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Career Options

At St Ignatius we help the students make the right informed choices regarding their future, helping them to choose from one of the following;

  1. University
  2. Apprenticeship
  3. Sponsored Degree
  4. Employment
  5. Gap Year



Advice for students interested in Higher Education
Writing a Personal Statement is an important part of your UCAS application. It is your chance to describe your ambitions, skills and experience to university and college admission staff.  At St Ignatius you are given workshops in year 13 on how to complete a good Personal Statement:


TARGET careers university profiles give details such as number of students, student-staff ratio and average UCAS tariff needed:


course search function allows you to browse thousands of courses by university, qualification level, study mode and region:


Find out what university rankings mean by looking at how they are calculated and what measures are used:


Take a look at these degree subject guides to help you decide what to study at university. Look at what content, teaching methods and contact hours would suit you best as well as what careers each subject might lead to:


If you have a career area in mind, look at these various articles to help you understand what degrees would benefit your chosen path. From law to photography, design and TV. There are over 15 different areas to explore:


These university reviews tell you what the universities are really like and are written by current students:


Find out how much university will cost and get advice about tuition fees. 


Find out the 50 most popular universities in the UK as voted for by school pupils:


Find out how to ace your UCAS application with advice articles on starting your statement, what you should include, how it should be structured and how you should handle offers: for Year 1

Discover what is appropriate to wear for a university interview and what clothes you should avoid:


Use our guide to deadlines to find out the key dates you need to know when applying to uni:


University open days are a fantastic way of finding out about the universities that you are thinking of studying at and the courses you might want to take. Here are some top tips for making the most of your visits:



The London Institute of Banking & Finance - Summer University

Date: Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 August 2019

Our Summer University is a three day non-residential programme for students who are thinking about a career in financial services and are interested in studying the subject at university. 

Visit this website for more information and to register:



REACH - Routes to Enhancing Achievement

This year we’re hosting three events that will help guide you through how the financial services industry operates and the opportunities it can provide you. These events will focus on widening participation for:

  • Female students
  • Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) students and
  • Mature students

Our REACH events will take place at Peninsular House, London.

Visit this website for more information and to register:


Undergraduate Open Days

Open days offer an opportunity for you, your friends, your parents and your guardians to come along to our campus at Lovat Lane and find out more about us.

It will give you a chance to find out more about the course you’ve applied for and meet the academic team that will be teaching you during your time with us. You can also meet current undergraduate students and speak to them to really find out what it is like studying here.

If you have the time why not take a tour of the campus and local area to discover why London really offers a cultural and social experience unmatched to anywhere else in the world.


Visit this website for more information and to register:




University of Reading Summer School - Year 12 Students

An opportunity for Year 12 students to attend a four day, fully funded Summer School at the University of Reading to learn about a career in property.

Every day we are influenced by the built environment around us – shops, offices, industrial buildings, houses and the surrounding countryside all have an impact on the way we live. Did you ever wonder how these properties are developed, whether the buildings going up in our cities are sustainable or how much they are worth? The Pathways to Property Summer School allows students the chance to explore the property industry in more depth. With such a huge variety of roles, from a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skillset or personality


Date: 22.-25 July 2019     Venue: University of Reading

Who: Year 12 students from state schools/colleges considering a career in property – either through University or through an apprenticeship

Cost: Nothing! All food, accommodation and travel costs are covered


How to Apply: Applications close 31 May, though earlier entries are strongly encouraged.

At the end of the week, if participants are keen to learn more about property they can complete a funded work experience placement over October half term, have access to our e-mentoring programme, and if they choose to apply to study Real Estate and Planning at the University, can apply for a bursary up to £30,000 over three years. 


If you would like further information please visit our website at

Get in touch at: or 0118 378 4196



University of Leicester - Lockheed Martin UK Space School Sponsorship Opportunity

13-15 year olds - 21-26 July

16-18 year olds - 4-11 August


UCAS - Taster Courses:



here has never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship. Young people can ‘get in and go far’ with an apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies.  They can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.

If you are aged over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship. There are various levels of apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2)

  • Advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
  • Higher apprenticeship (level 4-7)
  • Degree apprenticeship (level 6-7)

All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the minimum wage, many employers will pay significantly more.You should be working at least 30 hours per week with most of the training being delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training will be given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site (at universities or college) or via e-leaning.


The sky is the limit, with the growth of higher and degree apprenticeships, you have a real alternative to traditional university study.With a degree apprenticeship you can achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and just like traditional degrees, an apprenticeship is a great route to a great career.

Apprentices are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay after three months of working and an NUS Apprentice extra discount card, this has been developed by the National Union of Students and offers apprentices many of the same discounts and benefits as other students.

These links will help you to find out more about apprenticeships:


The new March Parents Pack is here! This month they cover preparing for the first day in a new job, helping students find the right employer, financial support for apprentices, construction apprenticeships with Mace, and much more! To download, please click on the following link:


Apprenticeships Opportunities

Orbis Exchange Group Ltd - Apprentice Foreign Exchange Developer

Orbis currently have an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Foreign Exchange Business Developer to join our dynamic team based in Essex.

  • Location: Loughton Seedbed Centre, Langston Road, Loughton, IG10 3TQ
  • Qualification: Sales and Telesales Level 2
  • Weekly Wage:  £156.00
  • Working Week: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm
  • Total hours per week: 40.00
  • Requirements: It is essential that you are educated to GSCE (or equivalent) level in English and maths
  • Reference Number: VAC001513129

To apply for this apprenticeship position, please use the link below:


KPMG Apprenticeship opportunities

KPMG Apprenticeship programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work with a variety of clients across different industries, whilst being supported to achieve a professional qualification and earning a salary. They will be part of a talented team of inspiring colleagues who bring new ideas and a natural curiosity to the work they do each day, and right from the start they will receive the support they need to thrive.

About KPMG360° Business Services programme
KPMG360° Business Services is a two-year apprenticeship programme that combines academic study with practical work experience with teams across the firm.

Business Services is the engine room of KPMG, supporting our business through a variety of specialist areas. It is an innovative, agile and collaborative function that supports our client-facing colleagues in the delivery of quality services.

Opportunities are available in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Watford, and start in Autumn 2019. 

About KPMG
KPMG in the UK, is part of a global network of firms offering Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients, from small start-ups to multinational organisations, helping them to solve some of the most complex business challenges.

To find out more, go to:,VH4R,6M6BMX,39RUK,1

Sponsored Degrees

With sponsored courses and degree apprenticeships you can go to university to get a degree, while having your employer pay your tuition fees and give you a salary. It is true, companies around the UK are offering students years of valuable work experience and a salary! The arrangements varies company to company. For example, you could work with the company during holidays or part time, and study at university for a degree related to your job for the rest of the time.

The following links will help you to find out more about sponsored apprenticeships:


If you would prefer to go straight into employment instead of college or university, the following links will help to make the right choice:

Make sure your online application form stands out for the right reasons and helps you get the apprenticeship place you want:

Find out about online ability and aptitude tests for school leaver programmes, including numerical and verbal reasoning tests:

Target Careers website

Take a look at the 100 most popular employers for school leavers as voted for by school pupils:

Put together a CV that will show you in the best possible light, whether you are applying for work experience, an entry-level job or apprenticeships or similar programmes:

How to write a good CV:



The Lawyer Portal is excited to announce our new partnership with Vantage, a ground breaking free platform which matches talented aspiring school students, from all backgrounds, to top law firms.  

By signing up to Vantage, students will be showcased to some of the world's leading firms and given exclusive access to a variety of exciting opportunities including:

  • Law work experience
  • Open Days 
  • Solicitor apprenticeships

To access this website go to


Finance Internship

African-Caribbean Scholarship - (001806)

Primary Location: UK-ENG-London

Job:  Intern         Job Posting:  08-Mar-2019, 10:57:26 AM

The African / African-Caribbean Scholarship Programme is for students who are from a Black or Mixed African/Caribbean background and are planning to start a full-time undergraduate degree in Autumn 2019. The aim of the programme is to provide funding, guidance and work experience to high potential individuals who come from communities that are currently under-represented in the Bank’s graduate level workforce.


What career would suit you:



Employer vacancies for school leavers:


ITV Apprenticeship - Creative - 190001GH - London

Location: London (Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8HF)

Salary: £20,640 pa

Duration: Minimum 13 months & End point Assessment (This is a full time role from Monday to Friday - 37.5 hours per week)

Qualification: Broadcast Production, Level 3

Link to the advert for more details:





Gap Year

Advice for your gap year

Thinking of taking a gap year before starting university or beginning work on an apprenticeship? Plan ahead so you get what you want out of your time out: