Careers & Progression

The Careers Service at Gateway College works to prepare students for their next steps for positive progression.

The service offers tailored 1:1 advice to all students to assist them in making important decisions and opportunities to access university taster days, apprenticeships and employers.


Throughout the academic year there are events taking place to help students make choices and provide information at key decision-making points. These include National Careers Week with access to employers and apprenticeship providers, the Higher Education Fair and sessions to prepare students for apprenticeships. This includes an event where students are given access to apprenticeship vacancies that they can apply for. 

The College has a full careers library with relevant up to date information to support students as well as excellent local and national links to universities and employers.

The College is committed to providing an impartial advice service to students to ensure that they are provided with the correct information to allow them to positively progress.

Click HERE to read the Gateway College Provider Access Policy.

Click HERE to read the Department for Education Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers document.

Click HERE to read the latest Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) World of Work brochure

Thinking about your career pathway?

Our Careers Lead has sourced some materials for students to use at home to help you work out where potential careers paths will take them. 

The materials have been created by The Careers and Enterprise Company and the LLEP.  Click HERE to download your copy to work through while you study at home.

Click HERE to read the Gateway College magazine and Parent, Partner and Stakeholder Newsletter

Contact Gateway College for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance:
Careers General Information – careers@gateway.ac.uk

Gateway College Alumni Network

Are you a former Gateway College student?
If you are a former Gateway student, join our growing alumni family by clicking the link below.

  • receive regular newsletters and college magazines
  • be invited to events and Open Days
  • be invited to share your experiences since leaving with current students related to your education and career journey
  • be invited to take part in case studies, publicity and promotional activities
  • be invited to offer mentoring and work placements to current students

Gateway College past and present

Over the last 91 years, Gateway has welcomed hundreds of young people through its doors, transforming lives and creating meaningful life opportunities through education, support and aspirational experiences.

Gateway Sixth Form College, as it is now known, originally opened in 1928 as a boys’ grammar/technical school and became a Sixth Form College in 1976, welcoming girls to join.

Originally sited in the centre of Leicester City, the College outgrew its surroundings and in August 2009 moved to its current purpose built, 12-acre site, situated 3 miles northeast of the city. This has enabled the College to expand its capacity and extend the facilities and curriculum it can offer to 16-19 year olds across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Useful Links

National Careers Service – Provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions about their education, training and employment opportunities. 

Leicester Employment Hub – Work directly with employers and job seekers 

Careers and Enterprise Company – Brokers links between employers, schools and colleges in order to ensure that young people aged 12-18 get the inspiration and guidance they need for success

LMI for All – An online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions

Higher Education

UCAS – Online platform to search all university courses 

Student Finance England – For all the information about student finance for students and parents 

Which?University – Information on what to study, where to go, and how to get there

Unistats – Compares course data from different universities and colleges

Apprenticeships

During these uncertain times it is important that you still continue to plan for your future so that you have opportunities waiting for you. Employers, training providers and other Support Services are doing their best to ensure that there will be opportunities for young people. Please make sure that you are continuing to search and apply for apprenticeships.

You can register your interest and begin searching using these links:

www.leicesteremploymenthub.co.uk/fireitup

www.startprofile.comhttps://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Find an Apprenticeship – Search and apply for live apprenticeship vacancies 

Hub100 – Apprenticeship recruitment events in Leicester

A Guide to Apprenticeships – A guide to apprenticeships by the National Apprenticeship Service 

A-Z Apprenticeships – A full list of all the apprenticeships currently on offer 

Degree Level Apprenticeships – Find out all about degree level apprenticeships as an alternative route 

Apprenticeship Awareness – Information about apprenticeships and the different pathways to help you access an apprenticeship. 2 short videos to provide you with hints and tips to gaining an apprenticeship.

Vacancy Snapshot – Information about the most sought after apprenticeships from well known employers, including when they advertise vacancies and advice on their recruitment processes.

Apprenticeship Broadcasts – A catalogue of Broadcasts with employers and their apprentices to support with making decisions, CV and application writing and tips for interviews.

Current listing of Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships 

Information for Parents regarding Apprenticeships 

Useful Video Links

UCAS and Student Finance – Over 30 videos for higher education including information on applying, personal statements and student finance 

Apprenticeships Explained – Information on what apprenticeships are, what you need and how to apply 

Gateway College Careers Advice Calendar

Year 1

Autumn Term – College Induction
Understanding how the Careers Service supports students
LEAP sign up
Employer Workshop – employer supported
NCS Wave Recruitment
Subject Specific University Lectures
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported

Spring Term
Employer Workshop – employer supported
Applying to Selective Universities Presentation
Visit to University of Oxford
Subject Specific University Lectures
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported
Preparing for Progression Fairs Presentation Annual Progression Fair – university and FE supported
National Careers Week – employer supported

Summer Term
University Experience Days
Choosing the Right Course at the Right University presentation 
Personal Statement Support 
Registering for UCAS 
Applying for Medicine Workshop
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported

Year 2

Autumn Term
Support to make decisions between HE and apprenticeships
Personal Statement Surgeries university led
Support with UCAS decisions
Subject Specific University Lectures
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported

Spring Term
Employer Workshop – employer supported
Subject Specific University Lecture
UCAS What Next Presentation
National Careers Week – employer supported
Apprenticeship information session and 1-2-1 appointments
Student Finance information session 
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported

Summer Term
Support for apprenticeship applications 
Support for employment applications 
CV Writing and employability Workshops – university and employer supported
Mock interviews – employer led 
HUB 100 Event 
UCAS support for results, adjustment and clearing

Updated 20.05.19