28 Feb 2018

Careers Round-up February 2018

Stephanie Hall 250wApprenticeship focus 

Take a look at the abridged guide and for further information go to 

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. With an apprenticeship, your child could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer - and that's just for starters. The best thing is, they get paid a wage, and any qualifications they take - including a degree - are funded by the employer.

Back to Basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices work towards relevant qualifications as well. There are four types of apprenticeships:

  1. Intermediate: Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  2. Advanced: Equivalent to 2 A-levels
  3. Higher: Equivalent to a higher education qualification, and can include a foundation degree, bachelor's (aka undergraduate) degree, or even a master's degree (a postgraduate qualification)

Degree: All degree apprentices work towards a bachelor's or master's degree.

Higher and degree apprenticeships

Apprentice 250wHigher and degree apprenticeships both lead to higher education qualifications.

Higher apprentices could work towards a foundation degree, bachelor's or master's degree, higher national diploma (HND) and/or other, equivalent qualifications.

Degree apprentices always work towards a bachelor's or master's degree. Time is divided between work and university/college.

Higher and degree apprentices complete other relevant vocational courses on top of their higher education qualification. They also gain on-the-job experience and skills by training alongside experienced colleagues. An apprenticeship is a job, so they earn a wage too, and any qualifications are paid for.

Careers’ Convention

Merchiston Castle School is holding a careers’ convention on Tuesday 6 March, 4 – 6 pm in Memorial Hall. Please let Mrs Hall know in careers in interested in attending after school.

Employment opportunities for S6 students

St Andrews College Language Schools are an established summer education provider and run English language and cultural programmes for international students aged 11 – 18 in different locations across Scotland. They are looking for S6 students interested in employment with them. Olivia Varani is the summer school support officer. For further details see the link below

Essay competition

New College of the Humanities, London invites entries from talented, ambitious and intellectually curious students, currently in their penultimate year of school. Closing date for entries 20th May 2018. Full details and how to enter at

Portfolio advice

Megan visited from Paris College of Art to run informative sessions on building and presenting a portfolio.  This small American-style university offers foundation and degree programmes, as well as summer schools.

Interested in studying law or studying in Dublin? Former student Orlagh was be in the careers base in the first half of lunch on Thursday 22 February offering advice on a process different from UCAS.

New College of the Humanities, London, will be visiting at lunch on Thursday March 8 for a drop-in session

It’s never too early…personal statements

L6 get ready for next year…read why a good personal statement is so important:

Queen's University, Belfast, runs a Human Rights and Peace Building Summer School (24-28 June) which girls have attended in place of work experience.  Applications are now open and it is competitive. See Mrs Hall in careers if interested.

Read more about the course at

Summer School

Food 250wLearn To Cook This Summer...

Edinburgh School of Food & Wine is holding our Essential Skills course again this year, guaranteed to teach you some invaluable cookery skills, whether you would like to do a ski/yacht season or just need some great tips and recipes to prepare you for cooking for yourself and your friends at university.

Starts on 6th August for either 2 or 4 weeks / 0131 333 5001 /

Work experience

Placements can be hard to find for summer or additional holiday times. The following site gives a list of companies offering placements:

If you have any drop-in lunch time ideas, college, career or competition news, please be in touch with Steph Hall at

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