Careers and Higher Education guidance begins during a pupil’s first year at the College and continues as part of the PSHE curriculum. As pupils move toward their A-levels, the support intensifies. Each child is given the opportunity to take part in a varied and illuminating programme of support that guides them into higher education in the UK or overseas, or into the world of work.

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Careers Bulletin Summer Term 2018/19

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Pathways to Russell Group & Apprenticeships

Below, you can view a recent presentation given to Lower Sixth pupils and parents by Paul Drinkwater of Southampton University on next steps toward Russell Group universities, and Sue Taylor at the National Apprenticeship Service on the range of apprenticeship opportunities.





Support in Year 11

In Year 11 all pupils receive career aptitude testing and guidance through the Morrisby Careers Programme, delivered by EC Careers, a specialist adviser service that delivers independent careers advice. Parents are invited to engage with this programme alongside the students.

The Morrisby profile, together with consideration of academic ability and discussion between parents and House staff, forms the basis for advice on A-level choices and possible university courses.

Following the GCSE examinations, pupils are encouraged to seek work experience during the long summer break.

Guidance in Lower Sixth

In the Lower Sixth there is a varied programme of events looking at life beyond Epsom. A large number of Lower Sixth students take part in InVestin careers courses and university taster courses over the year.

The careers programme looks closely at the UCAS application procedure, gap year opportunities and the world of work.

Students are inducted into Unifrog, a bespoke provider that helps students begin and refine their investigation into various universities and courses, and well as introducing alternative career pathways.

Parents also have the opportunity to log-in and investigate this window into the world of further education provided by Unifrog. You can access Unifrog by clicking here.

The careers office is easily accessible to students, located within the Sixth Form Centre. The main emphasis of careers advice at Sixth Form is in selecting appropriate higher education courses.

Students are encouraged to drop-in for advice informally or to make an appointment individually. If they have not already taken it, there is an opportunity to take the Morrisby Careers Guidance Tests (similar to psychometric profiling used by graduate employers). All students are enrolled in this programme in the Fifth Form.

The EC Careers advisers return in the Lower Sixth to offer advice to students who need more specialist assistance in developing their pathway ahead.

Pathways to Higher Education

There are sessions dedicated to Higher Education with a variety of guest speakers, and specialised events for applications to Medical Schools, American universities and Oxbridge.

Throughout the Lower Sixth and into the Upper Sixth we offer one-to-one advice on university courses and an interview skills programme to help pupils gain access to more selective courses and institutions.

In the summer term, all Lower Sixth students attend the Epsom College Higher Education Conference and Fair. This includes workshops run by university admissions tutors and the Higher Education Fair is attended by many top universities. Parents are very welcome to attend.

At the same time, each Lower Sixth pupils drafts their UCAS form and personal statement in preparation for the Upper Sixth.

In addition, Lower Sixth pupils are advised to undertake further work experience and may contact Old Epsomians from our database for help.

Upper Sixth support

At the start of the Upper Sixth a day is given over to UCAS applications. Interview preparation is given on an individual basis as required. Support is readily available throughout the UCAS cycle.

Finally, when exam results are published in August, the Department is available to give help to those who need it.

The vast majority of students make successful applications and achieve their first or second university of choice.

Universities overseas

Epsom recognises that the options for students after A-levels are becoming increasingly diverse. The traditional route of studying at a British university, while right for many, is not the best option for all.

We have experience guiding students to universities overseas and can help students explore growing possibilities in the world of work.





Whilst the national lockdown prevented students from sitting public examinations, this year’s A-level results marked the culmination of two years of rigorous preparation and study.

Following the pattern set in previous years, the majority of 2020 leavers went on to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious Russell Group universities.

  • Nottingham: 18
  • Bath: 12
  • Edinburgh: 10
  • Exeter: 10
  • UCL: 10
  • Bristol: 9
  • Cardiff: 9
  • Newcastle: 6
  • Durham: 5
  • Southampton: 5
  • Leeds:4
  • Warwick: 4
  • Manchester: 4
  • Loughborough: 4
  • RCSI: 4
  • Sheffield: 3
  • Birmingham: 3
  • Imperial: 3
  • KCL: 3
  • Oxford: 2
  • Liverpool: 2
  • LSE: 2
  • Oxford Brookes: 2
  • UCA: 2
  • Reading: 2
  • St Andrews: 2
  • Royal Holloway: 1
  • Swansea: 1
  • Nottingham Trent: 1
  • Ohio (USA): 1
  • Queen Mary: 1
  • UEA: 1
  • University of New South Wales: 1
  • Cambridge: 1
  • Cardiff Met: 1
  • Washington: 1
  • Boston College USA: 1

In 2019, 92% of our leavers were placed at their first choice university. The remaining 8% took a year out, and will attend in 2020.

Of those who went to university, 78% attend a Russell Group University. Exeter, Nottingham, Newcastle and the London universities being the most popular.

Eleven students (7%) enrolled at a university overseas, the majority in the US (NYU, Berkeley and USC the most popular). We provide dedicated support to students who wish to apply overseas.

All of our Oxbridge applicants (6) were offered a place.

15 students (9%) went on to studying medicine.

Here is a breakdown of our leavers’ destinations for 2019.

  • Exeter: 16
  • Nottingham: 12
  • Newcastle: 11
  • UCL: 10
  • Durham: 9
  • Kings College London: 8
  • Bristol: 7
  • Birmingham: 7
  • Manchester: 6
  • Bath: 6
  • Cardiff: 5
  • Edinburgh: 5
  • LSE: 5
  • Warwick: 5
  • Oxford Brookes: 4
  • Leeds: 4
  • Imperial: 4
  • Oxford: 4
  • Royal Holloway: 3
  • Loughborough: 3
  • Reading: 3
  • Southampton: 2
  • Cambridge: 2
  • Sheffield: 2
  • USC America: 2
  • Liverpool: 1
  • Aberdeen: 1
  • Queen’s Belfast: 1
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: 1
  • Plymouth College of Art: 1
  • St George’s, University of London : 1
  • University of the Arts London: 1
  • NYU (USA): 1
  • UC Berkeley (USA): 1
  • University of New South Wales (Australia): 1

Each year, the majority of our students leave Epsom to attend Russell Group Universities, with an increasing number heading overseas – particularly to the US Ivy League institutions.

Here is a breakdown of our leavers’ destinations for 2018.

  • Exeter: 18
  • Nottingham: 11
  • Durham: 10
  • UCL:  9
  • Oxford Brookes: 8
  • Edinburgh: 7
  • Manchester: 6
  • Southampton: 6
  • Bath: 5
  • Cardiff: 4
  • Bristol: 4
  • Kings College London: 4
  • Royal Holloway: 4
  • Birmingham: 4
  • Newcastle:  4
  • Warwick:  4
  • Liverpool: 3
  • Leeds: 3
  • Imperial: 3
  • Lancashire: 2
  • Oxford:  2
  • Cambridge: 2
  • East Anglia: 2
  • City, University of London: 2
  • Loughborough: 2
  • St Andrews: 1
  • Reading: 1
  • York: 1
  • Essex: 1
  • St George’s: 1
  • Dundee: 1
  • Edge Hill: 1
  • Manchester Metropolitan: 1
  • Portsmouth: 1
  • Goldsmiths: 1
  • Courtauld Institute: 1
  • Nottingham Trent: 1
  • Anglia Ruskin: 1
  • Birmingham City: 1
  • Surrey: 1
  • Coventry: 1
  • Leicester: 1
  • Kent: 1
  • Lincolnshire: 1
  • Plymouth: 1