Kingdown has a new 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

Local College information evenings

The first round of local Further Education College open days for 2017 is coming up soon. These events will help you to find out more information about the courses available, see the facilities and meet staff and current students. see websites for more information and to book a place.

Wiltshire College campuses (

Trowbridge College                                                         Thursday 12th October 2017, 5 – 7pm

Chippenham College                                                      Wednesday 4th October 2017, 5 – 7pm

Salisbury College                                                              Thursday 5th October 2017, 5 – 7pm

Lackham College                                                              Saturday 14th October 2017, 10am – 12

City of Bath College (

Bath City Centre campus                                               Wednesday 11th October 2017, 4 – 8pm

Somer Valley campus (Radstock)                               Thursday 28th September 2017, 4 – 8pm

What Next? – Future Choices – Post 16 & 18 Careers Fair

Free event taking place at City Hall, Salisbury on Tuesday 17th October 2017, 11am – 7pm. This event brings together a huge range of organisations under one roof, giving all young people in the area the opportunity to make informed decisions about their futures. Over 70 exhibitors will cover all the options, including schools, further education, higher education, training, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, employers and gap year providers. See for full details

Study in the USA Information Day

USA College Day provides both students and parents with the unique opportunity to meet representatives from over 180 American universities and educational service providers in London. It is the largest US university fair in the UK. This is a great opportunity for any students considering US study to find out more. Dates: Friday, 29th Sept (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) & Saturday, 30th September 2017 (10:30 am – 3:00 pm). ILEC Conference Centre: 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD. For more info and to register, see:

Year 12 & 13 students considering a career in medical or veterinary careers

Medlink are offering a 2 day conference dedicated to supporting your application to either medical or veterinary school. This event includes the chance to confirm your career ideas through presentations, clinical skills sessions and patient contact as well as the opportunity to meet medical / veterinary students and representatives from medical / veterinary schools. Event is held on 17-18th December 2017. For more information and to book a place, please see  or

What Career Live – National Careers Event

This event is for students aged 15-19 and offers the opportunity to meet with the UK’s top employers and universities. It also includes hands-on skills experiences and free seminars, as well as guidance from current apprentices and graduates. The event takes place on 6-7th October 2017 in Olympia, London. For more information on who is attending and to book a free place, 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 days are Wednesday 11th October, Saturday 7th October and Saturday 4th November. For more info, see:

Work Experience and Voluntary Work Opportunities

Opportunity for students interested in the police – Wiltshire Police Cadets

Wiltshire Police are currently recruiting for young people aged 13-17 to join their Cadet Units in Trowbridge, Salisbury and Chippenham . Cadet sessions run weekly during term times and cadets will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities including how to use radios, first aid, using personal protective equipment and the foundations of law. This is excellent experience for students interested in a career in the police. For more information and to apply, see  Closing date for applications is 1st October 2017. Apply ASAP as spaces are limited!

NHS work experience opportunity at Salisbury Hospital

Salisbury NHS Hospital is offering a work experience programme to allow students to experience the work of the NHS and support their career choices. Placements are in either clinical (e.g. general ward, physiotherapy or midwifery) or non-clinical settings (e.g. catering, finance or building departments). Placements typically last one week and would have to take place during school holidays. Most placements are for students 16+ but there are a small number of placements available for 14-16 year olds. Applications are open until 31st October 2017, and placements will take place between March and July 2018. If you are interested, please see the following website for contact details of their work experience administrator –

Aspiring doctors in 6th form – Medical work experience week (London)

This course is delivered by doctors and current medical students and covers the entire medical application process including interviews, clinical skills, personal statement and hospital experience. Students must be 16+ and considering applying to study medicine in either 2017 or 2018. Last year 45% of students received at least one offer from medical schools – which is a huge increase on the 10% average. Dates are 15th October – 21st October 2017 or 22nd October – 28th October 2017. For full information please see:

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

Personal Statement advice workshops for UCAS applicants

The University of Bath is offering free expert guidance for students on starting, shaping and polishing your UCAS personal statement. These will be held at the University of Bath Innovation Centre, Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD. The dates are Saturday 7th October, 4th and 25th November, 4.30-6pm. No need to book a space, this is a drop-in session. For more information see:

Gap Medics overseas voluntary work for future doctors, nurses, dentists and midwives

If you are aged 16-18 and interested in medical or nursing work experience at an exciting overseas destination, join Gap Medics for an intensive hospital shadowing placement and gain a week of valuable, first-hand experience in a real clinical environment. They currently have placements available for October half-term 2017 in Botswana. They also have placements of one to four weeks duration throughout the year, which include midwifery and dentistry as well. For more info, see

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). Please see Mr Marlow.

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 now 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:

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 only be accessed in school. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop. Click on the shortcut marked ‘Choose JED profile’ then click on JED to access the programme.