Thursday, 14 December 2017

University of Sheffield - non-standard routes into studying Engineering

Many students who wish to study engineering or computer science at university enter directly onto year one of a degree programme. Entry requirements at the University of Sheffield for this route range from AAA to AAB (or equivalent) with a high attainment level of Maths and a science subject for most courses. Specific entry requirements can be checked on UCAS or our website by using the course finder tool:
There are now additional routes for students who wish to study engineering at the University of Sheffield and don’t currently meet our standard criteria.
Pathway to Engineering
For 2017, we introduced the new Pathway to Engineering programme for some of our degrees. This is for students who are expected to attain grade A or above in maths (or equivalent), but who are not studying a science subject. It takes the form of a three week course running directly before the first semester of year one of the degree. We hope it might be particularly useful for female students, as we know they are less likely to take Physics at school. There are no exams to pass as part of the Pathway.
The Pathway to Engineering course is only available for students wanting to study Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and our interdisciplinary degree - MEng Engineering. You can find out more about the Pathway to Engineering by watching this short video:
Foundation Year
All our engineering and computer science courses can be accessed via a foundation year route. For all courses this is a route for students who haven’t taken STEM subjects at school, but for some courses it is also a route for those that show potential in STEM, but haven’t quite attained the grades required. I’ve included all the entry requirements below, as they do vary for different degrees.
Students looking to study Mechatronics, Robotics Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or Civil Engineering:
  1. Relevant A-level subjects (maths and another science) achieving BBC
  2. Non-STEM A-level subjects -  achieving ABB
  3. BTEC - DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units - Note a maths assessment also forms a part of the entry criteria
Students looking to study Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, MEng (Interdisciplinary) Engineering, Computer Science or Software Engineering:
  1. Non-STEM A-level subjects -  achieving ABB
  2. BTEC - DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units - Note a maths assessment also forms a part of the entry criteria

Winter sports Instructor Internship Opportunities

Training | Qualification | Guaranteed job offer


Over the past 10 years, EA has helped over 2,000 young people have the best winter of their lives through their Instructor Internship Program. The internship provides young-people with world-class training, support and an internationally recognised qualification which then assists them into a paid instructor job at one of the world’s top ski schools. Internship programs start at $4975 which cover the costs of training, examination fees and materials, accommodation and a guaranteed job offer at one of EA's highly competitive resorts.

The recruitment stage is now open for programs starting Nov/Dec 2018 and there are also positions available in June 2018 for New Zealand.

EA are looking for school leavers who:
  • Have a passion for skiing or snowboarding (Low level intermediate to advanced ability welcome)
  • Have a willingness to learn through training and working
  • Have an interest in travel and adventure
  • Are available from June to August or November/December to April 2018
  • Will be 18 years of age by November 2018
  • Are looking for a life-changing experience
  • Have the financial support to participate in an internship abroad 
Click here to see if you meet initial eligibility criteria for this opportunity.

Successful applicants will receive:
  • A GUARANTEED offer of employment as a ski or snowboard instructor which includes uniform, full season pass, and discount deals 
  • Early season orientation, instructor training, and accommodation package 
  • International Instructor Association membership and level one ski or snowboard examination 
  • Training, support and further qualifications throughout the season 
  • Assistance and support with obtaining Working Holiday Visas, flights and insurances (in partnership with STA Travel)
  • Access to our 29 resort partners for future work opportunities to help progress their career in the snow sports industry

We work with partner ski resorts in Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. Programs start in late November each year for the northern hemisphere and June for the southern hemisphere.

Download your career pack here to start the application process and learn more about EA’s paid internship opportunity.
For general information about our internship programs around the world, check out our website or read some of our Alumni reviews here.

Kind regards,
Chris Hazeldine

P.S. If you would like additional information to pass on to your students about this opportunity please email

EA Ski & Snowboard Training
Educating Adventures Limited
P: +61 (0) 28 011 4987 

Volunteer Visitor Observer - The Fitzwilliam Museum

Why the Fitzwilliam Museum needs this role
The Fitzwilliam Museum has a responsibility to protect and preserve the collections under its care for as long as possible.  In order to this, we need to understand how best to protect collections on display, while still making them accessible to visitors and without hindering visitors’ enjoyment.  To understand how effective the methods we use to deter touching (e.g. barriers, ‘Do Not Touch’ signs), we would like to undertake a research project.  This project will involve collating opinions from visitors and staff, as well as observing visitor behaviour in the galleries.
Volunteer tasks
  • Observe the behaviour of visitors around objects, and record the amount of times they touch objects.
What you will gain from this role
  • Gain a better understanding of collections care within the Museum
  • Gain valuable experience that will enhance your CV and set you apart in the job market
  • Satisfaction of giving back
  • Gain cultural sector contacts within a supportive environment
Skills required
Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in working within visitor engagement and/or collections care. We are looking for someone who is punctual and reliable.   Training will be provided for this role.
Potential time involvement: The shifts are any day Tuesday - Sunday for 2.5 hours
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB
Responsible to: Assistant Conservator (Collections Care), Fitzwilliam Museum
Training and support
Full training and support will be given for this role within the department. There will be a briefing session for this role on 20 January 2018 at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Legal check requirements for this role
We have a legal responsibility to ensure that you have the right to volunteer in the UK before you can start volunteering for us. If you do not have the right to volunteer in the UK already we will not be able to progress your interest any further
All volunteers working within the Fitzwilliam Museum are required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland security check prior to commencing the role. The fee for this check will be reimbursed on your first day within the department.
Health and safety responsibilities
You will be responsible for your own health and safety and that of others with whom you volunteer, by reporting all potential and actual health and safety matters including accidents using the correct procedures.
To express interest in this role
Please fill out an Expression of Interest Form and send it to or Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums, c/o The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB.  
Closing date: 12 noon on Sunday 14 January 2018.
About the Fitzwilliam Museum
Founded in 1816 the Fitzwilliam is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and leads the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Major Partner Museum consortium.  The Fitzwilliam’s collections explore world history and art from antiquity to the present day. It houses over half a million objects from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, to medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpiece paintings from the Renaissance to the 21st century, world class prints and drawings, and outstanding collections of applied arts, ceramics, coins, and Asian arts.
Welcoming over 470,000 visitors a year, the Fitzwilliam presents a wide ranging public programme of major exhibitions, events and education activities, and is an internationally recognised institute of learning, research and conservation.

Finance opportunities at Nestle

You know Nestlé. But you may not know about the delicious range of opportunities we offer. Welcome to the Nestlé Academy.

This two year programme is designed to expose you to a variety of roles whilst you start working towards a CIMA Diploma in Business Accounting, studying on day release at a local training centre. If you are smart and ambitious, and have the desire to become a Management Accountant, then look no further.

We’re proud of our amazing, globally recognised brands, and the variety of projects we deliver at Nestlé means you’ll have every opportunity to develop your skills and gain real experience with the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer.
We thrive on the energy new talent bring us, and look to inspire and educate every single person that joins us through one of our fantastic Academy Apprenticeships. So, if you want to gain a debt-free, recognised qualification, combined with workplace training and a real role in our business, our Academy Apprenticeships are for you.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Apprenticeship Opportunities at the Royal Mail

Have you ever thought about the Royal Mail as a potential employer?   In the financial year 2014-15 Royal Mail were the 6th largest contributor to the economy of all UK corporations. One in every 180 employees in the UK works for them, and their impact amounted to £11.1bn in direct and indirect contributions to the economy, including employment, procurement and taxation.

Fancy a bit of that?!!  If so, click on the link below to find out more about a range of Apprenticeship opportunities, currently advertised on their website...

Click here

Finance Apprenticeship Opportunities with EY

Are you ready to start your career in the workplace? Keen to avoid student debt? And still have all the same great career opportunities as a graduate?
The EY Business Apprenticeship might be your perfect match.
Once you've completed your A levels, you'll go straight into a
full–time job with a starting salary of up to £21,500. And as one of the world's leading professional services firms, we'll give you all the experiences and support you need to succeed.
What could you do at EY?
You can choose to start your career in one of our four business areas:
·         Assurance. Help give clients a reliable voice on their financial accounting, processes and reporting.
·         Consulting. Help clients solve a broad variety of complex problems so their businesses can reach their potential.
·         Tax. Help clients understand the constantly–changing tax landscape around the world and pay the right tax at the right time.
·         Transactions. Help clients buy, sell and merge with other organisations to improve their future competitiveness.
Depending on what business area you join, you will have the opportunity to study for an industry–recognised certification– a professional qualification to further hone your skills and expertise.
What are other apprentices saying?
Jade, an Assurance Apprentice, says "I thought being an apprentice would mean doing all the boring jobs no–one else wanted. But I've been completely blown away by my first year at EY and have learnt so much so quickly. Getting to speak to the CFOs and managing directors of companies that are huge household names is something I never thought I'd be able to gain exposure to at such a young age."
What next?
Places on the EY Business Apprenticeship fill up quickly, so here's where you can find everything you need to decide what's right for you:

Apprenticeship opportunities with Santander

The Santander Emerging Talent programmes strive to provide young people from all backgrounds with the opportunities they need to become future leaders in their chosen careers.


Their apprenticeship programmes offer students an opportunity to get into the world of work and develop their skills into a prosperous career. Their Apprentices become trusted technical experts for a leading bank, whilst earning a wage and achieving a relevant industry recognised qualification.

Current opportunities include: Degree-level and advanced-level schemes in Digital Technology and Finance; entry-level schemes in Customer Service and Financial Crime.

For more information, click here

Thursday, 7 December 2017

New App to help you find scholarships and grants for univeristy

For many students, the availability of scholarships or support funding can make all the difference when choosing whether to go to university or not.  Certainly, most people recognise the benefits financial support can offer.  We have now come across a new App that is easy to use and you can download onto your phone or tablet (IOS or Android), to make searching so much easier.  Click the link below to find out more (and be sure to scroll down to watch their short film)...

Progression and Careers

Opportunities at Astra Zenica

If any students are thinking about Apprenticeship opportunities in STEM, working at a large and successful company, then Astra Zenica could be the place for you.  They have a fantastic website for you to look around, with vacancies listed for you to apply to, according to your interest areas.

See this link for an overview:

Careers and Progression Department

Thanks to companies involved in the Health & Social Care Careers Event

Many thanks
to all of the companies involved in yesterday's Health & Social Care Careers Activities at college.


Collaborators included:
Form the Future, Bluebird Care, Anglia Ruskin University and University of East Anglia, EJW Solutions Ltd, Westminster Homecare, Cambridge University Hospitals, Papworth Hospital, Gableyard Therapies, University of Cambridge, MAGPAS First Responders, and Camplay.  Students and staff were delighted with the opportunity to meet so many dedicated professionals from such a broad range of occupations.  It certainly opened up ideas to many new potential careers for our students.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Interested in Business, Marketing, Sales ? Would you like to pursue an Apprenticeship in London after completing Year 13?

Heard of GSK?

They’re only one of largest and most respected pharmaceutical companies in the world!
What’s more, GSK is headquartered right here in London.
To launch their Sales Executive Apprenticeship, GSK has partnered with ULAS to bring your students an exclusive open day at their landmark office, GSK House in Brentford, West London.

Date: Monday 4th December 2017
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM

GSK are especially looking for students who will b
e interested in the new Sales Executive Apprenticeship to start in September 2018.

Do you have students who are
A. In Year 13?
B. Interested in business, marketing & sales?
C. Keen on doing an apprenticeship in London next year?

Then share this with them, tickets are very limited, so students must register ASAP! 
The day will include:
Interactive Workshops

*Negotiation & selling
*Consumer brand games
*Advert creation

Apprentice Careers Fair and Presentation

*Different stands highlighting the various apprentice schemes available at GSK
*Inspiring stories from some of the GSk Consumer Leadership Team

Exciting talks from current apprentices  at GSK:

* What is it like to work for GSK
* From school to work – tips to make the change as easy as possibl

An overview of GSK's new Sales Executive Apprenticeship 

Delivered by GSK's Consumer Healthcare Apprentice Manager

If students need permission from the school to attend.
At your request, ULAS can send a formal letter of invitation. Please email
Until next time,
The ULAS Team
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Where do the "North" and "South" begin?

Have you heard about the “North South Divide”?  Well, it seems that the boundary between the north and south is changing!  The dividing line is determined by looking at population numbers.  If more people move to the north of the country, then the dividing line moves north, and similarly, if people move south, then the line moves south too (think about splitting the country in half, NOT according to geography, but instead, according to the number of people who live here).  Look at the article below from yesterday’s Evening Standard in London (

a close up of a map© Provided by Independent Print Limited The north of Britain now officially starts in Leicestershire, according to a new study.

The UK’s population centre has moved from Upper Midway in Derbyshire to Snarestone in Leicestershire, experts at Liverpool University have said.  The shift is due to an increasing number of people moving south east for better employment opportunities, they added.  Areas around London and the south east have seen a constant increase in population between 1971 and 2011, researchers said.  However, large northern cities, including Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, have seen more people leave according to five Censuses carried out over 40 years.  Chris Lloyd, Professor of Quantitative Geography at the University of Liverpool’s, who led the project, said: “Our study of population changes in Britain finds that the population centre for each Census has moved steadily further south from Upper Midway in Derbyshire to Snarestone in Leicestershire, as the population of the country has shifted towards the South East.  “This reflects a north-south divide in population growth, with more rapid growth in London and the south east of England than elsewhere.

“This urban growth links to opportunities, such as in employment, but also to challenges such as increasing overcrowding seen in outer London and other urban areas.”