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"I’m currently a student studying MEng Civil and Structural Engineering at the University Of Sheffield which is within the Russell Group. Last year I was awarded an Undergraduate ICE (Institute of Civil Engineering) Quest Scholarship sponsored by Skanska, a Swedish Civil Engineering Contractor, of £10,000 and paid summer internships with Skanska as well as a graduate position."

"I feel exceptionally lucky to have received this, it is all a direct result of the careers department helping me achieve the Arkwright Scholarship. I can’t thank you enough!"

Harriet Tomlin, St Catherine's College (2009-2014)

St Catherine’s College is committed to preparing students for the world of work and supporting them to make informed decisions about their future options.  We have an established careers program that is evaluated and updated on an annual basis.  We hold the Investors in Careers Award since July 2013 which is due to be re-assessed in July 2019.  Our careers program is mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute Framework which are seen as the gold standard for careers provision. 

After browsing through the information provided on this website, if you have any questions about careers provision at St Catherine’s College, please contact Gisèle O'Connor by emailing or call 01323 465400.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

CDI Framework

NCS (National Citizen Service) visited St Catherine's to speak to our Year 11 about a four-week programme during the summer. 

NCS is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement, a rite of passage for all teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do.

It’s your chance to explore, be inspired and find your passion. Nearly 500,000 young people have already taken part – will you be next?

'NCS is a four-phase experience designed to make you feel challenged and changed, engaged and empowered. And this is just the beginning of a journey that will give you the confidence and skills you need to pursue the future you want. '

Our Year 11 pupils have been offered to sign up in November for a £10 discount so the four-week programme will cost £40 instead of £50 using code NOV10 in the next 7 days.

Will Jacobs from NCS will be at St Catherine's on Monday (19th November) to answer any questions from our Year 11. If any Year 11 are interested they need to sign up or bring the money on Monday.


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At St Catherine’s college we want all of our students to be supported in their first steps. An internship or work experience is a fantastic way to learn, gain experience and build a portfolio in a field of your interest.

DV8 Sussex offer a number of opportunities for students wanting to expand their skill base and gain real insight into the working world. Check out their opportunities for both during study and also third year opportunities

Paid Internship Programme

  • Five month work placement

  • Meet industry professionals whilst working with an exciting employer

  • Build a professional portfolio

Games Development

  • Learn how to model 3D assets, programming, sound production and graphic design

  • Develop your own narrative game ideas

Media Production

  • Meet creative industry professionals

  • Refine your media skills across video, editing, photogrpahy and animation

Music Production and Performance

  • Release your own music

  • Refine your technical skills

  • Work on artist development and marketing

  • Meet professionals in the industry

Check out their website to find more advice, information and courses.


Do you know a 16-18 year old that would love to get some work experience in one of Brighton's premier live entertainment venues? 

We've got an exciting 5 month paid internship placement with Komedia where the successful young person will get experience working in the box office, setting up stages for a variety of performances, and taking on marketing responsibilities such as website updates and social media posts.

Employer: Komedia

Location: Brighton 

About Komedia: Brighton’s premier live entertainment venue presents one of the largest, most diverse arts and entertainment programmes in the UK. 

Visit Komedia’s website here


Sussex Downs College - experience a taste of college life

Eastbourne campus:

  • Friday 12th October 2018 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 13th October 2018 - 10am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Lewes campus:

  • Friday 5th October 2018 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 6th October 2018 - 10am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 29th November 2018 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Bexhill 6th Form College - open evenings

  • Wednesday 17th October 6pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 30th October 6pm-8.30pm

Sussex Coast College - open evenings

  • 1st November - 5pm-8pm - Station Plaza Campus
  • 15th November - 5pm-8pm - Ore Valley Campus
  • 22nd November - 5pm-7pm - Automotive Training Centre
  • 6th December - 5pm-7pm - Station Plaza Campus

Plumpton College

  • Course information event - Saturday 29 September
  • Course information event, Netherfield - October taster day - 22nd + 23rd October

DV8 Sussex

  • Open Evening for Brighton & Bexhill: Wednesday 17th October, 6-8pm
  • Open Evening for Brighton & Bexhill: Tuesday 13th November, 6-8pm


On Sunday 25th November 2018, the Marine Biological Association will be holding the second Young Marine Biologists (YMB) Summit.

This 1-day event is for 12-18 year olds who are passionate about marine biology and keen to learn more about this fascinating field and gain valuable careers advice. YMB Summit 2018 is an amazing opportunity to hear from inspirational marine biologists, meet experts and course leaders, take part in interactive workshops and get to know like-minded young people. For example, we have confirmed Stephen Hall from the Society for Underwater Technology and Amy Pryor from the Thames Estuaries Partnership.

The Summit will take place from 9.00am – 4.30pm at the 65 Queen's Gate, Baden-Powell House, London, SW7 5JS, and tickets cost just £40 per person, with 20% discount for Young Marine Biologist members.

Places are limited and can be booked at:

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