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Getting Started: An essential course for new Careers Coordinators

Posted: 24 March 2017

A one-day course specifically developed to help and support newly appointed staff taking on a careers role in school.

COA Regional Meeting – North East

Posted: 24 March 2017

We have pleasure in confirming details of our latest regional meeting for careers teachers and education advisers in the North East. This will take place at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

COA Regional Meeting - South West

Posted: 23 March 2017

This will be taking place at Queen’s College, Taunton and will talk about how popular are the “new” medical schools with applicants and should students still be considering Medicine in these turbulent times for the NHS.

COA Regional Meeting – Yorkshire

Posted: 22 March 2017

This will be taking place at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and will cover the many and varied opportunities available in finance, accounting and banking, the relevant degree courses and an overview of the apprenticeship possibilities.

COA Regional Meeting – Greater London Area

Posted: 08 March 2017

This will be held at the Glion Institute of Higher Education and will centre on the exceptional growth and increasing opportunities within the hospitality management, business and tourism industry. The meeting will include what recruiters are looking for, the importance of soft skills and what is required from potential graduates.

Getting Started: A course for new Careers Coordinators

Posted: 21 February 2017

A one-day course specifically developed to help and support newly appointed staff taking on a careers role in school.

Centigrade Registration

Posted: 19 January 2017

With the recent increase in UK tuition fees and a wide choice of options in Europe, choosing the right higher education course is essential.

COA Regional Meeting – North West

Posted: 13 January 2017

This will be held at Manchester High School for Girls and will focus on graduate employ ability and ‘what is next after university’? There are two speakers one from University of Manchester and one from the University of Huddersfield who will cover the graduate labour market and the work they do to develop their graduates employ ability.

COA Regional Meeting – West of England and Wales

Posted: 13 January 2017

This will be held at Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham and will discuss how students today face changing their career direction several times in their working life , taking into account transferable as well as soft and hard skills to ensure smooth changes.

Careers Work in the Sixth Form

Posted: 05 January 2017

A one-day course developed specifically to help and support heads of sixth form, and others, who have particular responsibilities for leading and managing careers education and guidance on higher education.

Getting Started: An essential course for new Careers Coordinators

Posted: 23 December 2016

A one-day course specifically developed to help and support newly appointed staff taking on a careers role in school.

Centigrade Registration - Ireland

Posted: 12 December 2016

With registration charges of €3000, choosing the right Higher Education course has never been so important.

Where are they now? This week Patrick Cassidy who studied History at Oxford.

Posted: 29 November 2016

Our feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Patrick Cassidy who studied History at Oxford.

Where are they now? Jessica Temple, an Actor

Posted: 23 November 2016

Our feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Jessica Temple, an Actor.

Where are they now? Chris Wilding, a Doctor.

Posted: 08 November 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Chris Wilding, a doctor.

Centigrade Training Course

Posted: 04 November 2016

This event offers Heads of Sixth Form, Heads of Careers and UCAS advisers an opportunity to find out how Centigrade can be used to help Year 12 students focus on their HE course options.

Where are they now? This week, Kerry Foster who studied Chemistry at university - but what is she doing now?

Posted: 02 November 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students.This week, Kerry Foster who studied Chemistry at university - but what is she doing now?

Regional Meeting (Oundle): Making best use of social media in a careers department

Posted: 12 October 2016

Our keynote speaker will provide an invaluable insight on making effective use of social media in a careers department at our latest regional meeting being held at Oundle School

Where are they now? This week Matthew Swain a Database Infrastructure Engineer

Posted: 06 October 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Matthew Swain a Database Infrastructure Engineer at John Lewis.

Where are they now? Imogen Barker, Claims Evaluation Technologist

Posted: 30 September 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Imogen Barker, a Claims Evaluation Technologist.

Where are they now? Alex Cole, an Ecologist.

Posted: 22 September 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Alex Cole, an Ecologist.

Where are they now? Nathan Cooke, Commercial Airline Pilot

Posted: 16 September 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Nathan Cooke, a commercial airline pilot with British Airways.

Where are they now? Jenny Crowther, Assistant Surveyor

Posted: 08 September 2016

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students. This week Jenny Crowther, an assistant surveyor.

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Careers

Posted: 01 July 2016

We are delighted to announce details of our half-day course for careers staff responsible for Key Stage 3.

COA Conference 2016: Focus On Medicine

Posted: 23 May 2016

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of COA and we are delighted to announce that our 2016 Annual Conference will be a special two-day event held at Downing College, University of Cambridge on 27-28 September, 2016.

Study Abroad Case Study: Philosophy

Posted: 19 May 2016

This week, Emma Scriver who is studying Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand as part of her course at Leeds University in the UK.

Study Abroad Case Study: Global Health

Posted: 21 April 2016

This week Alex Browne, a doctor studying a Masters in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Regional Meeting (York): A level and GCSE Reform, 2017 Entry and Beyond

Posted: 07 March 2016

Our keynote speaker will discuss the upcoming changes to A Level and GCSE examinations and their effects on university admissions at our latest regional meeting being held at the University of York

Study Abroad Case Study: International Development

Posted: 17 February 2016

This week, Hannah Whelan who is studying an MSc in International Development at the University of Amsterdam.

Getting Started: An essential course for new Careers Coordinators

Posted: 08 February 2016

A one-day course specifically developed to help and support newly appointed staff taking on a careers role in school.

Regional Meeting (Berkshire): The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Posted: 05 February 2016

Our keynote speakers will provide an invaluable insight into the MMI process, MMI stations and how to help your students prepare for the interview at our latest regional meeting being held at Downe House

Regional Meeting (Bath): A Level and GCSE Reform

Posted: 01 February 2016

Our keynote speakers will discuss the upcoming changes to A Level and GCSE examinations and their effects on university admissions at our latest regional meeting being held at The Royal High School Bath.

Centigrade Training Course

Posted: 29 January 2016

This event offers Heads of Sixth Form, Heads of Careers and UCAS advisers an opportunity to find out how Centigrade can be used to help Year 12 students focus on their HE course options.

Study Abroad Case Study: Liberal Arts

Posted: 21 January 2016

This week, Nicholas Neild, who is studying Liberal Arts at University College, Utrecht.

Regional Meeting (London): Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

Posted: 18 January 2016

Our keynote speakers will discuss Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships at our latest regional meeting being held at Highgate School, London.

Study Abroad Case Study: Dentistry

Posted: 14 January 2016

This week Charlotte Allen, who is studying Dentistry at Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU in Valencia, Spain.

Regional Meeting (Manchester): Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

Posted: 05 January 2016

Our keynote speakers will discuss Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships at our latest regional meeting being held at Manchester High school for Girls.

Personal Statement Planner

Posted: 04 January 2016

Part textbook and part workbook, the Personal Statement Planner is designed to be referred to and written in, and is an invaluable new way to help applicants make the most of their one chance to impress.

Regional Meeting (Cheltenham): Enhancing Student Employability

Posted: 17 December 2015

Our keynote speakers will be talking about how a degree can enhance career prospects and also how students can increase their employability whilst at university

Personal Statement Planner posters available for download

Posted: 01 December 2015

Brighten up the careers room with our new Personal Statement Planner posters - now available to download.

Study Abroad Case Study: Danish Culture, English and American Literature

Posted: 27 November 2015

This week Olivia Lowden, a student who spent a year at the University of Copenhagen as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Certificate in leading and managing careers work in schools

Posted: 23 November 2015

We are delighted to announce details of our well-respected programme of professional development for 2016. The course will once again be led by David Andrews OBE.

Study Abroad Case Study: International Business and World Trade

Posted: 19 November 2015

A weekly feature looking at students who have chosen to study abroad. This week Sam Craven, a student from the University of Lynn, Florida, USA.

Study Abroad Case Study: Game Architecture and Design

Posted: 16 October 2015

A new, weekly feature looking at students who have chosen to study abroad. This week Gerald Regan, a Game Design and Production student at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.

Centigrade Training Course

Posted: 14 October 2015

This event offers Heads of Sixth Form, Heads of Careers and UCAS advisers an opportunity to find out how Centigrade can be used to help Year 12 students focus on their HE course options.

Alternatives to University: the Apprenticeship Route

Posted: 18 September 2015

Our keynote speakers will discuss advanced and degree apprenticeships at our latest regional meeting in the Midlands.

MyCareersRoom App

Posted: 11 September 2015

We are delighted to announce that the new ‘MyCareersRoom’ App is now available for Apple and Android users!

COA training course for Guidance Counsellors

Posted: 24 July 2015

A free training and information session on Centigrade, EirQuest and the Cambridge Profile Aptitude Tests, taking place on Tuesday 10th November 2015 .

Altered Perspectives: COA Conference Report 2015

Posted: 08 July 2015

Our conference at the Royal College of Physicians last Friday was a huge success and we welcomed delegates from all over the country.

Centigrade Training Course

Posted: 01 July 2015

This event offers Heads of Sixth Form, Heads of Careers and UCAS advisers an opportunity to find out how Centigrade can be used to help Year 12 students focus on their HE course options.

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Careers

Posted: 30 June 2015

We are delighted to announce details of our half-day course for careers staff responsible for Key Stage 3.

Getting Started: A course for new Careers Coordinators

Posted: 30 June 2015

A one-day course specifically developed to help and support newly appointed staff taking on a careers role in school.

Booking Now Open: COA Annual Conference 2015

Posted: 01 May 2015

Fast moving, Fiercely competitive, Cutting edge, High tech - How will your students achieve success in the creative industries?

2015 COA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Posted: 23 April 2015

Fast moving, Fiercely competitive, Cutting edge, High tech - How will your students achieve success in the creative industries?

Centigrade Training Course

Posted: 10 April 2015

This event offers Heads of Sixth Form, Heads of Careers and UCAS advisers an opportunity to find out how Centigrade can be used to help Year 12 students focus on their HE course options.

2015 COA Conference Programme

Posted: 08 April 2015

We are pleased to announce details of the speaker and topics for the 2015 COA Conference which will address the issue of Employability in the Creative Industries.

COA Conference 2015

Posted: 19 March 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2015 COA Conference will address the issue of Employability in the Creative Industries.

COA @ IGC Conference Waterford 2015

Posted: 26 February 2015

Once again, we will be attending the IGC National Conference at the Waterford Institute of Technology on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February.

Centigrade posters available for download

Posted: 05 December 2014

Brighten up the careers room with our new Centigrade posters - now available to download.

Popularity of Science and Engineering Degrees Growing Fastest Among Girls, National Survey Finds

Posted: 19 February 2014

Campaigns to boost girls’ enthusiasm for science and engineering are beginning to bear fruit, according to data compiled from a survey of 20,000 sixth formers.

Fewer students wants to study near home, survey finds

Posted: 03 January 2014

The urge to fly the family nest and study in another part of the country is as strong as ever among would-be students despite the rising cost of a university education, a national survey has found.

Where are They Now? This week Rhodric Allen who is studying Hospitality Management.

Posted: 18 January 2017

Our new feature 'Where are they now?' looks at the career path of real-life students.This week, Rhodric Allen who is studying Hospitality Management.

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Careers

Posted: 11 October 2016

We are delighted to announce details of our half-day course for careers staff responsible for Key Stage 3.

Opening doors of opportunity