Advice and Guidance

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Newbury College offers excellent advice and guidance for all students, whether they are looking to apply for further or higher education, apprenticeship opportunities or employment. There are daily drop-in sessions during term-time and the opportunity to book an individual slot and speak to one of the College Advice and Guidance Advisors one-to-one. Students can also receive support on searching and applying for jobs, completing university applications and working on personal statements. The Newbury College tutorial programme includes support from the Advice and Guidance Team to give an insight into the opportunities available following a student's programme of study and includes visits, talks and an HE Fair.

Before you start

Open Events and Advice Clinics

Our Advice and Guidance Team are available during Open Events and other key times, such as exam results days, to provide invaluable support for any potential student who is unsure which route to take to reach their goals.

Whether you are leaving school or looking to take the next step in your career, the team are able to offer advice and guidance to assist you in choosing the most appropriate course or exploring other training opportunities.

Pre-Enrolment Interviews

All students applying for a substantial full-time, higher education or part-time professional programme will be invited to an interview. This is a chance to discuss:

  • Course content, structure and progression opportunities
  • The suitability of the course to meet your goals, aspirations and learning needs
  • Your eligability and entry requirements
  • Any fees or financial support available to help with your studies

Careers and work experience

Careers Advice

Advice and Guidance Officers offer impartial and confidential advice and guidance about your options for the future including careers, jobs, apprenticeship opportunities and training. In partnership with the Course Leader and the Tutorial Programme, the Advice and Guidance Team can support students with:

  • Understanding career paths and oppotunities
  • Completing job applications
  • CV writing techniques
  • Preparing a personal statement
  • Interview and presentation skills

You can book an appointment with a member of the Advice and Guidance Team at Information Services or speak to your Course Leader.

Work Experience

Substantial courses at Newbury College include Work Experience as part of the student's study programme. Work Experience gives students a valuable insight into their vocational area and allows them to form relationships with employers that may support any future progression or career plans.

Some curriculum areas, such as Child Care or Health and Social Care, may allocate a day every week to work placements. Other areas may facilitate work placements as a block week. Details of Work Experience arrangements for your course can be found in the Course handbook or from your Course Leader.

Could you or your organisation provide a student with a work placement opportunity? We are always looking for more employers to help with our increasing number of students. Please contact us with your details if you are able to help. All offers are most appreciated.

Work and Careers Fair

We are proud to work with Dawn Ray Consulting and The West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership to support the annual West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair. This event attracts over 50 different employers each year, from local organisations to large mutli-nationals, to exhibit their employment opportunities to students and the wider public.

As well as meeting potential employers, students also have the opportunity to benefit from a programme of seminars, workshops and clinics delivered by local businesses and exhibiting organisations, covering topics that help people*:

  • Understand how to be a better candidate through improved CV writing skills
  • To make the right impression and build confidence when job seeking
  • Learn more about opportunities in various sectors by listening to experts talk about what employers are looking for and what careers paths are possible
  • Learn what’s involved in going into business for yourself
  • Understand how training can improve your prospects
  • Understand how working for a charity can give valuable work experience and enhance your CV
*Programme varies each year.

University and Higher Education

University Applications

If you are considering progressing on to university, our adviser will assist you in choosing the right university and course and help you to successfully complete your UCAS application. Appointments can be made at Information Services.

University Open Days and Visits

Every year we provide Level 3 and A Level students with the opportunities to attend a number of Higher Education events including university open days. This gives students an excellent opportunity to discover the wide range of higher education and university courses available to them and gain the understanding and knowledge to make an informed decision about their future.

Quality advice and guidance

Accredited by Matrix for offering impartial advice

We are Matrix accredited. This provides independent recognition that the information, advice and guidance we offer supports students with both their career planning and with choosing the best qualification routes.

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Ofsted Report

In a 2015 Ofsted report, inspectors highlighted that Newbury College...

has very high progression rates to employment and further study at a higher level

The report attributed this, in part, to the...

very good information, advice and guidance

The full Ofsted report can be read here.

In partnership

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