New Kingdown Careers 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

Upcoming college open days

The next round of local college open days is taking place over the next few weeks. If you are in Year 11 and have not yet finalised your plans for next year, it would definitely be worth attending your local college to find out more about the range of courses on offer. The events at Wiltshire College also include opportunities to do practical subject ‘tasters’ to give you an idea of what it might be like to study this subject.

Chippenham                      Wednesday 17th January 2018                                                    5 – 7pm

Salisbury                             Thursday 18th January 2018                                                          5 – 7pm

Trowbridge                         Thursday 25th January 2018                                                         5 – 7pm

Lackham                              Saturday 3rd February 2018                                                          10am – 12pm

Bath                                      Thursday 1st February 2018                                                          4 – 8pm

Event about careers in Travel & Tourism

Wiltshire College Trowbridge Campus are holding an event to promote and provide insight into careers within the Travel and Tourism sector. It is designed to both inspire students and help them to understand the range of jobs available. Exhibitors will include tour operators, travel agents, online travel services, passenger transport, accommodation (hotels, holiday parks, camping, holiday cottages), visitor attractions (Center Parcs, Longleat, Bowood) Arts and Entertainment venues and tourism agencies. The event is on Thursday 25th January, 5-7pm at Trowbridge College. For more details please follow the link:- click here

Careers events for aspiring doctors and lawyers

Epoc Careers organises one day careers conferences for students considering medicine or law as future career paths. Their next events are: Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Doctor, Saturday 3 February 2018; Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer,  Sunday 4 February 2018. Both events are held at UCL London between 10:00am to 4:30pm and offer impartial advice on university applications, admissions tests, interviews, career options and many other issues. They are principally designed for students in years 11 and 12.  For full details, including costs and to book places, see

Bath University degree course insight events

Two events for students in Year 12 exploring degree course options and ideas. Includes subject workshops, chance to meet staff and students and a tour of the campus.

  • Thursday 1st February – Social Sciences (criminology, psychology, international development, politics, sociology, social policy, social work)
  • Friday 2nd February – Sport, Exercise and Health.

If you are in Y12 and would like to attend, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office ASAP to book your place.

Airbus Degree Apprenticeships information event

Want to know more about how you could study for a BEng in Aerospace Engineering with no fees, plus vocational training with a regular salary? Airbus invites students studying Maths and Physics at A-Level, or Engineering Level 3, to come along to our Apprenticeship Information Evening to find out more about our Engineering Degree Apprenticeships. This is on Thursday 1st February 5-7pm ait Airbus Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PA. Find out more and register your place now at:

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:

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 go to:

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:

Welbeck Defence 6th Form College open days

Welbeck College, in Loughborough near Leicester, is a sixth form college, similar to a boarding school, which specialises in technical subjects and attracts pupils from all walks of life to a career in the technical corps of all three military services and also civilians with a technical interest. If you are in Year 11 and considering applying for September 2018 entry, it is important to start your application ASAP. Next open day is 24th February 2018. For more info, 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.

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

Apprenticeships now recruiting at the BBC

The BBC are currently recruiting apprentice Broadcast and Communications Operators at various UK locations. This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and pays £12,000/year. Closing date is January 2018. For more information and to apply please see: 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’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. EY are currently offering 4 apprenticeships in tax, consulting, transactions and assurance. For more info please see: click here

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:

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Nestle Higher and Degree apprenticeship opportunities

If you want to gain a debt-free, recognised qualification, combined with workplace training and a real role in business, then the Nestle Academy Apprenticeships could be for you. They offer a Level 4 CIMA Finance Higher Apprenticeship which is a two-year programme designed to expose apprentices to a variety of roles whilst working towards a CIMA Diploma in Business Accounting, studying on day release at a local training centre. They also offer a Level 6 Commercial Management Degree Apprenticeship, a three-year programme studying for a BA (Hons.) Degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University, combined with placements in a number of Nestlé’s business functions. For more information 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

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) PAID summer work experience opportunity

One week long work experience opportunity for Y12 students with an interest in business, taking place over summer 2018. Chance to work in a world-leading organisation and gain invaluable experience to help you with your next steps after 6th Form. Over the course of five action-packed days, you’ll spend time with learning about the work they do and get a behind the scenes look at how big business is done. You’ll see how they advise household brands and global organisations on everything from tax and planning for the future to understanding the health of their finances, how they can make best use of their technology and meet the challenges of a changing world of business.

Start dates are either 6th or 20th August 2018 and placements are based in offices around the UK (most locally Bristol). Application deadline is 28th January 2018. Follow this link to apply: click here

Bath Theatre Royal Work Experience opportunity

The Theatre Royal Bath will be hosting its Junior Apprentice Week at the Egg theatre from Monday 9th – Friday 13th July 2018. Students in Years 10 – 13 are welcome to apply. Places on the Theatre Royal Bath’s work experience programme are very popular, so early application is recommended. Further information and details regarding the application process can be found here. Placements will be offered to students after a short interview – dates TBC.

Law work experience opportunity in London for Y12 students

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme is designed to provide Year 12 students with a real-life insight into what it’s like to work as a lawyer in London. Given the importance of work experience when striving for a career in the legal sector, this opportunity will be crucial in helping any aspiring lawyers succeed. It is a two week programme running between 23rd July and 3rd August 2018. The first week is at BLP’s offices, gaining a real insight into what lawyers do on a daily basis via work shadowing and skills sessions to help you succeed. The second week involves visiting a different organisation each day in a variety of sectors including sports, financial services and media. During this week you will learn how law firms interact with their clients and the different roles for lawyers in these organisations.

Applicants should be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university and / or

be eligible or have been eligible for free school meals. Application deadline is 31st January 2018. See here to apply:

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

Social Mobility Foundation – Aspiring Professionals – amazing support for Year 12 students

The Aspiring Professionals Programme supports high-achieving year 12 students from low-income backgrounds access top universities and professions. They support via professional mentoring, tailored skills sessions and career workshops, university application support and guidance and internships with top employers. They are also currently offering a one or two week internship with a top employer in London with all expenses paid for students interested in Law, Medicine, Accountancy, Banking/Finance and Engineering & Physics.

Students must meet certain eligibility criteria – being in Y12, achieved 5 A grades at GCSE and predicted ABB at A Level. Also students must have been eligible for Free School Meals any time since Year 7 (the income of the parent[s] they live with is/was below £16,190). Students must apply by 9am, Monday 18th December 2017 by completing this application form (if you need any help with this or more information, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office):

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.