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Career resources for students and parents

The resources below can help students and their parents to start thinking about careers. They cover topics such as choosing a career and different routes into the world of work, as well as providing detailed information on specific careers. They can also help students make decisions about the next steps in their education, such as A level or degree subject choices, whether or not they’ve decided on a career.

A levels and the International Baccalaureate

Choosing subjects for A level or the International Baccalaureate that leave career doors open

Read up on how to select subjects that leave doors open to careers or degree subjects you might want to pursue – even if you’re not yet sure what you want to do in the future.

University study

Degree subject guides

Find out what it’s like to study different subjects at university, their typical entry requirements, whether they would suit you and what careers they might lead to.

Choices about university

Get advice on choosing what and where to study for your degree, including how to make choices that are good for your future career.

Applying for university

Discover how to write a strong UCAS statement, perform well at university interviews or succeed in the Clearing process.

Apprenticeships and sponsored degrees

Alternatives to traditional university study

Get an overview of choices at 18 that combine earning and learning, including apprenticeships of different levels, sponsored degrees and similar programmes.

Choosing between work and university

Get help weighing up whether traditional university study or taking an apprenticeship, sponsored degree or similar would be the best choice for you.

Career choices

Choosing your career

Start here if you don’t yet have specific careers in mind and want help generating ideas.

Types of career

Get detailed information on 12 key career areas, including what they involve, the different jobs available, how much they pay, how to get into them and whether they would suit you.

A–Z of jobs

Find job descriptions and information on entry routes for specific jobs with this A–Z.

Different Types of University

Oxbridge: Oxbridge is a term used to refer to two of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Both of these universities require students to make an early entry application. It also differs slightly to other universities in that students apply to colleges rather than the university in general.




For more information on Oxford click here and for more information on Cambridge click here.

Russell Group:

The Russell Group universities refer to a group of 24 universities who offer a world class, research driven education. These universities are named after the Hotel Russell in which they had their first meeting.


There are currently 24 universities within the Russell Group:

● University of Birmingham

● University of Bristol

● University of Cambridge

● Cardiff University

● Durham University

● University of Edinburgh

● University of Exeter

● University of Glasgow

● Imperial College London

● King's College London

● University of Leeds

● University of Liverpool

London School of Economics & Political Science

University of Manchester

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen's University Belfast

University of Sheffield

University of Southampton

University College London

University of Warwick

University of York

For more information on Russell Group click here

The Cathedral Universities: These universities believe a Higher Education experience is worth so much more than what people earn after graduating. Emphasising well-being, wisdom and wider potential, alongside academic excellence, we demonstrate how universities can help a greater variety of people and places to thrive.

Whether it's our sector-leading work helping more people into university, the major contribution we make to our changing towns and cities, or our vital role training the nations key workers - our members' are working to create a fairer, wiser, more caring world.


● Bishop Grosseteste University

● Canterbury Christ Church University

● University of Chester

● University of Chichester

● University of Cumbria

● University of Gloucestershire

● Leeds Trinity University

● Liverpool Hope University

● Newman University, Birmingham

● Plymouth Marjon University

● Roehampton University

● St Mary's University, Twickenham

● University of Wales Trinity Saint David

● University of Winchester

● York St. John University

For more on this group please visit here