Thursday, 17 December 2009

UCAS information regarding invitations to submit essays, portfolios or attend an interview or audition

This year those universities and colleges that may interview or audition or request additional work, such as an essay or a portfolio, will be able to indicate through Course Search that a course may require one of these elements. In addition, a university or college will be able to send invitations to applicants online. If an applicant receives an invitation they must reply online using Track. They have an opportunity to accept, decline or request an alternative time and date. If they need to change the date they will need to do this directly with the university or college.Students will receive notification that a change has occurred on their application and should be vigilant in replying to the invitation on Track as soon as possible. Applicants accepting verbally with a university must also reply online using Track by the time and date given.
Careers Team

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Business Information Update - free book

Dr David Gray of the Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln, has recently produced a book entitled "Business Studies Update 2009/10." Its goal is to assist teachers and students of business and related subjects in their teaching and learning, giving up to date examples of theory and practice.

The publication is available to download free of charge from their website at so please help yourself.

Careers Department

Not Going To Uni - Alternative ways forward

Tom Mursell is the head of an organisation known as "" It looks at alternatives to University that don't necessarily hold back careers but allow young people to develop their careers in productive and meaningful ways, often acquiring professional qualifications along the way.

Tom's new update gives you a helpful snapshot into the careers and learning opportunities with some of the UK's largest employers. Written details are below...

Tesco's 12-month Trainee Management Programme is ideal for students who want to get on with their careers; who aim high and want independence, responsibility and a salary – instead of university debts. The programme is for students with 180 UCAS points (three A-levels grade A-D (or equivalent) and GCSE Maths and English grade A-C. To find out more click here.

The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. With over 1.3 million employees and more than 350 different careers on offer, there is a job for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications. To find out more about what’s available, check out

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) offer a Certificate in Business Accounting for school/college leavers interested in a career as a Management Accountant. The CIMA qualification gives students a great opportunity to learn while they earn. All students need is the desire to succeed in business, and competence in mathematics and the English language. To find out more click here.

Lifetime is the UK’s number one training provider for the leisure industry and trains over 12,000 people every year. Its courses include apprenticeships, work based learning (NVQs) and in-house training. Lifetime also offers flexible distance learning courses for individuals wanting to enter or progress in the fitness and leisure sector. Go to to find out more.
Best wishes, The Careersbox Team

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Financial Services Case Study Films

View the new Financial Services case study films
Visit the Directions website

Developed by the Financial Services Skills Council, Directions is an online careers information service, providing specialist and sector approved information on careers in financial services, accounting and finance. With regular updates and new materials released on an ongoing basis, Directions reflects the changing nature of the industry.

We hope you will find Directions a valuable resource in supporting your work, with access to specialist job profiles and video case studies, top tips about finding a job in the sector and links through to a range of employer recruitment pages.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Free UCAS Sessions at the Clothes Show Live

Free UCAS sessions

Attending the Clothes Show Live 4-9 December? Clothes show live For the first time, UCAS will be running free presentation-based sessions at Clothes Show Live. Come along to the UCAS stand at the College Forum to find out how to apply to University and College courses in the UK and how to find the right course for you. These sessions will be run on a first come, first served basis:
• Monday 7 December: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

• Tuesday 8 December: 11 am, 12pm

• Wednesday 9 December: 11 am, 1pm and 3pm

We've got some of the hottest jackets at the show! Well, jacket covers anyway.
Attendees to this year’s Clothes Show can take advantage of some significant discounts on UCAS publications. Please visit us at the UCAS stand and take advantage of a 10% discount on all publications as well as copies of our best selling Progression Series which will be available to buy for just £10 a copy instead of the normal RRP of £15.99.
The Progression Series offer tips and advice to students on applying to the most competitive subjects including Art & Design and Media and Performing Arts. We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

From the Vega Science Trust
Recently broadcasted on BBC2's Learning Zone, this series of science careers videos gives a unique insight into the everyday lives of young scientists and engineers from more unusual backgrounds.
What do scientists actually do? What is it like being a scientist? Most television science reports on completed work, and usually features the senior scientific figures that spearhead it. But real science is a rather different beast.
snapshots gives insights into the lives of young people at the cutting edge of British science and engineering. Whether or not they will go on to be Nobel Laureates or FRS's, Dysons or Gates of tomorrow (and it will be fun trying to spot them) these are the people making them happen.
One more link to check out: