Careers and Futures Guidance

Specialist Advisers

Our students will go onto universities and careers throughout the world and our specialist advisers will work with individuals to create their personal pathway.

We support the students through information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their onward educational journey. Students are guided through the different stages of the application process and provided with all the relevant school documentation to complete this.

As part of the support to students, we host an annual University fair with top universities from across Europe and host visiting University speakers from around the world.

Our counselling programme also facilitates networking with speakers from a variety of industries in the What Next Careers Event we host every year in Spring and through visiting speakers from targeted industries, including our BSB Alumni.

Who do you want to become?

“Students of today are a generation born during times of huge global change. 65% students are likely to work in jobs that currently don’t exist.

 They will more likely be a portfolio CV generation, changing not simply work spaces but also careers more than previous generations.

In a landscape which we struggle to define, we continue to ask ‘what do you want to do when you leave school?’, often creating anxiety, confusion and pressure.

What could it look like if we were to change the approach and question to ‘who do you want to become?’.”

Mrs Burns, BSB University and Careers Counsellor, COBIS webinar series.


Universal Destinations Platform


In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support, we are using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. Students from Year 11 to Year 13 will all have access and training to use this tool. Unifrog brings into one place every university course and college course in the UK, US, Canada and every undergraduate programme taught in English in Europe. In addition, it includes online MOOC training courses and one place to collaboratively draft all the documents needed for applications, from UK Personal Statements to the Common App Essay, from UK Subject References to US Counselor Letters of Recommendation and CV’s. The system guides students through the process and allows teachers to give live feedback. Students, parents and teachers have access to the platform to enable full collaborative support.

We have arranged for parents to have a login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to be involved. Parents do not have access to their son/daughter’s account but will be able to use the platform to access information about courses, finances, deadlines, processes etc. Please contact Catherine Burns for the login password and sign up here.


  • Its grade requirements
  • Its length
  • How it is taught (research, contact time, class sizes, industry placements, tutor system)
  • How it is assessed (exams, coursework)
  • Typical graduate jobs and employability


  • Its type (collegiate, campus, modern, red brick)
  • Its global reputation
  • Its location
  • Its facilities
  • Its accommodation
  • Students satisfaction

Applying to Universities

Choosing a university course is a challenging task. We encourage students and parents where possible to plan time to visit the universities that you are interested in. By so doing, you will gain a real sense of what they feel like, especially if you visit during the university term time. Take up opportunities to attend university webinars/presentations/open days (online or in person) to find out about details including class size, graduate job prospects and course flexibility. Most importantly, universities continue to change, what may have been the case five or more years ago could well be different now, it is important that students focus on what will suit them best and avoid being swayed by names, reputations and subjective league tables, and instead form their own opinions through in-depth research.

Students in Year 12 Spring term are asked to complete the ‘Life After Nexus Form’ to demonstrate their research, provide an overview of the plans to discuss with parents/guardians and identify actions to support their research before finalising their shortlist of universities they will apply to in Year 13.

Use the tabs below to display information regarding applications & requirements of universities around the world.

Applications to UK Universities are made through a centralised system (UCAS).

Please refer to our UK University Information & Checklist sheet highlighting all the steps and considerations to make.

Download the British Council Study Guide – Spanish

Watch the UK Visa Presentation

Watch the Presentation to UK Universities

The regulations for entrance to the Spanish public and private universities starts with the UNED Accreditation that converts the results of a foreign system in a document accepted by universities.

Spanish public universities with most entrance competition could require pupils to take entrance exams, PCE, on those subjects more relevant to the grade. The school provides lessons in preparation for these exams which are delivered at the end of the school day at no extra cost to parents, as we want to support our students in every way possible as they move onto University.

Spanish private universities have their own entry requirements, which usually consist on completing an interview and a psychometric exam.

As a result of Brexit, we advise students who wish to study in Spanish institutions to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma pathway instead of A Levels.

Watch the Presentation to Spanish Universities

Europe offers plenty of affordable study options for international students. In many countries, education is free* for European students (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden). And there are even some places where non-European students can study for free (Germany and Norway).

In the case of Dutch Universities, applications are mainly made through the centralised system (Studielink).

However, the information on requirements and application process vary from country to country and university to university, so students need to confirm through the webpages of the individual Universities.

Please refer to our Dutch University Information & Checklist sheet highlighting all the steps and considerations to make.

Download the Study in Europe Guidesheet

Watch the Presentation to Dutch Universities

*There are a few exceptions where you may pay a registration fee, and the free status applies to public universities only.

Applications to US Universities are mainly made through the centralised system (Common Application).

The application process, which often includes the requirement to complete SAT or ACT exams, begins between 18 months and 2 years before a University start date, we suggest for students looking for Sport Scholarships to start at least 2 years before.

In Year 11, we nominate students to apply for the Competitive College Club run by EducationUSA which supports and improves the chances of a student’s admission.

Please refer to our US University Information & Checklist sheet highlighting all the steps and considerations to make.

Watch the Presentation to US Universities

BSB University Fair

As part of our Mentoring Programme, we host several events with Universities in our own campus, BSB Nexus (our Pre-University campus).

One of our top event is the BSB University Fair with over 40 leading universities from the United Kigdom, Europe and Spain. This year it will see its 11th edition. 

For more information about the Universities programme or if you would like your University or college to participate in our fairs, please contact Ms Catherine Burns, University and Career Counsellor,  at

2020 University Fair

List of attending universities:

  • Aston University, UK
  • Cardiff University, UK
  • City, University of London, UK
  • Lancaster University, UK
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • University of Essex, UK
  • University of Plymouth, UK
  • University of Sussex, UK
  • University of Bath, UK
  • Frankfurt Business School, Germany
  • ESIC Business and Marketing School
  • ESCP Business School
  • Regents College, London
  • Universidad de Navarra, Spain


  • Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • CETT UB School of Tourism Hospitality
  • EAE Business School
  • TBS Business School
  • Universitat Abat Oliba CEU
  • Epitech, France, Spain
  • ESCI – UPF
  • EU Business School
  • University of Blanquera, Spain
  • IE University, Spain
  • La Salle, Spain
  • ESADE, Spain
  • IQS, Spain
  • UIC Barcelona, Spain
  • Institute of Arts, Spain

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