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Our aim at HCC is to offer bespoke careers information and guidance to support each student to achieve their aims and ambitions beyond A levels.

Students are encouraged to be bold and ambitious in their goals whether this be aiming for University, Degree Apprenticeships, Conservatoires, employment, or planning a focused and exciting Gap Year experience. Career planning is a lifelong journey and we seek to equip our students with the skills to reflect, research, and take action to make their goals a reality. The world of work is rapidly shifting and HCC seeks to ensure its alumni are resilient and resourceful, ready to embrace the challenges and rewards it has to offer.

Team Effort

Careers information and guidance is a team effort at HCC and we draw upon the experience and expertise of a range of staff as well as the wider GDST network.

Mrs Jane Wilks, is our College Careers Adviser. Mrs Wilks is a qualified Careers Adviser with over 20 years’ experience guiding students in their post-18 pathways. HCC students are able to book one-to-one appointments to discuss their options throughout the year, join regular careers and world of work focused College Meetings, have interview skills sessions, and receive personalised support with applications for higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

Mrs Hannah Harrison-Hughes is our Oxbridge Co-ordinator and will offer expert guidance to students aiming to apply to some of the most selective courses and institutions in the world. HCC has an excellent track record of supporting students in preparing for, and securing offers on, highly competitive courses and are delighted to welcome back our alumni to share their experiences and insight to help your son/daughter prepare for the challenges of interviews.

Dr Emily Lewis is our Dentists, Medics and Vets Co-ordinator and will offer up to date guidance on preparing a competitive application including developing a supercurricular profile, getting UCAT and/or BMAT ready, writing a reflective personal statement, and the all important interview or MMI process.

Senora Sadler is our Head of College and our Overseas Co-ordinator. Senora Sadler has worked with students both joining the UK education system and those seeking to aim for an overseas experience themselves and has supported students in their applications from Italy to the Ivy League.

Miss Edwards and Mrs Rees will offer specialist knowledge and support to students seeking to apply and audition for the UK’s Conservatoires and ‘direct application’ Drama Schools.

Each of our subject specialist Tutors give generously of their expertise and time to support students whatever their goals whether this be portfolio prep for Product Design to exploring the branches of Engineering, our aim is to offer personalised support to prepare our students for the world of work, University and beyond.

The GDST difference

All students have access to the GDST Alumnae Network, which is the largest organisation of its kind in the country, with 70,000+ members. Members of the GDST Alumnae Network benefit from networking both socially and professionally, face to face and online. HCC encourages students to make use of Rungway and GDST Life to develop their insight into the world or work, embrace supercurricular learning opportunities and foster their own professional network both in College and beyond.

Friends & Family

Friends and family of HCC students are a vital part of our careers and world of work support kindly volunteering their time to share their insights and experiences with College students to help them realise their ambitions.

We always welcome the support of the wider HCC community and the support friends and family of HCC give in terms of mock interviews, career insight talks, work shadowing and experience is invaluable. If you are able to volunteer a few hours over the term at a time to suit you, please let us know.

Where are they now?

A taste of the Class of 2021’s destinations:

University of Cambridge, Medicine

University of Exeter, Psychology

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events

University of Edinburgh, Biomedical Sciences

University College London, Law

Durham University, Natural Sciences

Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Veterinary Medicine

University of Bath, Aerospace Engineering

Cardiff University, Midwifery

Liverpool John Moore’s University, Sports Journalism