Do Your Research

We want to support all our students to better understand different qualifications, career pathways and the world of work to gain independence in making decisions about their future. To do this, we help students learn where they can find impartial, accurate careers information and how to use this information to help them decide what pathways might be best for them.

We are extremely keen for students, parents and carers to use us for support but also to show an interest in researching career information in their own time – to help with this, we have provided the following links below to help you get started!


At The Appleton School we use the Unifrog careers platform. This is designed to help students develop an understanding of their own skills and knowledge and then research all of the opportunities available to them so that they are in a position for make informed decisions about their future options.

To access the system students will need to create an account using their school email address.

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Containing over 400 extremely detailed job profiles linked to a variety of career areas, all written by qualified careers advisers or people already working in these industries.

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National Careers Service

Over 800 profiles on careers from Architect to Zoologist, including useful information on what the work would be like, what pay you could expect and what skills and qualifications you might need to get into these job roles.

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The Buzz Quiz is a fun way of finding out how your personality and interests link to different careers. There are also lots of videos from people in different job roles to watch and learn from!

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Success at School

Information and advice for all students, whatever stage of school they are at, including tips and articles about GCSEs, A-levels, college, apprenticeships, university and work!

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UCAS Progress

A national search engine that can help you find courses and apprenticeships in your local area and around the whole of the UK!

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Find Courses

Easy-to-use website with information about all of the different courses available at post-16 and beyond, from Accounting to Photography!

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Future Learn

Free online courses that anyone can sign up to, from top universities and specialist training providers, from First Aid to Building Design!

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Not going to uni

Website breaking down the different options available to students that aren’t interested in going to university and how they can find these opportunities.

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The Apprenticeship Guide

All you ever need to know about apprenticeships, including what they are, how they work and how to find them.

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Amazing Apprenticeships

Centralised hub for all things apprenticeship-related, including information about national apprenticeship vacancies, videos from real-life apprentices and free resources for students.

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The UK’s biggest job search engine – can be used to find part-time, temporary and permanent jobs and even Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

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Student job site providing details about up-to-date part-time, temporary, full-time and seasonal jobs for students in all areas of the UK.

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Get My First Job

A dedicated search engine that lets you look for traineeships, apprenticeships and jobs using your postcode or career areas you are interested in.

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National volunteering organisation where individuals can search for opportunities in their area (some roles may require students to be 16+ or 18+).


Volunteering charity that helps connect young people aged 14-25 with volunteering opportunities in your area. Search Now to see how you can get involved!

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National Citizen Service

Voluntary government programme for 15-17 year-olds that combines outdoor activities and adventure with volunteering on community projects.

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Game Plan

Interactive game from Kings College, London that helps students and parents learn more about university life, finance and career options.

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Which? University

Independent university comparison website, with information, tips and advice from current and former university students.

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Go Higher

Partnership of local Higher Education providers – the website contains lots of useful information about the benefits of going to university.

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Are you studying for GCSEs? This guide to GCSE options will help you better understand the choices you may be asked to make.

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Career Pilot

one-stop shop for information on all of the important transition periods in education, including GCSE Options, post-16 and post-18 choices

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