Further and Higher Education

In this section, there is advice for both pupils and parents around the key transition points in education for higher (Beyond KS4) and further (Beyond KS5) education.

Post 16 / 18 Careers Guidance and Apprenticeship Opportunities

Information for 14-19 year olds, including apprenticeship vacancies.

Search and apply for the latest apprenticeships, jobs and courses in the local area.

This site provides information on the opportunities available after school – for training, employment and sponsored degrees.

Find jobs for school and college leavers and search through apprenticeships and gain information on scholarships.

Careermap is the leading website for 16-24 year olds looking for a pathway into employment.

Higher Education and Progression to University

The organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. It includes official data on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.

A good site to look at you have no idea what you might like to study. It has a subject’s interest questionnaire, which provides degree subject suggestions based on your answers. You will then be able to search for university courses relating to these subjects. You can also search for unis by the number of UCAS points.

The Which? university guide has lots of information and filters to help you find a course to suit your needs.

Information on every subject taught at universities in the UK ranked in league tables, also has subject profile information.

Provides in-depth information about choosing and going to university and the application process involved.

The UK’s leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. They publish a wide collection of journals and directories, as well as provide an extensive graduate careers website.

Provides up to date information on university open days and subject taster days.

Provides a complete guide to all aspects of university.

Search for University open days.

Independent and brutally honest site about life at university.

Additional Information

Finance Support

·         Student Finance – official site for applications

·         Care To Learn – help pay for childcare costs if you are studying and under 20

·         Student Cash Point – guide to finding financial support (bursaries/awards etc) to assist with the cost of university

Gap Years

·         Gap Force – How does a gap year bridge the gap between education and employment

·         Gap Year – official government information on gap year travel

·         Year in Industry – offers internships to undergraduates and HE students in Engineering, Business, Marketing and IT


·         Apprenticeships official apprenticeships site

·         Apprenticeship Guide – what they are, if they are for you and how you can get one

·         Apprenticeships – search and apply for vacancies

·         Future Talent – advertises apprenticeships and other alternative routes to University

·         GetMyFirstJob  – once registered they will help you find an apprenticeship

·         Notgoingtouni  – search and apply for apprenticeships, jobs and sponsored degrees


·         National Careers Service – interview advice from what to wear to answering difficult questions

·         Cheat Sheet – guide by Monster on how to prepare for and ace interviews


·         Livewire – support, information and advice for 16-30 year olds wanting to set up their own business

·         The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme – support for unemployed young people age 18-30 to determine if their business ideas are viable and whether self employment is right for them

Student/Part-Time Jobs

·         Thebigchoice  – part-time/temp/summer/seasonal jobs for students

·         Studentjob  – part-time jobs and internships

·         E4S – part-time, holiday, seasonal, temporary, festival and gap year jobs at home and abroad

·         Just Student Jobs – part-time, holiday, seasonal, temporary, festival and gap year jobs at home and abroad

·         Your Rights at Work – Citizens Advice Bureau guide to working whilst studying, young people’s employment rights, minimum wage and working conditions

Studying Abroad

·         Erasmus  – enables University students to study abroad as part of their degree

·         Fulbright – offers scholarships and exchange programmes to UK students wanting to study in the US

·         Study in Europe – guide to studying in Europe

·         Hot Courses Abroad – search for thousands of courses abroad

·         Study Overseas – focuses on life and studying in various different countries

·         Study in Finland – guide to studying in Finland

·         Study USA – studying in the US

Pupil Sites

·         The Student Room – online student community – help with revision, statements, applying to University etc


·         Vinspired  – volunteering guide for 14-24 year olds. Search and apply for opportunities

·         National Volunteering Service – national volunteering site, search for current opportunities

Work Experience

·         All About Careers – guide on how to get work experience

·         Student Ladder – lists companies that offer work experience

Local Colleges

Milton Keynes College

Northampton College

Bedford College

Shuttleworth College

Central Bedfordshire Colleges

Banbury and Bicester College