Welcome to COA's weekly round-up of careers and higher education news from UK websites for Friday, 8th December 2017.


Careers Leadership in schools: Implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks into practice

Now the DfE, as part of the new careers strategy, has allocated funds to ensure every school and college has a dedicated careers leader in place by 2018; COA’s programme of professional development for careers leaders, led by David Andrews OBE could be invaluable. (See our article in the careers section below) read more

Help Year 13 to write their personal statements

As Year 13 continue to apply to university, our Personal Statement Planner is designed to be referred to and written in, and is an invaluable new way to help applicants get started and make the most of their one chance to impress. Available for schools in packs of 20 for £20 read more

What do universities look for in a personal statement?

Admissions tutors advise on the dos and don’ts of writing the UCAS statement. read more

University admissions tutors rate IB diploma as the best pathway for university preparation

According to research findings released recently, UK university admissions officers rate the IB as ‘exceptionally different and better than A levels’ read more

Second highest number of acceptances for nursing despite fall in applications

The number of students accepted onto nursing courses in higher education in 2017 was the second highest figure on record. read more

Are you interested in Chemical Engineering?

Marie Taylor is a Process Engineer at Sellafield Ltd. Find out about her career path since choosing her A levels and going on to Sheffield University. read more

Every school to have a dedicated careers leader

Every school and college is to have a dedicated careers leader in place by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, the government has said. read more

Alternatives to Higher Education

If you’re undecided about university or your plans have changed, UCAS has advice on alternative options to university after A levels. read more

Working in Tax

None of us can escape it and this useful article has information for school and college leavers about careers in tax. read more

What to say when an interviewer asks ‘why do you want this job?’

It’s a question you know you’ll get, but a standard, scripted response could ruin your chances of making a good impression. read more

The people who changed careers and never looked back

There once was a time when you left school and got a job for life. Here, five people who changed careers completely share their stories. read more

PwC Business Insight week

If you have students interested in business, then this paid work experience programme from PwC could be an invaluable opportunity. Applications are now open. read more
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