• Applying for University/College
  • Applying for Jobs/Apprenticeships
  • Gap Years
  • Student Finance

We are proud of the support we can offer our Year 13 students when they are applying to university and college. This support starts with the Next Step Conference and Progression Week in June and July. All of the resources relating to applying to Higher Education courses (the UCAS process, personal statements, and student finance) are held on our "Next Steps" Moodle page (students: use your school login username and password or login as guest).

Jess Heaney, a speaker from the University of Leeds, visited QEHS to talk to our Year 12 students on making the most of their year, and to Year 13 students on interview skills for university. Her PowerPoint presentations are available below:

Students can access support for applying for jobs and apprenticeships at any time by making an appointment to see our Curriculum Advisers, Michelle and Rebecca or with our Careers Adviser, Elaine McStravick. Contact details are below:

Michelle van den Berg: mvandenberg@qehs.net
Rebecca Ruddick: rruddick@qehs.net
Elaine McStravick: emcstravick@qehs.net

Useful links to external resources are included below:

Where to look for work and apprenticeships

Newspapers and their websites

Employment agencies

Often large industries have websites dedicated to jobs in their field:

Public sector opportunities in North East:

Colleges and universities sometimes advertise apprenticeships on their websites:

Examples of opportunities with a level 3 qualification:

Job profiles and advice on writing a CV, covering letters, application forms and going for interviews:

Many of our students choose to take a gap year and we strongly support this. A gap year can take many forms from travel to employment to volunteering. There are many organisations that offer gap year opportunities and the cost of these can vary greatly. Whilst we hesitate to recommend individual gap year organisations, the organisations in the links below have been used by former students with good feedback. Within school, we do invite in gap year organisations as part of our progression work and we also ask students to come back in and tell us about their gap year experiences.

Work, Voluntary Work & Travel

Examples of organisations that QEHS students have used include:

Aventure (AV): offers opportunities lasting from 3 weeks to 5 months in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The 3-5 month ventures include projects such as sports coaching, community volunteering, conservation, travel and adventure, and the 3-5 week ventures include community projects, adventure activities and safaris.

British Exploring Society

Camp America: offers the chance to spend a summer in the U.S.A. living and working either with children or 'behind the scenes' as support staff on an American Summer Camp.

Madventurer: offers Volunteer Projects and Placements in Africa, Asia, Latin American and the South Pacific. Madventurer's aim is to assist local communities in developing countries through the volunteer projects and placements, whilst enabling volunteers to gain life-changing experiences through cultural integration, challenge and adventure. Community Teaching and Building projects are set in small rural villages and stunning locations in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, Thailand, India and Fiji. The group live and work together to build and/or teach in the local community focusing on youth development and the provision and improvement of health, education and sanitation facilities.

Project Trust: offers full one year volunteer projects around the world. They have an excellent preparation and training programme and we have consistently excellent feedback from students who have volunteered with them.

The Year in Industry (YINI): gives students the chance to gain a years’ paid work experience before starting university. Businesses offer challenging projects for students to work on and feedback from students who have taken part has been excellent.


Year Out Group: provides a total reference for all you need to plan your gap year. The group includes 40 gap year organisations that provide a wide range of gap year programs in over 90 countries. (Organisations: Projects Abroad, Year in Industry, Art History Abroad, CESA Languages Abroad, Personal Overseas Development, Madventurer and Sportventurer, Worldwide Experience, Lattitude Global Volunteering, The Leap Overseas, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, Raleigh, VentureCo, Gapforce, International Academy, GVI, Travellers Worldwide, Village-to-Village, BUNAC, Camp America, Peak Leaders, Nonstop Adventure, African Conservation Experience, Alltracks Academy, Gap Year Diver, Outreach International, Real Gap Experience, i-to-i, Blue Ventures Expeditions, Changing Worlds, Azafady, Project Trust, Year Out Drama, GapGuru, Flying Fish, Quest, Cross-Cultural Solutions, Oyster Worldwide, Frontier Conservation, Africa and Asia Venture (Aventure).

A comprehensive guide to Student Finance (2018-19) is available below:

More information is also available on the Next Steps - Progression Beyond 6th Form Information Page on Moodle (login or guest access allowed). Additionally, useful websites are listed below which contain detailed information and can help to explain all the main concepts of student finance.

  • www.gov.uk/studentfinance - has very comprehensive guides on the applications process and financial support, and is where you apply
  • UCAS also have a section on their website regarding student finance
  • Individual universities sometimes produce their own resources, for example on Newcastle University's website
  • The Money Saving Expert website has a whole section dedicated to student finance containing a substantial amount of resources, in particular an informative article which aims to dispel some of the myths and simplify any unclear aspects of student finance
  • You can follow Student Finance England on Facebook or Twitter to get regular updates. They also have their own YouTube page.
  • A Student Finance Calculator, which can compare costs for up to five different universities, is available at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
  • Useful resources can be found on www.practitioners.slc.co.uk (also featuring helpful guides for parents/carers as well as students)