Careers and Work Experience

All students can access one to one guidance with trained professionals. Appointments for careers interviews and careers clinics are available throughout the year. You can also drop in to speak to one of our advisers or work experience coordinators. Please ask at the Careers Reception Desk in The Loft.


Opening Hours

9.00am to 5.00pm - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00am to 4.00pm - Wednesday and Friday

The Careers Library has up to date resources

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

Careers Moodle

You can use Careers Moodle to access a wide range of careers resources and licensed software. Careers on the VLE Moodle (you will need your username and password)

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 you 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 career options. There is extensive support from an experienced, professional 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 personal statements and C.V.s, 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.

Careers Leader

Jo Hambleton, is the designated Careers Leader at Varndean College and she can be contacted by email at

Work Experience

The College has developed excellent links with local businesses and organisations and 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 young people to build skills and gain insight of the workplace. 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.

Are you an employer who could offer one of our students a work experience placement? Any student placed would have expressed an interest in your organisation's sector and would be able to meet with you prior to a placement being agreed. If you believe you could help please look at our Guide for Employers and contact us or or tel 01273 508011 ext 200 for more information.

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