Careers and Universities

Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Head of Progression: Andrew Calver
Careers Officer: Julie Hayes

Our Careers Office is located at the heart of the School and serves as a drop-in centre for pupils.


From Year 9, all pupils are encouraged to engage with the school’s careers programme, with opportunities to consider university and alternative post-18 study options.

Careers Convention

This takes place every March. In 2023, a record number of 38 employers/gap year providers and 19 universities attended, complemented by seminars on different topics. Where possible the seminars were delivered by former pupils, and we are grateful to our Old Ipswichians for their support. 

Student report: Careers Convention 2023

Work experience programme for Year 11

All students can participate in a week-long work experience placement. The school secures as many placements as possible and students have to apply in writing for their chosen one. The competitive process benefits students – they learn how to write a CV and covering letter, and apply by a deadline.

Student report: Work Experience 2022

UCAS programme for Year 12 and 13

This starts in the summer term of Year 12, with post-A Level information and personal statement preparation, and continues into Year 13 with students encouraged to apply early. Statistics show that by mid-January 2023, 134 students had completed their UCAS applications (98% of applications), with 327 offers received – before the final deadline for applying.


All students have access to Unifrog, a complete destinations program where they can research multiple subjects and courses, and compare universities both within the UK and overseas. They can discover where scholarships are offered and find details of companies offering degree apprenticeships.


Applying to Oxbridge

Our Oxbridge Information Evening takes place in the Summer Term, and aims to provide up-to-date information about applications, including the expected level of exam performance at GCSE and A Level, the differences between Oxbridge and other university applications, and the Oxbridge student experience.  Old Ipswichians studying at Oxbridge join the event to talk about their experiences in the application process, as well as what life is like in these. Dr Elizabeth Fredrikssen-Jones is our Oxbridge Lead.

Applying for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science

We offer specialist conferences and seminars during the year for those considering medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, with Old Ipswichians returning to speak to students about their studies.

We provide interview practice for those applying to Oxford and Cambridge and for medical or veterinary courses.  Mr Andrew Calver runs a weekly MedSoc for students and offers dedicated support for students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science

Student report: Medics Conference 2023

Degree Apprenticeships

A degree apprenticeship is similar to a higher apprenticeship but apprentices will work towards a bachelor’s degree at level 6 or a master’s degree at level 7. Degree apprenticeships are a popular alternative to the traditional route of obtaining a degree. Most apprenticeships have several stages to their application process, often involving online tests, assessment centres and interviews. The Careers Office assists students with preparation, arranging practice interviews and, where possible, putting students in contact with Old Ipswichians who have successfully navigated this process.  Mrs Julie Hayes is happy to answer any questions people have about degree apprenticeships.

Student report: National Apprenticeship Week 2023

Apprenticeships Podcast


  • 92% of students achieved a place at their first or insurance university choice
  • 71% of students achieved a place at a Russell Group or other competitive university
  • 5 students went to Bristol University: Philosophy & Spanish  I  Sociology  I  International Business Management & French  I  Physics  I  English
  • 6 students went to Exeter University : Geography  I  Liberal Arts  I  Business  I  Animal Behaviour  I  English & Creative Writing  I  Sociology & Anthropology
  • 7 students went to Nottingham University : History  I  History & Politics  I  Law  I  Liberal Arts  I  Industrial Economics  I  Psychology  I  Zoology
  • 5 students went to Nottingham Trent: Computer Science  I  International Business & Spanish  I  Sport and Exercise Coaching  I  Sport Science & Coaching  I  Law with Business