Careers & Higher Education
The Careers & Higher Education department is open to all pupils throughout the school year for guidance on subject choices, careers and higher education. It is staffed by an experienced team of six staff, including specialist advisers for Oxbridge and American university applications. Approximately 90% of our Sixth Form leavers go on to some form of higher or further education in over 90 different UK and overseas universities and colleges.
In Year 11, all pupils have the option to subscribe to the Futurewise New Generation service, which uses psychometric profiling and individual interviews to suggest careers and relevant courses on the basis of interests and expected academic performance. The school is also a member of Inspiring Futures (ISCO), which provides other services designed to support pupils throughout their time at Millfield.
In Lower Sixth, we invite over 30 universities, colleges, training providers and employers to give presentations and answer pupils' questions on specific courses and careers, and how to make a good application. All Lower Sixth students also attend the UCAS Convention in Exeter, where around 150 UK universities and colleges are represented. In addition, they complete a Centigrade assessment provided by Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA) which helps guide them towards choosing the courses and universities or colleges which match their interests and abilities.
Those looking to apply to Oxbridge are prepared for the specific requirements of Oxbridge entrance in small seminar groups, overseen by Dr. Burton, Tutor in charge of applications to Oxbridge.
Assistance with Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) is given to those applying to American universities, and guidance is provided to help pupils understand the application process and the options available to them. Millfield is one of only a few English schools that is a SAT Centre and we have been sending students across the Atlantic, including to Harvard and Columbia, for many years.
Those students who are looking to take a gap year, move straight into employment or continue to pursue their sporting career are offered 1:1 advice with a professional careers advisor before leaving Millfield.