Careers and UCAS Support


Our ground-breaking Employability Programme is led by Steve Martell (Deputy Principal) 

The programme is an amalgam of taught sessions, visiting speakers, 1:1 advice, small group sessions and trips & visits. The goal is to increase students’ employability and work readiness skills in their second year at Collyer’s and it has been very popular amongst our students since its inception.

Steve has overarching responsibility for Student Progress and Careers & Progression at the College. Steve can be contacted on  


We also have an Independent Careers Adviser who comes into Collyer’s on a regular basis to provide careers information, advice and guidance to all students – particularly those who have not applied to university, are unsure of their options, or interested in exploring apprenticeship opportunities. 

UCAS support

Collyer’s students have access to excellent progression advice, with Ian McAlister (Higher Education & Progression Director) advising on UCAS and Higher Education and Naomi Lask (Oxbridge Co-ordinator) advising those students who would like to apply to Oxbridge.

Our programme of Higher Education enrichment activities includes:

  • Higher Education evenings to assist with UCAS applications for students and their parents*. 
  • Mock university interviews
  • Visits from university representatives
  • Guest speakers
  • Organising transport and tickets to the UCAS Convention
  • Use of the unifrog platform to help students make good initial choices and submit strong applications

Events will be advertised on MyProgress/Shop/Enrichment Events and details of previous guest speakers can be seen on the Collyer’s News & Events pages.

Tutors and subject teachers are also available to provide advice to students and there are various Careers & Progression resources available to students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and The Library.  There are also various (free) bookable events available to students via MyProgress/Shop/Enrichment Events.


*To replace the Higher Education Evenings, that would have taken place in April, we have created a “Virtual HE Evening” for you to navigate. It contains all of the information you would have received during the evening, including links to university talks and presentations. It acts an introduction to the procedures for considering and applying to university both nationally and through college and I hope that it helps towards making the decisions ahead.

We will be publishing further guides and information as we move further into the term.  All guides will be available to access on the H.E. and Careers VLE’s.

We do not expect the lockdown to alter our timeline for completing these tasks and students can expect to be fully supported throughout this application process.

If you have any questions or queries then please do contact:
Ian McAlister Director of Progression

University Destinations

Study Support

Higher Education Events