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Highdown School Library

The library offers a good stock of books which can be borrowed by students. There are titles on everything from applying for a Saturday job to apprenticeships to preparing for a job interview. Part of the collection dedicated to higher education is held in the Sixth Form Study Room, along with university prospectuses. These can also be borrowed with permission from Mrs Kaminska.

Employment Rights for Young People

Online Resources

Adviza offer a live helpline service for young people aged 13-19 and their parents/carers for advice on careers, choices, qualifications, college and university, apprenticeships and job opportunities.

eCLIPS is an easy to use, high quality online resource which contains lots of information leaflets on jobs, careers and lifestyle topics.  eCLIPS leaflets can be printed, saved, and emailed. The generic password for all Highdown students is Hrg415.

Elevate Me is the place for 16-24 year olds in Reading to get help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring.

UCAS is the website to look for higher education course information and careers advice and information about finance and support. UCAS are also the company who manage university applications.

Which? University helps students to research different universities and courses.  This link is also useful for students thinking about GCSE options and future education and career pathways.


Careers Resources





BMA Careers


A career in medicine.

British Psychological Society Careers, advice and jobs.
Careers Box Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.
Careers in Sport Jobs, information and advice.
Childcare Company Offer recognised CACHE vocational qualifications and apprenticeships in Childcare, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS).
Chiltern Training A leading private training provider offering opportunities in childcare, business and administration.
CILEx Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a provider of legal education.
Directions Find your future in finance and law.
Drama UK Information about the theatre, media and broadcast industries and drama training.
EDT Science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences for young people age 9 -21. Work related learning schemes provide opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses.
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board Careers in engineering and construction.
Future Morph Science, technology and maths careers.
Geographical Association Careers in Geography.
Ground Work Training and jobs to help the environment.
Historical Association Careers in History.
Hospitality Industry Training Specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK’s hospitality, hotel and catering industry.
Junior Lawyers A career in law as a solicitor.
Languages Work Careers using languages.
Lawyer Portal TLP aims to be the definitive resource for everyone considering a career in law, whatever their stage or background. The content is written by professional lawyers and education experts, with input from top law firms. TLP offers free, step-by-step guides, innovative online learning, courses, conferences and bespoke tutoring packages.
Maths Careers Career profiles.
Medic Portal

A leading resource and training provider for everyone who wants a career in Medicine — and those that advise them. The website has become a go-to resource for all aspiring medics – offering free information and advice, supplemented by online and offline training tools.

Step into the NHS Careers in the National Health Service.
Tomorrow's Engineers What is engineering?







Compare the Uni


At Compare The Uni our sole aim is to provide a FREE service to all students contemplating university in the UK. We provide students with the tools they need to make an informed choice about where to spend their all-important university years!


Graduate career resource with hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes.

National Union of Students Advise for parents about their children studying at University.
Parent Adviser  
Prospects Graduate Careers Website.
The Complete University Guide

The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The website offers also advice on all things university, as well as graduate career guidance.

UCAS Progress Post 16 and Further Education Courses.
UniStats Compare official course data from universities and colleges.
UK Course Finder University Course Choice.
What Uni?

What Uni helps students find universities and courses using our comprehensive data and handy University Comparison Tool.

Which? Universities What to study, where to go and how to get there.




Heap: University Degree Course Offers


B. Heap

Personal Statements. How To Write a UCAS Personal Statement P. Telfer
So You Want To Go To Oxbridge? Tell Me About a Banana… I. Stourton
The Times Good University Guide  






Gap 360


What do you want to do on your gap year? Gap 360 offers an amazing range of exciting activities all around the world.

The Gap-Year Guidebook Whether you are looking to learn a new language, explore unknown worlds or just have a break, we have all of the gap-year advice, tips, information and reference tools you will need.
Year Out Group Whether you are on a gap year or looking for a sabbatical or gap experience during the holidays, our members provide a huge choice of opportunities to suit travellers of different ages, budgets and ambitions.





All about Apprenticeships


If you're looking for an apprenticeship in the UK, you're in the right place. We've got tons of school leaver jobs and employers for you to find and apply for.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Brilliant, free resources.

Apprenticeships Where can I find an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship Guide What you can study, how to apply, who offers the Apprenticeships schemes.
Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship An overview of the Fast Track Apprenticeship and the Civil Service.
Get In Go Far The government’s website about apprenticeships.
Get on Course INTEC - deliver Apprenticeship Programmes, National Vocational Qualifications and Computer Software Training.
Not Going To Uni From apprenticeships to debt-free education, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there. The Not Going to Uni team are here to help you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.
Open Doors Media Regional training prospectus – apprenticeships, courses etc.
UCAS Career Finder Search for apprenticeships, graduate jobs and internships.




Choosing Your Apprenticeship


C. Barker

What Apprenticeship?  







Get My First Job


Offers a whole new way to start your life in work. It's more than a search tool. It's the first step to getting what you want out of life.

Life Skills Use interactive tools and resources to write your CV, prepare for interviews and understand your finances.

Careers advice from UK’s leading job site.

Total Jobs

One of the biggest job sites in the UK. With thousands of vacancies and expert career advice, this is the perfect place to start a job search.




What Colour Is Your Parachute? For Teens: A Practical Job Hunting Manual


C. Christen


Careers Magazines 



Career Savvy


A free magazine, packed full of the best careers advice around.

Jobs and Careers

Jobs & Careers advise the most self-motivated, career-minded and proactive job seekers across the country through in-depth coverage and advice for: school leavers, students, graduates, the unemployed, those leaving the army, those going back to work, single parents, people facing redundancy, temps, contractors, part time workers, those looking to leave their job and change careers.

Moving On

Experts in the industry, including UCAS, Sector Skills Councils, the Student Loan Company and the National Apprenticeship Service, as well as careers advisers, and students working towards a career in journalism, write and support our interesting and varied editorial. Moving On is fun and informative!


 general careers information



All About School Leaver Jobs


The latest school leaver programmes, sponsored degrees and apprenticeship schemes right here. Use the search box to look for positions specifically tailored to you – sorted by industry, location, or the type of programme – or simply browse through all the opportunities on our school leaver jobs board.

Brightside Online Mentoring

A charity that helps young people access the education and career pathways they might not have believed were available to them.

Career Test Career suggestions based on personality type.
iCould Inspiration for Your Career.
National Careers Service Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.
Plotr Career suggestions based on preferred activities.
Social Mobility Foundation Helping high achieving students from low income backgrounds.
Target Jobs

The leading website for graduate recruitment in the UK.

UNFM Information, inspiration and advice for young ambitious people exploring the alternatives to university.




Which A Levels?


A. Dixon