Smith’s Wood Academy has its own experienced Careers Advisor, Mrs O’Donnell is qualified to Level 6 in Managing and Leading in CEIAG and is a member of the Careers Development Institution.
At all stages of their school career students will have an opportunity to work with Mrs O’Donnell both in classroom activities and individual one to one interviews. Our aim is to offer all pupils a full package of support in order to help them make the right choices for a successful future.
Smith’s Wood Academy holds a “Quality Award” for its outstanding contribution to Careers work within the Academy across all Year groups. ‘Career Mark’ is the mark of quality for Careers Education and Guidance.
Careers Internet sites
The following websites are of use to pupils who would like to research careers information at home:
Useful Higher Education Websites for University
Use the UCAS website to search for higher education courses at all universities and colleges nationwide. Lots of information here on how to apply
The U-Explore online allows users to learn about the world of work, the various career options available.
UKCourseFinder helps you locate your ideal university degree course. Quickly complete the study interests questionnaire, designed by Morrisby, to pin-point your interests in 150+ degree disciplines. There is also information on how to make your choice, where different subjects may lead, and help and advice on completing your UCAS form.
In association with UCAS, Centigrade matches your strongest interests & abilities with the most likely courses available. This is a chargeable service (£15).
Unistats is the official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which university or college to apply to.
Graduate website with excellent careers information including graduate destination information ‘what do graduates do?’
Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, and open days.
Information on all aspects of choosing and applying to higher education. Also includes information on graduate jobs and salaries.
Lists all the university open days to help with arranging campus visits.
The Guardian’s university league tables.
The Times’ university league tables.
Information on loans, grants and bursaries and how to apply.