Resources — Aimhigher West Midlands

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Over many years, local, national and regional Aimhigher partnerships developed, tried, tested and evaluated a wide range of resources to support the delivery of effective careers information, advice and guidance, and to raise the aspirations and attainment of disadvantaged learners. Our virtual resource bank which includes helpful information for learners and advisers is now live.

Here are some of the best examples which we hope you will find useful. Please be aware that historic resources may contain information that is out-of-date, for example about student finance or support arrangements. Despite this, we feel that the resources are a valuable source of ideas for anyone involved in developing or delivering higher education progression support.

Careers of the Future in the West Midlands

This booklet presents easily accessible information about the labour market prospects for jobs in the West Midlands, based on research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) into the world of work.  It aims to inspire young people about the wide range of jobs that are out there, and to act as a source of useful Labour Market Information (LMI) for teachers and careers advisers.

Advancing Access – Supporting Highly Capable Learners

Advancing Access is a network of 24 research intensive, Russell Group universities who work with schools and colleges to support students’ progression to leading institutions. Advancing Access have recently launched their website which provides a variety of CPD resources and online events for teachers and advisers to help them advise learners who are making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.

Teachers’ Guide to University

Produced by, with editorial provided by sector experts throughout the UK. This guide anticipates a conversation between you and your students. Arming you with solid answers to their questions about moving on to Higher Education.

Content includes advice for teachers on UCAS applications, what universities look for in applications, widening participation, university fees and finance, and advice for students when making their pre and post 16 options. To access this resource in PDF format or to order a hard copy, click here.

Student finance changes

Student Finance England have created a range ofresources that teachers and careers advisers can share with the parents, carers or sponsors of anyone thinking about higher education; including presentations, guidance and films.

To help you to explain the new student finance package to students and parents, the Student Loans Company and Student Finance England have produced a handy video with a rundown of the main changes.

SLC / SFE have also produced a film explaining changes to the way they deliver information and guidance to partners.


UCAS have created a range of resources to support advisers. The resources include; a comprehensive advisor guide, online toolkits, information on the new UCAS Tariff, handouts for students and parents and links to events and training opportunities.

Work-based Options in Birmingham and Solihull

The Birmingham and Solihull Work-Based Learning Provider Network has produced a brochure listing member organisations and the wide range of training courses they offer for young people. You can download a copy here:

A Career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

In 2014, Aimhigher worked with the British Science Association to make careers advice an integral part of the British Science Festival’s Young People’s Programme. Part of this involved the production of “Where can science take me?”, a highly informative and practical STEM careers guide for young people, parents and teachers. Thousands of these booklets were distributed as part of the Science Festival, but those unable to attend in person can download a copy here:

Late Applications to University

Recent years have seen increasing numbers of students applying for university late in the cycle, with some even waiting until after they have received their A level results.  With this in mind Aimhigher has produced some handy leaflets outlining the options available to late applicants and how to go about the process.  We hope these will be helpful to colleagues in schools, colleges and universities over the coming weeks.

Apprenticeships or University?

This presentation from our series of workshops at The Skills Show 2017 explores some of the key factors advisers need to be aware of when helping students consider the pros and cons of traditional degree and apprenticeship pathways.  It considers the impact of supply and demand on access to both pathways, key differences in the experience of students and apprentices and the latest data on the attainment, employment and earning outcomes both can anticipate.