Careers and HE Advice

Careers advice is available to all students. This could be either a one-to-one interview or a telephone or email discussion.

Your Tutor will be your first `port of call' to help you choose a career or Higher Education course. The College Careers Advisers can provide extra advice to help you decide your best route into work or university.

Guidance interviews for full-time Level 1, 2 & 3 students, Access students, and HE students are available from Jayne Mason or Veronica Miles. You can book an appointment at Student Services.

Email and telephone careers advice is available for all `part-time course' students and 'potential' New College students.

Email: or telephone Jayne Mason on: 01793 732856. 

National Careers Service 19+
Anyone over 19 can book a guidance appointment with our National Careers Service Adviser. To see a local NCS Adviser ring 0333 006 2966 or email  Call 0800 100 900

An excellent Careers & Higher Education resource to help students with their career planning is available on the VLE in the Student Area.

Careers Advice for 13-16 year olds

Careers Advice is available from your current school or you can use the National Careers Service website and contact their advisers for telephone, or email advice:


Local University Schemes

These can help you prepare for university life and study. They can challenge and motivate you. Check out the different schemes to see if one of them could suit you.

On Track to Bath 

Get involved in a sustained programme of activities for A Level students designed to help you achieve the best results in your A levels and support entry to the University of Bath or other leading universities. This is a targeted programme specifically for those groups under-represented in Higher Education. Students apply to join the programme and priority is given to students from link colleges who meet the criteria.

Access to Bristol

Access to Bristol provides local students with an unprecedented opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol, gaining access to its academic expertise and facilities.

The scheme is designed as a curriculum enrichment opportunity for students taking A-levels or equivalents, and participation shows a commitment to study that will stand students in good stead when they apply to university through UCAS. 

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons, studying one of twenty four subject streams. Each session is designed to give students an idea of what it is like to study at the University, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their chosen area of study.

This scheme has an early September deadline and eligibility criteria. Successful completion gives application benefits and financial benefits for those from a household income under £25,000

Bristol - Pathways to Law

A 2 year programme for Year 12 applicants only. Early September deadline and entry criteria.

University of the West of England - Heading Higher Passport PLUS Scheme 

Earn up to 40 additional UCAS points for entry at UWE and have a guaranteed offer, or entry through the first stage of selection if you are eligible and complete the workbook on researching Higher Education issues such as course choice, finance, developing independent learning skills etc.

University of Gloucestershire – Compact Scheme

Gloucestershire offer free events and advice, a bursary of £500 for each full time student entering their first year if undergraduate study from New College. Academic Scholarships of £500 if you achieve ABB (or equivalent) and additional financial support for Care Leavers

Full details and eligibility criteria:

Oxford Brookes University – Community Scholarship

Students who accept Brookes as their ‘Firm’ choice can apply for the scholarship worth £1,000

Reading University Scholars Scheme
The Reading Scholars programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their higher education application process. 
Students participate in four events; master classes led by academics in their subject of choice, a Student Experience Day in February, a study skills session and finally a two day summer school. 
Students who successfully take part in the Scholars programme who go on to apply for an undergraduate course at Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer. Applicants who go on to select Reading as their firm choice institution are also eligible to apply for a £1000 Scholars bursary in their first year. 
The programme is offered in the following subject areas this year: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, French, German, Spanish and Art & Design.

Access to Southampton - A2S  
Access to Southampton is the University’s widening participation scheme. The programme includes a residential summer school, potential eligibility for an alternative admissions offer, as well as support with the transition to University and a bursary.

Further details on all these, and their eligibility criteria and application deadlines, are available from Jayne Mason at, or see her in BG29 on a Monday or Friday between 12 and 12.30pm

NOTE: These are the 2016 entry details