Post-Sixth Form Resources
The following links provide useful information to support your child into Higher Education:
Please see below useful information to support your child into a Gap Year
What Makes You Tick?
- Skills Health Check - complete a short quiz to find out what your strengths are and what might motivate you in work
- VARK Test - it is important to take into account your learning style when making decisions about employment, education or training. Take this questionnaire to find out how you learn best.
There are a number of gap year organisations in the UK. We have listed a small selection below, depending on your particular interest.
Spend your gap year learning a language. Choose from 22 languages in over 200 destinations in the world.
- Bridging the Gap China - develop your language skills
- CAPS (Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools) - combine learning Mandarin with sightseeing and cultural activities in China
- ESL Language Travel - spend a year in a Spanish School as a Conversation Teaching Assistant
- Ski le Gap - ski Instructor Training in Canada
- PGL - outdoor Activities Instructing in the UK and abroad
- Projects Abroad - improve your skills in a range of sports and pass on your knowledge and passion to children in the developing world
- Best Gap Year - information and links for a range of sport related gap year opportunities
- The Global Adventure Safaris - Volunteer for medical placements in Tanzania and have a unique opportunity to learn about the culture, people and language of the country while gaining hospital work experience.
- Gap Medics - overseas hospital work experience for budding doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists
- YINI - short and long term placements for students interested in science, engineering, IT, business, marketing, finance and logistics
Work with Animals
- PoD - offering 1 week to 6 month placements available around the world
- Smaller Earth - lion rehabilitation in Zimbabwe
Work with Children/Teaching
- PoD - offering one week to sixth month placements available around the world
- Smaller Earth - work as an au pair in China or Spain
- PGL - outdoor activities Instructing in the UK and abroad
- Raleigh International - sustainability projects to improve communities worldwide
- Kaya Volunteer - volunteer opportunities in environmental and conservation research, building projects, teaching and education, wildlife conservation, community development, child care, sports coaching
- African Impact - marine and land conservation opportunities in Africa
- Oyster Worldwide
- Kaya Volunteer - paid work opportunities from farm work in Australia to hospitality in the Canadian Rockies
- The Graduate Market in 2014 - annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at Britain's leading employers
- What Do Graduates Do? 2014 - a destination survey of leavers from Higher Education from a range of degree subject areas
What University? What Course?
- UK Coursefinder - a ten minute questionnaire to help you decide on a degree course
- What Uni - a website to help you search for courses, course reviews and it also allows you to compare your shortlist of options
- Bestcourse4me - allows you to see the likely lifetime earnings after following a particular degree path, amongst other things
Information for Oxbridge Candidates
Many universities and colleges offer their own scholarships and bursaries but these are very oversubscribed. So it’s worthwhile thinking outside the box.
- Arkwright - a charity that offers prestigious engineering scholarships in the UK
- Balfour Beatty Construction - Balfour Beatty Construction offer a number of sponsorship opportunities to students at selected UK universities studying civil engineering, construction and quantity surveying (a full list is available on their website)
- Ten unusual university scholarships
- Extra money to pay for university