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Alternative Pathways

Gap Year

Universities and employers recognise the benefits to a young person that can be gained from a constructive Gap Year our Careers library has information relating to number of schemes.


Students looking to go straight to employment will be supported in their search and kept up to date with any relevant local opportunities. For any more information, please contact the sixth form pastoral team and the Careers Leader.


Students who wish to apply for apprenticeships are fully supported in their application. We assist students with their CV's, cover letters and application process.

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Unifrog is the platform we use throughout the school. It has a range of useful resources and advice in careers, quizzes, webinars and a huge careers library that you can search through remotely.

Unifrog is committed to independence and impartiality showing students everything and the platform gives them the tools to make their own choices. Linking Curriculum learning to careers. The Careers Library can be searched by school subjects, and the subject’s library gives career and pathways information for each subject.

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Services designed to support young people making post-18 choices, as well as mature learners, by providing information, advice, and guidance to inspire and facilitate educational progression to university, college, or a degree apprenticeship.

This website will help students search for university courses and information on uni life. The Uni Guide is a free and unbiased university advice service from the Student Room, which is based on content that was originally hosted on Which? University.

Which? University has developed a new A Level Explorer tool to help students discover the full range of degrees different A Level subjects can lead to. In one step, they can see what students taking similar A-level combinations went on to study. To make things easier, results are organised into ‘best', ‘close' and ‘unexpected' matches - they might discover degree subjects they never even considered!

We provide careers information, advice and guidance. We can help you make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages of your career.

Set up by the government in 2015, the Careers and Enterprise mission is to help every young person to find their best next step.

We are the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education.

Inspiring the Future website, pupils can explore real-life career videos on our student-facing site, Videos are two to four minutes long and provide personal insights on education choices, career paths and jobs.

Everything you need to know about applying for an apprenticeship can be found on this website.

To search and apply for an apprenticeship in England please go to:
Match your skills and personality to your perfect job. This website can help you look for a job that’s right for you.

A fantastic website detailing all post-16 options including apprenticeships, traineeships and T levels.

This website is the UK’s leading job resource for young people seeking apprenticeships.

Use our careers directory to research different sectors, understand the main tasks within job roles and average salaries, learn about which qualifications you should consider studying and explore the current job and apprenticeship vacancies in Hertfordshire.

This video helps explain student finance for universities.

This website provides information and advice on careers, learning, jobs and opportunities for young people in Hertfordshire.

For choices at the end of Year 11, check this website out to help you decide what A Level subjects you should choose.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The thought process behind introducing STEM to our younger population is to expose them to technological subjects that will be beneficial to the future prosperity of society. STEM teaches students how every subject relates to each other, which will help them as they grow into college age and are looking to make their STEM-related career choices. 

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