Your Future

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 you will be helped 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 strongly recommend that all our students engage in work experience and our dedicated Work Experience Co-ordinator provides help and advice to support you in identify an appropriate opportunity that fits with your aspirations and ambitions. Listed below are some examples from the many employers and organisations who have supported our work experience programme:

Channel 4, Construction Youth Trust (Budding Brunels), Nottinghamshire Police, Mazars (extended 9-week long work placement), Work Experience Placements at Nottingham Trent University (including: Astronomy, Business, Marketing, Finance), KPMG, Siemens, Nestle, The National Videogame Arcade, Mencap, Sharewear, Wollaton Hall, Kemet FM, NHS, Nottingham City Council, Boots, Rolls Royce, Eversheds Sutherland, Notts TV, Tuntum Housing Association, Capital One, HSBC, Triathlon Trust.

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.

For more information on how we support your next steps, take a look at our Careers and Progression Programme.

Our OFSTED inspection in September 2016 reported:

“Students receive good advice and guidance prior to joining their programmes. Many participate in taster sessions before choosing subjects, and all benefit from pre-enrolment interviews in which they discuss their career aspirations and abilities with appropriate members of staff. As a result, students embark on study programmes that match their ambitions and aptitudes.”

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.


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. Your personal tutor will support you and advise you regarding the details such as the deadlines for applying. – 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

Student Finance England’s student finance zone is a dedicated place for all things student finance! SFE’s zone is updated regularly with important news including application launch and deadline dates so please bookmark the page via the link below and check back often!

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For a preview of what the zone has to offer watch their film then have a look around the zone where you’ll find everything you need to know about student finance!

The National Careers Service and The Careers Writers Association  are both excellent sources of careers information and guidance.

Another good source of careers information for parents is 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: