A day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 to 18 in Shebbear, Devon

Careers Information

This page is a resource for our pupils and will be updated regularly with information on upcoming events, workshops and help with careers. 

FutureSmart Newsletter - May 2024

Upcoming Events & Opportunities 


INVESTIN 2024 Summer Experiences.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to make the most of their summer break by experiencing their future career first-hand.

Why join an InvestIN Summer Experience?

Our summer programmes offer the ultimate, immersive experience of some of the world's most desirable careers. Highlights include: 

Medicine: Enter the hospital and shadow doctors on simulated ward rounds

Lawyer: Argue a human rights case in the Supreme Court with live feedback from expert advocates

Fashion Designer: Build your own sustainable fashion brand with expert guidance for every stage of the design process

Engineer: Visit an airfield to explore a range of commercial aircraft with aerospace engineers and pilots

Investment Banker: Enter the trading floor and trade the London stock market live in an iconic London skyscraper

Places on our programmes are filling up quickly, and we expect to close registration by Friday 31st May for our July summer experiences. Accommodation at UCL halls of residence is available for those who require it, with all meals, evening activities and guardianship included.

Find out more

Free Get Into Medicine E-Learning - application process for Medical School

Open to students in Lower 6th and Upper 6th, the FREE Get Into Medicine E-Learning provides a comprehensive overview of the application process, including the latest UCAT, Personal Statement, and reapplication updates for the 2025 entry including:

- Tactically choosing universities
- Personal statements
- UCAT Entrance Exam
- Medical school interview skills
- Medical Leadership Programmes
- Awards Programmes
- Extracurricular activities
- Work experience
- Building a CV
- Reapplication into Medicine
- Applying for scholarships

Tailored for flexibility, this e-learning allows students to learn at their own convenience, fitting seamlessly into their busy schedules. It alleviates the stress of the medical application process, offering invaluable guidance for crafting an outstanding application to medical school.

The Get Into Medicine E-Learning is only available until the 31st May, so use the coupon code ‘getinto24’ and make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to get ahead of your medical school application journey!

Register here

By participating, students not only acquire knowledge and insights to boost their chances of securing a medical school offer but also receive a certificate to proudly display in the 'conferences attended' section of their UCAS application.

We encourage parents to also watch the E-Learning so they are aware of the important aspects of the medical application process, but this is not a requirement.

NHS Allied Healthcare Work Experience

Sunday 2nd June.

The NHS Allied Healthcare Work Experience is the largest programme for aspiring healthcare professionals, having successfully invited over 12,000 students to participate in its programme last academic year - many of which have gone on to study: 

Occupational Therapy
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Speech and Language Therapy

Places are £10 a session to cover administrative and technological costs, or £50 for the full 6 months:


Get Into Medicine and Get Into Dentistry Conferences

All aspiring doctors and dentists from Form 4 - Lower 6 are invited to register for these Medicine and Dentistry conferences, offering tailored advice for medicine and dentistry, covering a range of crucial topics including:

- Tactically choosing universities
- Personal statements
- UCAT exam
- Medical & Dental school interview skills
- Medical Leadership Programmes
- Awards Programmes
- Extracurricular activities
- Work experience
- Building a CV
- Applying for scholarships

For aspiring Dentists: FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Get Into Dentistry conference date:
Saturday 18th May from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Register here

For aspiring Doctors: FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Get Into Medicine conference dates:
Sunday 12th May from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday 19th May from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Register here

NCS Experiences Away From Home

Open to Form 5 and Lower 6 students aged between 15 and 17! 

A fantastic opportunity with NCS for a five day adventure. Have fun and learn life skills you didn't know you needed. Get stuck into adrenaline-filled activities, meet new people and unlock your potential all at your own pace. 

To find out more, choose your dates and sign up, visit Head away from home | NCS (

NCS Student leaflet 

NCS Parent/Guardian leaflet 

Apprenticeships with Dunhelm

Dunelm have opened applications for a number of exciting new apprenticeship vacancies for 2024, covering 7 of their apprenticeship schemes.

Starting in September 2024, an apprenticeship with Dunelm offers the chance to learn and grow in a caring, friendly and supportive environment, making Dunelm the perfect place to develop your experience and put yourself on the path to success

Apprenticeships with Dunhelm

Laboratory Tours at the NDDH

North Devon District Hospital are holding a series of Laboratory Tours - available for any pupils in Form 5 upwards. Please email Mrs Aliberti [email protected] to register.

Thursday 18th January 17:30 - 18:00Thursday 18th January 18:00 - 18:30


Blood Sciences,  Biochemistry & Haematology
Monday 22nd April 09:15 - 10:15


Thursday 18th July   17:30 - 18:00Thursday 18th July 18:00-18:30
NHS Careers Untapped

The NHS Careers Untapped NHS Team are pleased to announce their next webinar will focus on Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Science careers.

Find out more

Register here

National Healthcare Insight Conferences

Take your first steps towards a career in healthcare. 

In the UK, we are extremely lucky to have access to the NHS, a free service that treats over 500 million people per year.

It goes without saying that we wouldn’t have this incredible system without healthcare professionals.

We’re putting the spotlight on these individuals to offer real insight into what a career in an Allied Healthcare is really like.

Take advantage of these interactive online conferences and start you own journey into shaping the future of the NHS

National Healthcare Insight - Allied Healthcare Mentor (

INVESTIN Law & Finance Summer 2024 Experiences

Immersive experiences in key industry sites in London for up to 15 days




Get Into Law Conference - November 2023

The Get into Law Conference is here to help you make an ‘informed decision’ to pursue a career in law.

Choosing a career can be an overwhelming decision, which is why Law Mentor will give you the chance to decide for yourself if this is pathway you would want to take.

Saturday 11th November 2023

Registration link:

.Tickets are £15 to cover administrative and technological costs.
Topics covered in the conference include:

- Life as a law student, solicitor, barrister, and judge
- Legal myth-busting
- Application timeline
- CV, extracurricular activities, and transferable skills for law
- UCAS – key components to be aware of
- Personal statements
- Interviews
- Entrance exams: LNAT, Cambridge/Oxford Law Exam

INVESTIN STEM & Medicine Summer 2024 Experiences

Summer 2024

INVESTIN has partnered with world-class professionals across 10 STEM industries to create the most immersive and exclusive work experience activities that your students can find. 

The ultimate internship: experience emergency medicine in theatre; explore a Boeing 747 jet with aerospace engineers; work with psychologists in a clinic; analyse fingerprints and blood splatter on a crime scene. And much much more!

Register here - age 12 - 14

Register here - age 15 - 18

Applications Open for the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Want to build a thriving career in the screen industries? Then the National Film and Television School (NFTS) is the place for you!

Applications to join the NFTS in  January 2024 and 2025 are now open.

Why study with the National Film and Television School?

Offering over 30 MA, Diploma and Certificate courses with world class tuition, extensive facilities and unparalleled links to the industry, the NFTS will equip you with everything you need to bring your ideas to life.

As one of the leading film schools in the world, the NFTS operates like a major studio, with state-of-the-art production facilities that are essential for creating outstanding content for film, TV, games, animation, design, and much more. It’s a truly exciting and transformational place to kickstart your creative career.

NFTS graduates go on to become key creative leaders for much of the UK’s largest and most high profile film and television content, working in key roles on 97% of the biggest budget inward investment films. 85% of UK broadcaster spend on high end television and two thirds of all Netflix productions have at least 1 NFTS graduate in a key role. Consistently over 90% of students secure a job in the area they studied within six months of graduating from the NFTS.


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University or Apprenticeship... What’s Right for You?

If you find yourself seeking professional careers advice to help you decide what you should do after leaving school or college, then you are not alone.  Here at FutureSmart Careers, our advisers have been providing career advice and guidance to students over many years and one of the most common questions that students ask is whether it is better to go to university or to do an apprenticeship?

There is, in fact, no right or wrong answer to this question, but making a choice that is right for you isn’t necessarily going to be an easy task and it will require some careful research, weighing up the pros and cons and thinking about what you want from your life and your career along the way. 

Before we get started, let’s consider what each option offers along with some of associated benefits.

The university route

The university pathway usually involves a structured programme of study delivered by Higher or Further Education institutions and leads to the award of an academic degree. Most school leavers apply to study a  Bachelor’s degree and this usually involves studying for three or four years on a full-time basis, although there are some two-year accelerated courses and distance learning options available too.  A Bachelor’s degree is also known as a ‘first degree’ or an ‘undergraduate degree’ and most courses award either a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) or Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) qualification.  Other degrees include Foundation degrees (usually one or two year courses taken before or forming the first part of a Bachelor's degree); postgraduate Master's degrees (usually one or two year courses taken after a first degree) and PhDs or Doctorates. the highest level of postgraduate qualification.

The advantages of attending university include the thousands of courses available and the wide range of institutions to choose from.   There will be a course and location to suit most people's interests, academic needs and lifestyle. A degree will often also provide a range of highly transferable and useful employability skills, such as the ability to research and critically evaluate information, generate new ideas, organise information and communicate clearly in writing and verbally. If you do decide to live away from home, as many undergraduates do, you could also gain some valuable life skills such as being independent, managing a budget and building new relationships.  A degree course could also help to broaden your career options as many employers will hire graduates with any degree subject.

The apprenticeship route

An apprenticeship refers to a structured training programme for a specific career carried out by a learner under an employer's supervision. Depending on the role, it typically follows a more traditional working pattern, such as 9 till 5, Monday to Friday. Apprentices complete on-the-job training and are paid wages for the work completed. Apprenticeships are available from level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) to level 7 (Master’s degree level).

In addition to practical training, an apprenticeship could also include tests, interviews, coursework, and an end-point assessment, all of which can help the apprentice to get the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required for a longer-term career role.

This route is a great choice for individuals wanting to enjoy the benefits of getting straight into work, earning while they learn, having a more practical, hands-on learning experience and who want to avoid rising tuition fees.

So now we’ve covered the basic outline of each option and the common benefits associated with them, how can you now decide which is best for you? To help you with this question, our advisers at FutureSmart Careers have put together some key questions. So, sit down, have a read of each, and take time to carefully consider your thoughts.


University or Apprenticeship? Questions to ask yourself…

#1 — What are my career aspirations?

An excellent place to start when trying to decide between “apprenticeship versus university” is to consider whether you have any careers in mind.   If you have a clear idea about what you want to achieve in your future, this could make your decision easier. While many careers offer the choice of studying for a full-time university degree or completing an apprenticeship, there are certain careers where a university degree is mandatory but others where an apprenticeship will make more sense.

For instance, if you want to become a doctor of medicine or veterinary surgeon, there are some very specific qualifications that you will need to gain and, at the time of writing, these can only be acquired through full time university study. However, if you want to qualify as an Electrician, a 4-year apprenticeship with on-the-job training is the electrical industry’s preferred entry route to this career and therefore would be a better choice than a completing a full time course.

If you do have a job role in mind, you could first investigate relevant degree courses but also find out if there is an apprenticeship that could also cater to your needs and requirements. Today there are relevant degree courses and apprenticeships available for almost every employment sector from nursing and digital marketing to surveying and accountancy.  New apprenticeships are being developed and launched every day and there has been tremendous growth in the number of apprenticeships available today compared to a few years ago.

But, if like many young people, you don’t have the slightest idea about which career you want to end up in yet, that is also okay. In this case, choosing a subject you will enjoy at university could provide you with more time to explore different careers and, at the same time, you could acquire a range of transferable skills from your studies which could be adapted to a wide variety of careers. Internships and placements years with employers can also provide valuable insights into different workplaces to help with decision making while providing some work-based experience to put on your CV. 

#2 — Which study option better suits my financial goals?

Another important question centres around finances.  Let’s start with university. This form of education will cost you and it’s no small amount. According to Save the Student, for the majority of UK students, the fees for studying a degree will cost you around £9,250 per year. And with most courses lasting three years, this will amount to around £27,750. The cost is often much higher for international students and university fees could also increase year upon year.

And then there are the costs of living if you’re planning to study away from home. While food, accommodation and other living costs will vary from person to person, Save the Student reports that the average annual living cost per student is around £9,720 (£29,160 over the course of three years). So, if you take university tuition fees and add them to the cost of student living, this could equates to a total of around £56,910 to get a degree.

While this is a large sum of money, it might also be more affordable than you think.  Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert says that the price tag of university is “largely irrelevant what you pay back solely depends on what you earn after university”.  There are loans for tuition fees and living costs and these are only paid back when your earnings are over £27,295 a year and then you only pay back 9% of anything earned over that threshold.  For example, for someone currently earning £30,000 a year, they will only pay back £243 a year (or £20.28 per month or £4.68 per week).  The UK Government has also estimated that around 45% of students will never pay their loans back in full. To help with the costs is it also worth bearing in mind that you might also be eligible for scholarships, bursaries, and grants which can help reduce the amount you need to borrow.

If, instead of tuition fees and loan repayments, you’d rather earn while you learn, then an apprenticeship will undoubtedly trump this round. The government and the employer will fund your training and if you are on a degree apprenticeship this means that they will fund your degree, so you won’t have to pay a penny. In fact, you’ll make money because on an apprenticeship you will also receive at least the national minimum wage for apprentices (currently £4.81 per hour) and many employers will pay much more than this, making an apprenticeship a great option for those wanting to start earning right away.

#3 - What type of learner am I?

The next factor to consider when trying to decide whether university or an apprenticeship is the right path is to think about your preferred learning style as they have a different approach to how learning is delivered, how skills are evaluated and how qualifications are gained.

University provides an academic style of learning, typically involving lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and sometimes lab and fieldwork. Courses can be a mixture of theoretical and practical, with some including work placements. When it comes to assessments, methods can include written essays, exams, and research projects. If the student passes the required number of modules, they will graduate and be awarded the degree qualification for their course.

Apprenticeships, on the other hand, can offer a more hands-on, experiential approach to learning and typically most of the skills and knowledge are acquired by carrying out the actual job in question. The employer could provide further development through other activities such as observations, practical assessments, and interviews.  At least 20% of the apprenticeship is provided through off-the-job training and this can include courses to support learning and additional qualifications could be gained through these. 

As an apprentice progresses, the employer will decide if the learner has met the requirements for completing the apprenticeship and gaining relevant certification – usually this is done in an ‘end point assessment’.

For some, while on the job training is the perfect way to learn, it can also mean that an apprentice carries a heavy responsibility and commitment, not only by doing a 9-5 job but also by having to complete a number of assignments alongside this.  This can be especially true of higher and degree apprenticeships, which offer the chance to gain higher level qualifications.

Based on the above, consider how best you learn and which route is best suited to your learning style.

#4 - What kind of experience do I want?

Another consideration is the difference in lifestyles and experiences associated with university and apprenticeships. If you want to continue your academic studies, meet students from all over the world, immerse yourself in a new town or city, learn new life skills, gain independence, and enjoy a vibrant social life, university life may be for you.

But if you are raring to dive head first into the world of work, adjust to a working environment and routine, mix with colleagues from a range of backgrounds and ages, and start earning some money, as an apprentice, you can expect just this.

No experience is better than the other, but it’s important to really consider what kind of lifestyle you want to live and the kinds of experiences you want to have.

#5 - What kind of application process do I want to go through?

University and apprenticeship application processes may require you to demonstrate different aspects of yourself.  If you are applying to university, the emphasis is usually on your academic skills and interests while for an apprenticeship an employer will assess your personal qualities and general strengths.  Which would you be more comfortable writing or talking about?

For university, the application window is fixed (September to January for most courses) while for apprenticeships it can be much more open and variable.  A number of apprenticeships are even sometimes filled by word of mouth (especially in the trades) and there is no central application process unlike university where almost all UK applications go through UCAS.  How would you feel about this?   

Additionally, for some apprenticeships, it could be almost impossible to know whether there will be lots of applicants, whereas you can usually find this data for university courses.  University applications also give you the option to not only apply for up to five courses at once, but also to have a back up ‘insurance choice’ if your first chiocie falls through. There is no such safety net in place with apprenticeships and for some this makes this a more challenging application process to go through.

Finally, most apprentice employers want to see that you have understanding of the career area already and ideally that you have had some work experience in it or at least something that is relatable.  So if an apprenticeship is top of your list, you should consider how you will get this experience organised. For university courses, work experience is usually only essential or preferred for vocational courses such as Medicine, Nursing and Architecture etc and other courses can be more flexible about whether you have had any experience or not.

Apprenticeship vs university: making the decision

After researching a range of options, weighing up some pros and cons and talking to people who are well informed and can help you gain more accurate insights, hopefully you should start to feel more confident about whether the university or apprenticeship route is the better choice for you.   

The important thing to remember is that it is acceptable to be unsure until you have gathered all of the necessary information, and it is also acceptable to change your mind. Career paths are rarely linear, and it is unrealistic for most people to have everything figured out and their entire lives perfectly planned before the age of 18. You'll meet many people in life who have achieved their career goals at various ages and through a variety of paths. Keep this in mind, and if you remain curious and open-minded about career opportunities and possibilities, you'll be well on your way to your own successful and happy career, whether through an apprenticeship or a degree course to get you started on the way.

EA Ski & Snowboard Training

Ski and Snowboard Instructor Internship Opportunities

 EA Ski and Snowboard, the world’s longest running instructor course provider. are offering instructor internships.

On the instructor internship students will receive expert training, gain their Level 1 ski or snowboard instructor qualification, and get a guaranteed paid job offer with the ski school of their choice.

Our instructor internship has been in operation for more than 15 years and students have 27 destinations to choose from across 5 different countries. With a 99% pass rate maintained each season AND the guaranteed job offer, it is a great career pathway program.

Apply here

Bocconi Summer School for High School Students 2024

Make your summer matter with Bocconi Summer School! Students will study leading-edge subjects taught by faculty members of a top EuropeanUniversity and develop soft skills through our labs.Whether you choose our campus experience in Milan or the flexibility of ourinteractive online program, this summer will be one that you'll never forget!

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KPMG Apprenticeship Opportunities

At KPMG, we’ve got exciting and rewarding Apprenticeship opportunities in Audit, Consulting, KPMG Business Services, Tax & Law and Technology. And we need your help to spread the word.

Our nationwide apprenticeships offer the chance to do work that makes a positive difference for organisations, people and communities.  At KPMG, we use our insights, ideas and innovative technologies to deliver impactful solutions. We help transform businesses, develop trust and confidence in markets, and build stronger, fairer communities.

Our Apprentices gain qualifications – including degrees - and work experience that gives them the opportunity to grow, feed their curiosity and gain skills that will last them a lifetime.

We want people from every walk of life, to join and build a career with us. Our supportive teams consist of inspiring and diverse colleagues, and we offer a competitive salary and broad range of employee benefits too.

To discover more about our Apprenticeship and work experience opportunities, please encourage your students to visit our Careers portal at:

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NHS Virtual Work Experience Programme

Take your first steps towards a healthcare career with the UK’s only LIVE Virtual Work Experience Programme created and delivered by healthcare professionals.  You can select from one day or a full 6 month work experience programme where you will follow patients from admission to discharge in the high fidelity simulation suite, designed to provide you with an immersive experience from the comfort and safety of home.  Simply select the dates below and save £10 if you opt for the full 6 month work experience programme.  Students will be awarded certificates for attending each day.  No work experience day is the same (as in real life), but students will gain insight into a variety of healthcare settings.

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