Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
Nunnery Wood High School offers independent, impartial careers advice and guidance regarding education, employment and training to all students. This is delivered in a number of ways including one to one meetings, visits, inspirational speakers visiting school, career stands, and lessons relating to the world of work.
We employ our own full time careers advisor, Mrs Davies, who is a registered practitioner with relevant careers qualifications.
Year 11 students are all offered at least one face to face meeting with Mrs Davies and receive a personal action plan to help them with their post 16 options. Further meetings are available where additional support is required.
Lunch and break time drop in sessions are also held throughout the week for all year groups.
The school library has a careers specific area where students can access a wide range of careers materials including prospectuses from 6th forms, colleges and universities, specific employer information, apprenticeship and entrepreneurial reference books.
To find out more about our commitment to careers education and our student’s career entitlement at Nunnery Wood please refer to our Careers policy.
The Russell Group’s guide to post 16 choices
Choosing your A-level (or equivalent) subjects carefully is really important – especially if you have aspirations to study at a leading university. The Russell Group’s guide, Informed Choices, includes advice from admissions professionals on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as the best choices for students who want to keep their options open.
Choosing your A-level, Higher, IB and equivalent subjects
Universities look for students who not only have good grades, but grades in the right subjects for the course they want to apply for. If you already know what you want to study at university, you should think about choosing subjects which give you the best possible preparation for your chosen degree course. If you’re not sure what you want to study at university yet, it’s important to choose subjects which will leave as many options open as possible.
Many courses at university build on knowledge and skills which students gain while still at school. For this reason, some university courses require you to have studied a particular subject already. For example, for general engineering degrees, mathematics and physics are typically essential A-level qualifications.
Some advanced level subjects are more frequently required for entry to degree courses than others. We call these subjects ‘facilitating’ because choosing them at advanced level leaves open a wide range of options for university study. These facilitating subjects are:
|• Biology||• Chemistry|
|• English literature||• Geography|
|• History||• Physics|
|• Modern and classical languages||• Maths and further maths|
If you don’t know what you want to study at university then it’s a really good rule of thumb that taking two facilitating subjects will keep a wide range of degree courses open to you.
While Informed Choices brings together advice about subject choices from across the Russell Group, each university and each course will have its own entry requirements. Some institutions publish a list of preferred A-level subjects which are acceptable for general admission, as well as specific requirements for individual courses. We advise students to check the guidance given by institutions very carefully. This information should be easily accessible on universities’ websites or in their prospectuses.
We hope that you find our guide useful, and wish you every success in your studies.