Dover College

Careers & Higher Education

Anything & everything is possible

Pupils at Dover College are entitled to the best possible objective advice about the choice of courses and career. Careers advice is delivered throughout the College’s curriculum, through the PHSE lessons and through the programme of individual guidance co-ordinated by the Head of Careers.

The Careers Programme is supported with a range of relevant and up-to-date materials in our Careers Library, designed to give access through printed and electronic media to all relevant information as well as advice about Higher and Further Education and Training. Pupils are encouraged to make use of this facility, which is available on an open access basis.

At lower school level, the aim of careers guidance is to highlight the need to be aware of future career plans when making GCSE and A Level subject choices.

Information, guidance and advice are given by the Careers Department who attend Parent evenings. Parents also have the opportunity to consult with Common Room.  Staff are always available for any further advice or queries and the aim is to ensure that the decisions pupils make are informed and fully considered. Housemasters, in conjunction with parents, the Head of Sixth Form and the Director of Studies, retain overall responsibility for ensuring that pupils move forward successfully to the next stage of their lives.

During Fourth & Fifth Form, pupils are given careers advice and introduced to:

  • The Careers Library facilities
  • 6th Form subject choices
  • Our A Level+ and Careers Programme
  • early guidance on degree choices and University selection.


In the Lower Sixth (L6), pupils:

  • Are given information and guidance on University choice through Tutorial sessions, the L6th form week and individually;
  • Are encouraged to visit a wide range of Universities;
  • Have the UCAS process explained to them.


In the Upper Sixth (U6):

  • Formal applications (UCAS and related documents) are completed in September under guidance from Common Room, with additional support from the Head of Careers, Head of 6th Form and Housemasters;
  • A record is automatically kept of how applications are progressing on the UCAS Website

Preparation for tomorrow's world

Our Careers Programme offers pupils the opportunity to study BTEC qualifications, which are more vocational in their nature. Dover College is leading the way and is one of the very few independent schools ensuring that our pupils are fully prepared for Higher Education as well as the world of work.

Pupils choosing the Careers Programme study one or two BTEC Level 3 courses from National Certificate Level up to National Extended Diploma, equivalent to 0.5 to 3 A Levels respectively. Pupils can also choose one additional subject from the A-Level+ course if desired.

Pupils on the Careers Programme will also be introduced to sector leading enrichment programmes in the form of a Thinking Differently Programme as well as a Leadership & Service Programme. Sixth Form pupils will also complete an Extended Project Qualification. With these enrichment options, the aim is that pupils will develop the critical skills to succeed in a workplace that is becoming ever more automated.

For further details on our Careers Programme, please download our Careers Programme Guide available below.