Twitter Feed

Kingdown now has a careers Twitter feed @KingdownCareers on which the latest information, opportunities and vacancies in the local area will be posted. All students and parents/carers are welcome to follow this feed, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Upcoming Events

Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair 2018

Over 70 employers will be in attendance at this event, which takes place on Wednesday 7th March from 12-6pm at Bath Leisure Centre. Already confirmed are Rolls Royce, Hotel Indigo, BANES, Apex Hotel, MOD, Curo, HMRC, Mini Plant Swindon and The RUH. They will cover a range of entry level to higher apprenticeships and employment opportunities. To book a ticket, please click here

Insight event for students considering becoming a paramedic

South Western Ambulance Service are holding an event for students thinking of careers as a paramedic. This interactive day will give you the opportunity to meet clinicians and universities, learn CPR, watch a paramedic demonstration and much more. It is on Saturday 10th March, 10.30-16.00 at University of West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS34 8QZ. For more info and to book a place please see:

Student World ‘Higher Education Study Abroad Fair’

Opportunity to meet representatives from over 60 international universities and a great chance to find out more about studying/living overseas, costs (fees are often much lower!), admissions processes and much more. Two events are being run:

London – 17th March, 11am-4pm, QEII Centre, Westminster

Manchester – 18th March, 11am-4pm, Principal Hotel, Oxford Street

Both events are free but you need to register in advance for a ticket. For full information please see:

Bath Royal United Hospital (RUH) Careers Fair

Bath RUH are running an evening careers fair to help students find out more about NHS careers and life at the RUH. The event is suitable for both students thinking about health-related degrees at university and apprenticeships. It takes place on Tuesday 20th March, 5-7.30pm (in the Oasis Board Room, E6). Students and parents are all welcome. To book a place, please email:    You can also follow RUH careers developments on Twitter @RUH_careers

Any 6th Form student interested in becoming an Army Officer

There is a rare opportunity to get tickets for yourself and your parents for the full dress rehearsal of the Sovereign’s Commissioning Parade (where recruits completing their training process formally become officers). This takes place on Wednesday 11th April (during the Easter holidays). A contact from the Army is willing to speak to any interested students afterwards about joining, the selection, training and so forth as well as giving a brief tour of the Sandhurst Academy. If you are interested, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office ASAP.

National Healthcare Careers Weekend events

Students in Years 10-12 interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, psychology and veterinary medicine are invited to the National Healthcare Weekend events taking place on 24th and 25th March with events in London, Cardiff and Birmingham. There are 8 conferences on different specialities on the same day. Hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the UK will be presenting and networking with students, giving a fantastic opportunity to learn more about opportunities and make successful applications. For full info and tickets, please see:

Debate Chamber 2018 summer schools now open

Looking to test out possible career / subject ideas and support future university and job applications? The Debate Chamber summer schools are now recruiting for their programmes in medicine, law, philosophy, maths, history, international relations, computer science, English and physics to name but a few. These events take place in July/August 2018 at the University of London in Central London. They are suitable for students aged 15-18. For much more information and to book a place (early booking advised), please see:

Jobs and Apprenticeships

PLEASE NOTE – If you would like any help with applying for any opportunities, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

DSTL (Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory) now recruiting for apprentices

DSTL near Salisbury is recruiting for a number of apprenticeship positions including cyber and information systems degree apprentice, electrical engineering advanced apprentice, lab tech, project management and data analyst apprentices. For full information on these roles, entry requirements and to apply, please see (use the search location ‘Salisbury’ and narrow search radius to ‘5 miles’

Engineering / Maintenance apprenticeship at Cereal Partners

Cereal Partners, based in Staverton near Trowbridge, have contacted the school to inform us that they are now recruiting for an engineering / maintenance apprentice. This position is suitable for either a Y11 or Y13 student and pays a very competitive £267/week. For full info and to apply, please see:

Paralegal apprenticeships for Y13s now recruiting in Bristol (and information & skills evening for Y11/12)

RPC are currently recruiting up to four individuals to start a two year paralegal apprenticeship (Level 3) in their Bristol office in November 2018, with the opportunity to be considered for a full solicitor apprenticeship (Level 7) incorporating a law degree, for applicants who have demonstrated their ability over the two years. RPC are committed to progressing these candidates through to qualification as a solicitor with the firm, so this is a fantastic opportunity for bright and ambitious students to become a lawyer whilst being paid and not incurring university student loan debt. Deadline is 28th February. For more info and to apply, please see:

The paralegal apprenticeship role will be paid £15,000 in the first year, rising to £15,500 in year two.

RPC will also be holding an information evening and skills session in Bristol on Monday 26 March 2018 (6.00pm–8.00pm) for Year 11 and Year 12 pupils and parents, careers advisors and teachers who are interested in hearing about their legal apprenticeship opportunities available in 2019.

Siemens Rail Automation apprenticeship vacancies now recruiting

Advanced engineering and business administration apprenticeship opportunities recruiting now with a start date of August 2018. Roles based most locally in Chippenham. For more information and to apply, please see: or click here

EY Business higher and degree apprenticeships

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 Busines Apprenticeship might be your perfect match. Once you’ve completed your A levels, you will 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. EY are currently offering 4 apprenticeships in tax, consulting, transactions and assurance. For more info please see:

Rolls Royce Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship now recruiting

On the Rolls-Royce Engineering Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll get to study for a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline and work alongside world-class engineers. All while making a real contribution to an advanced engineering business. It’s a great way to earn, learn and grow in confidence as part of a supportive team. And it provides you with the perfect platform to go on to even bigger challenges. Locations are either Bristol or Derby. Pay starts at £12,500/year. We look for A-Levels at A* to C in Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Engineering plus another subject. Deadline – 2nd March 2018. For more information and to apply, please see:

Investment 2020 – Jobs / Apprenticeships in the investment industry

Great website offering an up-to-date database of apprenticeship vacancies available in the investment management industry. Viable alternative to university for 6th form students:

New guide to jobs within the Hospitality industry

Any students considering working within this sector should read the following comprehensive and informative guide to the varied roles available in hotels, restaurants, foodservice, pubs and bars. With comments from students, apprentices and young managers, the guide illustrates how it’s possible to forge a rewarding and exciting career in hospitality. Leading operators offering a variety of opportunities are also featured, with contact details to link potential employees to prospective employers. Please see: ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site

The government ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is the main website that employers will use to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies that they have. The link is   This site can be used to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in a wide range of industry sectors.

Range of different apprenticeships currently available via Wiltshire College

Please see the following link for a number of apprenticeship opportunities recruiting where Wiltshire College is the training provider – Currently positions available locally include in landscaping, hairdressing, customer service, professional cookery, business admin and childcare.

Work Experience and Voluntary Work Opportunities

Students interested in becoming a pilot – Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship 2018 now open for applications

The hugely popular ‘Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship’ will be open for 2018 applications until Friday 30th March. The amazing programme involves aviation industry site visits such as Bristol International Airport; flying time (and a chance to gain loggable flying hours and drone tuition with on-site UAV Academy. This unique industry scholarship programme has changed the lives of many young people over its ten-year history, seeing scholars embarking on fantastic careers in the world of aviation, from engineering to commercial flying. Also of note, the best performer of next year’s scholarship will be fully trained for their PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) at Cotswold Airport, funded by the scholarship programme.

Twenty successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage of the application process on Saturday 21st April. Following the interviews, the 10 final scholars will be selected for the programme, which runs from Monday 6th to Friday 17th August (weekdays only). For more information and the application form, please see:

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships guide

This excellent guide from Which Uni and the National Apprenticeship Service gives you lots of information about Higher and Degree apprenticeship opportunities, which for many students could provide an excellent alternative to a more traditional university post-18 route (as your tuition fees are paid by the company which employs you).

Website offering university scholarships, grants and bursaries for university applicants

The Scholarship Hub ( is an online database of UK scholarships, grants and bursaries to help UCAS applicants fund their university studies and reduce students debts. Definitely worth a look for all students in Y12/13 intending to study at university.

‘One Degree More’ educational grants

Grants are available for local students to support them with the costs of higher education. One Degree More makes funding available to young people from across Wiltshire for university education or vocational training who may otherwise be excluded for financial reasons. For more information, please see:

Useful careers and employability websites

Kingdown Careers website – CAREER COMPANION

The school has a bespoke careers website, Career Companion (click here for direct access: external link), which is a one-stop shop containing a wide range of resources to help students to:

  • Understand the different options available to you at each stage
  • Develop career ideas and plans for the future
  • Find apprenticeship, job and voluntary opportunities
  • Build employability skills and experiences that employers want.

In addition, Career Companion has links to a number of external up-to-date, reliable and impartial careers websites and information (accessed by clicking the ‘Magnifying Glass’ button on the main site). There is also a parent/carer zone which includes lots of useful information on how you can help your son/daughter with their future plans.

The site can also be accessed from the main Kingdown webpage (under Learning > Careers Support and Employer Engagement) and via the Careers section of the Kingdown VLE.

New Parents e-book Guide to helping their children with career choice

The decisions young people make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on their future career choices and happiness. Young people today have more options available for their future than ever before but there are factors that affect them. With an ever-changing workplace landscape, it is even more important for them to make informed choices for their education, training and employment. As a young person makes these choices they look for support from those closest to them and this is where parents can really help in providing encouragement and advice.

CASCAID have produced an eBook to help parents get involved and encourage their children in finding their future careers. This guide is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their son or daughter with these important choices. You can download the guide via the following link: click here

Career Pilot

This site provides information on all the choices available to students at 14, 16 and 18, including info on job sectors, routes to qualifications and much more. There is also a parent’s zone, providing answers to career questions to help parents/carers support their children.

Barclays Life Skills

Website featuring a range of useful resources and advice to help students develop the key employability skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.

Careers programmes available for students

Kingdown School has licenses for both students and parents/carers to use two different careers programmes which will help with exploring and developing future career ideas and plans.

KUDOS (suitable for students in Year 9 upwards)

This website has a career profiling tool – it asks you questions about your interests, preferences and personality then suggests some careers that might be suitable for you. This can be useful if you don’t really have much of an idea about what you might like to do in the future.

To register to use the site, go online to In the ‘Sign Up’ box on the right hand side, enter the license code: aimsyear44 Click ‘sign up’. On the next screen, choose a username and password (it’s good idea to write these down somewhere so you don’t forget). Enter your other details and click ‘create my account’. When using the programme again, just enter your login details on the first page.

Job Explorer Database (JED) (suitable for students in Years 7-9)

This website has a basic interests, skills and motivation quiz (called ‘Suits Me’), which will make some job suggestions based on your answers. It also has lots of information and videos about a wide range of different jobs that may be of interest

JED can be accessed in two ways:

  • Via the school website – click on the top bar under Learning > Careers Support > Career Companion > Year 7 button > Job Explorer Database
  • Via school computers. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop.