Online resources for students, parents, carers & teachers

Independent and impartial web-based resources for students, parents and teachers:

The National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx 

Provides information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. There is a comprehensive list of career areas and job profiles where you can explore what skills and qualifications a job requires, what a job is like, salary guides and career progression opportunities.

You can access support from trained Careers Advisors and explore courses available nationally and locally.

Fast Tomato https://www.fasttomato.com/

Fast Tomato is one of the most popular online career guidance programs for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is accurate, relevant and easy to use.

The school holds a licence for this assessment programme. Log in and access details can be obtained from the careers team.

Unifrog https://www.unifrog.org/

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next step after school.

The school has a licence for this. Log in and access details can be obtained from the sixth form team. Students in year 10 – 13 are provided with access.

Degrees http://www.ucas.com/ 

UCAS Progress http://www.ucas.com/progress

This website is primarily aimed at choices after GCSE. However, it contains a range of resources students will find useful when considering their options such as careers quizzes.

Success at School https://successatschool.org/

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Bright and attractive “Career Zone” information.

Skills to Succeed Academy http://www.s2sacademy.com/

An online package that unpicks the world of work, employability skills and applying for jobs in the future. Particularly useful for students who have no idea what they would like to do in the future, the programme is broken into short, focused modules or units.

Barclays Life skills http://barclayslifeskills.com

Created with Barclays, helps young people develop life skills and with considering their future career options.

Russel University Group - Informed Choices booklet https://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5272/informedchoices-print.pdf

Help you to consider the best courses and subjects for you to study in the sixth form or at college.

Which A levels https://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

Help and support to pick the right A levels for you.

Six things you need to know before making your A level choices - Which http://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices/six-things-you-need-to-know-before-making-your-a-level-choices

Pick the right A-level subjects and options for you – Which

Have a degree in mind – which A levels do you need? Match A level choices to a range of degrees https://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

Bedford Borough Council useful links: Recruitment agencies, apprenticeship providers locally: https://www.bedford.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/jobs_hub/useful_links.aspx

Icould.com http://icould.com/

This website has lots of videos you can explore by employment sector or life theme. Fun personality profiling tool based on Myers Briggs:

Buzz test – 10 minute personality profiling fun tool: https://icould.com/article/get-buzzing-with-the-buzz-test/

Explore subjects that you’re interested in and you’ll then find more specific job types from which you can choose.

Subject type videos: http://icould.com/whats-your-subject/

Sometimes it’s difficult to see how the subjects you choose to study are relevant to a future job. So, explore your favourite subjects and you will find real life examples of people who have used the subjects they are interested in within their career.

Job type videos: http://icould.com/watch-career-videos/by-job-type/