CAREERS BULLETIN Year 12/13 13 January 2020


13 January 2020


The UCAS deadline is on WEDNESDAY!!! If your application is sent after this date, the universities are not obliged to consider it.

If you haven’t yet paid for and sent your application, please do so NOW! Any problems, see Mrs Cook ASAP!


Make UK Open Day – Saturday 25 February

(See attached flyer)


Aston University

Subject Taster Days
Experience what is it like to be a student at Aston by attending one of our exciting taster days. We have interactive sessions available across all of our Schools;

Aston Business School

Wednesday 22nd April, 10am – 2pm: Marketing and Law Taster Day (Post-16)
Wednesday 8th July, 10am – 2pm: Business and Economics Taster Day (KS4)

School of Languages and Social Sciences
Wednesday 12th February, 9:30am – 3pm: GCSE English Day

Aston Medical School and School of Life and Health Sciences
Wednesday 22nd January, 10am – 2pm: Healthcare Taster Session
Wednesday 4th March, 10am – 2pm: Studying Medicine at Aston
Thursday 16th July, 10am – 2.30pm: Healthcare Aspirations Event

To book a place, please see Mrs Cook asap

University of Oxford



Oxford Materials Science Taster Days 2020 are now open for applications. These will run on 18th & 19th February and 31st March. They are aimed at Yr11 and 12 students who are interested in physical sciences and would like to find out more about Materials Science at Oxford. Students need to be studying or intending to study maths and physics at A level (or equivalent). Students over 16 years of age can attend unaccompanied.


Further details and an application form can be found at:




IBME Open Day 2020

Biomedical Engineering is a new and rapidly growing area, which involves engineers collaborating with doctors to develop novel medical devices, technology and systems capable of delivering substantial healthcare benefit, and to translate new engineering technologies into clinical practice. As a discipline, it lies at the intersection between the physical, mathematical and medical sciences.

Biomedical engineering continues to attract a lot of attention as a career option, because of the opportunities it affords in innovation and entrepreneurship. In response to the interest from secondary school students, and the success of our previous Open Days we are pleased to confirm that we will be hosting an Open Day in 2020. The Open Day specifically targets pupils in Years 10-12, aimed at introducing them to everything biomedical engineering has to offer and the qualifications and degree subjects that will enable them to build a successful career in this field.

We are writing to invite pupils from your school to attend this Open Day, due to take place on Thursday 19th March 2020 at the University’s Old Road Campus in Headington, from 10:00am.

The morning will consist of mini-lectures aimed at this age group interleaved with demonstrations conducted by researchers within the Institute and will include lunch. A provisional schedule is appended for your information.

See Mrs Cook if you are interested in attending





ECUSS 2020


Are you in Year 12 and keen to attend a leading university? Do you want to boost your skills beyond the curriculum and enhance your UCAS application? Would you like to experience living and studying away from home to see what university is like?


If so, you need to find out more about the Eton College Universities Summer School (ECUSS).



What is the Eton College Universities Summer School? ECUSS is a ten-day residential course, with academic sessions taught by committed teachers, the majority of whom teach at Eton College, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and inspiring lectures from leading academics and educationalists.   ECUSS provides a taste of what it is like to live and study at university. The ten-day programme is enriching, intellectual, exciting and full of opportunities to gain new skills and exchange ideas together with like-minded young people from all over the country.


What are the outcomes? ECUSS has been helping students from state-maintained schools reach the world’s top universities since 1982: long before any other similar summer school. Last year over 44% of ECUSS students received offers from Oxford or Cambridge, and 95% received offers from Russell Group or equivalent universities.


How much does it cost? The cost of the 2020 course is £625. This includes tuition, lodging, food and a whole range of extra activities. As part of its commitment to public benefit, Eton College subsidises each place with over £800.


We also offer a significant number of free places for successful applicants who meet the following criteria for financial aid,  Students on pupil premium  Students who have net household incomes of under £25,000 per year


How do I apply? To apply to ECUSS complete our application form which can be found on our website ( This application form is signed by, you, your parents/guardians, specialist subject teacher and Head of year/Head teacher.


Completed application forms should be sent to The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020. Please note, only students in maintained schools are eligible.


It is important that all applicants read the details of this document carefully before applying for a place on the Summer School. See Mrs Cook for further details


The Sutton Trust US Programme


What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support students from state schools across the UK to explore US study and access leading universities.

It includes two residentials in the UK before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities.

An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

In the past eight years, we have helped more than 400 British students get places and funding at top US universities. The programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.


How much does it cost for students?

The programme is free for students. All costs are covered by the programme – including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more.


Who are we looking for?

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Currently be in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying
  • Not hold US citizenship
  • Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
  • Be interested in US culture and higher education

In addition, we are looking for students who:

  • Would be the first generation of their family to attend university
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals
  • Attend a school or college with a below-average A Level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression into higher education
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression into higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have excellent GCSEs or S4 qualifications. This means you have achieved at or close to the following: In England and Northern Ireland: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above, or near this level. In Wales: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above, or near this level. In Scotland: at least six B passes at National 5 or above, or near this level.

The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to get a place on the programme.

When is the deadline for students to apply?


Students must submit their application by 19 January 2020 and we strongly advise they gets started straight away as the application form requires some thinking!


Where can I find out more and apply?

There’s lots more information on our website: and the application form can also be found there.

For student videos about their US week:


I am interested in learning more about US study, where can I find out more?

Beyond the Sutton Trust US Programme, Fulbright offers advice and support for students, teachers and parents looking at US universities. Check out our guide to US study and also USA College Day in September 2020.