Pre-16 resources

To help primary and secondary school students to make informed decisions about their future we have created a range of resources to provide information about university, help students plan their pathway to their chosen career and support their wellbeing through the exam period. 

Digital Resources

These interactive presentations and resources are designed to provide information, advice and guidance on university to support students in planning their pathway to their chosen career. Please download the presentations and resources to complete the activities. The interactive presentations include information, quizzes and a competition to enter on completion. 

These interactive 'why go to university?' sessions introduce higher education and challenge the myths surrounding university. The activities will help students to make informed decisions about the benefits of going to university and make students familiar with university terminology.

Year 7 resources

Download our Year 7 Why go to university? session PPT

Download our create your own society worksheet DOC

 Year 8 resources

Download our Year 8 why go to university? session PPT

Download our university courses emoji quiz questions DOC

Download our university courses emoji quiz answers DOC

Year 10-11 resources

Download our Year 10-11 why go to university presentation PPT

This interactive presentation provides an introduction to student finance for students in Year 7-11. The presentation focuses on what student finance is, the financial support available at university and advice on budgeting. 

Download our Introduction to student finance presentation PPT

This interactive presentation helps students to identify their skills, consider potential careers and explore various progression routes. This presentation is typically delivered to students in Year 8 and 9 who are choosing their options for GCSE
This passport to success booklet is designed to help your students make decisions about their future and the journey they will take. At this stage, they may not know what career is for them or they may know exactly what they want they want to do, but now is the perfect time for them to research and consider all the routes available.

This presentation focuses on supporting your students with their mental and physical wellbeing but also provides advice on how they can look after themselves whilst studying from home. This presentation is typically delivered to students in Year 11, 12 and 13 who are preparing to study independently. 

Download our Wellbeing Works presentation PPT

This Next Steps booklet provides information about the ways you can learn at university, where your degree might take you and some top tips for how to get on the right track for your future now. 

Download your Next steps booklet PDF

This interactive presentation will provide your students with an opportunity to explore some of the facilities available at the University of Derby using our virtual tours and discover some of the subjects that can be studied at university using their detective skills.

Download the Inspiring the Future resource for primary schools PPT

Why should I study at university?

Why go to University video

View Why should I study at university video transcript

What can you study at university?

Why study at university video

View Student Ambassador career journeys video transcript

An open progression pathways booklet on a table surrounded by badges.
A Student Ambassador supporting two students with their maths work in a classroom.

What qualifications can your students take to get to their chosen career?

Qualification level

Qualification overview
Level 1

By the end of Year 9 students will have been asked which subjects they would like to study at GCSE. It is important to get students to think about which subjects they enjoy and the subjects they are good at. Some subjects will be compulsory, such as English and maths.

Level 2

All students must remain in education until they are 18. Students will spend Year 10 and 11 studying a range of subjects they have selected in addition to English and maths. Some schools may encourage students to take subjects in the EBacc.

Level 3

Students will typically choose up to four subjects to specialise in. The choice of A-levels available to students will vary depending on where they choose to study (college or sixth form). After this, students can make a decision if they would like to put their knowledge into practice in the workplace or if they would like to continue studying.

These vocational qualifications can help students to specialise in a particular subject, using practical lessons and placements to aid their learning. A BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels. 

Advanced level apprenticeship
Students can go straight into the world of work with training along the way to support their development. This level of apprenticeship is equivalent usually to two A-levels.

T Levels
T Levels are a new course for September 2020, which is equivalent to three A-levels. They offer a mixture of classroom based learning and 'on-the-job' experience through an industry placement of 315 hours. They will provide your students with the knowledge and experience needed to go on to further study or employment.

Level 4

Year 1 at university
Your students will spend this year learning the foundations of their chosen degree subject. They will meet new people from different backgrounds and will meet teaching staff who are specialists in their subjects.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
HNCs mix academic, practical and vocational learning to give your students the skills they need in the workplace. They can then further their education with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or go into work.

Higher and degree apprenticeships (Level 4+)
These are higher level apprenticeships which start at level 4. The specific qualification for a higher apprenticeship varies and degree apprenticeships lead to a full undergraduate degree.

Level 5

Year 2 at university
In this year most students will have the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests them. Their progress will be measured in a variety of ways, depending on the university and course they choose.

Higher National Diploma (HND)
HNDs develop skills students gained during their HNC. There are still opportunities to work during their HND and they can put their skills into practice. Students can choose to 'top up' their HND to a degree with a third year or they can go straight into work.

Level 6

Year 3 at university/Top-up year
In this year, most students undertake a dissertation, which is an in-depth research project on a relevant topic that interests them. Towards the end of the year students can decide if they would like to study further, for example by completing a Masters, or go into work. Once they complete their final year they will graduate!