Career & University Preparation

The Ipswich High School careers and university preparation starts before Sixth Form, with guidance and support offered to our pupils from Year 9.

At Sixth Form, this guidance becomes more personalised and tailored to each student’s individual strengths, plans and interests. Many of our sixth formers receive offers at their first choice (often Russell Group) universities, including Oxbridge, for challenging subjects such as History of Art, Law and Medicine. However, our careers advice offers more than this ‘traditional’ path. We provide guidance for any course at any university in the UK, Europe or beyond.

To see where some of our alumni have studied at university, including their course of choice, see our University Destinations page.

We also support our students who choose not to go to university and are interested in beginning their careers after A Levels via an internship or similar. Our diverse alumni network reflects the broad interests and true individuality of our Sixth Form through the years and features prize-winning authors, doctors, actors, lawyers, scientists and Olympians.

Careers at Ipswich High School

Our careers guidance programme is partially delivered through the PSHE programme and also throughout the mainstream curriculum in lessons. This may include individual subjects, providing opportunities to attend specific career-focused conferences, inviting in outside speakers or providing specialist support and guidance for pupils when making GCSE and A Level choices with a particular career or vocation in mind.

Ipswich High School’s provision for Careers adopts a four-part approach:

  1. Practical experience of work
  2. Opportunities to meet and question professionals from a variety of fields
  3. Psychometric and aptitude testing
  4. University application and interview process assistance