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:
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.
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.
Assistant Headteacher - Head of Vocational
Mr Stevens is responsible for all vocational education and work experience.
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.
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.
Well done to our Year 13 leavers. They secured incredible destinations including:
University of York
University of Warwick
King's College London
They were an exceptional year group in showing dedication, organisation, resilience and taking up opportunities.
Good luck to you all.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you don't know what you want to do or want to find out more about particular careers then check these sites!
Work Experience and Internship Opportunities
Find the latest work experience and internship opportunities here!
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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);
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.
Tech and Digital Apprenticeships
Just IT has helped over 1,000 young adults kick-start their careers into the Tech and Digital industry.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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 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.
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
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).
School Leaver Management Degree 2018
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.
School Leaver Programme September 2018
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.
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.
Trainee Chartered Accountant
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.
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.
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
Clearing and Adjustment Guidance
UCAS summary guidance of Clearing and Adjustment can be found here.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves more effectively. It develops our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships.
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.
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?
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
Year 11 Interviews Survey