Careers & University Entry

The Careers Department provides advice and information on both future careers and entry to university.

This begins when students are in the Second Form (Year 8) and continues throughout their time at the school. The Careers Department consists of:

  • Mr Buzzacott (MJB) (Head of Careers)
  • Jean Bull (JIB) is in charge of admissions for Medicine/Vet Science and Dentistry
  • Dr Carter (TJC) (Oxbridge co-ordinator)
  • Mr. Chevalier (STC) is in charge of admissions for Law and the Oxbridge Arts/Humanties process
  • Miss Godbold (VIG) (Teacher of Geography)
  • Mr Nicholson (NCL) (Teacher of Games)
  • Mr Reid (AGR) looks after the RGS Higher Education web-site: http://careers.reigategrammar.org/
  • Miss Vaughan (AMV) (Head of Spanish)
  • Mr Welch (ALW) in in charge of the Oxbridge Science process

In addition, there are subject contacts within academic departments, who can help with the provision of advice for individual subject areas; these are listed on the Careers site and in form rooms. All parents and students are welcome to contact the Careers Department at any time, either by email or by calling Mr. Buzzacott or Miss Godbold at the school. If we are not in the office we shall endeavour to call you back as soon as possible. Students are welcome to come to the Careers Office in the Sixth Form Building at any time without appointment; the Careers Department is manned for at least two periods of every day, as well as every lunch time.

Below there are links to this year’s programme of Careers Events and to the Careers Guides that the Department have produced, but a summary of the kinds of events that we put on is summarised below:

A varied programme of Careers Talks are held at lunchtimes (to which parents are welcome too). Early in the academic year, Fifth Form students are invited to take part in the Preview Profiling online test followed up by an interview to help them make Career and A Level choices. We use Centigrade for Lower Sixth students to help them to decide upon degree courses. Sixth Form students also have access to Unifrog, an excellent resource for helping them to select appropriate university courses.

We run a biennial Careers Convention and a biennial Higher Education Convention.

CV workshop for Fifth Form. Drop in CV writing clinic for Sixth Form.

Information evenings on careers in, for example, Architecture, Law, Accounting & Finance are held throughout the year, with visiting speakers and former students currently at university studying the relevant subject.

There is a weekly Medical Discussion Group for prospective medics, vets and dentists, giving them an opportunity to hear from both external speakers and former students about the application processes and careers.

Practice Interviews evening for Oxbridge candidates, medics, dentists, vets and any other student who is likely to have an interview that affects their university entry.

Oxbridge Conference for Lower Sixth students.

UCAS days to get started on personal statements and filling out application forms and focus on their choice of subject and university. Included within this is a chance to hear from former students, who are currently studying for degrees.

Higher Education Evening. A chance for Lower Sixth parents and students to hear from an external expert in the application process.

Careers staff available on both A Level and GCSE results days and for several days following these to help those who need guidance.

Members of Careers Department are available on Second Form GCSE options evening and Fifth Form A Level information evening to answer questions about subject combinations and their impact later on. Members of the Careers Department are also available on Parents’ evenings.

In addition to this there are Careers lessons for Sixth Form students in which we look at topics such as: Applying for Higher education, choosing your course, Alternatives to UK universities, CV writing and student finance.

Individual academic departments also run enrichment sessions and societies throughout the year to encourage students to look at their subjects in depth that goes far beyond the syllabus.

We are always looking to improve the service that we provide, so please do feel free to make suggestions for other events/services that we could offer.

Career Guides
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