The Careers department provides information and guidance to pupils at different stages of their school career and is an essential aspect of school life.

Investors Careers

The Careers room is accessible to all students with its central situation near the Millennium Suite and is linked to the 6th form Common Room. Sian Shadbolt, our Youth Connexions adviser, runs a drop in surgery at lunchtime on Thursday where students from all year groups can discuss careers options and gain impartial advice.

The department has a range of resources to help students make informed decisions about subject choices, Higher Education, Careers and taking a Gap Year. A large amount of these resources are accessible in the Library to students from all year groups.

Students are given extra help at key transition stages such as choosing GCSE, IB/A Level courses and applying to university in the UK or overseas. A useful guide for parents has been produced by The Russell Group Universities on making ‘Informed Choices’ for Post 16 choices.

We also make students aware of employment trends and how to maximise their employability. Each year group has an element of Careers Education delivered as part of the Wellbeing programme. A number of events and speakers are organised throughout the year including our Biennial Careers Fair in the Michaelmas Term.

The department has started to advertise events to students and parents via a Twitter account.

Assistance with University Applications

Hockerill recognises the need for individual guidance for students who face the transition from College to university. Mr Snell, the University Admissions Officer assists with all university applications, both in the UK and abroad. Most Year 13 students enter higher education institutions. In 2015 94% of students gained places at their first choice universities, 74% gained entry to Russell group universities and 13% chose to study abroad. Of those students opting to take a gap year most have either deferred entry or will be seeking assistance with their university applications during their year out. Dr Millard is the Oxbridge Coordinator and she has responsibility for the significant number students across the College who aspire to study at Oxford or Cambridge, in 2015 we had 7 offers of places to study at Oxbridge. In addition, parents are welcome to contact the University Admissions Team at any time.

Involvement in Hockerill Careers Education programme

We are keen to increase the involvement of parents, Alumni and the wider business community in our Careers programme so that we can provide meaningful learning opportunities for pupils. This will allow us to build up a network of expertise in a range of professions.

If you are willing to assist by:

•        Acting as an ‘adviser’ to the students at our Biennual Careers Fair in the Michaelmas Term.

•        Talking about your profession to small groups of our students.

•        Advising students about their gap year or university decisions.

•        Mentoring students who express an interest in your profession.

•        Providing work experience, ‘taster days’ or work shadowing for our Year 11 or 12 students in their summer holiday.  We would only use such contacts for a committed pupil who has expressed a genuine interest in the particular career.

If you feel you might be able to offer help to Hockerill pupils, at whatever level, the Careers Department would very much appreciate hearing from you. If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion before any kind of commitment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kay Lumbers - Head of Careers

For further information, please contact:

Kay Lumbers (Careers):

Bradley Snell (University Admissions):

Genevieve Millard (Oxbridge):




General Careers advice for any year group

Questionnaire with careers suggestions. Access via a school code (available from Alison McCulloch- Head of Careers)

Hertfordshire advice website with direct links to Youth Connexions website.

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.

An information site to give young people ideas and inspiration when choosing the next stage of their learning path.

Choosing a University, College or Course

Comprehensive list of courses, tariffs and application procedures from the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

Government initiative to provide official and up to date information about the quality of all HE courses in the UK; includes the results of the National Student Survey, a survey of final year students in the UK universities.

Advice on choosing a university and the application process.

National newspaper with a comprehensive coverage of Higher Education.

National newspaper with several good sections, including ‘A-Z of HE courses’ and A-Z of Careers.

Interests questionnaire developed by Morrisby Profiling. University Course information provided by UCAS.

Helps to find the ideal course with a database of providers around the world and a search tool that provides the concise information needed to compile a short list.

Map of UK HE institutions

Essential university and course information, plus independent reviews from current and past undergraduates.

Publishers of Push Guide to University. Humorous but accurate.

Provides information on wage returns to particular degrees and universities. It also provides advice on career options.

The Application Process

How and where to apply to UCAS.

Help with personal statements.

Advice or Oxbridge applicants.

Advice on studying in Scotland.

Advice on studying in Wales.

University Open Days.

Courses outside of the UK

Information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Database of universities from all over the world, search tool makes it easy to find a course and then contact the provider directly.

Courses in Ireland

USA colleges for UK students

Worldwide list of universities

Australian Universities

Advice for UK students studying abroad

UNESCO guide to studying abroad

Information about grants and tuition fees whilst studying abroad

Summer Schools and Career Taster days

Independent School Careers Organisation. Runs taster courses for 15-19 year olds on specific careers such as Medicine, Architecture and Journalism

Conferences designed to give you a taste of University Life.

Summer Schools and Masterclasses linked to specific careers and subjects such as History, Economics and Medicine.

Workshop conferences involve an overnight stay (many at Nottingham University) and cover a range of subjects. Lots of detailed information and guidance. Includes Medlink, Vet Medlink, Chemistry, Physiotherapy, Law and Forensics

Headstart run an excellent range of science, engineering and technology experience courses.

Offer courses claiming to improve your chances of becoming a lawyer or doctor.

Offer residential Summer courses for year 11 and Year 12 students interested in Engineering.

General Careers information

A career planning site with useful tools such as Skills Health Check, CV Builder and Action Planning Tool. Students can create a lifelong learning account.

A site dedicated to helping you find your perfect graduate job. Includes brief psychometric tests on personality and careers values.

Contains helpful advice on a wide range of industries.

A site with a range of ways to support students make decisions about their future career paths including organising taster days, US study fairs and job fairs for school leavers at the end of Key Stage 5.

Work experience and internships

UK’s official graduate careers website. Work experience placement listings including working abroad.

STEM offer ‘Open Industry’ placements and ‘A Year in Industry’ paid work placements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industries.

Local NHS trust offers work experience placements for those interested in applying for medicine. Short application window at the beginning of September.

Offers work experience placements of either six or nine months on their audit teams.

Price Waterhouse Coopers offer career information days

Deloitte offer School leaver and Scholars Scheme. Offers insight days for students in November and December.

Financial Advice

Comprehensive guide to financial aspects of studying in Higher Education

Scholarship search.

Careers Department Handbook

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance and Work Related Learning Departmental Handbook

Rationale for Careers Information Advice and Guidance

The term career refers to the progress and actions taken by a person throughout their lifetime related to their employment. Hockerill Anglo European College believes that all young people will lay the foundations for their future economic well-being (Green Paper Every Child Matters 2003) through their subject, Careers and Work-related learning at the school. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. The college also believes that appropriate CEIAG guidance should help students achieve their full potential and raise their aspirations whilst at the same time providing equal access for all. Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education, training and / or employment .

Careers Department Handbook