Adult Students

Careers and Guidance

Download a copy of our latest Careers Newsletter here!

Continuing your education can mean further education at Wilsthorpe Sixth Form or another local college or even higher education at University.

UCAS can help you research different qualifications, search for courses and places to study. It also explains the application process. Prospects is another website service which can help you find the right course/job. 

Wilsthorpe Sixth Form is the number one choice for its own students and increasing numbers are joining us from local schools. With our increasing variety of courses and dedicated teachers we are the obvious choice. More information on our Sixth Form can be found be clicking on the Sixth Form tab above.

To follow certain vocational qualifications you might need to apply to another college. Click on the links to find out what’s on offer at colleges nearby.

Derby College

Nottingham College

The Nottingham College Quick Guide can be found here

The Nottingham College guide can be found here

Bilborough College

Brackenhurst College


Loughbrough College

Students are able to search for apprenticeship using the following link:

Policies relating to Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance  and our Provider Access Policy can be found here.

Wilsthorpe Students

Do you fancy doing something different?

Gap Year?

Do you fancy doing something different? During your gap year you could:

  • Work in Britain

  • Work abroad

  • Volunteer – either in this country or abroad

All of these options can provide you with work experience to help you make decisions about possible future careers and courses. They will also help you build a fuller CV that all future employers will read.

There are many useful publications about what to do during your gap year. Below are a few -

  • The Gap Year Guidebook

  • Your Gap Year

  • International Voluntary Work

Employment & Training

You might decide that going into training or employment is the right option for you. You might decide to –

  • Start work.

  • Start an apprenticeship.

Below are some relevant links that can help you with each option.






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Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

STOP! Don’t worry – there is lots of help available to help you make a start in thinking about your next step.

  • Discuss your ideas with your tutor and subject teachers.

  • Make an appointment with our Careers advisor Mrs Hodgson or speak to the Careers Lead for the school Mr Gray.

  • Talk to your friends and family.

  • Explore your options below:


What’s an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one.


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

An apprentice will:

  • work alongside experienced staff

  • gain job-specific skills

  • earn a wage and get holiday pay

  • be given time for study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)

A Parent's guide to Apprenticeships can be found here

You can find out more and search for apprenticeships using the following sites:

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - your Entitlement.

At Wilsthorpe we are committed to providing   students with excellent careers education, information and guidance.


This means:

  • Clear, impartial advice, information and guidance about ALL the  options available so you can           understand what they involve. Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future.

  • Regular personal support and information on how well you are doing.

  • Help to decide what to do next, including further learning, training and employment.

  • A programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.

  • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect your learning.

  • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan.

  • An opportunity to learn about the world of work.