Careers & Higher Education

Welcome to your award winning careers department

In December 2015, we were one of four educational institutions to receive 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.

The college careers adviser

Jas Lall is the Careers Coordinator, who is qualified to Level 6. She liaises with your Progress Tutor 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 services we provide

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

Careers Programme 2018 Click here

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

A fantastic opportunity to apply to the A2B scheme (University of Birmingham)

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.

Careers fair

The Careers Fair is aimed at encouraging students to begin thinking about their options after college. Students are able to listen to experienced professionals talk about their professions and ask questions to help inform their 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.

Contact the careers adviser

The Careers Department is located in 0Q24 and is open to students between 9.00am and 4.00pm. You can email jlall@jcc.ac.uk to book an appointment.

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)

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