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Careers & UCAS Support


In the relatively short time you are at The Island VI Form, you will be making decisions which will have a huge impact on your career and your future. We aim to maximize your range of choices and provide the support and guidance to help you make the best decisions for you.

The Island VI Form endeavors to follow statutory guidance and the programme has been developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

We will always take that extra step to help you achieve your potential. We have a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team based on site, who provide a wide range of opportunities, such as:

  • Further and Higher Education events
  • Careers fairs (in-house and external)
  • Mock interviews
  • One-to-one careers advice sessions
  • University presentations and trips
  • Gap year information sessions
  • Vast variety of UCAS events
  • Voluntary work
  • National Citizen Service
  • Specific medical/medicine events
  • Access to Southampton scheme
  • Business start up information
  • Work experience
  • Careers and finance day

A dedicated, professional Student Services Support team offer encouragement, support and guidance. You will be able to regularly review your academic and individual progress with the Support Officers and they will help you with your plans for higher education, training or employment in the future.

The IAG department (based within Student Services) has a wide range of resources for students; we have careers guides, apprenticeship publications, online resources as well as a wealth of university prospectuses.

All students can benefit from a work experience placement and this plays a vital role, giving students the opportunity to develop valuable skills, knowledge and experience. Support can be given to students in finding suitable placements.

Measuring the impact of our Careers Programme

An important part of the CEIAG programme is evaluation. It is mainly through evaluation that this policy will develop whilst keeping abreast of national changes to CEIAG. Evaluations take place after career-related events so we can assess whether or not career outcomes have been met. Students’ access to careers related activities are tracked electronically and are regularly monitored.

Assessment takes place through verbal feedback/assessment observation, written evaluations, student and employer feedback and also by analysing destination data. The process of regularly completing and monitoring the Gatsby Benchmark Compass Tool has given us the opportunity to review and evaluate the whole CEIAG programme

Further Careers Information 

For further information on our Careers Programme please contact our Careers Lead Mrs Louise Southwell (Assistant Headteacher-Personal Development).  

Carisbrooke College | Medina College | The Island VI Form
Fairlee Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 2DX

Tel: 01983 526523

The Isle of Wight Education Federation reviews all careers information annually. The date for the next review will be September 2023.


Our experienced team will help you every step of the way through the UCAS process. We will support you to ensure that your personal statement is going to get you noticed and secure the interviews you want at university.

Students considering Oxbridge or medicine/dentistry will recieve a tailored programme of events to ensure they are best equipped for the application and interview process. We are proud of the high success rate of our students who secure these sought after interviews and then go on to take their places at some of the most prestigious universities across the country.

Student Finance

Solent University recently visited The Island VI Form and delivered a talk to Year 13 about student finance. Solent University also spoke with Year 12, giving the students a general introduction to University and UCAS. Following on from the talks Mr Mather has made a video presentation regarding student finance. Please see the video below. 

Careers and UCAS news

IOW NHS Trust Careers for Young People Programme

World Wide Technology Apprenticeships

NHS recruitment – Step into healthcare support worker role

UP for Uni programme

KPMG Apprenticeship and Work Experience programmes

Success Beyond School – Careers Evening for Parents