Your two years at Bilborough will pass quickly (time flies when you’re having fun!) and we want you to be all set for your bright future in higher education, further training and / or the world of work.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your next steps, which is why our Careers Advisors are available Monday to Friday to talk you through your options. Appointments can be arranged through your Personal Tutor or Student Support. At your interview we will help you to produce an action plan to support your progression to your chosen career, or we can provide you with information to help you make decisions about your future.
We are very proud to have held the ‘Career Mark’ for for over a decade, in recognition of our provision of information, advice and guidance. This nationally recognised award assures you, your parents and teachers of the quality and appropriateness of careers education and guidance we offer.
Each year we host our Higher Education and Employment fair showcasing Higher Education provision and employment opportunities in the Midlands. This takes place early in March each year and all our students are encouraged to attend. Full details will be on our Events pages nearer the time.
We also provide drop-in sessions at lunchtime for you to talk about various career options and application procedures.
Our OFSTED inspection in March 2009 reported:
“The college is excellent at raising students’ aspirations and broadening horizons. One of the key strengths is very good progression to Higher Education and employment …Personal Tutors provide excellent support for students.. Careers advice and guidance are outstanding…Guidance and support arrangements for those wanting to progress to Higher Education are particularly effective.”
For Parents – useful links & information to help you support your son or daughter
As a parent or carer it can sometimes be difficult to know how to help your son or daughter prepare for their future career challenges. Futures is the organisation that delivers advice, skills and employment services across the UK and offers support for young people to make positive steps into education and employment at a time when they need it most. Each term Futures publishes a free online support and news service, Parents Today. You can also get involved and use the flier if you have any comments on the articles, questions, requests for features or news you’d like to share.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION STARTING SEPTEMBER 2014
Students who have applied for full time Higher Education need to apply for Financial Support (tuition fee loans, grants, bursaries, maintenance loans etc..) using one form on the Student Finance England website. You personal tutor will support you and advise you regarding the details such as the deadlines for applying.
https://logon.slc.co.uk/cas/login – you will need to create a STUDENT account first and then log in and complete the form.
You do not need to have a confirmed place to apply for Student Finance – just put down your ideal first choice of University and course and you are able to alter this later on – SFE know it is provisional at this stage. Please start applying as soon as possible.
The Student Finance England service for students is accessible via www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
Another good source of careers information for parents is careersbox.co.uk
www.accessprofessions.com is the one stop site for students, parents and teachers to discover life-changing aspiration-raising opportunities linked to University, Careers and Professions.
Another free Careers Guidance resource available to parents of students is Parent Adviser.
This section of the UCAS website supports parents, you can sign up for quarterly e-newsletters, download parent guides and find out about student finance.
The government also recommends the following resources for parents of teenagers: