Careers Advice and Guidance
If you are a student at Bath College and would like to talk to a careers guidance professional about your options/choices at the end of your course, or to plan a career progression route, then you are entitled to the following FREE careers provision whilst you are attending a full-time course at our college. These sessions are only available during term time.
Pre-Booked One-to-One Guidance Interviews
- A full guidance interview to discuss options and career plans
- Includes an Action Plan
Drop-In Advice Sessions
- Applying to University
- Finding Apprenticeships
- CV & Job applications
- Finding a Part-time job
HNC’s and HND’s
If you are looking for a work-related qualification that will advance your career, give you practical skills and can lead on to higher education, HNC and HND courses are a great option.
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are job-related qualifications that are highly valued by employers. HNCs and HNDs are a mix of academic and hands-on practical and vocational learning that will develop the skills you need in the workplace.
If completed with high grades the HNC can be topped up to an HND, which can lead to the third year of a degree at university. Alternatively, you can do an HNC and then progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Foundation degrees are designed and delivered in partnership with employers to equip people with the relevant knowledge and skills for business.
They are offered by universities in partnership with higher education colleges and further education colleges. The study methods can be very flexible, which means that they are available to people already in work, those wishing to embark on a career change and to those who have recently completed level 3 qualifications (eg. BTECs, A levels, Advanced Apprenticeships or NVQ3). A full-time course usually takes two years. Part-time courses may take longer, although this is not always the case.
Foundation degree graduates have a number of options. Employment may be your major focus after gaining your foundation degree. Many graduates choose to combine employment with further study and you will have the opportunity to progress to a full honours degree with around 12 months of further study (the time taken depends on how you choose to study). Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further professional qualifications.
Studying at UK Universities
- UCAS – You can search for all courses throughout the UK at UCAS.
- UCAS tariff tables – Students can use a range of different qualifications to help them get a place on a higher education course. Find out how many points your course carries by using the tariff tables.
- UCAS Connect – This site offers tips, hints and reminders of important calendar dates. It also has some great videos, like the “How To” series, which includes “How to write personal statements”.
- BestCourse4Me – If you are unsure about which course to study, this site offers useful help and advice.
- University Clearing – Register here to receive information about clearing vacancies and to get information about the clearing process.
- Unistats – This website is very good for comparing courses, searching for course success rates and comparing accommodation costs.
The Open University
The Open University (OU) enrols students onto degree courses on a first-come, first-served basis, irrespective of entry qualifications. OU courses may count as credits towards other HE qualifications, but you’d need to check with the institution concerned.
For more information on the OU, visit www.open.ac.uk/study/
The Access route
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is designed for people who want to study at university but who left school without the required qualifications. A significant number of mature students enter HE via this route.
Student Finance for Higher Education
If you are student with a disability/dyslexia then you may be entitled extra funding whilst studying at in Higher Education. The websites below can provide further information:
Many young people choose to take a ‘gap year’ between finishing sixth form or college and starting higher education. There’s a range of things that you could do, such as travelling, volunteering or paid employment.
Listed below are just some of the organisations that offer Gap Year opportunities.
- Prospects: Gap Year in the UK
- Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
- E4S: Gap Years and Temporary Jobs
- Barnardo’s: Volunteering
- STA Travel: Gap Year Volunteering
- The Gap Year Directory
- Up With People
- Gap 360
- Camp America
- Year Out Group