Careers & Higher Education

Welcome to your award winning careers department

In 2018, we were again awarded a Gold Standard Careers Accreditation. The Quality Award in Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from careers service, Prospects, is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools, academies, colleges, special schools and smaller units. We are the only sixth form college in the city to have achieved gold standard – the highest level of accreditation.

Careers Advice

Jas Lall is the Careers Coordinator, who is qualified to Level 6. She liaises with Progress Tutors to monitor and provide advice and guidance throughout the year. Together, they will show you the potential progression routes available. You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of Higher Education and careers events such as the Careers Fair, HE Fair, university talks and visits, apprenticeship talks and work-based placements.

The Careers Department is located in the back of the Library and is open to students between 9.00am and 4.00pm. You can email to book an appointment.


At Joseph Chamberlain College, we are committing to preparing you for life after you leave us. Throughout your time here, you will be taught employability skills through tutorials and individual guidance interviews. The services available include:

• Drop-in sessions and one-to-one career guidance; this involves looking at your academic progress and career goals and deciding on a suitable pathway
• After results day in August there are ten days of specific careers support and advice for all students to ensure everyone receives the best guidance
• Support with writing CVs and preparing applications, as well as helping you to improve interview technique or practice admissions tests
• Advice on higher education, apprenticeship and employment routes
• Identifying skills gaps and how to become a more employable person
• Help with using careers software packages to plan your future career

Click here to view our 2019-2021 Careers Strategy

Higher Education

The College offers a range of support to prepare you for Higher Education:

• Tutorials and tutor support covering all aspects of the UCAS application
• Help with applying for the A2B scheme with the University of Birmingham
• Support around personal statements and applying for student finance
• Guidance for students applying for Oxbridge, Medicine and Dentistry
• Sessions run by the Careers Coordinator within group tutorials

University of Birmingham A2B Scheme

With the University of Birmingham, we are involved in the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme, which is designed to help students from families and communities in the West Midlands who have little or no experience of Higher Education find out about what studying at university involves. To find out more, speak to your tutor.

Higher Education Fair

The HE Fair is an event where first-year students are able to speak with universities and apprenticeship providers as part of their career and progression planning. This is particularly useful in preparation for applying to higher education from September.

Progression Day

Progression Day is aimed at encouraging students to begin thinking about their options after college. Students are able to listen to experienced professionals from a range of industries talk about their careers and ask questions to help inform students’ decision making.

Employment and Apprenticeships

The college offers support to prepare you for employment or an apprenticeship including one-to-one interviews with our Careers Coordinator, guidance from tutors through the tutorial programme and help with making applications. You can book an appointment with Jasvinder Lall to discover the range of opportunities on offer.

UCAS 2019 payments

Click here to make UCAS 2019 payments for applications to multiple universities (£24)

Click here to make UCAS 2019 payments for application to a single university (£13)