NEW Professional Skills Programme at St Helen’s College.


Carol Mayo

We recognise that competition for entry to top universities and coveted professions is fierce. So, to ensure that you exceed expectations and compete with the very best, we have designed three, unique professional skills programmes;

Allied Health Professional Skills Programme,

Law Enforcement and Government Professional Programme


IT and Business Professional Programme.

Delivered in the dedicated A Level Academy at St Helens College, tutors advocate a highly supportive learning experience with smaller class sizes, focussed on stretching and maximising students’ potential.

You will benefit

Each programme offers exclusive placements with high profile employers, masterclasses with guest speakers from industry, realistic work environments to ensure state-of-the-art learning, extra enrichment initiatives and the development of valuable employability skills.

Summer University Residential Experiences at LJMU – 11-13th July and 17-19th July

Summer Universities

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The LJMU Summer University is a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students to find out what life at university is really like.

The Summer Universities are totally free, but places are limited.

During the three days you will:

  • Find out about certain degree programmes
  • Stay in student accommodation
  • Meet current students
  • Make new friends
  • Get the real insider view on university life

The 2017 programme is now open, with over 30 different subjects to choose from over two weeks in July.

To register please visit our subject specific events page

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Guide. Free, downloadable booklet.

Higher and degree apprenticeships guide


Are your students thinking about a hands-on alternative to university? Our guide to apprenticeships explains how they can earn while they learn…

We’ve teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service to bring you a free, downloadable guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.

Quick guide to higher and degree apprenticeships

Use these facts with your students to get them thinking about this route – then download our guide below for the full picture.

  • Apprenticeships let you earn and learn simultaneously, from minimum wage up to £300 per week.
  • ​You’ll be a paid employee of your company, with a contract of employment and holiday entitlement.
  • Apprenticeships offer a package of work and study, where you’ll gain qualifications and hands-on experience while you work.
  • Employers including Deloitte, BMW and the BBC take on apprenticeships and opportunities span across sectors, from engineering to law – you might be surprised by what’s on offer.
  • In fact, there are more than 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available, across more than 1,500 roles.
  • A degree apprenticeship is a relatively new type of apprenticeship, which leads to a full university degree – but without the tuition fees.
  • According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 90% of apprentices stay employed after completing an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships unwrapped

Inside you’ll find:

Higher and degree apprenticeships guide

  • What it takes to be an apprentice
  • Subjects, universities and employers involved in higher and degree apprenticeships
  • ​A week in the life of an apprentice
  • Finances – what you can earn and what it costs
  • Long-term career prospects
  • How to apply for a higher or degree apprenticeship.



The Getting Into Uni Guide – a free downloadable guide to all things-uni. Essential reading.

The Getting Into Uni Guide


Our popular Getting into Uni guide, developed with our friends at The Student Room, is a great place to  get to grips with university choices, applications, finances and more. e.g.
  • What subject? There are more than 30,000 degree courses on offer, covering everything from accounting to zoology.
  • What’s your study style? Degrees come in many shapes: full or part time, sandwich placement or year abroad, live at home or away.
  • What’s the price? Fees are around £9,000 in England while Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish students pay less, with loans repayable only after graduation. You’ll need to budget for living costs, too.
  • What else can you gain? Think about what uni could offer in terms of extra-curricular activities, work experience, societies and sports.
  • What career? 89% of graduates are in employment or further study after six months. According to job search engine Adzuna, university graduates can earn an average of £500,000 more in a lifetime.

Ready for the full guide to help answer these questions?

What’s inside?

The Getting into Uni guide is packed with straightforward, impartial advice, and practical tips for each step – including:

  • A month-by-month calendar of what to do, when
  • Researching courses and universities
  • The Ucas application process explained
  • Student finance fundamentals
  • Revision, exams and results
  • Accommodation and what to pack
  • Freshers’ week survival.

You’ve heard of UCAS….but have you heard of SACU????? (UCAS backwards) A brilliant new careers resource.

SACU offers a great independent & impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers

A helping hand in to Higher Education

Check out the Spartan Test (quick and fun to do) to see what sort of careers and educational paths might be just right for you…….


Lots of great information on apprenticeships, all types of careers, university pathways and vocational courses. Check it out…..

Student tools overview

Psychology teacher’s list of 101 ways to cope with stress has “gone viral!”


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Stress can affect anyone, at any time – and, while a little bit can help push you to do something new or difficult, a lot of stress can take its toll on your health.

And that’s why psychology teacher Brett Phillips has devised a list of coping mechanisms for his students, which he hands out to them during one of their first classes of the year.

Alina Ramirez, one of his pupils at the high school in California, decided to share the list online – and even highlighted some of her favourite tips….click on (or copy and paste ) the link below…


Five revision no-nos you should drop right now

Revision is pretty black and white, right? Maybe not! Student Ruby shares some harsh revision revelations that she’s learned the hard way…

Revision season is here, but are you going about studying the right way? Here are five definite revision no-nos I’ve discovered, plus what to do instead to get the absolute most from every study session:

1. Highlighting the wrong way

A revision favourite, using coloured highlighters is a great way to draw attention to key words. However, the most effective revision is that which draws links between information, not isolating it.

The more links you have joining different areas together, the more you have to help you recall something if your mind goes blank in an exam (It can happen). Highlighting lots of separate bits and not thinking about how they relate to each other can make it hard to get your mind round all the material you need to cover. Plus, drawing comparisons is a key exam skill that can grab you those top marks.

This is why mind-maps or brain-storms are a good study technique as they encourage you to link ideas and structure your thinking.

2. Just reading

Firstly, this technique is incredibly boring! Revision is already hard enough – don’t make it worse with passive reading for hours.

In order to actually take in what you read, making (brief) notes to summarise large sections is important. By reading alone, it’s unlikely that you’ll transfer that information into your long-term memory (unless you have a photographic memory, which sadly does not apply to most of us).

If notes really aren’t your thing, you can record yourself reading aloud, and then play it back while doing the washing-up or tidying. You’ll be surprised how much you can absorb unconsciously just by listening.

3. Copying full sentences

Not only is this far more time-consuming than summarising, but it makes reading back through the notes even more of a chore than it already is. Detail is great, but not if it overwhelms you – especially if it isn’t relevant (in which case, you’re just wasting your time by writing it out).

I was once told by a teacher: ‘When note-taking, imagine each word that you write costs you 5p and you will instantly be more frugal with your word choice.’ Think like this to make your notes more succinct and get to the point quicker.

4. Putting all bets on black

Okay, so this might just be a personal preference; but I’m far more interested in reading notes that have a bit of colour to them, rather than all being in black ink. Yes, ‘black is classic’; but writing your notes for every subject in one colour makes it hard for anything to really stand out.

Even if you can’t be bothered to use a myriad of colours (fair enough), studies show that you’re apparently more likely to remember information that you have written down in blue ink than black ink. So when it comes to your main note-taking pen, perhaps it’s time to turn your back on black and go blue.

5. Ignoring technique for content

Perhaps the biggest no-no of them all. It’s all well and good to know the content (names, dates, events, terms and so on) inside out; but if you don’t know how to get that down on paper – in a way that hits the exam criteria – then it’s pretty useless.

The best way to avoid this is to practise past papers once you have learned this content. By marking yourself against an actual mark scheme, you can see the kind of thing examiners will look for, and adjust your future answers accordingly.

Admittedly, this is harder to do in essay-based subjects. But even just practising how to plan essays is a good revision technique, so you can do this quickly in the exam and focus all your ideas to fit in your answer here (and the time you have to do it). Plus, it’s far less gruelling than actually writing the essay…

  • Past papers are an A* student study secret – see the rest.
  • About Ruby

    Ruby is a current Year 13 student, studying English literature, French, early-modern history and theatre studies. While more of a silent-studier, she’s currently listening to the occasional Passenger or Tom Odell playlist while revising.

    Want to share your uni journey like Ruby and get some experience under your belt for that personal statement or CV? We’re always looking for student contributors to write blogs, film quick videos or snap some pics. Drop us a quick message at if you’re interested.

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