Careers Guidance

The principal aim of the Careers and Higher Education Department at Malvern is to guide and support pupils who are making important decisions about their future. Pupils are encouraged to work closely with the Head of Careers, their tutor, housemaster or housemistress and subject teachers who all provide a network of support in terms of information, resources and advice. Our careers staff recognise that pupils can feel overwhelmed when making career decisions and university course choices, but we do all we can to guide and encourage as much as necessary.

Malvern is a member of Inspiring Futures (formally the Independent Schools' Careers Organisation) and makes full use of its Morrisby profiling, careers website and professional careers advisors to help pupils make the choices that are right for them. It is recognised that in an changing international climate, careers advice is essential on an on-going basis and pupils are welcome to continue to seek our help until they reach the age of twenty-three.

In the lower years, pupils are encouraged to investigate the world of work with their tutors, using information provided by the Careers Department. All pupils in the Hundred (Year 11) and all new pupils entering the school in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) take (in October) the Futurewise on-line Morrisby profiling exercises. These are followed by an in-depth interview with a qualified Careers Advisor and the resulting Careers Guidance Report provides a clear picture of a pupil’s strengths, aptitudes and interests. Pupils are then in a position to make informed decisions about AS/A2 Level and IB subject choices for Sixth Form and careers.

Every year in the Lent Term, the Careers Department in conjunction with the Parents’ Society organises a Careers Forum or Careers Seminars which give all pupils in the school the chance to speak to people about their own career-paths and to find out what qualifications and skills are required for specific careers.

Lower Sixth pupils are strongly encouraged to spend one week of their holidays on Work Experience placements closely linked to their own interests and possible future career paths. This enables pupils to gain invaluable first-hand experience of the world of work and provides an important link between the careers information and advice given in the Lower School and the exploration of and application to Higher Education, which forms the main focus in the Sixth Form.

The vast majority of pupils at the College go on to study at university, either directly from school or following a Gap Year. Every year around 80% of our candidates gain places at their first choice universities, most of which are in the Russell Group (including Oxford and Cambridge). Increasing numbers of our pupils are also applying to, and taking up places at, top universities in the USA and elsewhere in the world. Pupils are encouragedto attend our University Fair which is held annually in January, andto visit universities for themselves in May-June and September-October. They can also gather information by using the extensive Careers Library where there is a large collection of prospectuses and other publications, and by going on-line. Advice is given about university entrance procedures, interview techniques and the variety of Gap Year schemes available. Parents are, of course, kept informed throughout a pupil’s time at Malvern.

At all stages, the aim of the Careers and Higher Education Department is to help pupils make informed and sensible decisions about their future.

Work Experience 

Malvern College encourages Work Experience which introduces young people to the world of work. These placements should be for a minimum of one week and a maximum of two weeks during which time the pupil should be exposed to the routine working day demands and disciplines of the organisation in which they have secured a place. Work Experience should be seen as an integral part of the Lower Sixth year. Such is its educational value (e.g. for university references, etc.) that it is in the pupil’s best interest to undertake a placement.During the school holidays, between completion of Year 11 (Malvern College’s ‘Hundred’) and the start of the Upper Sixth year, your child will need to take part in at least one Work Experience placement.

The pupils should consider the following criteria:

  1. They are placed in a working environment of their choice
  2. Their placement is near their home or other family accommodation
  3. Their placement takes place during the school holidays