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.

 

Careers Bulletin

Five times a year, we produce a comprehensive Careers Bulletin, rounding up the latest ideas, opportunities and guidance on your first steps beyond Epsom College. Click below to access the most recent editions.

January 2021

March 2021

June 2021

October 2021

December 2021

 

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.

 

GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS

GUIDE TO RUSSELL GROUP

 

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.

 

VIEW OUR CAREERS HANDBOOK

 

 

Leavers’ Destinations

Please note these are the institutions applied to via UCAS. The table does not display international universities attended, although this is an increasingly popular route for our students and we provide a great deal of support for international applications.

University% of 2020 Leavers Accepted
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, University College1%
Bath8%
Birmingham3%
Bristol5%
Camrbidge1%
Cardiff6%
Cardiff Metropolitan1%
University for Creative Arts1%
Durham4%
Edinburgh10%
Exeter6%
Hull York Medical School1%
Imperial2%
KCL2%
Lancaster1%
Leeds3%
Liverpool1%
LSE1%
Loughborough3%
Manchester3%
Newcastle4%
Nottingham11%
Nottingham Trent1%
Oxford1%
Oxford Brookes2%
Queen Mary University of London1%
Reading1%
Royal Holloway1%
Sheffield2%
Southampton3%
St Andrews1%
Swansea1%
UCL7%
Warwick3%

 

Subject Choices

Please note that the following table draws course choices together into subject headings, to account for the many naming conventions deployed by UK universities.

Subject% of 2020 Leavers
Accounting and Finance2%
Aerospace Engineering2%
Animation1%
Arabic and Islamic Studies1%
Archaeology1%
Biochemistry1%
Biological Sciences1%
Biology1%
Biomedical Engineering1%
Business / Business Management13%
Chemistry1%
Chinese1%
Chiropractic1%
Civil Engineering1%
Classics1%
Computer Science5%
Criminology1%
Dentistry1%
Economics11%
Engineering1%
Film and Television Studies1%
Finance3%
Geography3%
History5%
International Relations3%
Jounalism1%
Law4%
Marine Biology1%
Mathematics2%
Mechanical Engineering2%
Media Communications1%
Medicine1%
Music2%
Neuroscience1%
Pharmacology1%
Philosophy3%
Physics1%
Politics3%
PPE1%
Product Design1%
Psychology2%
Real Estate1%
Sociology4%
Spanish1%
Sport / Sport Management3%
Theology and Religious Studies1%
Veterinary Science2%

Leavers’ Destinations

Please note these are the institutions applied to via UCAS. The table does not display international universities attended, although this is an increasingly popular route for our students and we provide a great deal of support for international applications.

University% of 2019 Leavers Accepted
Exeter11%
Nottingham8%
Newcastle7%
UCL6%
Durham6%
KCL5%
Birmingham4%
Bristol4%
Bath4%
Manchester4%
Cardiff3%
Edinburgh3%
LSE3%
Oxford Brookes3%
Wariwck3%
Imperial3%
Leeds3%
Loughbrough2%
Nottingham Trent2%
Oxford2%
Reading2%
Cambridge1%
Royal Holloway1%
Southampton1%
Aberdeen1%
City1%
Dundee1%
University of East Anglia1%
Essex1%
Greenwich1%
IE (Spain)1%
Kent1%
Liverpool1%
Plymouth College of Art and Design1%
Queens Belfast1%
RCSI (Ireland)1%
St Georges1%
Sheffield1%
University of the Arts1%

 

Subject Choices

Please note that the following table draws course choices together into subject headings, to account for the many naming conventions deployed by UK universities.

Subject% of 2019 Leavers
Economics11%
Business / Business & Management11%
Computer Science6%
Accounting and Finance5%
Biomedical Science4%
English4%
Medicine4%
Psychology3%
Finance3%
Geography3%
Criminology2%
Civil Engineering2%
Engineering2%
History2%
Law2%
Politics2%
Biology2%
Biotechnology2%
Product Design2%
Theology2%
Animation1%
Architecture1%
Chemical Engineering1%
Combined Honours1%
Dentistry1%
Drama1%
History of Art1%
International Relations1%
Marketing1%
Physics1%
Physiotherapy1%
Sociology1%
Biochemistry1%
Social Sciences1%
Design Engineering1%
Earth Sciences1%
Liberal Arts1%
Materials Science1%
Mathematics1%
Medical Bioscience1%
Modern Languages1%
Music & Spanish1%
Pharmacy1%
Philosophy & Theology1%
Sport Management1%
Structural Engineering with Architecture1%
Veterinary Science1%