Careers & Higher Education

Welcome to your award winning Futures Team

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.

Futures Team

The Futures team has two Careers Coordinators Jas Lall and Yvonne Hoyte, who are qualified to Level 6. We also have a new HE Advisor- Emily Prince. She will be supporting students with Higher Education and personal statement advice.

The Futures team will liaise with Progress Tutors to monitor and provide advice and guidance throughout the year. Together, they will show students potential progression routes available. Learners 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 Futures team is located- in the main 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 committed to preparing students for life after you leave us. Throughout your time here, you will be taught employability skills through tutorials and Careers activities and have access to 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
  • Help with using careers software packages kudos and Fast Tomato to plan your future career
    • Advice on higher education including choosing the right degree course and personal statements, student finance

Advice on apprenticeship and employment routes- such as writing CVs and preparing applications, as well as helping you to improve interview technique or practice admissions tests, using social media to find work

• Support and advice on results day in August-available for ten days to ensure everyone receives the best guidance.

Click here to view our 2019-2021 Careers Strategy

Click here to view our Futures Programme 2022

Click here to view our Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance Policy

Click here to view our Futures Zone Entitlement Statement

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
    • Group work session run by the Futures Team within tutorials and Future room

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 Progress 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 students for employment or an apprenticeship. The Futures Team can offer advice and links to local apprenticeship providers and employers, support in filling application forms and how to use social media resources.

You can book an appointment with discover the range of opportunities on offer.

UCAS 2019 payments

Click here to make UCAS 2021 payments for applications to multiple universities (£26)

Click here to make UCAS 2021 payments for application to a single university (£20)