Services for young people
Construct your service according to your needs by selecting from the services below.
Careers & Education Interview
A one hour meeting to discuss your current circumstances and your future. We can discuss your plans - or lack thereof - and the pathways open to you including university, other qualifications and quality employer based training. You will receive a write-up of the interview and a detailed action plan. View a sample action plan.
The interview may be purchased on its own, although we recommend you also take our Careers Psychometric Test to get the most out of the process.
You may also opt to receive ongoing coaching and guidance, consisting of two or more meetings. Seeing us again can be useful as it provides the opportunity to review your position and options after following our action plan. Have your ideas changed? Have you encountered any obstacles? Have you undertaken what we discussed last time (such as extended reading for a particular university course or work experience)? What do you need to do next?
Careers & Education Psychometric Test
We use a well-established careers profiling test that measures a wide range of abilities, personality attributes and your interests to produce a revealing report to include career and education suggestions.
You will need to be available for approximately 3 ½ hours to sit the test. Do not worry, however, it is not an exam and there is no pass or fail. Some people even enjoy it!
We recommend following this profiling with at least one Careers & Education Interview.
How to write a Personal Statement? Advice on Preparing your Personal Statement
A compelling personal statement is vital for successful entry to higher education, particularly for competitive courses such as medicine or competitive universities such as Oxbridge. We are adept at helping you bring “your bid for a place” to life.
While you can use us to review and advise on your personal statement soon before submission, we strongly recommend you consider seeing us earlier for a general Careers & Education Interview too. A really good personal statement will often be the result of proper research, including extended reading and then selection of a university course that genuinely suits you. Seeing us early will ensure we can guide you on how to go about this research and selection process.
How to get into Oxbridge? Oxbridge Entry Preparation
Entry to Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge Universities) is intensely competitive but there are things you can do to make yourself a more realistic candidate. Our Oxbridge entry preparation may consist of one or more meetings and includes guidance on:
- The subject of study, possibly the single most important issue in a successful application
- What you should be doing to ascertain if Oxbridge is for you and if so, maximise your chances of admission
- Preparatory reading, work experience (where relevant) and research
- Psychometric testing to assess the best subject for you
- Choosing between Oxford and Cambridge
- College choice (Oxford and Cambridge are collegiate universities and you must apply to a specific college within the universities. College choice is important)
- What admissions tutors are looking for in an Oxbridge personal statement
- Admission test preparation
- Interview advice and practice
How to get into Medical School? Medical School Preparation Programme*
Our programme is bespoke and tailored to ensure medical school entry is right for you and to maximise your chances of admission. Depending on your needs, it may include:
- Asking whether you should pursue a career in medicine
- Psychometric assessment
- Long term preparation for medical school entry such as work experience and voluntary work
- Medium term preparation: collecting the evidence to demonstrate a vocational commitment to a career in medicine
- Choosing your medical school and type of medical course (traditional, integrated or problem based learning)
- Admission test (BMAT/UKCAT) preparation
- Medical school interview preparation including the different types of medical school interview
- Options for those with lower grades than normally required by Medical Schools (eg. Medical schools abroad, alternative healthcare options)
*Veterinary, law and dentistry school preparation also available
Ongoing Career & Education Guidance & Advice
You may also opt to receive ongoing support, consisting of two or more meetings. Returning for follow-up meetings can be useful as it means we can review your position and options after following our action plan. Have your ideas changed? Have you encountered any obstacles? Have you done what we discussed last time (such as extended reading for a particular university course or work experience?) What do you need to do next?
A possible structure could include:
- Career Psychometric Assessment
- Interview with action plan (2 weeks later)
- In your own time you follow up the actions
- Another interview to discuss where you have got to. Do you require new actions? Do you have questions about what you have found out? Have your ideas changed?
- You have a goal and require support achieving it. We meet again to undertake university or job application or interview preparation, for example.