Careers Team

Staff Members

Our Opening Hours

9am to 5pm - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9am to 4pm - Wednesday and Friday

To help students we hold up to date resources on the following

  • Careers information
  • Software / Websites
  • Gap Year information/Volunteering
  • Work Experience
  • Job Vacancies
  • Apprenticeships
  • University Courses and Prospectuses

Careers Planning

Students are made aware of possible progression pathways pre enrolment at College and this forms part of the admissions process:-

  • Open Saturday/Open Evenings - When considering options at college and beyond, parents and prospective students can speak to subject staff and careers advisers at these events.
  • Year 10 Taster Days - You will receive subject related information about progression within each subject
  • Interviews & Enrolment Interviews - Your interviewer can provide information, advice and guidance about your subject choices.
  • New Students Day - You will receive subject related information about progression within each subject

Careers Programme

Once at College students are supported and encouraged to consider their progression routes and career options through subject lessons, tutorial time and through subject progression reviews. There is extensive support from the experienced, professional college Careers team. In accordance with the DfE Guidance for Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges (October 2018) we are committed to using the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve our careers provision. An overview of the Careers Programme can be found here.

Tutorial Programme

The Careers team also deliver support materials through the Tutorial Programme, which helps students explore their post 18 options: university, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, employment or a GAP Year. Students also receive support in making applications, writing UCAS personal statements and CVs, preparing for interviews and developing employability skills. Students have one to one meetings with their tutor to include discussion of plans for progression and careers.

Both the Careers Programme and the Tutorial programme are reviewed annually - Next review date July 2023.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of a student's learning programme at Varndean College. Employers and universities place enormous value on time spent in the workplace and the benefits it brings to young people. All students are expected to experience time with an employer while they study with us. We have developed excellent links with local businesses through parents and carers, staff contacts and our local EBP. Students have experienced placements in a wide range of settings including education, media, engineering, finance and many more.

The college is hugely grateful to employers for their help in supporting our students to build confidence and gain skills in a working environment. Last year the following organisations offered our students placements:

Big Lemon Bus Company, Brighton & Hove City Council, Fairlight Primary School, The Grand Hotel, Hacker Young Accountants, Henfield Leisure Centre, Kineo, Network Rail, Oxfam, Sussex Police, Travelbag, University of Brighton, University of Sussex.

We know businesses often want to help but may not know how they can do this. If you are interested in finding out about the different ways your business could support our students, please see our page for employers.