings and public spaces. We believe that cities are part of the solution for better living. Roles in engineering.

    Information online, apply here (search using keyword "apprentice")

    Apprenticeships

    Our Apprentice programmes give you a unique opportunity to join us across different areas of our business and undertake nationally recognised qualifications and workplace training in a dynamic and challenging industry. At the same time, you will also earn a competitive wage. You will receive ongoing support throughout the scheme, with guidance and help available from your line managers, the educational provider and a buddy/mentor.

     

    Roles in head office, customer service, customer contact, project management, cargo, aircraft maintenance, operations (Heathrow) and business support.

    Information here, apply here

    School leaver roles and sponsored degrees

    The Royal Navy has a clear career structure all the way to the top – if you have the drive and the talent. There are rewarding opportunities throughout your career – both on and off duty. 21 roles available including: warfare, mine warfare, hospitality, chefs, aircrew pilot, aircraft/helicopter controller, cadet deck officer, Royal Navy Police, Royal Navy Marines reserve, medical officer, engineer officer, radiographer, dental nurse, weapons engineer, seaman/sailor, aircraft engineer, operating department practitioner, communications and information systems, naval nurse, logistics, supply chain, hydorgraphy/meteorology, biomedical scientist, cybersecurity.

    • Gain professional qualifications, recognised by civilian and military employers, as well as universally-admired Royal Navy training.

    • 6 weeks paid holiday, additional shore leave (on deployment) and two weeks of adventurous training every year. Free health and dental care, subsidised living costs inc. accommodation and meals.

    Information on roles here, apply here

    Degree apprenticeship

    We can offer you the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting engineering and design projects. You’ll study towards one of the following technical knowledge qualifications that run over a three year period on either a block or day release basis with a training provider (usually a local university);

    • Building Services Engineering Technician Degree Apprenticeship 
    • Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

    Apply here, information on company here

    Apprenticeships

    Higher apprenticeships in finance, retail, logistics and engineering and degree apprenticeships in manufacturing, corporate, logistics, retail and supply chain available.

    Apply here

    Various roles

    The Army has the largest apprenticeship programme in the country, with about 95 per cent of new soldiers taking part and over 8,000 completing their apprenticeship training each year.

     

    Roles in combat, medical care, engineering, logistics, HR/finance, intelligence, communications and IT.

    Apply here

    In the UK we recruit over 100 apprentices each year, adding to the 320 currently under training. Read more about why you should work with us.

     

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

    Advanced Level Apprenticeships

    Higher Apprenticeships

    Apply here

    Tech and Digital Apprenticeships

    Just IT has helped over 1,000 young adults kick-start their careers into the Tech and Digital industry.

    • Apprenticeship in IT Support & Networking
    • Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing
    • Apprenticeship in Software Development

    Their apprenticeship programme combines practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll be working alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills, earning a wage of up to £1,000 per month and getting holiday pay along with studying towards an IT or Digital Marketing qualification.

    Apply online (with your CV)

    Apprenticeships in civil engineering, transport planning, building services engineering and quantity surveying.

     

    Apply here

    Trainee air traffic controllers

    Pilots need active support from air traffic control to fly safely. Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) are also essential to the efficiency of airports and the airline industry. With the ever-increasing volume of traffic, managing flights is a complex and sometimes pressurised job. As an ATCO, you’ll be using radar and other technology to track planes ‘en route’ between airports and keep in touch with pilots. Alternatively, you’ll be liaising with the planes on approach.

     

    People apply – and are accepted – from all kinds of backgrounds. These online games will give you a sense of whether you might have the right kind of aptitude and skills for the role. There are also strict rules about who is eligible to apply, if you qualify and are selected you can expect to receive a generous benefits package.

    Information on role here, apply here

    Trainee accountants

    A comprehensive training contract which provides supervised training over 5 years with continued career progression with the view to study the ACA or ACCA after completing the AAT.

    As part of the programme, you will have a manager as your mentor and access to partners and senior staff for further guidance. Currently recruiting for two Accounts Assistants in the Corporate & Business Services Team and two Audit Assistant Trainees in the Charity and Not-for-Profit Team

     

    Candidates will have excellent GCSE’s* with a minimum of a B grade in English Language and Maths and a minimum of 120 UCAS points or equivalent (e.g. BBB at A-Level)

    Information and applications here

    Careers in Media for School Leavers

    One in three ads around the world has been planned by one of the GroupM media agencies Maxus, MEC, MediaCom and Mindshare, which makes us the worlds largest media planning and buying agency network. Our media agencies are responsible for planning and buying advertising campaigns for a huge number of high profile brands including eBay, Sky, BT, EE, Lloyds, Unilever, Nike, Shell, New Balance, Audi, Morrison’s, Apple, Nationwide, Universal Music, Beats by Dr Dre, Universal Films, EA Games, L’Oreal, Barclays, Danone, Tesco, Paramount, Nivea, P&G, Coca Cola, Innocent Drinks, Three Mobile, Vodafone, Compare the Market, B&Q, M&S, Mulberry, Chanel, and many more.

     

    Alongside our apprenticeships and entry level programmes there are a number of roles you could be doing depending on your interest, skills and passions: Account Executive, Broadcast Executive, Communications/Media Planner, Data/Analytics Executive, Digital Executive, Digital Planner, Paid Social Executive, Research Executive, SEO Executive, Social Media Executive, Sponsorship & Partnerships Executive, TV Buyer or Tech Executive.

    Information on roles and applications here

    Accounting school leaver scheme

    Our School Leaver Programme combines work experience with study towards a recognised professional qualification

    You will start working towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification (AAT) where you where you will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills you need for a career in Finance and accounting, whilst earning a competitive salary at the same time. Once you successfully complete the AAT, you will will be ready to progress towards qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). With dedication and commitment to succeed combined with our excellent training and work experience you could be a fully qualified accountant within 5 years!

    Information on roles and applications here

     

    Development/Engineering apprenticeships

    We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 68,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents.

    We need students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. We have various apprenticeship programmes across our business ranging from levels 2-4. During your apprenticeship you’ll study for a recognised technology qualification. And what’s even better is this learning is complemented by on-the-job training on real, live projects.

     

    Roles in Software Development, Project Management, Business Intelligence and Cyber Security.

    Read about their apprenticeships here and apply here

     

    School leaver programme

    Our School Leavers Programme provides a fantastic opportunity to start climbing the career ladder. Based in a Pret shop in London, we’ll support and develop you providing you with the skills you need to be a success in the world of work. 78% of our Managers started as Team Members, so who knows what you can achieve. Read about The Pay, The Programme and Case Studies from previous School Leavers. You'll attain an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship from the National Apprenticeship Service which is equivalent to A levels.

    Applications are now open - click here to apply.

    Apprenticeships

    Join an apprenticeship that will last for at least 18 months and you’ll learn on the job. You’ll study towards qualifications. You’ll earn a salary. You’ll work on real projects with some of the best brains in the business. And you’ll connect with great training, coaching and support every step of the way. You’ll also feel well looked after and enjoy plenty of perks on top.

     

    Team with vacancies include:

    • Data and Analytics
    • Digital Marketing and Social Media
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Administration
    • Technology

    Information here, applications are currently closed, but will reopen later this academic year for 2018 entry.

    Technology degree apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to build innovative solutions for clients by utilising cutting-edge technology.

     

    You don't need to have any technical experience or programming skills. You will start your career with a four-week bootcamp where you'll learn about working at Accenture and start your training with an introduction to Java programming.

     

    You'll develop expert digital, web and cloud computing skills, as well as expertise in project management, application and infrastructure development and business analysis. The apprenticeship lasts for 3 years, and you will gain a BSc Degree in Digital &Technology Solutions at the end of it (fully funded by Accenture).

    Information here, applications here

    Retail Apprenticeships- Various locations

    Apprenticeships don’t have to be a Plan B. At least not at the Co-op. Our retail trailblazer programme is designed to really set you up for success, and propel you into the world of retail. You’ll get all the support you need, and unlike a lot of retail apprenticeship programs, you’ll receive a full time salary and won’t have to pay anything towards your learning. We’ll even give you an iPad to help you with your studies.

    Being a retail trailblazer isn’t just stacking shelves. It’s so much more. You’ll complete 11 core modules such as brand, marketing, product and team, to name a few, showing how you’ve learnt it, shown it and lived it. 20% of your time will be spent completing these modules through interactive technology, wherever’s most convenient for you.

    So that you’re set up for success, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate the required standard in maths and English. We’ll look to see if you’ve had under 12 months experience within a food retail role before, so that everything we’re teaching you is new and exciting. To find out if there is an opportunity near

    you, click apply now below.

    Apply Now

     

    BP Supply & Trading School Leaver Programme

    The supply and trading school leaver programme is an alternative to university that provides you with the relevant skills and experiences needed to succeed in a business role. You will receive the appropriate development needed to be a high performing and valued employee.

    The Programme Offers:

    A 5 year structured training and development programme.

    Four job rotations in front office roles and have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of commercial activity in our oil, gas and shipping sectors such as:

    Analysing Market Data

    • Working with Product Control.  Supporting operations team on a trading bench.
      • Working with the derivatives marketing team.

      • Supporting commercial trading as part of a financial team.

      To find out if there is an opportunity near

    you, click apply now below.

    Apply Now

     

    IT Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships worth discovering
    A Lloyds Banking Group Apprenticeship is a journey of discovery – and a brilliant way for you to go from full-time education into the world of work. You’ll have financial freedom and great benefits in a permanent role with no student debt. And we’ll give you the feedback and support you need to grow and develop.

    What’s a Tech Marvel (and are you one)?
    Tech Marvels are resourceful, analytical and commercially-minded people who are passionate about using the most innovative developments to help us connect with customers. From coding champs to digital novices, they’re drawn to innovation and inspired to adapt technology to improve people’s lives and transform our business.


    Apply now for our IT Apprenticeships
    We have four vacancies for IT apprentices, with applications closing on 13 October 2017. As part of the team responsible for Lloyds Banking Group’s IT systems, you’ll play a key role in ensuring that our services are reliable, secure and convenient for our customers.

    Are you a Tech Marvel who’s passionate about the possibilities of technology? If that sounds like you, you should apply for a Lloyds Banking Group IT Apprenticeship today.

     

    School Leaver Scheme 2018

    Chartered Accountancy
    By joining us and achieving a prestigious qualification as a chartered accountant you will be equipped for a fantastic career. Alongside working towards your Chartered Accountancy qualification, you’ll work with a wide range of clients, including central and local government and will gradually get to work on bigger audits and more complex projects.

    . We also offer an extremely attractive pay and benefits package:

    • £23,000 + starting salary in London

    • 30 days’ holiday (including public holidays)

    • Fully paid 25 weeks study leave in block release. Please note from 2017 onwards the UCAS Tariff points are changing, you will require a minimum of 120 UCAS points or equivalent from your top three A level grades (or equivalent).

    • Apply today

     

     

    School Leaver Management Degree 2018

     

    Great Opportunity

    Throughout the programme you'll learn the nuts and bolts of running a busy restaurant, from managing accounts, to handling stock, you will be given real managerial responsibilities from the start.

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    School Leaver Programme September 2018

    Knightsbridge London

    Excellent opportunity for candidates who are about to complete their A Levels and have a keen interest in luxury retail.

    Starting in September 2018 our 18 month programme has been designed to offer a stepping stone in to a high service selling role.

    To be successful you must be organised, confident and be driven with visable passion for retail.

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    KPMG 360 Digital Apprenticeship Degree Programme

     

    KPMG 360 Digital is a four year apprenticeship programme that combines academic study with practical work experience. You'll undertake varied work experience with technology teams across the firm. At the same time you'll also study a BSc degree in Digital and Technology Solutions with our training provider, BPP University.

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    Trainee Chartered Accountant

    September 2018

     

    If you are focused on building a career in accountancy but do not want a university education, we offer the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and earn a salary at the same time as gaining relevant work experience for your CV.

    Our London office is now recruiting non-graduates for CFAB training vacancies, to start in September 2018.

    you will be given early responsibility from day one and can expect exposure to clients incorporating a wide diversity of work and various challenges that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed as an accountant.

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  • Clearing and Adjustment Guidance

    UCAS summary guidance of Clearing and Adjustment can be found here.

    Clearing

    A guide to Clearing

    A guide on Clearing produced by the Access Project. Click here.

    Adjustment

    A guide to Adjustment.

    A guide on Adjustment produced by the Access Project. Click here.

    Making Choices

    Some resources for making choices.

    The Teaching Excellence Framework. Treat this with caution: it is supposed to judge teaching, but they did not see any teaching, only measured this through surveys, results and other metrics.

     

    The Economist expected earnings differential. This measures how much graduates should be earning against how much they do earn to establish which universities "add value".

     

    Unifrog has lots of different ways of judging universities, including league tables.

  • Making University Choices

    Some resources to help you choose your universities.

    Unifrog

    Your key tool. Build all work around this. Unifrog has lots of different ways of judging universities, including league tables.

    Treat this with caution: it is supposed to judge teaching, but they did not see any teaching, only measured this through surveys, results and other metrics

    The Economist

    The Economist expected earnings differential. This measures how much graduates should be earning against how much they do earn to establish which universities "add value".

  • Cultural Capital

    Make sure you are living life to the full by developing your cultural knowledge.

    Universities and employers look for evidence of: being an independent learner, an ability to do research, an ability to write a clear and coherent essay, an ability to think critically and solve problems and an ability to contribute ideas to a discussion or debate. You can gain all of this from cultural activities outside of school.

    Podcasts

    A great way to learn on the go

    TED Radio Hour–a journey through fascinating ideas with world renowned speakers

    Profile—a 15 minute profile of someone in the news.

    Thinking Allowed—Sociology podcast discussing the latest research with guests

    More or Less—BBC discussion of statistics in the news.

    Best of Today—one of the most significant daily news programmes in media, distilled into the most important or interesting segments each day.

    Seriously…-BBC podcast series of the best documentaries of the week across all of their radio stations.

    Woman’s Hour—issues for women, as well as humanity, around the world.

    Long-form Journalism

    Find the best pieces here.

    Books

    Read regularly and read interesting things

    Fiction

    George Orwell - For first readers, try 1984 and Animal Farm, and for those who are familiar try: The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


    John Steinbeck
    For first readers, try Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath, and for those who are familiar try East of Eden by John Steinbeck and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


    Mary Shelley
    For first time readers, try Frankenstein, and for those who are familiar try: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin

     

    Non-Fiction

    Naomi Klein

    For first time readers, try No Logo, and for those who are familiar try The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capi-talism by Naomi Klein, and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
     

    Eric Hobsbawm
    For first time readers, try The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century and for those who are familiar try Europe 1789-1848 by Eric Hobsbawm, The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James, and Citizens by Simon Schama
     

    Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt
    For first time readers, try Freakonomics, and for those who are familiar, try SuperFreakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, and The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

    Theatre and the arts

    Here is a document of various organisations which provide free or low cost tickets to young people and students.

    Below are a few reasons why theatre matters, according to Dr Kevin Brown:

     

    Reason #10 Human Beings
    Theatre is a universal cultural phenomenon that exists in every society worldwide. Human beings are the only animal species that creates theatre. Understanding theatre helps us understand what it means to be human.

     

    #9 Self-Expression
    Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves more effectively. It develops our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships.

     

    #8 Self-Knowledge
    Theatre teaches us about ourselves. It helps us understand how our minds and the minds of others work. It helps us to see how the environments in which we live affect who we are and who we will become.

     

    #7 History
    Theatre is a great way to lean about history. Rather than learning history froma dusty textbook, theatre makes history come alive right before our eyes.

     

    Read the full list of reasons here.

     

    Interested in acting/drama workshops? Read about courses you can get involved with here.

    Wider reading for university

    Reading around a subject outside of school will show you whether your interest in a particular subject is great enough to want to study it as a degree, or to work in that field.

    Where to get started?

     

    Cambridge University's suggested reading list

     

    Oxford University's Staircase 12 reading list

     

    iWantToStudyEngineering - A website to help you compete for engineering places at top universities

     

    Cambridge STEP Maths programme - free online support to help university applicants develop their advanced mathematical problem-solving skills

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