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In the Sixth Form, students are encouraged to look at the pathways they will take after Hurst. We believe that if students can understand their own skills and ambitions, they can be guided by our staff to fulfil their career aspirations.

We have a specialist Careers department and Careers Library based on the top floor (Sixth Form level) of the college Library.

Voted, Best of the Best “For Careers Guidance and Work Experience” in The Week, 2017 Independent School Awards.

Work Experience Placement Scheme

Our Work Experience Placement Scheme offers our students placements during the college holidays. Students who want to take up a placement go through a rigorous application and interview process at Hurst. Those who are successful in the first stage then go on to a second round of interviews with the prospective employers. This scheme is unique to Hurst and offers around 100 weeks of student placements each year .

Oxbridge, STEM, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry

Students who are considering Oxbridge, STEM degrees, Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry, are given additional support through their application process. These students are offered tailored workshops, group discussion meetings and interview practice specific to their applications. Admission tutors from all of these areas visit Hurst to give candidates an insight into what is required. We also offer visits to Oxford and Cambridge to meet Hurst alumni who are already studying there.

University applications

We offer a series of presentations for students and parents on the process of applying to universities.

Careers talks

The Hurst Employment Programme provides a wide range of careers talks which cover almost every profession or industry. To make these talks even more relevant, many are given by Hurst alumni and current parents.

CV writing

We provide in-house guidance on writing a professional CV.

Interview skills coaching

We offer interview skills coaching courses in partnership with local business professionals and our own in-house specialists.


Our dedicated Careers team supports students as they consider the subject areas that interest them. The team help each student to research their options for the future. Our Careers Library holds information on higher education, careers and gap years and the Careers team work closely with the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO). Students are also able to book consultations with our Head of Careers. Personal tutors spend one-to-one time with their students to discuss their aspirations and career choices and help with their personal statements for university applications.

Young Enterprise

We encourage students to take part in our Young Enterprise initiative when they have the chance to set-up and run their own company.

Armed Forces

We invite employers from the Armed Forces into the College so students can gain a better understanding about careers in this sector.

Gap year advice

We hold half-day seminars for Lower Sixth students planning to travel after college. These seminars focus on guidance for travelling abroad safely.