Planning your Future

Furness College’s aim is for all learners to secure a positive destination on completion of their qualification, into either higher education, employment or training. Find out more about the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) available to our students.

Click here to view our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Plan 2020-21 Spring and Summer.

Careers Advice

A member of our Student Services team is on hand to help with advice and guidance on the important future decisions you will need to make, including:

  • Employment and training opportunities
  • Further and Higher Education information and advice (UCAS information and information on financial support and funding for students)
  • Job-search skills (including CVs, interview preparation and mock interviews, which are available in leaflet form to take away)

We work closely with the National Careers Service which provides careers advice and information on a range of jobs, training courses and funding.

Applying to University

If you’re thinking of applying to university, our expert advisors will guide you every step of the way with one-to-one careers guidance appointments.

We can help with:

  • Visits to universities
  • Completing UCAS application forms and preparing for university interviews
  • Student finance and organising accommodation
  • Targeted support for students applying to study Medicine, Dentistry or Vet Medicine
  • Regular sessions for students applying to Oxbridge
  • Targeted support for students with additional needs to meet their individual requirements

Click here for a complete guide to applying to university – without the stress!

Click here for Furness College’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy.

University Open Days and Useful Webinars

KPMG’s 2021 apprenticeship programmes are open for applications!

For those looking to start their professional career, joining KPMG as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who bring fresh ideas and curiosity to work that really matters.

We value our apprentices and recognise the vital part they play in the future of our firm. Those who join us will be encouraged to bring their unique perspective and showcase their ideas. Many of our senior leaders started their careers this way, and each one of our colleagues will be passionate about guiding our new apprentices on their own career journey.

About our apprenticeship experience

Our programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work across different industries and are designed for those who have, or are about to, finish School or College – and span areas such as Audit, Software Engineering, KPMG Law and Data & Analytics.

At KPMG, our apprentices gain valuable work experience, develop core skills and will be supported in their study towards fully funded professional qualifications and accreditations – all whilst earning a salary.

Our diverse employee networks, clubs and learning community help our apprentices to develop connections and build new friendships, not just for today, but for their career ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities for them to get involved in volunteering, so they’ll be encouraged to make a difference at work and outside of the office too.


When apprentices join us, they’ll take part in a virtual induction week – an introduction to our firm, and a way for them to meet their peers and build valuable connections, from day one.

We’ll support them in their transition to the workplace too; providing them with a buddy, performance manager, access new joiner forums and range of learning opportunities which will allow them to shape their own development.
About KPMG

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values – we’re supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive.

Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax & Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.

Our places fill fast, so we’d encourage applications as soon as possible.

Find out more and how to apply

Further programme launches will follow soon. Those interested can sign up to our Talent Community to be one of the first to hear when these become available.

 Outreach Activity Catalogue

We are still delivering bespoke sessions virtually and also have a range of pre-recorded sessions available.

Particularly useful sessions at this time could be ‘Submitted your UCAS application -what next?’ and our session on Student Finance.

Visit our virtual outreach webpage to view our catalogue of sessions and email Abi to make a booking/request a recording.

Subject Taster Sessions

We have a number of pre-recorded taster sessions and lectures for your students to find out more about studying their chosen subject.

Students can visit our subject taster sessions webpage to find out more and request access to the sessions.

EHU@Home Evenings Sessions 

Daily webinars every Monday – Thursday 4pm-5pm

Students can book on via our EHU@Home Evenings booking form.

Unifrog’s UK  University Series 

We’re really pleased to be taking part in Unifrog’s latest series of free events for students –Unifrog’s UK University series!

The webinars will cover all regions of the UK and support students to decide which universities they may like to attend and how to determine what’s a good fit for them.

The webinars are  free – students just need to sign up here and Unifrog will take care of the rest.

UCAS and UK University Search

UCAS and UK University Search have released dates for their 2021 events! Visit the links below for more information and to book your place – we hope to see you there!

UCAS – Physical Events 

UK University Search – Virtual and Physical Events 

Our latest session on ‘Preparing for HE Exhibitions’ might be useful ahead of these events. Email Abi to book a live session/request a recording.

Links for students

Edge Hill Course Enquiries
Edge Hill Admissions Team
Edge Hill at Home Evening Sessions
Edge Hill Pre-recorded Talks
Edge Hill Virtual Campus Tour
Subject Taster Sessions


UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair
Wednesday 17th March | 12pm – 6pm | 100+ Exhibitors
With university open days on hold, our UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair will be returning on March 17th to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 options, with over 100 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers from across the UK attending. Students will be able to speak directly with admissions teams and recruitment officers from Russell Group, Red Brick, Modern & Specialist universities, along with higher & degree apprenticeship providers. The event will also feature virtual campus tours so students can explore universities from their laptop.

You can view the list of exhibitors who’ve signed up so far here.

10 live webinars on a range of subjects will run throughout the day such as Choosing a Course, Careers & Employability, Degree Apprenticeships and Student Finance.

Register here.

Some new VWEX opportunities have been advertised on the Springpod Website. The ones I thought might be of interest for Rating Lane students are:

Broadcast Journalism – for media
TV and Film – for media
Dentistry – for the medics
Politics – for politics/sociology
Veterinarian – for science
Graphic Design – for art
Fashion – for art
Teaching – for anyone interested
Journalism – for English

The dates for all of these are between 6-16 April. For most of the experiences, students only need to complete at least 10 hours during the 2 weeks to get a certificate and can catch up on live talks in their own time if they can’t make it.

It’s really easy to apply. Students just need to google ‘Springpod’, click on the Work Experience tab and look at the opportunities listed. They need to apply for the one they are interested in and should hear if they have a place by 19th March.

We’re recruiting to a wide range of rewarding apprenticeship opportunities, in areas including ICT, Civil Engineering, Highways Maintenance, Business Administration, and Adult Care.

Live online events

We are holding a series of live online events for people who are thinking about a rewarding apprenticeship.

There is no need to book, just come along to find out more about the apprenticeships we offer.

Find Dates

All of the relevant detailed information (entry requirements, job descriptions etc.) is available on the Cumbria County Council Current Vacancies webpage and on our Apprenticeship webpages at: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/jobsandcareers/apprenticeships/opportunities.asp

Apprenticeships available – apply now!

We have now released even more apprenticeship opportunities throughout Cumbria.

An apprenticeship with Cumbria County Council will give you the skills, experience and qualifications you need to start your career.

From civil engineering to customer services, highways and care – we have a variety of opportunities available. There’s something for everyone!

Don’t miss out – apply today!

Check out the apprenticeship opportunities now on offer.

Brought to you by RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, the brand new Guide to Career Options 2021 has arrived, and we are so excited to share it with you.

This Guide is jam-packed with advice to help students choose the right path, find virtual work experience, ace video interviews and much more.

It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company.

We’d love it if you could share the link below with your students, so they can kick-start their careers in the right way!

View the guide here.

Join our Apprenticeship Hub

If you haven’t already, please sign up to our Apprenticeship Hub which is the home of valuable resources for you to share with your students, industry news, events and apprenticeship opportunities.

We will also be sharing helpful presentations to keep your students inspired throughout the academic year.

Sign in to the Apprenticeship Hub.

Looking for great career options for students who don’t want to go to university? BDO has them.

Who we are

We’re one of the UK’s largest Accountancy and Business Advisory firms providing Audit, Advisory, Tax and Business Services & Outsourcing services to clients across the UK and the globe. When the most ambitious organisations need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to us.
Why we hire trainees

At BDO, we’re looking forward to the future. That’s why we have a long-standing commitment to hiring Apprentices, offering them world-class training and giving them the responsibility to take on real projects and become a key part of our business. That’s why we’re committed to helping our trainees succeed, no matter who they are and what their background is. Our Managing Partner, Paul Eagland joined us as a school leaver and worked his way up to become a senior leader in our business. We already know how integral school leavers are to our business; with the right attitude and the right opportunities, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
What we offer trainees

Our Apprenticeship Programme is designed to help trainees learn the skills they need to build a stimulating Accountancy career without the debt that comes with a degree from university. The Programme is a tailored blend of real work and industry-leading training where trainees will gain knowledge and experience as they study towards a Masters-level professional qualification, and a full-time job offer upon successful completion of their Apprenticeship. With dedicated managers, exposure to real work and individual support, it’s a unique opportunity to earn while they learn, achieve a globally recognised qualification and get an unparalleled start in a career in Accountancy.
What trainees work on

We work with clients across a diverse range of sectors throughout the UK and the world. From hospitality and financial services to real estate and charities, trainees will work across a variety of sectors and develop an understanding of the areas they might want to peruse in their career.
They may find themselves helping with an audit for the NHS, providing advisory services to a premier league football club, counting sheep as part of a farm audit, or giving tax advice to a pharmaceutical client.
If that sounds interesting, come along to our virtual Insight Event on Wednesday 3rd March at 3pm to find out about our exciting schemes and see which ones could inspire your students.

Register Now

Video Content

General Resources

Upcoming Virtual Exhibitions

In March we will be attending virtual exhibitions hosted by both UCAS and UK Uni Search.

The exhibitions we will be attending are:

  • UK Uni Search, on Wednesday 17 March from 12pm to 6pm
  • UCAS South West, on Tuesday 23 March and Wednesday 24 March from 10am to 6pm

Please note: there will be other UCAS virtual exhibitions aimed at other regions across the UK in the upcoming months. Virtual exhibition dates are always subject to change.

You can access our full list of virtual fair commitments at the link below:

Exhibition List

Unifrog & The University of Edinburgh

We’re delighted to be collaborating with Unifrog by taking part in their latest series of free events for students: Unifrog’s UK University series!

The webinars will cover all regions of the UK and support students to decide which universities they may like to attend and how to determine what’s a good fit for them.

We will be taking part in the Study in Scotland webinar alongside three other leading Scottish institutions on Wednesday 10 March at 4.30pm.

Students and teachers/advisers can sign up using the link below:

Unifrog Webinars

Study in Scotland Webinar Series

Following on from the success of the series last year, the Study in Scotland webinar is continuing with the first webinar taking place on Wednesday 31st March at 6pm. The webinar will be run in collaboration with 15 other universities, making it the perfect opportunity for you and your students to speak to universities across Scotland.

The session will consist of a short presentation followed by ample opportunity for you and your students to ask questions. There will be an open Q&A for general questions, with the opportunity for you and your students to simultaneously direct message universities that you are interested in speaking with.

This webinar will take place once a month (always starting at 6pm) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 31st March
  • Thursday 29th April 
  • Wednesday 26th May 
  • Wednesday 30th June

We hope this gives you and your students ample opportunity to sign up for a session and learn more about studying in Scotland. You and your students can sign up using the link below:

Registration Form

2022 Entry – Degree Finder

When it comes to entry requirements and course information, we would always recommend pointing students towards our Degree Finder.

This week our degree finder will be updated to reflect the change from the current focus on 2021 entry to a focus on 2022 entry. Therefore both entry requirements and course information will be updated for prospective students and teachers/advisers by the end of the week.

Degree Finder

Chartered Institute of Marketing – Marketing Virtual Work Experience February 2021 https://www.springpod.co.uk/marketing-virtual-work-experience/

Vodafone – Innovators Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/vodafone-virtual-work-experience/

Law Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/law-virtual-work-experience/

Teaching Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/teaching-virtual-work-experience/

Nestlé – Employability Skills Programme https://www.springpod.co.uk/nestle-employability-skills-programme/

Finance Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/finance-virtual-work-experience/

BT – Insight Day https://www.springpod.co.uk/bt-insight-day/

Journalism Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/journalism-virtual-work-experience/

‘Our Offer’ to you
We have created a range of presentations and workshops that we can deliver in your school or college both virtually and in person. List of opportunities here. All session timings are bespoke to the individual school or college. If you think of something not on the list, get in touch with your regional officer here to discuss what we can do.

Sheffield UCAS Support
Following a successful October open day, our team will be hosting a number of drop in sessions to support students with their applications to university. Subjects include;

•Personal Statement Support
•Benefits of a Russell Group University
•Choosing Your Course and University.

The drop in sessions will be led by our specialist recruitment team, who will also be available afterwards to answer questions about Sheffield or the application process. You can also access this content on demand and ask our team any questions.

Sessions will be held every Wednesday to 14 Jan 2021 (excluding the Christmas break). For access to the drop in sessions visit our page here.

Taster sessions
Our online taster sessions help Year 13 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield. We have a number of online taster sessions available to book including Animal and Plant Sciences, Chemistry, English, Languages, Maths, Physics and many more. To book these sessions click here.

Virtual Schools Hub
Given virtual is the new normal for everyone, we have a Virtual Schools Hub with pages that are designed for you to access up-to-date resources, transition support, department resources, and key advice. These pages have recently been updated with access to information for parents, faculty resources and our on-demand transition resources.

Chat to Staff and Current Students
Our student ambassadors and staff are the best people to tell you about what studying at Sheffield is like. Start a conversation or search for their answers to your questions. Chat to us here.

Sheffield Spotlight on

  • Careers and professional development. A talk focussed on how students can increase their employability and skill set while at university (GB 1,2,3,7)
  • What I wish I knew before uni: A student’s survival guide. A talk delivered by recent graduates for their top tips and advice for making the transition to university life.

For more details on these and other sessions, contact your Regional Officer here.

Post January 15th Provision

Following the January 15th deadline we will be continuing our sessions each Wednesday evening, each week will have a theme including transition support and what Sheffield has to offer. Watch this space! More details will be available here.

Access Sheffield – Opportunities to realise your potential

We recognise that ability isn’t always demonstrated through a standard set of A Level or equivalent qualifications. Our Access Sheffield policy helps ensure that everyone applying to the University of Sheffield who has the potential to succeed on our courses has the opportunity to do so.

If you meet the criteria specified in our Access Sheffield policy you may be eligible for one or more alternative offers from the University of Sheffield recognising your personal circumstances. The full policy can be viewed online here.

Faculty of Engineering

In partnership with the David & Jane Richards Family Foundation, the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy is currently undertaking research into how we can promote the teaching of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in schools. We are a student-led team, hoping to give young people an introduction to these emerging areas, showing them the power of STEM subjects and giving them a head start in their academic careers.

Our survey form can be found here.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

This winter join Discover Materials to explore a range of Materials Science and Engineering themes ranging from the tiny, seeing into the fabric of things through a microscope, to even understanding how fairy lights work! There will be a fun and interactive series of live and pre-recorded content on our social media and YouTube channels where we will share how the materials used in musical instruments manipulate sound, the physics of custard, and lots more. There really will be something for everyone.

On the 15th December 2020 we are hosting a Live Event day that will include the following: Live microscopy, Winter talks, Materials Quiz and a Live Q&A session.

More information and how to register can be found here.

Are you interested in the arts, media, English or history? Do you want to know how you could study these subjects, and what kind of career you could have at the end of it? If so, join us for a series of online events to hear from students and tutors about where your future could take you.

These Saturday sessions (running 2-3pm) will let you hear from students currently studying with us, and from graduates who have gone on to secure jobs. You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have about getting started in a variety of creative industries, and the jobs you could be doing.

We’re running the below sessions:

  • Creative Digital and Broadcast Media and Journalism (20th March)
  • Art, Design and Fashion (27th March)
  • Music, Performance and Dance (24th April) 
  • Creative Technologies in Politics, History and English (1st May)


Student Journey links

Online Q&A sessions for high school and college students

We would like to invite your students to join us for a new series of live web chats. Starting this month, we will be hosting fortnightly sessions, focusing on: Personal statement support; Choosing a course and university; Preparing for university interviews; and Student life.
Further information and how to book onto a session can be found on our website: www.leeds.ac.uk/schools-livechat.

Book a virtual HE talk or workshop 

We hope it won’t be too long until we are once again delivering our on-campus and in-school events.  In the meantime we are delivering a programme of live online talks and workshops.  If you would like to book an activity, please email the Education Outreach Team.

Virtually explore the Leeds campus 

Although campus tours cannot take place at the moment, prospective students can now explore our campus from the comfort of their own home.  Visit our 360 virtual campus tour website to discover our academic facilities, student accommodation and amenities.  To be notified when our physical visit days do resume, please register your details.

Public lecture for maths and physics students

Join our live public lecture An Elementary Derivation of Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion which takes place on Saturday 12 December at 1:00pm.   The session will demonstrate an easy-to-follow derivation of Kepler’s laws using a geometric perspective and is suitable for KS3 students and their teachers.  To attend the lecture, please visit our YouTube channel.

Final Admissions Session 

The University of Dundee is hosting a final Admissions Session, where you can engage with our admissions team and have all your questions answered.

Join us on Thursday the 3rd of December at 18:00 for a final information session with our admissions team. Just click on the link below to register.

Link: Register Here

Interactive Open Evening 

Then, on Thursday the 10th of December, join us for an Interactive Open Evening, featuring talks from our student recruitment team, current students and our academics. The evening begins at 18:00 and will feature interactive talks from a variety of subject areas, as well as a live Q&A where our world leading researchers and teaching staff can answer your questions directly.

Just sign up using the link below.

Link: Register Here

Both of these events are open to anyone who would like to join us, including parents, teachers, advisers and of course, any students who are considering Dundee, even if you have already submitted your UCAS application. We’re excited to welcome you to both events!

Bespoke Virtual Talks/Webinars 

As ever, we would be delighted to engage with your students by arranging a bespoke virtual talk or webinar. We are happy to make arrangements for any virtual talks or webinars in the Spring of 2021. If you would like to arrange a webinar on any of the following subjects or any variation of the following then simply get in touch with us to arrange this:

Applying To University & Personal Statements, Applying To Medicine/Dentistry, Studying in Scotland, The University of Dundee and Choosing a University Course.

‘Choose Cumbria’ – A ‘one-stop shop’ for up to date and relevant information about the University of Cumbria

Visit our Choose Cumbria microsite as a one-stop shop for everything you need to signpost and provide advice.  Here, you can access a range of key information such as our course search tool, virtual tours of our campuses and facilities, links to virtual events and open days, key accommodation and finance information as well as real student stories and options to ‘chat’ to current students and/or trained staff. Visit ‘Choose Cumbria’.


Masterclasses Flyer 20201s

NEW exciting titles/dates added! 

Our ever-popular subject Masterclasses feature engaging, current and topical content and what’s more, students who attend are eligible to receive a reduced offer of up to 16 UCAS points on application to related University of Cumbria courses! (T&Cs apply. See website for details). We have plenty to come, but here is a look as what’s coming up next:

Digital Investigations 9 December 2020
Wildlife Tracking, Identification and Recording 10 December 2020
Insects in a Changing Climate 11 December 2020
Offender Rehabilitation – Occupational Therapy in Prisons Settings 14 December 2020
How to pitch a Television Programme from Idea to Broadcast 14 December 2020

We can also deliver bespoke a class or cohort. Contact outreach@cumbria.co.uk to discuss options.



Accessible anytime, anywhere, 24/7!

Our Outreach On Demand can be accessed directly by your students, anytime and anywhere!

‘Higher Education – What, Where, How?’ Generic HE sessions – a number of short informative sessions, delivered by our friendly and experienced Outreach Team, to introduce students to HE and the UCAS application and selection process.

Pathways series: ‘Getting into……’ sessions cover a variety of subjects and explore routes, progression pathways, course options and the exciting range of careers linked to each pathway.

All above sessions are available on demand but can be booked for a whole class LIVE delivery.

Contact outreach@cumbria.ac.uk or to access an On Demand session visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/webinars.

Access our webinars


The University of Cumbria’s Institute of Business, Industry & Leadership are delivering a number of subject-based webinars, delivered by experts in their field. These pop-up sessions would be of interest to teachers and students alike!

Date: Tuesday 15th December 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Date: Wednesday 16th of December, 7.00pm-8.15pm

Discovery Sessions

Discover: Policing in London

16 December 2020 14:00 – 15:00

The London Metropolitan Police is the largest police service in the UK with over 44,000 members of staff; but what do they all do and what careers are available? There are multiple policing organisations outside of the Metropolitan Police Service, but what part do they play in securing London and the UK?

Discover the role of specialist agencies such as MI5, MI6, the National Crime Agency, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the British Transport Police and more. Discover what happens inside New Scotland Yard and how the Counter-Terrorism Police is formed.

To register for this event head over to – www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/open-events/


What can I do with a Business Management degree?

Date: Tuesday 5th January 2021 5pm-6pm

Online webinar with – Dr Steve Gibbs – Principal Lecturer in Business and Leadership

Do you want a qualification that gives you the ultimate in career choices? Our graduates end up in Sellafield. Or they might go on to run a local medical practice. Or they might decide to start their own business. Or running the office for a local firm of accountants. Or working for the local council. Business management degrees take you to all industries and organisations. Because every organisation needs administrators and managers. It’s that simple. And, if you decide to go to another firm after a while, you can. Be the best qualified and most attractive graduate with a Cumbria business management degree. We get you work-ready. You get your future-ready!

Come and chat to us about business management as the best degree for life and work! Go anywhere, anytime, anyplace with us!

Chat to Steve about his 26 year career in business management, and how he and his team will get you ready for a bright confident future anywhere in the world. We’re ready to talk, are you?

To register for this event head over to – www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/open-events/

Virtual Masterclasses

‘Expert Witness’ – Police Officer witness statements
Date: 17th December 2020 11am – 12pm

This masterclass will introduce students to the processes and procedures by which Police Officers gather and provide primary evidence in written statement form.

Whilst this begins with what they see and hear when dealing with an incident, it is the ability to identify criminal activity and offence ‘points to prove’, recall and record the actions and speech of themselves and others, and bring a heightened level of attention to detail to their reports, which will enable them to produce high quality written ‘expert witness’ statements.

Accurate and detailed Police Officer witness statements are a crucial factor in securing convictions in a court of law; this session is designed to introduce and inform attendees of the complexity of this process.

The amazing thing about our Masterclasses is the opportunity they give your students opportunity to explore and discuss topics they’re interested in with professionals, academics and other like-minded students too! As an added bonus, attendance at our Masterclasses is rewarded with reduced offers on future applications to related subjects at the University of Cumbria (T&Cs available on our website here)

To book onto this session, students can head over to www.cumbria.ac.uk/masterclasses

Personal Application Advice

Students can access one to one, personalised support every day this week between 9am – 5pm via live chat. This option is always open, but this week we have specialists who work with those leaving school or college on the lines, ready to support your students. AND… on Thursday 17th December we will be hosting a live Q&A on Facebook and Instagram, 3-4pm. The kinds of question we’ll be answering include:

  • Will you be having an applicant visit day?
  • Is it too late to apply for a course that starts in January?
  • How do I start my personal statement?
  • How do I write a personal statement if I want to apply for two different courses?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email, outreach@cumbria.ac.uk




Sign up to the Subject Discovery webinars here.

The webinars are aimed at students in Years 11 and 12 as they start to think about what subjects to apply for at university and they can now sign up via the shiny new Webinars tool on their student homepage.

There are over 30 expert speakers confirmed including:

  • Prof. Carl Gombrich, Director of Teaching and Learning at the London Interdisciplinary school
  • Dr. Christopher Nordstrom, Co-founder of The Medic Portal
  • Dr. Ellie Ratcliffe, Lecturer in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey

Find out more here.

Upcoming Webinars

Unifrog Webinar

You can join these webinars on the student homepage.

Contextual Admissions Launch

We are looking to launch our contextual admissions guidance in the New Year and will be arranging a workshop. Please let us know if you would like to book a place by emailing eliaison@uclan.ac.uk

Pathways to Medicine

We are delighted to welcome applications for the Pathways to Medicine programme which is looking to attract students from under-represented groups. This will be the third year of the programme which has supported many students in developing a realistic view of the expectations of studying medicine at University and the career pathways open to them.

To find out more details about eligibility and how to apply follow this link Pathways to Medicine.

Unmissable Higher Education events

The team have been busy creating events for students to make informed choices about their 2021 progression. All your students need to do is visit our website where they can book any events that are right for them. This events below give you an idea of the activities we are offering:

Personal Statement Live Chats – Every Thursday 17.00-19.00 until 17 December – Due to the popularity of our personal statement chats we have extended the run of the series into December, to support students who want to submit their application before the 15 January UCAS deadline. To make it easier, your students can book onto any of the activities here.

Student Reflections – Sometimes you just want to hear from students who are studying in the subject you want to apply for. Over December students can join live chats with our students to get a glimpse of their experience of their course and life at UCLan.

We can also adapt our sessions to run virtually in your classrooms, so take a look and let us know if you would like us to deliver them direct to your students.

Parents Live Chats – We know that parents and carers usually have lots of questions about their child coming to university; how do you apply for September 2021; funding; support and accommodation. They can join us in December and January for our live chats where we share our essential guide and tips on supporting their child during their application journey.

Higher Education insight and inspiration

  • Post Qualification Admission Reforms – We recently have seen both Office for Students and UK Universities release papers on PQA. We found a really interesting article from WONKHE on the turning opinions of PQA and an article from Higher Education Policy Institute
  • Virtual Work Experience – We enjoyed this guide to supporting parents and students with virtual work experience opportunities.


CREATIVE DEGREE TALKS by The Northern School of Art
We have an exciting programme of Live and Pre-recorded Virtual HE Talks by Creative Professionals at The Northern School of Art.
Our live virtual sessions can take place anytime to suit you and will provide your students with a detailed insight into any one of our degree courses. Session includes a live Q&A.
Alternatively, links to our pre-recorded talks can be found below.
We also have a range of short 2-minute videos showcasing our courses, facilities and student life at www.northernart.ac.uk

Applying to University – Support Series
We have a programme of events running from now until the Christmas break which are designed to support your students during their application journey. You can find the full list of events on the attached document or visit the teachers pages to book.
These sessions are appropriate for students wanting to find out more about university, but will also be beneficial for teachers, parents and carers who are supporting students on their journey.

Knowledge Network
We are hosting our next Knowledge Network session on Wednesday 25th November, 4pm – 5pm. This month we will be joined by Dr Cat O’Neill who will be discussing young people’s mental health, the key issues and what we can do to support them.
Register here.

Digital assets
We have included a selection of digital assets for you to use. We hope you are able to display these on your digital screens or student portals as you feel appropriate. These assets highlight our range of transition and progression events and opportunities that may be of interest to you and your students.

Subject specific online taster sessions
We have a range of taster sessions for students running across many subjects, including education, health and business. You can find more information on the website here.

Open days

Join us at an online open day to find out more about studying at Teesside University. Our next open days will be in the new year, we look forward to seeing your students.

 9 January 2021, 10am – 2pm

27 February 2021, 10am – 2pm

25 March 2021, 10am – 2pm

This is the latest instalment of PwC’s Virtual Classroom – a virtual programme open to students between Years 10 and 13* focusing on racial equality, social mobility and gender equality. You’ll also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions, while having the flexibility to watch and listen to the recorded sessions at a time best suited to you each week.

See the times and dates here:

Thursday 26th November – The importance of social mobility- register here.

Thursday 3rd December – The importance of gender equality – register here.

Thursday 3rd December – The importance of diversity and inclusion – parent and teacher session – register here.

Sign up here.

For students looking to go to uni whilst starting their career

Our Flying Start degree programmes in Accounting or Technology offer the best of both worlds. Studying at university, students will get to experience the full-time student lifestyle but with integrated paid placements at PwC, they’ll have some money to enjoy it too. They’ll gain a degree, and hopefully impress us enough to secure a graduate job with us after they graduate.

Developing Employability Skills

We’re thrilled to bring you the latest instalment of PwC’s Virtual Classroom – a virtual programme open to students between Years 10 and 13* focusing on racial equality, social mobility and gender equality. Students will also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions, while having the flexibility to watch and listen to the recorded sessions at a time best suited to them each week. Students can sign up to the virtual sessions click here.

Sign up here.


Applications for this year’s supported entry scheme, NU Entry, are now open. Applications will close on Friday 30th April at 17:00.

NU Entry is a structured scheme for students in their first year of sixth form or college studying in England and Northern Ireland, who meet specific academic and circumstantial criteria. Eligibility criteria has widened this year, and details are on our webpage.

Throughout the scheme, students will be provided with the opportunity to develop key skills necessary for successful undergraduate study, receive e-mentoring, and can earn 16 NU Entry points, which are the equivalent to 16 UCAS tariff points when applying to Northumbria University.

Schools and colleges who have had students participate in NU Entry in the past have booked an NU Entry Induction to be delivered in person. However, this year we have produced a short, pre-recorded film. This covers eligibility criteria, timelines, the reflective piece students will have to write as part of the scheme, and our most common FAQs. All students should watch the video before starting their application.

For 2020, the mandatory conference element of NU Entry will be going ahead but will be held virtually in the week commencing Monday 21st June (dates and times TBC). Students must attend one of the available dates to continue their participation in the scheme.

To get started, students and staff can visit our NU Entry webpage now and watch the introductory video, and if eligible, students can start their application!

Apply now.

December Virtual Open Days and on-demand access
We have extended our series of live Virtual Open Days into the month of December, so that you have more time to find out about Manchester Met and our courses. Our Virtual Open Days are grouped by course areas:

• Saturday 28 November – if you enjoy science, engineering or anything sports-related then this is the day for you.
• Saturday 28 November – courses for Manchester School of Art (MSoA), School of Digital Arts (SODA) and Manchester School of Theatre take centre stage.
• Friday 11 December – if your heart belongs to health, psychology, education or you have a hunger for nutrition then join us.
• Saturday 12 December – discover the world of opportunity you’ll be presented with by studying business or law.
• Thursday 17 December – explore all things humanities, languages or social sciences and Fashion.

All our live Virtual Open Days include subject presentations, subject areas packed with videos and downloadable resources, and virtual tours, so you can still access plenty of information regardless of your course of interest.

You can find further information and book here: www.mmu.ac.uk/openday

If you are unable to make a Virtual Open Day, you can still access plenty of information on-demand. Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/open-days/undergraduate/your-open-day-home, our dedicated webpage is now live.

Care Leaver Virtual Information Support Day

Our Virtual Care Leaver Information Support Day for students from Care Experienced backgrounds will take place on Wednesday 2nd December from 9:00am – 1:00pm. The event will support your transition into university and will help you to find out about the support that is available to you during your studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. The day will consist of a range of different sessions including: Choosing a Course, Student Finance, University Life and Independent Living, and Mindfulness and Wellbeing.

To find out more and to book your place, please contact Ivan Hay by emailing I.Hay@mmu.ac.uk

School of Digital Arts Virtual Roadshow for Year 12 and Year 13

Our School of Digital Arts (SODA) is an interdisciplinary school at Manchester Metropolitan University – a £35m investment into the workspaces, facilities, networks, teaching and research that will drive the next generation of creative content. This interdisciplinary purpose-built school will use cutting edge technology to drive innovation across all creative subjects at one of the UK’s leading universities.

Join us for a virtual interactive session, where you will get to hear all about the School of Digital Arts and meet some of our tutors. We have courses in Animation, Film, Photography, Games, Future Media Production, Sound and Web/UX along with a Foundation Year. We want to hear from you and about your interests and passions and we’ll be there to tell you about our courses and answer any questions you or your students may have. You will get an insight into how courses will run and what it is like to study at SODA.

We will be running sessions across three dates:
Monday 30th November (12pm-1pm)
Wednesday 2nd December (2pm-3pm)
Friday 4th December (12pm-1pm)

Please use this link to register for our virtual event via Eventbrite.

Digital Portfolio Guidance

Are you applying to a course at our Manchester School of Art? Check out our new short video with top tips from lecturers to help you prepare your digital portfolio. You can also visit our website to find out more about the courses that require portfolios and the portfolio requirements for each subject area. Make yours stand out!

Supported Audition Scheme

Are you considering progressing to drama school? Our Manchester School of Theatre are offering a ‘Supported Audition Scheme’, a short mentoring project for post-16 students to help your progression. The scheme will take place on the week beginning 7th December and involves an invitation to an online audition workshop with David Salter, Head of the Drama School, advice and guidance from a personal mentor and a free token for MST performances or access to digital performances. We are particularly seeking participants whose backgrounds are underrepresented in drama schools.

Who is eligible for the scheme? All post-16 students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for Free School Meals
  • Have a home postcode which is classified as Quintile 1 or Quintile 2 in the POLAR4 data (click here for more information)
  • Black, Asian or from any other minority ethnic group
  • In care, a recent care leaver, or estranged from family
  • Have a disability

You are encouraged to apply directly to the scheme here before the deadline on Friday 27th November. For more information and if you have any questions, please email schoolsoutreach@mmu.ac.uk.


Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Dr Stephen Quayle will be delivering a webinar about studying for a degree in Engineering at Lancaster.

This webinar will introduce you to current students and alumni, and will help you discover the different fields of Engineering and the diverse career prospects an Engineering degree can lead to.

Click here to register.

Chemistry Webinars

Here is a list of chemistry webinars delivered by lecturers at Lancaster University.

Brain Chemistry
A lecture from Professor Joe Sweeney, Head of Chemistry and Chair in Synthetic Chemistry, which will cover finding out how the shape and charge of small organic molecules is important in the brain.

Click here to register.

Biomaterials and Wound Healing

Non-healing wounds are a silent epidemic. They cost the NHS almost as much as heart disease and cancer. And yet we hardly hear about these wounds!

Click here to register.

An Atom’s Eye View

We spend a lot of our time in Chemistry learning about chemical structures – but how do we actually know these other than trusting what a textbook tells us?

Click here to register.

Find the full list of the chemistry lectures here.

Research in a Box

These free resources give your students the opportunity to learn through engaging activities or experience using research equipment through interactive practical sessions. The equipment and activities have been designed by our academics with the GCSE and A Level curriculums in mind, enabling you to teach the syllabus in a fun, exciting and innovative way.

Click here to see the STEM boxes.

Lancaster University Access Programme

Lancaster Access Programme is exciting opportunity to develop skills to help with your studies and enhance your university application. You will have access to a dedicated online Lancaster University OpenLearning platform where you can sign up for a range of workshops and activities that you can complete in your own time, allowing you the flexibility to complete them alongside your studies earning credits for completing each of these activities. If you complete the programme, you will be eligible for a lower offer, of up to a two A level grade drop or equivalent, to study at Lancaster University. Applications are open now and close on Sunday 10th January, further information can be accessed on our website at www.lancaster.ac.uk/lap. A short video explaining more about the programme can be found here.

Politics, Philosophy and Religion

The PPR department has a strong, distinctive and exciting research culture.

Our interdisciplinary research brings together scholars who work within and across the subject areas of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Politics and International Relations.


We offer a broad range of options for students to study Politics & International Relations at Lancaster.

The various degree courses focus upon the central questions that have shaped the modern world and allow students to explore such themes as war and peace, poverty and inequality, order and justice, governance and power.

Find out more about Politics Degrees here.


Lancaster allows you to study philosophy, the oldest academic subject, in a flexible way.

Philosophy is the careful, critical, and reasoned engagement with a wide range of fundamental questions about human existence; about art, politics, justice, right and wrong, truth and knowledge, faith and reason.

Read more about Philosophy Degrees here.


Religion has become increasingly visible in society, manifested in debates around, for example; the wearing of veils in Islam, the legitimacy of homosexuality in Christianity, the place of atheism in the West, the nature of religious violence and terrorism, the relation of religion to politics, and the role of the media.

Discover our Religious Studies Degrees here.

Politics Taster Webinar: Can Universal basic Income Make a Nation Healthier?
Wednesday 16th December, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Evidence suggests that a person’s health is heavily influenced by social and economic environment.

This webinar outlines this case, arguing that UBI can improve health by reducing poverty, increasing predictability of income and reducing inequality. As the Government is now committed to preventing, rather than just treating ill-health, the webinar examines the impact the policy might have on public budgets and whether the policy is feasible.

Click here to register.

Medical Schools Council webinars:

The purpose of these webinars is to help applicants to medical school find out about the interview process for medicine and to learn how to prepare. The sessions will be led by admissions and widening participation leads from across UK medical schools and will allow students in years 12 and 13 to ask questions.

Below students can find the registration links to sign up for free. We would appreciate if you could circulate this to students that might be interested.

Lancaster University Medicine Society Online Sessions

Lancaster University medicine students are running an online learning experience for prospective medicine applicants (yr 12/13 who meet some Widening Participation Criteria). These 3 online sessions lead by experienced 5th year medical students are designed to fill the gap of practical work experience this year.

3 online morning sessions on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of January 2021 will cover real life medical problems and the chance to work with current students. A great learning opportunity to list on applications.

Any students interested in taking part should compete – Online Work Experience Application Form. There are a limited number of places so unfortunately students are not guaranteed a place and will be notified if they are successful.

Lancaster University Access to Medicine ProgrammeSeries of activities for potential medicine applicants (Yr 12) that informs and prepares young people. If the programme is completed and students meet entry requirements they are guaranteed an Interview at Lancaster for Medicine. Details coming out soon, I will be in touch again when applications open.

Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (DTS)
Duration – 4 Years
Qualification – BSc Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions (University of Warwick)
Salary – Circa £20,000

If you want to work at the cutting edge of car production, then look no further than our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. Working on the ideas that will be on the production line in five years’ time, means you will be fascinated by the world of tomorrow and the opportunities that brings.

And where better to put your technology skills and passion to the test than in a business that will change from a car manufacturer to a technology company that makes superb cars? If you are motivated by the power of technology to change the way the world moves, in a business that believes that technology can be a force for good, then this apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

The Apprenticeship

There are 4 pathways to choose from:

  • Software Engineering, in our Engineering and IT teams
  • Software Engineering with Data, in our Engineering and Manufacturing teams
  • Data Analytics with a variety of functions across our enterprise
  • Network Engineering in our Engineering and IT teams

For the first two years you will study the core range of subjects, with pathway specialism in years three and four. Modules are taught in week blocks at the University of Warwick and will be a mix of lectures, practical laboratories, seminars and tutorials. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Environment for further support between blocks.

In year’s 1 and 2 you will cover modules in all 4 of the pathways and then in years 3 and 4 you will move into your chosen pathway.

Apply now

Applications are now open for the 2021 ZSC Apprenticeship Programme!

After reinvigorating the apprenticeship programme in 2020, GSK are now wanting to build on its success, and to do this we are looking for driven candidates who are passionate about pursuing a career in manufacturing or engineering.

The Zinnat Supply Chain apprentice programme is the first of its kind for GSK, as the programme spans across both the Ulverston and Barnard Castle sites, which provides an exciting opportunity for individuals who are both outgoing and flexible, and who can integrate effectively into new teams and environments.

The programme will involve rotations between the two sites in order to maximise the learning experiences of the apprentices. This gives the potential to land in a permanent role at one of the two sites when their apprenticeship finishes.

To find out more here: GSK Careers Job Search – #UKApprenticeships

After clicking the link the you will need to filter by location, selecting “Ulverston”.


Find out about MBDA’s apprenticeship opportunities.

This session with MBDA will bust myths within the defence sector and share first-hand insights into the MBDA community and recruitment process. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from current apprentices and you can even put them in the hot seat and ask any questions on your mind. Join us on 3rd December 2020 at 4pm. Register here.

Please note this session is for students only and we will be running a similar session the following week for teachers, career leaders and career advisers. To join the CPD session, click here.

Network Rail Apprenticeship

At Network Rail, you’re part of an incredible team of experts all working together to help millions of people get where they’re going. Through training, mentoring and guidance, we support each other, we keep each other safe and we bring out the best in one another.

The Rail industry is currently going through one of the largest transformations we’ve ever seen. New opportunities are appearing every day and we’re investing over £45 billion in the next five years to revolutionise our nation’s railway system. It’s an incredible time to start a career with us.

Start your journey today

Our Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship is a three-year programme which gives you all the support and training you need to take the first steps towards becoming a professional engineer. During this scheme you’ll earn a competitive salary and get involved with important projects — gaining invaluable experience as you work towards a degree level qualification.

Once you’ve completed the course you’ll have the option to continue your studies and move into specialist roles ranging from electrification and plant, overhead lines, signalling and telecoms.

When you become a part of our team, there’s no limit to how far you can go. And there’s never been a more exciting time to join Network Rail. We’re growing every year, embracing new technology, pushing boundaries and challenging what’s possible. So, if you’d like to learn, grow and make your mark on the future of transport, we’d love to hear from you.

Find out more.

You’re the future

Your ambition, talents, ideas and unique way of looking at the world will help us drive innovation in every part of our business.

About Pfizer Apprenticeships

Having an Apprenticeship at Pfizer means doing work that helps millions of people across the world benefit from life-changing treatment.

It means working for a company that believes in equity, excellence and protecting your work-life balance. And it means working with colleagues who take your ideas seriously and support your learning and development.

If you want an Apprenticeship that matters, you’ll find it at Pfizer.

Click here to apply.

December Parents’ & Carers’ Pack
In the December issue we look at volunteering, Post-16 SEND options, T Level subjects coming soon, apprenticeship award winners, Traineeships FAQs, Job coach support and more! Please help us to share widely through parentmail channels.

Free webinar on GES Degree Apprenticeship Programme
Join us on Monday 14 December at 4pm to hear from the Government Economic Service about the Economist Degree apprenticeship programme, opening for applications the same day. With 70+ vacancies, this is a chance for students, colleagues and parents to find out how to apply. Register now!

Armed Forces webinar recording
Amazing Apprenticeships hosted an exclusive webinar with the Armed Forces to explore the apprenticeship opportunities with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. If you missed it please find the full recording, presentation slides and more here.

Masterclasses to boost students’ mindset
WorldSkills UK have just launched a suite of Mindset Masterclasses to help students and apprentices become more confident, resilient and agile. The masterclasses, which are free to access, include ten bite-sized learning modules. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 free resources
Have you started planning for National Apprenticeship Week yet? The theme has now been announced as ‘Build the Future’. To help you to prepare for the big week, we have a collection of free resources, including checklists, comms toolkits and more. Click here to access the resources now.

Traineeships information
Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience. We have a brilliant collection of free resources to help you to become more familiar with traineeships.

New apprenticeships podcast
HomeServe Foundation has created a new podcast series – All About Apprenticeships. The first episode explores the opportunities and incentives that apprenticeships can offer, the importance of apprentices for the future of our country and much more. Listen to the first episode now.

The Big Assembly is back! 
The interactive LIVE digital broadcast enables students and teachers to engage in conversation about exciting career opportunities, events and more! The Big Assembly takes place on 9th February during NAW2021 and is totally free to attend, so sign up now!

T Level resource library
T Levels are continuing to roll-out with more coming in the new year. Don’t forget that we have guides, poster bundles, factsheets, explainer films, webinar recordings and powerpoint slides to help you get acquainted with this exciting qualification. Access the free resources by clicking here.

New Year Virtual Careers Fair
The National Careers Service will host the New Year New Career Virtual Careers Fair, taking place from 27-29 January. People can visit a wide range of organisations and can get advice and support to manage careers and how to take first steps towards them.

Open Apprenticeship Vacancies

There are lots of other current apprenticeship vacancies with really exciting apprenticeship employers. We’ve collated a helpful list for you to browse over the Christmas break.

The list of current apprenticeship vacancies includes Nestlé, Virgin Media, Network Rail, Sky and more. With hundreds of vacancies to browse, Christmas is the perfect time to start thinking about applying for that perfect apprenticeship!

Don’t forget to check out our Vacancy Snapshot profiles for more information on some of the UK’s biggest and best apprenticeship employers.

Economist Degree Apprenticeship

There are over 70 current vacancies available with the Government Economic Service for the Economist Degree Apprenticeship Programme.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces.

We recently hosted an informative webinar with the Government Economic Service taking a closer look at the programme and current vacancies. This is a great resource for students, teachers and parents & carers to find out how to apply.

You can also visit the GES Vacancy Snapshot profile for a deeper look into the scheme and to begin preparing for the application process.

Armed Forces Q&A Sheet 

Following an extremely popular webinar with the Armed Forces, No.1 in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 listing, we have created a helpful Q&A factsheet.

The webinar was attended by over 1,000 students, teachers and parents and carers, many of whom had brilliant questions for the Armed Forces. We collated together all of the questions and answers into one helpful Q&A factsheet, so everyone can benefit from the extra information.

You can also visit the Royal Navy, RAF and British Army Vacancy Snapshot profiles for more helpful information on the programmes they offer, how to apply and more.

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