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Careers Information for Parents and Carers

Under construction, please bear with us!

The programme

The Careers programme at LSU is delivered in tutor time, PSHE, community enrichment days, work experience, masterclasses and guidance interviews, as well as through subjects and many other planned and ad hoc opportunities throughout the year.

The programme is constantly evolving and there are plenty of ways to get involved (link to Provider Access Statement). As parents and carers, we will keep you updated through the LSU Family Bulletin, and there will be opportunities throughout the year to ask us questions in person. Please let us know if you will need an interpreter or any particular access arrangements.

We are currently adapting our practice and resources to the Career Development Institute’s recently updated 2021 Framework (New Career Development Framework ( and Skills Builder (The Skills Builder Partnership) and by July 2022 you will be able to view our entitlement statements for each year group in the sections below, which we have designed to help you with each year group.

As well as general information about careers, progression options and the labour market, you will also find some resources for parents and carers of neurodiverse students and students with SEND below.

Please let Mrs Tait know if there is anything else that you would find helpful on this section of the website.

Information for parents and carers of students with SEND and Inclusion needs

It is important to emphasise that pupils and students with SEND and other inclusion needs have bespoke provision within LSU with our highly specialised Connexions Personal Adviser, Mr Metcalfe (, therefore LSU families should never need to be alone in a situation where they are trying to find a progression pathway for their child. However, here are some helpful additional sources of information.

Special educational needs - Camden Council

Remploy - Putting ability first

Understanding post-16 options

Understanding post-18 options

Again, this is an area with almost ‘too much information’! We hope you will find the following - comparatively - streamlined list useful!

Advice For Parents And Guardians | UCAS | Parent Guide To University This is a not-to-be-missed resource from the university application portal itself!

Top UK University League Tables and Rankings 2022 - Complete University Guide ( See how the performance of your child’s university choices compare to others across the UK.

Subjects | UCAS See what is involved in the study of the different university subjects.

What can I do with my degree? | This is a particularly useful introduction to the broader ‘job families’ typically associated with different degree choices, although of course real life is often more complex!

Home ( This is an invaluable guide to universities based on the results of national student surveys. The statistics for each course may surprise you!

 Information about applying to selective universities

Again, it is worth noting that this is an area where there is special provision within the LaSWAP 6th Form Consortium, where an ‘aspirational group’ is given targeted support for their applications to Oxbridge, the Russell Group of universities, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Guide to Applying for Oxford and Cambridge ( This is an overview of applications to Oxbridge. Please remember that extra tests may be required depending on the course applied for. Specifics for either Oxford or Cambridge can be found here: Applying to Oxford | University of Oxford & Applying to Cambridge | Undergraduate Study.

Russell Group | Home This website explains what the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ of universities stand for. Do remember that the Russell Group is essentially a grouping based on research and that other universities may also have excellent offers.

Pick a route | Informed Choices This is particularly useful for parents of Key Stage 4 pupils planning ahead for entry to a Russell Group university.

Student Finance:

Student finance - GOV.UK (

Student finance guide for parents and partners (

Student Guides - MoneySavingExpert


The apprenticeships landscape has gone through some extraordinary changes over the past few years! Apprenticeship levels range from Level 1 (first year GCSE equivalent) and Level 7 (Masters degree equivalent) and the apprenticeships available are in constant evolution, with new apprenticeships appearing all the time. Pupils and students applying for apprenticeships post-16 and post-18 benefit from extra support from Mr Metcalfe, and we offer extra support for parents and careers in order to understand apprenticeships and hear about real life case studies (see calendar). From an information point of view, the landscape can be patchy, but here are our suggestions.

 Further education and skills: Apprenticeships - detailed information - GOV.UK ( This is the ‘official’ government website for apprenticeships (including finding actual opportunities). It is not yet very user friendly, but information is available.

Amazing Apprenticeships This is a very informative site for parents and carers wishing to find out more general information about apprenticeships.

Not Going To Uni: Apprenticeships & Work Experience in the UK Lots of great information for pupils and students not wishing to go to university, including apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships | UCAS UCAS are slowly branching into providing information about apprenticeships.

Multiverse apprenticeships A new apprenticeship provider seeking to compete with UCAS!

Camden Apprenticeships Portal Camden apprenticeships provide high levels of support to candidates for many excellent local apprenticeship opportunities. 


Career and labour market information

Although you will find a huge quantity of information sources on the internet, accurate and up-to-date information is essential. Here are some of our ‘top picks’, please contact us if you would like to see this updated with information about other career areas. You will also find excellent information on your child’s Morrisby account from Year 9 onwards. However, do always please remind your child that real life is a lot more complicated and they may use their ‘transferable’ skills in many different settings across their life! presents a variety of highly informative graduate (or post-apprenticeship) job profiles. The site also includes an excellent section on ‘what can I do with my degree’.

Careers advice - job profiles, information and resources | National Careers Service is the official government careers website which features a vast careers library and comprehensive matching tests.

Careers - BBC Bitesize is an excellent and accessible starting point to a careers discussion.

Step into the NHS | help young people discover NHS careers & Health Careers | are valuable resources for our future NHS heroes.

180301_BNA_Careers_Booklet_2018_Draft_1.pdf is a very well written explanation about the varied careers available in Neuroscience.

Career options in psychology | BPS explains the real challenges of the route into that very popular degree choice, Psychology.

Home | Medical Schools Council ( has everything you need to know about studying Medicine and becoming a doctor.

Becoming a dentist ( is the professional body for dentists across the UK and explains how to get into dentistry.

Green careers guide | British Council, Careers in Sustainability & Green Jobs | & Jobs and careers in geography are good sources of information about an extremely important rising sector of employment.

How do I get into engineering? | TARGETcareers

Find your perfect role in the creative industries - Creative Careers (

The Lawyer Portal | The Resource for Aspiring Legal Professionals

Careers - Publishers Association

Careers in History / Historical Association

Would a career in finance suit me? | TARGETcareers

Careers, jobs and skills training in film, TV, VFX, animation and games - ScreenSkills


Keeping up to date with changes in the labour market is essential when making choices now, and decisions and transitions later in life, which is reflected in the ‘See the big picture’ strand of the CDI Framework that LSU is adopting. The labour market is a complex and changing picture, as we are experiencing with Covid19 and Brexit, and getting into the habit of thinking about how current events, technology and trends impact on the skills we need in order to have meaningful and economically secure work is essential for your child in future.

Careerometer – LMI For All

Labour Market Profile - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics ( The latest labour market statistics for the London Borough of Camden.

LEO data indexed to Jan 2017 CPI - gender - cohort - years since graduation | Tableau Public This tool uses a linked data source Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO). It includes tax, pupil and benefits data. You can explore graduate earnings by gender, subject, cohort, and years since graduation. All the earnings data is in January 2017 salaries to make it comparable across cohorts.

Where the work is This tool uses data from job sites to show which occupations have the most job openings in an area. It goes further by saying how many of these jobs are available to school, further education or higher education leavers, and has a measure of salary. By combining salary with jobs it gives each occupation an opportunity score for the selected area.

Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings - Map ( This infographic uses earnings data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and breaks the data down by local authority.

Find out the gender pay gap for your job - Office for National Statistics (
This tool from the Office for ONS (Office National Statistics) allows you to compare gender pay gaps by occupation.

Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics (
NOMIS is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics is a good source of headline labour market information. 

Labour market in the regions of the UK - Office for National Statistics
Every month the ONS updates the labour market statistics. Their website has had major investment recently and the usability and commentary around the statistics make them very accessible.

The spatial distribution of industries in Great Britain - Office for National Statistics (
This tool shows the relative distribution of jobs by industry and by region. 

Information by year group