Higher Education & Careers

There are many options available to you after your studies at Scarborough UTC and we work with you to give advice and guidance on the choices that are best suited to you. There is information on this page about the many different routes. Our Careers Officer works with all students in the sixth form and is available to all. Our links with local employers in Scarborough and the surrounding area mean that all students can have access to the world of work.

  • UCAS

    The University College and Admissions Service is the system by which all students apply to universities. There are over 36,000 courses to choose from and over 300 universities in the UK. The UCAS site is not only used to make your application to University, but is a great tool to use for information, advice and guidance for you (and your parents) to discover the wide range of Universities, courses, funding and further opportunities available beyond University.

    The application process starts in Year 12 when students at Scarborough UTC are given preparation sessions on how to search and apply for their chosen courses. Each student has five choices and students must prepare a 4,000-character personal statement explaining why they are academically suited to their course choice option. The Sixth Form Tutors will support you with this process.

    There is plenty of support for parents too. You can sign up to monthly parent newsletters quickly and simply online. They’re completely FREE and contain timely information and advice about your son or daughter’s journey to higher education and what you can do to support them.
    For further information about the UCAS process, take a look at the advice for parents and guardians on ucas.com.

    Here at Scarborough UTC we have strong links with The University of Hull and regularly engage with other Universities to ensure that students have an aspirational experience.
    To apply for a Degree Apprenticeship you will usually apply directly to the company that is sponsoring the degree.
    If you are not sure what to study look at this link here:


  • Degree Apprenticeships
    What are Degree Apprenticeships?

    Degree apprenticeships combine work with a leading company or organisation and completing a degree. The company pays you a salary and also pays the university tuition fees. At the end of the programme, you have industry experience and a degree. The Student Ladder website gives an excellent overview.

    Who would it suit?

    If your career path and intended area of study are closely related then it might suit you. Engineering, computing, finance, accounting, advertising, computing, television production are some of the fields where degree apprenticeships are offered. These are a growing field and many people are now looking to train and work so that their employability skills are increased.

    How are applications made and what are the entry requirements?

    Applications are made with individual companies and organisations online. A-level grades ranging from ABB to CCC are a common academic requirement. Phone interviews, face to face interviews and psychometric testing can form part of the process.

    How does this relate to UCAS applications?

    These programmes are completely independent of UCAS. You can apply for a normal university place through UCAS and additionally apply for any number of degree apprenticeships. You can then choose which path you want to follow.

    Which? Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
    What to do next.

    Each organisation has a different approach. Look through the selection below to get a sense of the range of opportunities available and then start researching your area of interest. Remember that all large organisations have generic business needs such as finance, legal support and project management etc in addition to those functions specific to their own core activity.

    Examples of Organisations offering Degree Apprenticeships
    • Dyson – engineering apprenticeship at The Dyson Institute
    • KPMG – two distinct programmes available
    • EY – scholarship and internships available while you pursue normal university study at specific universities
    • GCHQ – a range of cyber security and ICT apprenticeships
    • Jaguar Land Rover – deadline 31 December. Opportunities in the Financial and Engineering side of the Business
    • BBC opportunities in Business Management, Journalism, Software development and more
    • BAE – Project Management, Software Development and Engineering opportunities in Britain’s largest defence manufacturer
    Other Useful Sites

    The Student Ladder
    Student guide to degree apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships

    There are 200 different types of apprenticeships available in over 1200 job roles in the UK.

    The government has promised funding for over 350,000 apprenticeships every year.

    The National Minimum wage for apprenticeships is £4.15 per hour (April 2020) for apprentices aged 16-18 or those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship, however most employers pay more than the minimum wage and the average salary is closer to £170 a week. For national minimum wage please see www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

    Apprenticeships combine on the job training, with usually a day release to college or a training centre; some offer block placements over a week or two every so often. Training centres near to Scarborough include Derwent Training and Scarborough Tec.

    Apprentices can gain professional and technical qualifications.

    For an Intermediate apprenticeship you would be expected to work on your English and Maths if you haven’t gained a 4 at GCSE level, this is usually in the form of functional skills.

    You get paid holiday, a minimum of 20 days a year plus bank holidays, and pension contributions like any other employee at the company.

    You will work for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

    There are three different types of apprenticeships:

    SUTC Apprenticeships

    You can apply for apprenticeship directly from company websites or register on apprenticeships.gov.uk to receive alerts and search for apprenticeships in your chosen area.

    Many of our sponsor companies offer apprenticeships. To find out more look at the following links:

    SUTC Apprenticeships Assembly


    Apprenticeship parents’ guide
    Writing a winning apprenticeships application
    Apprenticeships guide for students

  • GroFar

    Here at Scarborough UTC we use Gro- far to track all our careers activities and to help students develop their knowledge of careers and the work place. Grofar includes access to lots of resources on jobs and skills. It also has a CV builder and will log all careers meetings with our careers advisor who is employed by the college to work with our students offering 1:1 support. Every student has a Gro-far account that they access via their college email account. Students can access their Grofar account from any device. Students can create their own profiles and track their employability skills.

    Student Introduction to Grofar

    Getting Started Using your Grofar Careers Passport

    Student Passport – Getting Started

    Grofar adding Activities Student Guide