Student Progression- Careers and Higher Education Support

Andrea John (Vice Principal – Pastoral), has overarching responsibility for Student Progression at the college including oversight of careers, employability and higher education support provision.

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability support is built into our tutorial programme and through advice and guidance 1-1 meetings with Tutors and Heads of House. Rebecca Adams ( our Director of Progression for Careers & Employability, leads this aspect of our provision and ensures support and advice is available for those who have not applied to university, are unsure of their options, or interested in exploring apprenticeship or work experience opportunities. Students may request a Careers Advice appointment through their Tutor or Head of House.

In addition to the tutorial programme, our Transition Programme for Level 2 students includes a focus on work-related learning and at Level 3, we offer an Employability Course to increase students’ employability and work readiness skills in their second year at Collyer’s.  We also offer a wide range of Careers related enrichment events and activities including visiting speakers, trips & visits, Challenge of Management and Young Enterprise.

Sarah Tillier ( our Work Experience Co-ordinator, is available to support students with finding work experience.  We encourage all students to regularly check the Careers SharePoint site to access the most up to date work experience opportunities. Students wishing to discuss these further, or to request support, should contact Sarah directly by email.

UCAS Support

Ian McAlister ( our Director of Progression for Higher Education, leads the support provision for students who wish to progress to university, ensuring excellent advice and guidance for students on the UCAS process through the tutorial programme. Naomi Lask (, our Oxbridge Coordinator, provides resources, activities and support for students wishing to apply to Oxford or Cambridge universities.

Our programme of Higher Education enrichment activities includes:


  • Use of the unifrog platform to help students make good initial choices and submit strong applications
  • Mock university interviews
  • Visits from university representatives
  • Guest speakers
  • Library helpdesk

Events and activities are advertised through the college bulletin, tutorial, subject lessons and via the Student Common Room. Details of previous guest speakers can be seen on the Collyer’s News & Events pages.

Wider Support

In addition to support for students through the tutorial programme and specialist teams, there are a comprehensive range of progression-related SharePoint sites, accessible through the Student Common Room. We also provide online guidance and information events for parents/carers who are supporting our students at home with their progression decisions and applications. Please contact if you are a current parent in need of the link to access our online resources for parents.

University Success

Pastoral Guidance