26 Mar 2018

Careers Round-up March-April 2018

Stephanie Hall 250wIf you have any drop-in lunch time ideas, college, career or competition news, please be in touch with Steph Hall at 

Here’s a taster of some of our most recent activities and lunch time drop-in sessions 

  • Subject choice and mock interviews continue
  • Inspiring Futures gave a follow-up session to U5 on Futurewise profiling
  • Lower 6 had the opportunity to sit the online version of Centigrade
Additional qualifications in U6 with the Open University

If you are interested in Upper 6 in studying SCQF Level 7 modules alongside your other studies, YASS (The Open University in Scotland's Young Applicants in Schools Scheme), has a number of modules that would look good on any application from engineering:origins, methods and context to beginners Chinese and molecules, medicines and a drugs: a chemical story

If you would like further information, see

See the latest opportunities for jobs and apprenticeships for school leavers at the Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin w/c 19 March 2018

Welcome to the Edinburgh Guarantee Schools Bulletin. Each week we will be highlighting the opportunities currently available through the Edinburgh Guarantee.

The Edinburgh Guarantee exists to make sure that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave school with the choice of a job, Further Education or training opportunity.

Would you like to

✔ find out about available opportunities for you?

✔ understand Edinburgh’s job market?

✔ explore your options on leaving school?

✔ find out where to get help to get into employment, further education or training?

For answers to these questions, please visit our website

where you should Register, complete your Member Profile, sign up for Job Alerts and apply for the Current Opportunities advertised in the bulletin.

If you would like to speak to one of the Edinburgh Guarantee team to find out more about any of the opportunities, please call Sheena on 529 3525 or Julie on 529 2410 or email

List of current opportunities:
  • Administration Assistant, School of Social and Political Science - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Customer Service, Centre for Research Collections - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Administration Assistant, School of Divinity - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Administration Assistant (HR), Centre for Open Learning - Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Administration Assistant, School of History, Classics and Archaeology – Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Laboratory Support Technician – Modern Apprenticeship – Edinburgh University
  • Animal Husbandry Technician – Modern Apprenticeship – 2 posts – Edinburgh University
  • Landscape Services - Modern Apprenticeship – 2 posts – Edinburgh University
  • Finance and Reservation Assistant – Exec Space
  • Signmaker - Modern Apprenticeship – Forrest Hepburn & McDonald Signs Ltd
  • Systems Engineering Student - Pre-University – Engineering Development Trust
  • Business and Administration – Modern Apprenticeship – 2 posts – SQA
  • Software Development – Graduate Apprenticeship – 2 posts - KAL
  • Software Developer – Graduate Apprenticeship – 2 posts – Infographics
  • Apprentice Engineer – 2 posts – Virgin Trains
  • Software Developer – Graduate Apprenticeship – 2 posts - Solarwinds
  • Trainee Electrical Estimator/Quantity Surveyor - Graduate Apprenticeship – AKD Electrical Contractors
  • Personal Assistant – ENABLE Scotland
  • Legal Administration Assistant – Modern Apprenticeship – McEwan Fraser Legal
  • Business Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship – Shepherd & Wedderburn
  • Business and Administration - Modern Apprenticeships – Scottish Government
  • Trainee Developer – Modern Apprenticeship - CompanyNet
  • Commis Chef - Modern Apprenticeship – Down the Hatch Bistro
  • Artisan Baker - Modern Apprenticeship – The Breadwinner Bakery
  • Business Technology Consultancy – Graduate Apprenticeship – Scott-Moncrieff
  • Trainee Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship (R061) – Architect’s office
  • Visitor Operations Positions – various locations - Historic Environment Scotland
  • Business Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship (R059) – Body Workshop company
  • Trainee Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship (R060) – Recruitment Services company
  • Leisure Attendant – Employability Fund – Edinburgh Leisure
  • Trainee Workshop Engineers/Installers – 2 posts – Capital Document Solutions
  • Business Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship - Cliq Container Trading Ltd
  • Trainee Bookbinder - Bookbinding by Crawford
  • Business Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship - Durham Road Medical Group
  • BT Apprentice Programme - IT Software, IT Network and Power Engineer
  • Nursery Nurse – Modern Apprenticeship – Carousel Training Centre
  • Assistant Nursery Practitioner - Modern Apprenticeship – PA Training
  • Business Support - Modern Apprenticeship (R058) – Historic Environment Scotland
  • Trainee Dental Nurse – Vermilion
  • Media Sales – Modern Apprenticeship – Johnston Press plc
  • Soft Play Assistant - Employability Fund – Edinburgh Leisure/Ratho Climbing Arena
  • Retail, Hospitality, Security, Baggage Handling, Ramp Operators and many more – Various Employers - Edinburgh Airport Recruitment Centre
  • Business Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship (R057) – GP surgery
  • Administrator - Modern Apprenticeship (R054) - Independent recruitment company
  • Administration/Reception/Customer Service – Modern Apprenticeships – RTL
  • Business Administrator – Modern Apprenticeship (R049) - Vehicle repair garage
  • Catering Assistant – Employability Fund - Edinburgh Leisure
  • Kitchen Assistant – Employability Fund - Elior
  • Playwork Assistant - Employability Fund - Reputable After School Club
  • Hairdresser – Modern Apprenticeship - Charlie Miller
  • Retail, Hospitality, Beauty, Care and more - Various Employers and Locations - Fort Kinnaird Recruitment and Skills Centre
Biology Study Day

Aston University is holding a biology study day on Wednesday 25 April aimed at Sixth Form students interested in finding out what it is like to study molecular biology at university. To find out more go to:

(Marine) Biology

The Blue Planet Effect: Why Marine Biology Courses are Booming

Thanks in part to the BBC wildlife series, there has been a sea change in the popularity of marine biology courses and the study of the world’s oceans.

Read more at:

Degree Course Directory

Access to the online Degree Course Directory is currently available to all those who completed the online Centigrade testing in March. Access this at Your daughter will have been the user id and password in a separate email.

Funding for college and university – SAAS

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) will open for 2018 - 2019 applications mid April and they encourage students to apply as soon as possible, and before June 2018, to ensure you receive funding in time for the start of courses.

Students can apply with conditional offers so there is no need to wait for examination results to submit applications. After results, you can amend applications if your course or circumstances change, or if you no longer plan to go to college or university.

You can get additional advice and the latest updates by subscribing to SAAS social media channels or visiting the website

Further Maths Support Programme

A very useful universities and careers page containing information and guidance about the maths requirements for students considering maths, science, engineering and medicine degree courses. For more information go to:

Upper 4 - Lower 6 Thinking of studying law after school?

The Law Society of Scotland is revamping and restructuring their Street Law initiative. This 5/6 week course takes place after school and begins usually after the October break.  Any interested girls for next academic session, should sign up on the sign-up sheet in careers. 2018 will be a new course and better suited to your needs.

Open Days at Pembroke, Cambridge

This year's set of Open Days are soon to begin! More information about the Open Days at Pembroke, including information on how to book, can be found here:

  • 5th April - Arts and Humanities
  • 6th April - Science and Maths 
  • 5th May - Maths and Music
  • 4th July – Law
  • 5th July - All subjects
  • 6th July - All subjects 
Summer Programmes

Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students, Duke University

If interested email

Closing date is mid April for summer 2018. Courses include:

Arts of the Moving Image, Biology: the Hard Truth of Evolution, Biology: Genetics and the Evolution and Adaptation in Humans, Economics, English: Language and Social Identity, English: Race, Technology and Everyday Life: Surveillance in the Afterlife of Slavery, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology...and more.

See Mrs Hall for a print out of programmes.

One day summer course - thinking of studying English at university? (U5 – U6)

English at University Day – Saturday 9th June 2018: 9.30am-5pm, St Mary’s School, Bateman Street, Cambridge

Course Description and Rationale

This one-day course is aimed at students who are thinking of applying – or have decided to apply – to study English literature at university. It will also appeal to students in years 11, 12 and 13 who would like to experience a taste of studying literature beyond the school curriculum.

The day will provide students with an introduction to the pleasures, rewards, and challenges, of university-level work in the subject. It will familiarise course participants applying to Oxford and Cambridge with the ELAT assessment, and provide them with key strategies for preparing for, and success in, the exam in October 2018.

The day’s first class, on Greek tragedy, will introduce students to Aristotle’s theory that tragic drama evokes pity and fear, and encourage them to explore extracts from Greek tragedies with Aristotle’s ideas in mind.

The second class will take the form of a workshop on Shakespearean tragedy, encouraging students to think about what affinities Shakespeare the dramatist did – and did not – have with the ancient Greeks.

Finally, students will develop, practise, and hone, their practical criticism skills in an ELAT preparation seminar in which they will gain confidence in undertaking detailed and rigorous comparative analysis of passages of non-dramatic unseen poetry and prose.

Course Registration

To book, please download and complete the registration form, and email it to

Lower 6 work experience in July for insights into research and work in biological sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine

See below for Science Insights 23rd - 27th July 2018

Science Insights is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists. 

The annual programme – launched in 2014 by the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh– now involves all five research institutes in the University's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, providing access to its cutting-edge facilities and inspiring researchers.

This year's programme will provide an opportunity for 40 high school pupils to spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of activities on four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in biological sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Activities include:

  • Shadowing researchers in the workplace
  • Tours of a range of scientific facilities
  • Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
  • Opportunities to meet current University of Edinburgh students
  • Skills session to help with future university and job application


Lower 6 - work experience placements

Thank you to all who have handed in contact details for your placements.  Please collect a yellow slip and complete, if you have not done so. Continue to check your emails about appointments and opportunities as you might be missing out and the place is offered to someone else!

Upper 5 - Upper 6 – Medics - work experience opportunity in Tanzania

The Medic Portal, in official partnership with The Royal Society of Medicine, is partnering with Gap Medics to provide your students with a unique Medical Work Experience opportunity abroad.

The inspiring two-week Community Healthcare Programme in Tanzania is designed to give Year 11 and Sixth Form students a real insight into medicine in a developing country, through gaining medical work experience in a rural community, learning from healthcare professionals and also receiving expert advice on their medical school application!

On the dynamic placement, students will be able to:

  • Assist with the delivery of treatments in pop-up clinics
  • Immerse themselves in Tanzania’s local culture
  • Volunteer in nearby schools
  • Attend global health tutorials
  • Learn about the hospital systems, the profession and receive personal guidance from a personal clinical mentor 

The programme will end on a Reflection Day which will focus on helping the students prepare for their personal statement and medical interviews by evaluating their experiences. Along with boosting their medical school application, this once-in-a-lifetime trip will allow students to make a real difference to local communities in Tanzania!

Find out more about the programme through this video!

  • Date: 8th July – 21st July 2018
  • Cost: £290 (Registration), £1760 (Placement)
  • Individual bookings are made online through here
Volunteering Opportunities

The Teenage Cancer Trust are looking for volunteers to support events, namely the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 26/05/18-27/05/18.  Drop by careers to pick up a volunteering application form. These volunteering opportunities really help build skills, are useful for your CV, job and UCAS applications - as well as helping a really worthwhile charity. Thinking of sports in any capacity after school?...Get yourself out there.

The Blue Planet Effect: Why Marine Biology Courses are Booming

Thanks in part to the BBC wildlife series, there has been a sea change in the popularity of marine biology courses and the study of the world’s oceans.

Read more at:


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