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Useful Websites for Career Planning

Career exploration

Website:  Details: NCS - Telephone: 0800 100 900 Details: Career guidance website and help line 

Website: Details:  Help with post 16 career options and access to a free skills check

Website: Details: Access to a free skills check


Pathway to university

Website: Details: UCAS - Organisation responsible for managing applications to Higher Education courses 

Website: Details: overview of graduate opportunities

Website: Details: Informed Choices booklet helps identify the A-level subjects and BTEC L3 courses required for degree entry at top-rated universities in the UK

Website: Details: Teaching Excellence Framework provides information on teaching provision and student outcomes at Higher Education Institutions in the UK

Website: Details: Research Excellence Framework results presented by The Guardian. REF assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Website: Details: guide to the top-rated degrees in the UK

Website: Details: world ranking of universities


Pathway to study abroad opportunities

Website:   Details: Fulbright Commission - studying in the USA

Website:   Details: A Star Future - study opportunities outside of the UK


Pathway to apprenticeships and job opportunities

Website:  Details: Jobs, training and college options for those that may not go to university 

Website:  Details of local and national apprenticeships

Website:   Details: Keep up with current and future skills trends across Essex 

Website:   Details: Help, support and opportunities for young people finding their first job

Website:   Details: The job search website for Jobcentre Plus


Pathway to Gap Year opportunities

Website:  Details: useful government information for travelling outside of the UK

Website:  Details: Kaya Responsible Travel - a range of sustainable volunteer and internship placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America 

Website:   Details: Projects Abroad- placements in 28 different countries ranging from volunteering with children, conservation work and internships

Website:  Details: Rayleigh International- they use young volunteers for projects that have a positive impact locally and globally

Website:  Details: African Experience - Conservation placements in zoos and wildlife reserves

Website:  Details: Pod Volunteer - placements with animals; building and community; conservation; childcare; education

Website:  Details: Sport Lived – placements in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa 


Pathway to clubs, societies, and volunteering

 Website:   Details: Connects 14- 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in England 

Website:  Details: Essex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge – recruitment opens 24thMarch, 2018

Website:  Details:  Volunteering in England

Website: Community Service Volunteers

Website: Details: Volunteering in Essex

Website: Details: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold standards 


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Apprenticeships are a good way to gain the skills and experience needed to get into many careers. 

Apprenticeships combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'. There is a wide range of apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles —giving you the opportunity to enter careers in anything from engineering and boat building, to veterinary nursing and accountancy.

An apprenticeship is usually made up of three parts – all completed on the job, online, or in a classroom.

Depending on your skills and qualifications, there are four different levels available:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) —generally considered to be the same level as five GCSE passes
  • Advanced (Level 3) —  generally considered to be the same level as two A levels/Highers
  • Higher/Technical (Levels 4 to 7) — can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
  • Degree/Graduate-level (Levels 5 to 7) — these are new and enable apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship

Useful Websites:


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Timeline for applying to Higher Education

Year 12 November - Forward Thinking Day - Presentations from Admissions Tutors and employers.  Advice on writing a Personal Statement.

Year 12 Spring/Summer Term - Presentations from Admissions Tutors

Year 12 June/July – UCAS preparation

Registration UCAS and advice on filling out the application form.  Research into courses and developing the Personal Statement.  

Preparation for the admissions tests LNAT (Law), BMAT (Medicine and Veterinary Science) and UKCAT (Medicine and Dentistry) will take place within PSHCE.  

Year 13 September – UCAS application, interviews and finance

Review of the Personal Statement with a subject specialist and support for interviews.  An application for financial support from the government can be made from once an UCAS application has been submitted.

Year 13 October/November – Preparation, interviews and offers

During PSHCE you will have mock interviews, advice on writing covering letters and advice on living on a budget.  

Year 13 February/March – Information on accepting offers

Advice on accepting offers and making first and second choices.  UCAS Extra opens for students that do not hold any offers – this is a process of being able to make further applications to universities.  Extra closes at the end of June.

Year 13 May/August – Results.  We will give advice and outline the procedure for results day.  

Admissions tests

You will need to check if you will need to take admission test(s) and are responsible for organising your registration (including ensuring you have confirmation of your registration) and sitting the test.  The costs associated with the tests will need to be met by the candidates.  There are bursaries available (see the relevant websites for details). 

The following list contains some of the admissions tests:

  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) – Medicine and Dentistry
  • Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) – Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

Cambridge or Oxford University Tests:

  • History Aptitude Test (HAT)
  • Classics Admissions Test (CAT)
  • Modern & Medieval Languages Test (MML)
  • Physics and Mathematics Aptitude Test (PAT)
  • English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
  • Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) also used by UCL
  • Mathematics Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) – also used by Warwick
  • Cambridge Tests


Websites for the further information:

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), Classics Admissions Test (CAT), English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), Mathematics Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP), Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT), Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT), Classics Admissions Test (CAT) - 


Cambridge admissions tests and written work requirements by each college for each course – 


Oxford admissions tests -

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The PSHCE programme contains advice on writing a Curriculum Vitae and applying for employment.  Mrs Warren is available for students to have individual support for making an application for employment.

Essex Employment and Skills Board 

Essex Employment and Skills Board have a website with careers advice resources to inform people about the key sectors in Essex (Health & Care, IT & Digital, Creative Logistics, Engineering & Manufacturing, Finance and Construction) and what they have to offer in terms of local careers and jobs:

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The Education Funding Agency (EFA) Bursary Fund aims to support students who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing in education post-16.  

The deadline for applications for bursaries for CCHSG Sixth Form students is in October of each academic year.  Letters can be obtained from the School Office.


Further information on the bursary can be obtained from

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The September Guarantee is a guarantee of an offer, made by the end of September, of an appropriate place in post-16 education or training for every young person completing compulsory education. 

Ensuring that every young person has an offer of a place to progress onto is particularly important as it helps young people make a seamless transition into post16 learning or employment with training.  

The September Guarantee is supported by good quality information, advice and guidance. This can come from a number of sources which include:  Teachers, Parents and family friends, Careers Coordinators and Guidance Advisers, On-line and printed information about courses, progression routes and employment routes 

What does the Guarantee offer? 

The September Guarantee is an offer of a place in one of the following: 

• A school sixth form  

• A college of further education 

• Employment with training to at least level 2

• An apprenticeship  

Further information can be found at 

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Key Stage 5 

Year 12 – Apprenticeships, taking a Gap Year, National Citizen Service, applying to Higher Education, Oxbridge discussions with Heads of Department, UCAS registration, volunteering, writing Personal Statements and review a of Personal Statements with subject specialists.  Forward Thinking Day – a day off timetable which includes external speakers from Higher Education and employment.  Students are encouraged to visit open days, take part in masterclasses and summer schools.  Students have an opportunity to apply for a position within the Young Enterprise team.  Students are encouraged to undertake work experience in order to support Post-18 progression. DofE Gold award is available to Y12 students 

Year 13 – The Student Finance Tour, mock interviews, applying for employment or apprenticeships (writing a CV, online applications and interviews), volunteering, advice on university offers. 

In addition, we employ an impartial Careers Adviser, Mrs. Lynda Warren, who visits the school every week to offer individual and small group counselling sessions to our students.

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Year 10

Writing a CV, employment interviews, testimonials, professional correspondence, volunteering, Post-16 opportunities, getting a Saturday/Evening/Vacation job and Child Labour and the Law. 

A large number of students in Year 10 take part in the DofE Award at Bronze Level. 

Year 11

More detail regarding options Post-16, how to choose A Level subjects, introduction to the Oxbridge application process, student finance, advice on searching for a job, testimonials, taking a Gap Year, volunteering, National Citizen Service and possible activities over the summer holidays. DofE Silver Award is available to Y11 students. 

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The Governing Board of Colchester County High School for Girls is pleased to announce that, after an extensive consultation process, we will be forming a multi academy trust (MAT) the “Alpha Trust”, working with The Gilberd School.  The Trust will also ultimately include the Trinity Free School to be built in North Colchester.

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