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Interested in a career in Science or Engineering?

| Filed under All Students Year 12 Students

Headstart has been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.

Taking place at some of the top universities in the country and run by inspirational leaders, their courses are perfect for finding out more about what exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to.  Their  courses give a flavour of many different aspects of science and engineering.

There  is something to interest all maths and science students – from broad-based engineering to maths, physics, chemistry and computer science.   You can find all you need to know and apply here:

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Social Mobility Foundation Programme for Aspiring Professionals

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The Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring professionals programmes target high-achieving Year 12 students from less-privileged backgrounds.

To be eligible to apply, student must:

Be in Year 12

Have been entitled to FSM during secondary education or are in the first generation of their family to attend university and attend/previously attended a school on this list

Have at least 5 A grades at GCSE (or 4 A grades if taken at a school where the GCSE pass rate was 50% or lower) – this can include BTECs

Be predicted ABB at A Level

Students must apply by 9am, Monday 19th December 2016 by completing an application form here.


Useful links

Watch SMF video to hear from students.

Read about APP City here, and find eligibility criteria here.

Read about APP Residential here, and find eligibility criteria here.

Find their online application form and student guidance notes here.

  • 63% of SMF students have gone on to Russell Group universities
  • 97% of students said their work placements exceeded their expectations
  • 95% of students feel more confident about being able to enter their chosen profession

Their programmes are free.

The Aspiring Professionals Programme

The programme has four parts:

  1. Internships with top employers
  2. E-mentoring by a professional
  3. Tailored career and skills workshops
  4. University support and guidance

They offer support in 11 career sectors: accountancy, architecture, banking & finance, biology & chemistry, business, engineering & physics, law, media & communications, medicine, politics, technology and no preference.

Residential Internship Programme

Students interested in accountancy, banking & finance, engineering, law and medicine can also apply for our all-expenses paid summer Residential Internship Programme. Students work with prestigious firms in London and participate in exciting evening activities. Firms include: CH2M, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Linklaters and NHS Health Education England.

Useful links:

Read about their Aspiring Professionals Programme here.

Find online application form here.


If you apply can you please let your Progress Tutor know.


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Ernst and Young Accounting and Financial Services Open Evening

| Filed under All Students Year 12 Students Year 13 Students Employment Year 13 Students University

Ernst & Young will be hosting a careers choices evening on 8th November in their Leeds office and 15th November in their Hull office.

The aim of the evening is to give students that are interested in becoming an accountant, insight on what it’s like to work for EY, the programmes that they offer and how they can apply.

Please see the link here to register for the event-

The evening will run from approx. 5pm-7.15pm.

They currently offer the following-

–          EY Business Apprenticeship- this is where students join after A Levels/equivalent and train for 5 years to become a Chartered Accountant

–          EY Scholarship- this is where students do an accounting degree at either Bath/Lancaster/Warwick University, have paid placements at EY during the holidays and then join EY as a graduate to train as a Chartered Accountant

–          EY Graduate Programme- where students join us after completing their degree, and then train for 3 years to become a Chartered Accountant

All programmes lead to full qualification as an accountant and are in various service lines within EY (i.e. audit, tax, advisory etc).

EY have removed the need for any minimum UCAS requirements, so their application process is open to anyone.


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Insight into Law course

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BPP University Law School is running an insight into law on Saturday 3 December at its Whitehall Quay centre.  The day event is aimed at year 12 and 13 student who are thinking of entering a career in law and want to have a taster of what it is like to be a lawyer.  The event is free.

If you are interested please register using the link below. Please ensure that you tell your parents that you have registered for the event. BPP will not be providing lunch so you should bring a packed lunch or money to buy a sandwich at one of the shops local to the Law School.

Depending on the level of interest from the schools in the area BPP may have to limit numbers.  Registering early is therefore recommended.

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Interested in sailing and adventure?

| Filed under All Students Parents Taking a Year Out Year 12 Students

An ex-student of New College called Richard Priestley is running a Prince of Wales project that involves a 5 month sailing trip starting in November 2018. This may interest Year 12 students thinking about a gap year prior to university with an interest in adventure!

Please note that there is a cost. (However, there will be a £1,000 student discount) Please see below for further information.



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Interested in studying at Leeds University?

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Leeds University

Reach for Excellence scheme for Year 12 students

Presentation by Leeds University on Friday 4 November at 12.10pm until 12.35pm

Venue Top floor in LRC

The Leeds University Reach for Excellence programme is aimed at students with the potential to go to an elite university. Support is provided by Leeds University in the form of subject taster sessions and a 5 day residential programme.  Students need to expect to achieve 3 or more A levels at grade B or above (or equivalent)

To be eligible for Reach for Excellence candidates must:

Be able to attend regular events at the university during the school holidays

Have the potential to achieve 3 or more A levels at grade B or above (or equivalent) and have the potential to be a candidate for study at a leading research-led university

Have gained 5 or more GCSEs (including Mathematics and English Language) at grade C or above.

Reach for Excellence applicants will need to meet two of the following criteria to be eligible for the scheme:

In the first generation of your immediate family to apply to higher education.

Attend or have attended a school which achieved less than the national average 5 A*-C passes (including English & Maths) at GCSE. Please see

Only option is to attend a local university

Studies disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life.

Live in or grew up in public care.

Live in a geographical area with low levels of progression on to higher education. Please follow link below to check your postcode.

In receipt of Free School Meals during your GCSE studies OR from a household with a gross income of £25,000 or below.

Further details from

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Wakefield Council Apprenticeships

| Filed under All Students Parents Year 12 Students Year 13 Students Employment

Wakefield Council’s next apprenticeship recruitment campaign will be open later this week on 10 March to start 4 July 2016.

 They have announced vacancies in the following areas:

Please read all information carefully before applying. You are strongly advised to attend an Apprenticeship presentation event.

Further details from

Closing Date 4 April

Best wishes




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Trainee Accounting/Financial Services

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Grant Thornton are holding a taster day on Thursday 10th December at their Leeds Office.

You will have the opportunity to get a taster for what working in a professional services firm is like and find out about their school leaver training programmes. They are aiming the evening at year 13 students with the start date of August 2016 and year 12 students with an interest of starting the following year.

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Interested in applying to York University?

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Tuesday 24 November 12.15 Room H3 (Above West Side Café)

Talk from York University about their Next Step York Programme

Next Step York is a also a programme aimed at students with the potential to go to an elite university. Support is provided in the form of taster sessions and a 5 day residential programme. To be eligible for the York programme students need to meet two of the following criteria.

Meet all of the following criteria:

Have achieved at least 8 A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent, e.g. BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics with a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*/A or B and

  • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad, or have lived, or be living, in local authority care and
  • Be a Home/EU registered student

And meet at least one of the following criteria**:

  • Live in a ’low participation’ neighbourhood. This is defined by your home postcode.
  • Be in receipt of, or entitled to, discretionary payments at school/college or
  • Be in receipt of, or entitled to, free school meals.

Please see link for further information and post code eligibility check.

** Extenuating circumstances – If you do not meet all of these criteria but have faced challenges, social, personal, or educational, which may have affected  your performance in education,  your application may still be considered on an individual basis.

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