• 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 - Central Futures Lead


    Speak to Mr Samuel about university choices, UCAS applications and entrance exams, and anything job or career related.


    Contact him on samuelw@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    Mr Stevens

    Assistant Headteacher - Head of Vocational

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


    Contact him on stevensl@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    Mr Moulding

    Key Project Coordinator


    Mr Moulding 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.


    Contact him on saneiy@cfbs.islington.sch.uk


    Ms Browne

    Central Futures Coordinator

    Ms Browne is our Central Futures Coordinator. She is able to answer your questions on programmes and events, and help you register for them.


    Contact her on brownec@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    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.


    Contact her on shawd@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

    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 13 is responsible for Year 13 pastoral care

    Ms Patel - Head of Year 12 is responsible for Year 12 pastoral care

  • Success Stories 

    2018 Leavers

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


    London School of Economics

    Imperial College London

    University of Surrey

    University of Manchester

    University of Bath

    University of Sussex



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


    Good luck to you all.

    Slaughter and May Coding Workshop

    Two of our Year 12s, Daniel Saisani and Parker English, were recently granted a unique experience in the school's longstanding relationship with international law firm Slaughter and May.


    They successfully applied for the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops mentoring Slaughter and May's lawyers on coding in HTML and CSS.


    Daniel (back row, second from the left) and Parker (back row, second from the right) are pictured to the right.

    RAF Scholarship Winner

    Year 12 CFBS student, John Haile, has been recognised by the RAF Flying Scholarship programme for being an outstanding member of the Air Cadet Organisation. The award attracts more than 250 applications every year from across the UK, and as a successful applicant John will have several hours of light aircraft flight training funded by the scholarship.


    Image courtesy of NIAID

    NASA/Microsoft AI Camp Finalist

    CFBS student, and future software engineer, Daniel Saisani, teamed up with a group of young people at the NASA AI Camp run in partnership with Microsoft. Daniel's team designed a crowdsourcing tool intended to "contribute to early detection, verification, tracking, visualisation, and notification of wildfires." The app prototype, "SpotAFire," was built using Pygame, and would utilise NASA and its satellites as well as an API call "geolocater."


    To find out more about Daniel's project click here.

    Ashurst Interviews

    Well done to the number of Year 12s who went for their interviews for work experience at international law firm, Ashurst.

    Year 12 Rewards

    Well done to our many Year 12s rewarded for their excellent learning behaviours and/or academic achievements in the Year 12 Rewards Party.

    Extended Writing

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


    George Petters recently entered the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse College Kelvin Science Essay Prize on the topic of whether drug formulation is a science or not.


    The essay can be seen here.

    The Perils of Antibiotic resistance

    CFBS student, and prospective medic Sally Pham has written an excellent article about the dangers of antibiotic resistance. The article traces the origins of antibiotics in 1928 to modern day research into resistance and so-called 'superbugs'.


    Sally is in the process of applying for university and is hoping to secure a place at a prestigious medical school by the autumn of 2019.


    You can read her excellent article here.


    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.

    Image courtesy of NIAID

    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 2019 is open now. See here.

    US Sutton Trust

    Three of our Year 12s have been successful in their application for the US Programme hosted by the Sutton Trust.


    The Sutton Trust had over 1,000 applications, from students who had to have a minimum seven grades at A or A* (new grades 7, 8 or 9). Only 200 students were selected, and our school has three of those students, far exceeding what a non-selective school would expect.


    Well done to Abubakar Finiin, Jawwad Khan and Yacoub Yasin. The programme will support these students apply for top US universities, as well as taking them to the east coast of the USA in the summer for a visit.

    To the right is a photograph of Abubakar, Jawwad, and Yacoub outside of Harvard University.

    Year 13 Prague Work Experience

    In June 2019 two of our Year 13 students embarked on a three-week work experience placement in the beautiful, and historical city of Prague in the Czech Republic. The two young men took up hospitality roles in Hotel Duo, a subsidiary of Jans Hotel, which is a Czech-based hotel company with three other hotels across the country.


    All flights, accommodation, and living expenses were covered through funding from the Erasmus+ programme, and our young people had the wonderful opportunity to fully experience a new and completely different culture, while developing their professional, interpersonal, and social skills in an unfamiliar environment.


    One of the students said:

    "While in Prague I was able to gain a wide range of skills, such a communicating with people on a much larger scale, as a lot of people did not speak English as their first language. I also learnt how to budget well. I was also able to explore a new country, which has helped me for university and being way from home."

  • Key Project

    These societies are available to all Year 12 students, and give members the opportunity to take part in a variety of different resources such as university support, events, trips, work placements and admissions test support. For more information click here.


    To apply for the Key Project, please click apply below.

  • 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 and May

    A magic circle law firm

    Slaughter and 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 and 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. 


    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

    Central Futures Handbook for Sixth Form

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

    UCAS/Which? Parent guide

    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.

    Parent Guide for 2020 entry coming soon.

    Open Day Reimbursement Form

    Click here.

  • UCAS Resources

    Below are a number of resources to help guide you through the UCAS application process.

    Parent, Guardian, and Carer Guide - coming soon

    The Parent/Carer Guide is designed to give guidance to anyone supporting a young person applying to study at a university or college in 2019. For a downloadable file click here.


    For the Parent/Carer Guide in different languages, click here.

    UCAS Sign-Up Guide for Students 2020

    The UCAS Sign-Up Guide has been created by the Central Futures team to assist you in registering for UCAS. For a downloadable file click here.

  • Personal Statement Resources

    Worksheet here.

    Presentation with examples here.

    Website on higher education advice, including personal statements, here.

  • 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 whole host of career related videos to give you a first hand view of jobs and career options.

    CV Example

    Here is an example CV.

    Create a Start profile here.

    Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. The online platform helps young people make more informed decisions about future studies and career options that is best for them.

    Skills London 2019 Careers Fair

    On 15th and 16th November 2019 London First and Prospects Events will present the Skills London 2019 Careers Fair at ExCel London from 9:30am to 4:00pm. This event is free to all students with a pre-booked ticket.

    To register your place, click here.

    Apprenticeship Insight Event - London

    M&G Prudential are hosting their annual Apprenticeship Insight Event in London on Wednesday 30th October. The event is open to all students who are looking to find out more about their school leavers programme.


    You will need to register your attendance by Friday 25th October 2019.

    To register your place, click here.

  • Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

    Find the latest work experience and internship opportunities here!

    InvestIN Work Experience

    InvestIN has now launged their autumn term career experience pgrammes that are now open for booking. On the InvestIN programme, industry professionals take ambitious young minds on an immersive journey through some of the most sought-after careers in the world. The programmes this term will take place at UCL, King's College London, and the University of Manchester.

    For details on opportunities and the booking process click here

    Lead in to Law at

    Slaughter and May

    Lead in to Law is a free two-year development programme run by Rare and Slaughter and May for Year 12 students interested in a career in commercial law.


    Deadline for applications is Sunday 3rd November at 11:59pm.

    For full details of the programme click here.

    To apply, click here.

    Looking for work experience?

    The WHRI Work Experience Programme is for sixth form students who are interested in studying Medicine or a Biological/Biomedical related degree at university and are considering a career in a similar field. 

    For more information click 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

    Work Experience and Apprenticeship Opportunities

    Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm, operating out of 70 countries worldwide. They have both work experience and apprenticeship opportunities that are open for applications.

    For more information on their work experience programme click here


    For more information on their apprenticeship programme click here

    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!

    K+ at King's College London

    K+ is a 2-year programme of events for Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds designed to empower them and equip them with the skills, resources and experience to access research-intensive universities. Students apply for a place on one of seven 'subject streams', which includes Healthcare, Law, History & Politics, and other subjects. Those who complete the full programme are also eligible for a bursary of up to £1000.


    Deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 10th October.

    For more information, and how to apply, click here.

    Year 12 UCL Target Medicine Mentor Scheme

    The Target Medicine Mentor Scheme is a year-long programme for Year 12 students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in medical school. Successful applicants will be paired with a current UCL Medical Student who will act as their mentor for an entire calendar year. The programme is made up of face to face mentoring sessions that take place at UCL, regular contact with their mentor using the Brightside online mentoring platform, and a series of additional information, advice and guidance events to help support their medical school applications.


    Deadlines for student applications is Sunday 27th October.

    For more information, and how to apply, click here.

    Free Events in Half Term

    Register now for a series of free events hosted by the Peabody Trust to further develop your skills and find out about possible future careers. Opportunities at Microsoft, the Financial Times, UCL and Houses of Parliament all available.

    To register your interest click here.

    Fairbridge Programme

    The Fairbridge Programme run through Prince's Trust is aimed at young people aged 16-25 to support their personal development. This is a seven week programme that starts in November, and comprises of workshops and residential trips around different development themes.


    There is a Taster Day on 25th October from 1pm to 3pm, and the programme commences on Monday 4th November 2019 at 10am.

    For more information and how to apply click here.


    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


    Available for year 12 & 13 students to apply.

    Explore a professional area in depth.



    A chance to find out more about University



    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

    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.

    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

    Sutton Trust Pathways

    Individual programmes to support students interested in banking and finance, law, coding, medicine or STEM.

    For more information click here.

    Reading Scholars Programme

    The Reading Scholars Programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their Higher Education application process.


    Students who successfully take part and go on to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer.

    For more information click here.

    Taster Courses

    Choose from over a hundred courses in multiple subject areas at numerous universities in and around London. The Taster Course Programme provides Year 12 sixth form students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like. Through your chosen taster course you will experience the different teaching methods used by university academics and gain an insight into the additional facilities available, whilst meeting students from across the UK.

    For more information click here.

    Aspiring Professionals Programme

    APP City Supports high achieving students from low income backgrounds into competitive universities, and the top professions. The programme offers mentoring, career workshops, and application support to universities and employment.

    For more information and details on how to apply click here.


    Cambridge University Subject Masterclasses are designed to give students a better understanding of undergraduate study at the University. Each masterclass includes at least two taster lectures, as well as a session covering admissions information.


    Funded places and travel bursaries are available.

    For more information click here.

    Discover Study Skills Online

    The University of Sheffield has a collection of online resources geared to helping sixth form students improve their study techniques and help prepare for the transition to university. Help improve your note-taking or get better at presenting your ideas on paper in public.

    To access study skills online click here.

  • Apprenticeship Resources

    The below websites are great tools to help you research available apprenticeships, and alternative pathways.


    Prospects allows students to research career ideas.

    For more information click here.

    "I'm Not Going to Uni"

    Not Going to Uni focuses on apprenticeships and debt-free education, and can help you find different pathways to a successful future.

    For more information click here.

    What's Your Next Step?

    The Big Choice is a Youth Career Network to help you find jobs, guidance and expert advice on different career pathways.

    For more information click here.

    Career exploration, jobs & advice

    For more information click here.

    Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes & Sponsored Degrees

    For more information click here.

    National Careers Service

    Provides information, advice, and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

    For more information click here.

    A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

    This article has been written to support parents/carers in supporting their young person in researching and applying for apprenticeships.

    For more information click here.

  • 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 

    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.

    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

    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

    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")


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.

    Apply Today





    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.

    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.

    Further details can be found here.





    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.

    Apply Today




    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.

    Apply Now


    Gas Operations/Gas Pipeline Maintenance- Advanced Apprent

    £16,305 rising to £27,360 after training


    Skills for life, top qualifications and an opportunity to shape the future of energy. As a National Grid apprentice, you’ll be part of an organisation that has ambitious plans for the future – and you’ll be rewarded for playing your part. From a Trailblazer Level 3 qualification (worth approximately £20,000) to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.

    Apply Now






    Chartered Trainee

    School leavers join our two-year programme, combining work experience with study for the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB). They then have the opportunity to progress towards the full ACA qualification and becoming a chartered accountant

    As a trainee you make the decision to build your career with us, maybe choosing to specialise in one of our particular service areas, or taking a secondment with a member firm in our international network.

    Your career path is tailored to your individual hopes and goals.

    We promote a culture of support so you are challenged while feeling valued






    Moorfields Eye Hospital - Apprenticeship

    A new apprenticeship opportunity with Moorfields Eye Hospital is now open. The role of a Project Management Office Administrator is a fixed-term paid apprenticeship, based at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.


    Closing date is 13th January 2019

    For more information and application details click here.

    Legal Apprenticeship with Ashurst

    A new apprenticeship opportunity with global firm Ashurst is now open for applications. Suitable for those who are interested in an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor, with an AAB at A-Level or equivalent qualification, as well as 7 GCSE's at A-C. You do not need to have studied law to apply.

    For more information and application details click here.

  • Clearing and Adjustment Guidance

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


    A guide to Clearing

    A guide on Clearing produced by the Access Project, who run our Key Project. Click here.


    A guide to Adjustment.

    A guide on Adjustment produced by the Access Project, who run our Key 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.


    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.


    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.


    Read regularly and read interesting things


    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



    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

    Worcester College's Bookshelf

    The Worcester Bookshelf project is aimed at sharing the books that Worcester College loves with UK state school students in Year 11 to Year 13. Each term the bookshelf is restocked here, and a free copy of the book can be requested by emailing  admissions@worc.ox.ac.uk. In return, you will need to write a review of the book for the college, which will then be published on their website.


    The Bookshelf is restocked once a term, so be sure to check regularly to request your free copy!

    Financial Times

    Use this link and your school email to register for articles for the Financial Times. For further instructions download their PDF guide.

    The Economist

    Click here and use our login details to read The Economist articles online.

    Your login details are cuttlec@cfbs.islington.sch.uk and the password Cowper123

    "Trump In A Historical Perspective"

    The presentation from our talk on "Trump in a historical perspective" can be found here.

    This was delivered on 7th November 2018 by Dr Alex Goodall, Senior Lecturer in International History from UCL.