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Student life

Careers service

Careers service

Our qualified and experienced Careers Advisers are here to help you to plan your next steps after Hills Road, as well as supporting you with the application process; whether this involves university, a gap year, an apprenticeship or something else.

Any time I have been into Careers, they were always so kind and welcoming, which really helps put you at ease.

Will, Year 13 student

Exploring options after Hills

Our Careers team support students to explore their options through a range of activities, including:

  • One to one careers guidance appointments
  • Online and in-person talks from universities and employers
  • Employer fair
  • University application support (both UK and overseas)
  • Mock interviews (for university and employment)
  • CV workshops
  • Work experience support
  • Supporting departmental societies and running the Law, Medical and Veterinary Societies
  • Introduction to Unifrog online careers platform
  • Parent webinars on applying to university, apprenticeships and gap years

The Careers Department assesses the impact of the Careers Programme every year through feedback forms sent to both students and parents.

Leavers in 2022


of Hills Road leavers progressed to higher education with 35% having taken a gap year first


of students progressed to employment, including apprenticeships and self-employment


progressed onto other destinations such as Art Foundation courses

Year 12 and 13 Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme sets out the support offered to students throughout their time at Hills Road to help them plan their career journey. This differs slightly from year to year.

More information about our Careers service

The information below was updated in July 2023 and will be reviewed again in July 2024.

  • Encourage you to assess your own skills and personal qualities
  • Provide information and help in completing university applications via UCAS and to other specialist colleges e.g. art, music and drama, as well as to foreign universities
  • Provide easy access to information via an extensive careers library
  • Organise a structured programme of careers education
  • Offer guidance through personal interviews and group work
  • Arrange a wide programme of meetings and work experience
  • Arrange a progression week where students can attend talks and workshops on a range of career areas
  • Arrange an employer fair attended by local employers offering jobs, apprenticeships and graduate schemes