John Hampden Grammar School

Careers - Further Resources and Guidance

Resources - Careers Library

There is a comprehensive Careers Library located in the Schools LRC

The following is a selection of some of the publications available:-


University Prospectuses


Information to assist students in researching courses/universities

            Choosing your degree course

            How to complete your UCAS application

            Heap Guide

            Times University Guide

            Virgin University Guide


Local College Brochures            Henley, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Uxbridge College, Amersham & Wycombe, UTC Aylesbury, East Berkshire

Apprenticeship Guides and information

Career guides, City & Guilds, Prospects


Publications on specific jobs/university applications

            Veterinary School

            Physiotherapy courses


            Oxford & Cambridge

            Pharmacy and pharmacology courses

            Working in teaching

            Business & economics courses

            Medical /Dental School


            Getting into business & economics

            Becoming an accountant

            The actor’s business plan/The excellent audition guide

            Working in Science


BMAT Guides

UKCAT Guides

Self Help books

            What Colour is your parachute?

            Putting your mind set to work

            Why You – 101 Interview questions you’ll never fear again           CV writing skills

            Interview Skills

            C.V. writing


Gap Year guides

Studying abroad


Career /pathway presentations


Pathway presentations take place on a regular basis and cover specific careers and HE information.  Talks are available to all students, students sign up for these during form time or with the Careers co-ordinator in the LRC


Recent presentations have included:-

The Royal Marines

The Royal Navy

AIM Degree Apprenticeships


Stepping into the NHS

Accounting &    Finance



Nottingham University

Loughborough University

Oxford University

Southampton University

Aberdeen University


Career Presentations are advertised to all students via Google Classroom (Careers), form groups and the Parent/ student bulletin.


Employer engagement school visits and Work Experience

All students have the opportunity to participate in a varied programme of activities to enhance their leadership and ‘soft skills’ the following are a selection of activities offered during the academic year:-


In school

Year 8 – Interview Preparation and Carers – (I-PAC), 60% students interviewed by an employer

Year 10, 11 & Year 13 – Young Enterprise

Year 10 Careers day – Army leadership + career talks

Dyson Road shop – design students in Year 10

Oxbridge preparation


Careers Fairs

Students in Year 11 & 12 students – have the opportunity to attend the Wycombe High School Careers and Higher Education Fair and the Royal Grammar School Careers Fair


Wide variety of school trips

            Engineering Scheme

            Youth Speaks (Rotary)


            Bank of England

            Medical Taster Day – Wycombe Abbey

            Trade Investment Taster Day

            Model United Nations

            Mock Trial Competition

            Oxford Taster Day

            Rutherford laboratories

            National Film & TV School, Beaconsfield

            Design trip to Berlin

            Maths Inspiration Spring Show

            Maths Teams challenge

            MFL Debating competition

            Vauxhall Factory Visit

            Martin Baker Engineering

            Instron Engineering Year 9 Fun Day

            A Level Philosophy conference

            Rotary Club Technology Tournament


Feeder school support

            Carrington Junior School – Maths


Leadership skills

            D of E Bronze

            National Citizenship Service activity

            RMS Leadership Day

            Year 10 Army Leadership


Work Experience

            All students in Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in Work Experience in June –

this provides Students with first-hand experience of either a career or degree subject they are considering after Year 13 and  to assist their long term pathway plans


Labour Market Intelligence/information


Bucks Thames Valley LEP has recently published a labour market report which is an invaluable source of local information:  this can be found at:-

 Without access to Labour Market Information students, parents and teachers are unable to predict what changes may happen, what skills young people need to develop or know what sectors are growing or declining and above all how do you plan for an ever changing job market? 

In addition Labour marketing Intelligence/information for specific jobs can be found using Eclipse software.



Student Individual advice and guidance

Connexions/Adviza – students in KS4 & KS5 have the opportunity for an individual 1 hour appointment with a Connexions advisor


Morrisby – students can participate in the Morrisby Profiling assessment, this can be arranged via the school’s career coordinator.

Fast Tomato – is a simplified ‘Morrisby’ and is available to students via Google Classroom, Careers - Students take a short psychometric questionnaire which gauges their interests, attitudes and motivations.

Job Explorer Database - students complete Suits me Quiz, ‘Big Quiz’ for ideas about future career paths. 


AIM ApprenticesAIM Apprenticeships is a UK-based vacancy platform for 16-24-year-olds to find, search and apply for national apprenticeship vacancies. AIM Apprenticeships assist school leavers forge their careers and start their first jobs through apprenticeships.

AIM’s contact details – by phone 07850507804/01865 986783


GCSE/A Level Options - To assist students in Year 9 & Year 11 with their GCSE/A Level option choices there are information evenings  which students and parents can attend:-

Year 9  – GCSE options evening  (March)

Year 11  – A level options evening (Nov)


Pathways Advice - Staff who are able to provide careers and higher education advice include:-

Head of 6th form

Head of Year 13

Head of Year 12

Head of Hear 11

Head of Year 10


Miss B Harrison – Careers Co-ordinator

(Miss Harrison attends Year 8 – Year 12 Parents evening to assist students and parents with pathway advice)