Higher Education and Careers

Bespoke support for our students

At Southbank, we help to inform our students about their higher education and career options, and help them make the right choices for their futures.

Our highly qualified and experienced Higher Education and Careers team includes three counsellors who have expertise in careers learning and university application processes in the UK, US, Canada, Europe and beyond.

The HEC team is integral to our school’s aims and missions, working alongside the pastoral and academic programme.

University and beyond

“Southbank encouraged me to do work experience in Grade 9, where I volunteered in an elderly home. The school has also provided links throughout the years to various open days, fairs and volunteering jobs, which have all played a role in building up my personal statement.”

– Cansu, Upper Seniors student

Our Higher Education and Careers Programme
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Grades 6–9

Students learn about the world of work through an exciting range of activities, including guest speakers, take-your-child-to-work day and optional work experience placements. They develop their employability and career management skills through workshops and ‘Approaches to Learning’ that are embedded within the MYP curriculum.

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Grade 10

To begin the career planning process, students complete a psychometric assessment and meet with a member of our Higher Education and Careers team. This helps to inform what may be the best IB Diploma subjects for each student and subjects they may wish to study at university.

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Grade 11

Students have regular one-to-one meetings with our Higher Education and Careers team to discuss courses, careers and universities of interest. Our ‘International University Fair’ is a highlight of the programme.

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Grade 12

Bespoke information, guidance and support continues throughout the student’s final year at Southbank. Students continue to meet with our school counsellors to review their higher education and career options, and to process applications. Support includes interview and admissions testing advice, preparation and practice.

University Destinations

Universities in the UK and around the world hold the International Baccalaureate in high regard because of the breadth of knowledge and skills IB students gain through their studies.

Over the years, this recognition has resulted in many Southbank students securing places at some the world’s most prestigious universities.

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