Careers information in the United Kingdom
► GENERAL INFORMATION:
Advice : Career advice for all ages groups
National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course, resources and funding for all ages. It also has tools such as CV and Action Plan builder a Learning Record repository.
13-19 year olds who have any questions or queries about jobs, careers, learning or training after searching the site, can get in touch by phone, webchat, email or text: further information
IELTS – English Language Proficiency Test
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is a test taken by most Lycée students who do not have GCSE English at Grade B or above and who are considering studying at a British university.
It tests the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules. For the purposes of applying to a British University the Academic test is required.
Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test centre, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts.
IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and is delivered through a number of test centers. This is the official site IELTS Organisation
Click on this link to find the nearest IELTS centre and check the test dates to find two options that suit . There are 48 fixed test dates per year. Note the deadline for registering for each test date and the cost. Preparation for the IELTS can be done at number of places, and whilst we do not recommend any in particular, you may find the following selection useful in your researches:
- University of Westminster, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages - short course
- International House 16 Stukeley St, London WC2B 5LQ IH preparation for IELTS
- Wimbledon School of English Wimbledon school of English IELTS
- MBA Center London125-133 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RP
- Callan School London http://www.callanschoollondon.com
Most universities ask for a score of between 6 and 7.5 in writing and speaking.
NB Prior to registering for the test or a preparation course you should have a discussion with your English teacher to discuss your readiness for the test and the level of preparation required.
► UCAS: INFORMATION FOR PARENTS IN 1ERE & PAL AND TERMINALE & TAL
Advice for parents on how to apply to British universities and other related guidelines is available on the University & Colleges Admission Service at www.ucas.com/parents
Not only can you, as parents, sign up for a quarterly e-newsletters to receive timely information and advice as well as download a PDF copy of the UCAS Parent Guide, but you can also find out about finance, offers and how your son or daughter can make an informed decision for their higher education future.
► UCAS: UK UNIVERSITIES OPEN DAYS
You may find this link to a calendar of university Open Days useful. There are Open Days all the year around, and if you have the opportunity over the summer and despite the fact that there will be no students on campus, visiting a few institutions is recommended to give you the feel of British university life. It is worth checking with the individual universities as some have self-guided tours and departmental visits as well as the traditional Open Day.
► HIGHER EDUCATION USEFUL WEBSITES
- Unistats: compare official course data from universities and colleges
- Future learn website
- London Universities Taster Course Programme: London University Taster Course programme is an excellent way for pupils to get a real sense of what studying a subject at university is like. Please visit the website for the whole programme.
► Premiere & PAL - PORTFOLIOS FOR UK UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
Many creative courses such as Art & Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design etc require a portfolio and you should check with the institution what is required and follow their guidelines. It is perfectly possible to produce a portfolio without attending a preparation course and your Art teacher will be able to advise you on the best course of action for you. Should you decided that you do want to do a portfolio preparation course, there are many in London and whilst we do not recommend any in particular, these links may be useful to your research.
- The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Met - Portfolio Preparation for 16 -19 year olds (Architecture, Spatial Design and Interior Architecture)
- University of the Arts London (UAL) offers a number of courses include 'orientation' courses for each study level, full-time portfolio preparation courses for various subjects (lasting one term to a full year), and short courses (lasting a few days to a few weeks). Course search portfolio preparation
- Kingston University Faculty of Art Design & Architecture - kingston portfolio-preparation-courses
- London Art Portfolio is a private business offering preparation courses - http://www.londonartportfolio.com/
- The Independent Art School - independent art portfolio-preparation