Higher Education and Careers
DESTINATION OF SCHOOL LEAVERS
At Elizabeth College we take great pride in preparing our pupils for the challenges of the next stage of their lives. The world they are moving into is undergoing rapid transformation and the graduate job market is increasingly competitive. We want every pupil to leave us with strong academic qualifications, but also the skills, qualities and values needed to have a successful career and contribute something positive to society.
The great majority of our students go to university in the UK when they leave the College. The destinations and courses they choose are very diverse as students are strongly encouraged to follow their own paths and passions.
Over recent years the most popular universities have been Durham, Oxford, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth and Brighton and the most popular courses History, Geography, Medicine, Engineering, Economics, Architecture and Graphic Design. A number of students every year also choose to go straight into employment and such leavers are always in great demand on the island. Typical professions entered over recent years have been accountancy, finance, the armed forces, the police and journalism.
All students undertake work experience placements of their choice in the Sixth Form, which help them to determine their future careers. Our Careers and Higher Education Coordinator, assisted by highly experienced members of staff, provides a high level of support for students with their choice of university course and/or careers.
Elizabeth College uses a Careers platform called Unifrog, which is a one-stop careers and university resource. It allows students to research university courses in every country, as well as create a portfolio of skills and experiences throughout their time at College.
The engaging platform enables them to take personality and interest profiles, produce application materials such as CVs and cover letters. There is also a ‘Know-How Library’ with hundreds of useful materials including videos, articles and tutorials for every aspect of careers and university planning. Students begin using the platform from Year 8, right through to Year 13.