Careers and UCAS

Careers and Higher Education Team

Over 93%
of all our students
progress onto university,
employment or training

Deciding your next step can be difficult and at St Vincent College we offer all students access to the highest standards of advice, guidance and support regarding progression to higher education, employment and apprenticeships. Led by our Careers and HE Manager (a previous winner of a National Careers Award), our Careers and Higher Education Team have been recognised for their outstanding work by Ofsted who reported that ‘a high proportion of students progress to higher-level learning, higher education or to employment that meets local and national needs’ (Ofsted Inspection Report, March 2013).
We are pleased to hold the Matrix Quality Standard which is awarded to organisations providing professional information, advice and guidance services and pride ourselves in ensuring that individual students receive confidential and impartial careers and progression services. This service is supported by a comprehensive library of resources including specialist IT software to support students to identify appropriate progression pathways. Whether your plans are to progress on to another course, employment, university or take a gap year our highly qualified and dedicated team will help you achieve your goal.

Higher Education

St Vincent provides comprehensive support for students wanting to progress to Higher Education. We have a dedicated team of staff who will assist students with their research and applications to university. Indeed, ‘students particularly value the detailed information and guidance they receive about University choices’ (Ofsted Inspection Report, July 2012). We have excellent links with universities across the country who attend our annual Careers and Gap Year Fair which attracts over 60 institutions and organisations and other progression themed events. In addition to this we have the pleasure of receiving annual visits from Oxford University’s Admissions Director who delivers presentations to our students and their parents.

Employment and Apprenticeships

For students seeking to access employment or other progression options such as Apprenticeships or further training/education our Careers Team can provide support to ensure that when students leave college they have an appropriate progression pathway in place.
To support these we arrange and deliver numerous events and activities throughout the year including an Employability and Apprenticeship Fortnight as well as various Higher Education Events and Progression Focus Days. We also promote local part/full-time employment opportunities and provide CV writing workshops, interview preparation and help with job hunting.

UCAS Advice for Ex Students

If you are an Ex Student you should first make contact with the Careers Department so we can register and track your application as soon as it appears on our databases.
Please ring 02392 603612 or 02392 603603.

If you are a current or former student of the college and intend to submit an application for higher education, the college will provide an academic reference for you.

Deadlines for Application

The deadlines for your application are no different to applications from current students. To give yourself the best possible chance of getting the course you want, you need to apply as early as possible, preferably before the end of October the year before you plan to start your course. Note that applying just before the UCAS deadline of 15th January does not allow time for a reference to be added, so you need to have your application completed well before this date! You can apply after this date, but some courses will be full up, so you may not have a full range of courses to choose from.
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UCAS – How to Apply

careers_1You should apply online using UCAS Apply. Click here to go to the UCAS Apply Homepage

When you register an online application, you will be asked if you applying through a school or college, or individually. Even though you have left college, you should not apply as an individual applicant! It is harder for the college to add a reference if you do this!

You should ‘apply through a school college’ using the college buzzword, which is obtained after discussing your higher education intentions with the Careers & HE Manager.

For all college references, your academic referee is the college Principal, and your reference will go through the usual college processes. Do not ask a member of staff to act as your referee. The exception to this is that you are doing one adult education course only, in which case your tutor should be asked to supply a reference. If you unclear who should be your referee please contact the college’s Careers and HE Manager.

NB Just pressing ‘Pay/Send’ option does not in itself alert the college that you have made an application which requires a reference! You need to print out a hard copy of your application and bring /send it to the Careers Office.

… otherwise your application will not be processed by the college and sent to UCAS!

For help with your application, email the college’s Careers & HE Manager alambon@stvincent.ac.uk who can offer further information and advice

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