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Career resources for students and parents

The resources below can help students and their parents to start thinking about careers. They cover topics such as choosing a career and different routes into the world of work, as well as providing detailed information on specific careers. They can also help students make decisions about the next steps in their education, such as A level or degree subject choices, whether or not they’ve decided on a career.

A levels, Scottish Highers and the International Baccalaureate

Choosing subjects for A level, Scottish Highers or the International Baccalaureate that leave career doors open.

Read up on how to select subjects that leave doors open to careers or degree subjects you might want to pursue – even if you’re not yet sure what you want to do in the future.

University Study

Degree subject guides

Find out what it’s like to study different subjects at university, their typical entry requirements, whether they would suit you and what careers they might lead to.

Choices about university

Get advice on choosing what and where to study for your degree, including how to make choices that are good for your future career.

Applying for university

Discover how to write a strong UCAS statement, perform well at university interviews or succeed in the Clearing process.

Apprenticeships and sponsored degrees

Alternatives to traditional university study

Get an overview of choices at 18 that combine earning and learning, including apprenticeships of different levels, sponsored degrees and similar programmes.

Choosing between work and university

Get help weighing up whether traditional university study or taking an apprenticeship, sponsored degree or similar would be the best choice for you.


Career choices

Choosing your career

Start here if you don’t yet have specific careers in mind and want help generating ideas.

Types of career

Get detailed information on 12 key career areas, including what they involve, the different jobs available, how much they pay, how to get into them and whether they would suit you.

A–Z of jobs

Find job descriptions and information on entry routes for specific jobs with this A–Z.

Advice on choosing your A levels

Choose the best A levels, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate options for your future, whether you want to go to university or get a job straight after school or college.

Career options

Find out about different options by searching 12 careers sectors full of advice and information such as salaries you can expect to earn, the types of jobs available and what your options are with, or without, a degree.

From academic librarian to youth worker: look through graduate job descriptions to find out what each job involves and the qualifications and skills that are most needed.

Advice for students interested in Higher Education

TARGET careers university profiles give details such as the number of students, student-staff ratio and average UCAS tariff needed.

UCAS course search function allows you to browse thousands of courses by university, qualification level, study mode and region.

Find out what university rankings mean by looking at how they are calculated and what measures are used.

Take a look at these degree subject guides to help you decide what to study at university. Look at what content, teaching methods and contact hours would suit you best as well as what careers each subject might lead to.

If you have a career area in mind, look at these various articles to help you understand what degrees would benefit your chosen path. From law to photography, design and TV there are over 15 different areas to explore.

These university reviews tell you what the universities are really like and are written by current students.

Find out how much university will cost and get advice about tuition fees, whether you are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Building your CV

Put together a CV that will show you in the best possible light, whether you are applying for work experience, an entry-level job or apprenticeships and similar programmes.

Find out about online ability and aptitude tests for school-leaver programmes, including numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

Make sure your online application form stands out for the right reasons and helps you get the apprenticeship place you want.

University application support

Find out how to ace your UCAS application with our advice articles on starting your statement, what you should include, how it should be structured and how you should handle offers.

Discover what is appropriate to wear for a university interview and what clothes you should avoid.

Use our guide to deadlines to find out the key dates you need to know when applying to uni.

Work experience

Find out about the different ways you can gain the work experience you need to impress employers and get hired, whether or not you go to university first.

Make the most of your work experience by finding out what to wear, how to impress and what you should do once it is completed.

Advice for your gap year

Thinking of taking a gap year before starting university or beginning work on an apprenticeship? Plan ahead so you get what you want out of your time out.

University open days

University open days are a fantastic way of finding out about the universities that you are thinking of studying at and the courses you might want to take. Here are some top tips for making the most of your visits.

The UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers

Take a look at the 100 most popular employers for school leavers as voted for by school pupils.

The UK’s 50 most popular universities for school leavers

Find out the 50 most popular universities in the UK as voted for by school pupils.

Post-16 Choices


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What Are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification that you can do as an alternative to A Levels, other post-16 courses or an apprenticeship.

They bring classroom learning and extended industry placements together on a course designed with businesses and employers, giving you the opportunity to jump-start your career by combining a recognised qualification with genuine industry experience.

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Kingston College Post-16 Options

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University Experience Hub

📊 You can check out a variety of different universities from all over the UK, discover various statistics about them and gather all the information needed when making the decision on where to study next.

💡 You'll find Subject Spotlights - a series of engaging, Netflix-style mini lectures delivered by top professors to help in the exploration of different subjects.

🤔 There's a tonne of content to help with the living side of university too. Advice on finances, socialising, accommodation and loads more can all be found for free!

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes

Your career starts here. Whether you choose a technical or professional path, get a head-start on a rewarding career with Jisc.