Careers talks and events

Virtual Events



Higher Degree Listing

Apprenticeship booklet for parents

Student Apprenticeship Guide

Interactive Apprenticeship booklet for students

Apprenticeship Vacancies November 2022


Apprenticeship vacancies


Local Vacancies


Summer Job opportunities

Work Experience

BBC Work Experience


Link to Unifrog


Careers Newsletter

Careers Newsletter Autumn 2022



Careers Page




Choices at end of year 11

Choices post 16

Qualifications explained

Qualifications explained

Choices after year 13

Choices post 18






The Careers Lead is Mrs Kath Unwin. Her contact details are: - 01234 290200 x215, email She is also the Librarian and has an office off the library (Space 4 Learning)

The school employs an impartial Level 6 Qualified Careers Advisor; Helena Cooper. Her contact details are: Tel. 01234 290200 x264. She is in school on Fridays and has an office off the library too. Appointments for a one-to-one interview can be made with her through Mrs Unwin or by contacting her directly.


There is a Careers Library situated at the back of the Library with books, directories, pamphlets, prospectuses and leaflets that can be borrowed or taken away.

The school also subscribes to the Unifrog platform. Click here to access the webpage, if you need help contact Mrs Unwin.

Other places to research jobs:
National careers service
Success at school

Careers Programme

To see our Careers Programme in more details please click here

To read our Careers Policy please click here

Provider Access Policy link to document

Our career programme follows, and is assessed by the Gatsby Benchmark Standards. You can find out more about these here

Choices at end of year 11

There are various routes available to students at the end of Year 11. Students can choose to stay on at Mark Rutherford Sixth Form.There are details on the school website about how to apply and what courses are offered.

Bedford College is our local college. They offer more vocational courses; you can see more details on their website There are also courses offered at Shuttleworth and Moulton College in Northampton, and Milton Keynes College.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to a more formal training with working at a job which has training alongside the work. Vacancies can be found on the National Apprenticeship website and by clicking here for a selection of more local ones.

Another local Provider is SSG

Choices at end of year 13

A good percentage of our students choose to go on to University and the sixth form team and tutors will support them in their application with Personal Statement drop-ins, talks from local universities about finance, applying to University and the UCAS application system. We also arrange visits to local universities and encourage students to go to Open Days and Taster Days. Students can browse opportunities available on the UCAS site here. Students will need to get the School’s unique code when they start the login process, but you can search and browse without logging on.

Researching which courses: The Uni Guide

Help in writing your personal statement - click here, there are lots of other fact sheets and advice on the UCAS website. Click here to view a mind map.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships: these offer an alternative route to getting a degree; working whilst attending University, often paid for by the employer. The route would take longer than a conventional degree, but the students would have the added advantage of the practical work experience and guaranteed job. More details here.

Not going to University/Gap year: : some students want a break from studying to consider their direction, travel, or earn some money before they start another period of Education. There are lots of websites available to give those ideas and support, as well as material in the Careers Library at school.

Links with Businesses and Employers

We have a thriving Business partnership with local businesses and companies who come into school to support us with various activities from mentoring to mock interviews and careers talks. We are always looking for more businesses to come and engage with us. Please contact us at

See what amazing activities we are doing in STEM

How you can support us:

Business breakfasts: we hold about 5 of these a year usually on a theme involving a specific sector with invited students to talk informally to.

Talks and Assemblies: Assemblies are at the start of the day and will be to a particular year group. If that's not your cup of tea, we can also arrange small groups for you to talk to informally about your business.

Visits and trips out: Could you open up your premises (if suitable) for a small group of students to come and look round and experience a work place?

OCC4U: this is our flagship careers event usually run at the end of January, or early February each year, when we invite businesses, universities and training providers to man stalls alongside our own subject staff, so that students and parents can see what opportunities and prospects there are by studying a specific subject.

Employability skills programme: this is run by our Business Mentors for our year 13 cohort who are not going to university. The aim of this is to provide them with skills for entering the job market. We end the workshops with a practical Networking Lunch in a speed dating style

Work experience

Work Experience: Students, in particular in the sixth form, are encouraged to arrange their own work experience preferably in the school holidays.

Take your child to work Day: Year 8 have a day shadowing their parents or a family friend at their place of work for the day. Details of the 2022-23 programme will be available soon.

Labour Market Information

These two websites have excellent information about local labour market trends and statistics in our area:

There is also a summary of trends here.

LMI for All


Assistance with Job hunting

It is a good idea to have a CV ready well before you need it, for part-time jobs, applying for Apprenticeships and even to help you with your University Application as then all your qualifications and experience will be stored in one place. Remember that CVs need updating frequently.

Aptitude Tests

Employers can ask applicants to complete short tests as part of an assessment day or interview process that can include numerical, verbal and reasoning tests here is a link which will enable you to undertake free practice tests: : Practice Aptitude Tests and for those of you considering the Armed Forces, here is a link to Military Aptitude tests.

Job sites:


If you are a former student from Mark Rutherford, we would really like to keep in touch and see how you’ve progressed and what you are doing now. As previously mentioned, we are always on the lookout for people to come in and talk to the students about their career and their journey; and having someone in who was student makes it all a bit more meaningful. Students leaving at the end of year 11 and the sixth form will be asked if they would like to join our Alumni register.

Keep in touch

Mark Rutherford School Careers on Twitter@Careersmrus1

Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: