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For teachers

Careers tools and recommended resources

New to the field of careers and higher education guidance? You will quickly discover just how much information exists. It can be confusing to find the best, so use our recommended resources to get started…

Resources like these come and go and change over time, so make sure you keep up to date with what's available. Talk to colleagues in other institutions, and most importantly, ask your students to evaluate what they find most useful and accessible.

Plan time in your CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) curriculum to show the best ways to get the most from online resources.

Good for: pre sixth form / younger students

I Could

  • What is it? A database of thousands of career-related videos.
  • How to use: As part of the career research element in CEIAG curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Best feature: Series of useful articles on career ideas, plus information on GCSE and A-level choices.

Inspiring the Future     

  • What is it? Online resource to help you find volunteer speakers for a wide range of career sectors.
  • How to use: Most useful with Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Best feature: You can select potential speakers linked to specific subject areas and there are lesson plans to help you embed careers talks into your curriculum.

National Careers Service

  • What is it? Website with advice and careers information for all ages from 13 upwards.
  • How to use: Useful for all students to be aware of this as its advice continues into the adult job seekers’ market. Good to build into your CEIAG curriculum.
  • Best feature: Section on labour market information in different regions.

Good for: university and course searches

Which? University

  • What is it? What better place for students to start their search than right here on Which? University?
  • How to use: Our extensive course search allows students to search by university, by predicted grades and by category.
  • Best feature: If your students don't know what they want to study at university, show them the A-level explorer tool, which gives them course suggestions based on what they’re studying at A-level or equivalent.

UK Course Finder 

  • What is it? An online database of universities and courses with easily searchable information about university courses in the UK and abroad. This free search facility for students also features advice about how to make course and uni choices.
  • How to use: Recommend it to students in Years 12 and 13.
  • Best feature: Morrisby Online, offered via UK Course Finder, provides career and course ideas based on low-cost questionnaires and psychometric tests which can be administered online to any or all of your students. The website also has a comprehensive list of resources to be used in your CEIAG work.

Ucas       

  • What is it? The essential site for your students – but make sure they explore it beyond the crucial ‘Apply’ area. The site acts as a portal to every UK university and course.
  • How to use: It's essential for sixth formers, but also make sure Year 11 students are aware of it. The Ucas Progress section has information on 16-18 opportunities from A-level provision locally to apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Best feature: Use their concise and informative videos to help students with all aspects of university applications from writing personal statements to university finance.

Open Days.com    

  • What is it? Searchable database listing all Open Day events at UK universities.
  • How to use: Year 12 students considering university will find this invaluable.
  • Best features: Good advice about how to get the most out of an open day visit, plus guidance on gap years and university finance.

The Student Room                     

  • What is it? Online forum for students to share issues on everything education-related - from GCSEs, post-16 choices and exam stress to choosing a university and coping with the demands of student life.
  • How to use: Recommend to sixth form students.
  • Best feature: Accessible style and relevant information. The university search allows students to connect with other users who are posting about each university.

Good for: your bookshelf

University Interviews Guide by Gardner and Hamnett

  • What is it? Thousands of university interview questions which have actually been asked, organised by subject area with additional guidance about essential A-levels for each featured subject and general interview guidance.
  • How to use: In practice interview situations. Especially helpful if you find yourself doing such an interview in a subject other than your own.
  • Best feature: Each subject has a 'What you need to know' section prefacing the list of questions.
  • Available from: Major online book retailers.

Trotman’s Getting into guides      

  • What are they? A collection of concise, regularly updated guides on how to secure places on courses in specific subjects such as medicine, law, psychology etc.
  • How to use: The guides can be ordered individually, so it's worth investing in the subjects that are of most value to your students.
  • Available from: Trotman website.

Informed Choices 

  • What is it? A must-read guide for teachers, advisers, parents and students about the key subjects to choose at A-level to best support applications to competitive universities.
  • Use with: Year 11 and parents at time of post-16 choices.
  • Best feature: Clear and helpful videos on the website; Informed Choices document can be downloaded.
  • Available from: downloadable document from Russell Group website.

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