University & Careers

University & Careers

Supporting our pupils through university application and into their chosen field is a vital part of education at Caterham.

The majority of our pupils go on to Russell Group Universities with popular choices including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Leeds and Nottingham. Considerable care is taken to support pupils to achieve their chosen career path, which for some will be academic but equally may be performing, creative arts or technology – we support each pupil as an individual whatever their ambitions.

Careers at Caterham is headed up by Mrs Clare Brown. The annual careers programme includes a wide variety of careers events from the Careers Convention and Higher Education Convention to smaller careers talks to small groups of pupils. Pupils also benefit from the support of a wide network of former pupils and parents who are established across a range of professions spanning many sectors and industries.

Mrs Brown also delivers a comprehensive careers programme within the PSHE and Sixth Form curriculum which includes career focused guidance on GCSE and A level choices, gap opportunities, mock interview preparation and psychometric testing.

The Careers Library, adjacent to the main school library, offers a wealth of resources from university prospectuses and degree subject guides to careers brochures and networked computers with careers programmes. The library is open from 8.30am until 4.00pm every day and all pupil and parents are welcome to utilise the available materials.

Clare is contactable on extension 307 or via email:

Please find below a link to our Careers Service brochure which includes a host of useful hyperlinks, as well as information about careers evenings, events and work experience opportunities, among other things.

We are particularly delighted to announce that in the Summer Term Caterham School will host its first ever Universities Fayre, with the vast majority of Russell Group and other popular universities already signed up to attend. This event will be for parents too. The next brochure will be published in the Spring Term 2017.


Forthcoming Careers Events

The Careers department will be running three exciting careers evenings next Spring and Summer Terms.  All three evenings are new to the careers programme and we believe they will add a new dimension to opportunities to which our children are exposed.

We would be delighted to hear from any parent or OC who would be willing to speak at any of these events. Please contact Clare Brown, or call 01883 343028 extension 307 to discuss further.


  • Entrepreneurship and Running Your Own Business – Tuesday 20 February 2018

    What are the key factors to starting your own business and making it successful? What are the challenges and how can you overcome them? Can you start a business whilst still at school? Where might you go for support and money?

  • Careers of the Future – Tuesday 20 March 2018

    Cyber security specialists, environmental scientists, bloggers, artificial intelligence experts, space engineers and many more. These are the roles we need to be considering for the future. How can we prepare for these roles? Come and find out on 20 March!

  • Degree Apprenticeships – Monday 21 May 2018

    With university tuition fees topping £9,250 pa, (resulting in student debt of around £40,000), might a degree apprenticeship be a better option? Earn a salary whilst attending an all-expenses paid degree course at university. Come and here about the alternatives, you might be very surprised.

All of the above will be held in the Humphreys Theatre at 7pm.



The UCAS website offers some very comprehensive advice for parents and pupils including KEY DATES and tracking your application. A word of warning, universities have until 3 May to respond to applications made by the 15 January deadline, so please do not be alarmed if your child is still waiting to hear.


Pupils DO NOT have to do anything until they have received ALL five of their university decisions. When they have all five responses, AND they have received these by 31 March, they will need to make their next choices. At this point pupils need to decide on their first choice university (CF or Choice Firm) and their back up university (CI or Choice Insurance). They will need to log into Track on the UCAS website and follow the instructions to do this. All other offers will be declined at this point. Pupils who do not receive ALL their decisions until 3 May, will need to do this by 7 June.


Pupils who have no offers or decide to decline ALL the offers they have received, will have the opportunity to apply for available courses, one at a time from February 25, when UCAS Extra opens.  Mrs Brown will advise these pupils accordingly.


Open until 15 January, GSK have two superb degree apprenticeships available for pupils considering the alternatives to university. The Business and Supply Chain apprenticeship, is currently open for applications. This programme leads to a BSc degree in Management and requires a minimum of CCC at A Level. The Digital and Technology apprenticeship is not yet open but it will allow to study for a BSc in IT Management and Business and requires ABB (including science or computer science based subjects) at A Level. 


New taster courses at the University of London group will be opening for applications in January. These taster courses are all free to attend and aimed at current sixth form pupils.  There are limited places available so sign up here for your preferred taster course/s or at


The Medic Portal have over 100 free samples of medical interview questions put together by successful medical applicants. read more


Apply now.  The Year in Industry (YINI) are the UK’s leading pupil placement experts, providing high quality, paid placements for pupils in a gap year before or during their degree. read more


The creative sector in the UK employs over three million people in a huge variety of roles. The Creative Industries Council has produced a series of infographics available for free download. read more


InvestIN write to announce that their Spring Term programmes are now available for booking online. Following multiple requests for them to expand outside London, they are pleased to say that three of their programmes – the Young Investment Banker, Young Lawyer, and Young Doctor programmes – will now be held in both Manchester and London. Their programmes provide 15 – 18 year-olds with live and interactive professional experiences in some of the UK’s most sought-after industries. They have already had a flurry of bookings for next term’s programmes:  

The Young Doctor Programme: London – Sunday 18 February 2018 , Manchester – Sunday 25 February 2018

The Young Engineer Programme: London – Sunday 25 March 2018

The Young Investment Banker Programme: London – Sunday 25 February 2018, Manchester – Sunday 18 March 2018

The Young Lawyer Programme: London – Sunday 25 March 2018 , Manchester – Sunday 11 March 2018 


Please email for further information.