Careers information in the United Kingdom


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:

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.

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Advice for parents on how to apply to British universities and other related guidelines is available on the University & Colleges Admission Service at
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.
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.



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.