Elizabeth College takes great pride in preparing our students 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 student 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.
Elizabeth College’s futures advisors provide information, advice and guidance to help sixth form students make choices and decisions that are right for them. The transition from school to university is both exciting and daunting for students. We give our sixth formers access to a planned programme of activities that enables them to make informed decisions about their future direction. Our robust programme puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations.
The great majority of our students go to university in the UK when they leave 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.
Elizabeth College utilises an engaging 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 school.
Students begin using Unifrog in Year 8 and use it right through to Year 13. The 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.
Our Futures 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. In addition College has dedicated mentors for students looking to secure an Oxbridge place or to read medicine at university.
All students undertake work experience placements of their choice in Year 12, which help them to determine their future careers.